Split - Dalmatian heart on the Adria

As Croatia’s second-largest city, Split invites you for an unforgettable visit. The city in Dalmatia is one of the biggest tourist magnets in the country for good reason. Situated on the Adriatic Sea, it has a wonderful Mediterranean charm that you should soak up. We’ll give you the best sights and insider tips for your vacation!

Split is a city lover’s dream. The cityscape is characterized by many ancient buildings that are perfect for photographing. Typical are the sandstone houses with red tiled roofs that characterize the image of many Croatian coastal towns. In the background, you can see the graceful hills and mountains of the Croatian mainland, which perfectly complement Split and have made it one of the most strategic locations in all of Croatia for centuries. Let us take you on a remarkable journey to Split.

The best attractions of the city Split

Being one of the largest cities in Croatia, Split offers an incredible variety of leisure activities. Whether you are a city slicker or a nature lover, you will definitely get your money’s worth. Split is particularly impressive because of its exceptional location. Most of the city is situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic Sea. This means that there is a side facing the sea and a side facing away from the sea – both equally breathtaking! The sights presented here are a must-see.

Our TOP-3-sights in Split

    • Top 1 Sight: Diocletian’s Palace: Probably the most impressive building in all of Croatia is located on the south coast of Split and is well worth a visit. It was built by the Romans and is an incredibly impressive monument to their earlier building methods. Stroll through the alleys and halls and let yourself be transported back in time. The site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight is the bell tower of St. Domnius, but you will see wonderful buildings reminiscent of ancient Rome around every corner.
    • Top 2 Sight: The Riva promenade: There is hardly any other place in Split that has such a Mediterranean feel as the beach promenade in front of the old town. It is lined with countless large palm trees that perfectly match the sunny weather and the turquoise blue sea. There are also many delicious cafés and restaurants where you can sample delicious Dalmatian cuisine. Relax on one of the many benches and watch the yachts and luxury ships sailing along the coast. In the evening, the ambiance is particularly enchanting as the lights of the city are reflected on the water!
    • Top 3 Sight: Marjan Forest Park: The forest park of Slit is located at the tip of the peninsula and is a place to relax. Over three kilometers long, it is perfect for a quiet stroll if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center. There’s something new to discover at every turn, whether it’s a breathtaking viewpoint, ancient ruins or hidden beaches along the coast.

     

    In addition to the major tourist attractions, there are many other sights and attractions not to be missed. A stay of several days in Split is definitely worthwhile to get to know this wonderful city and its many facets.

     

    • Split Archaeological Museum: Split also has a number of exciting museums that are well worth a visit, despite the language barrier. At the Archaeological Museum, for example, you can see ancient exhibits from the city that provide an astounding insight into its history. Many of them are extremely well-preserved and together form a breathtaking work of art.
    • Veli Varoš: A cozy neighborhood to the west of the Old Town that invites you to stroll through the many labyrinthine alleys and take in the real life of Split. The neighborhood is surprisingly authentic and brings you into the real life of the city’s inhabitants.
    • Klis Fortress: Although it is a bit out of the way, the fortress is an important building in the Split region. All fans of the Game of Thrones series should definitely take a look at the ruins, maybe you will recognize one or two locations from the series.

Our insider tips for Split

But when you come to Split, don’t just focus on the big attractions. The city has so much more to offer that many people tend to overlook. That’s why we want to give you a few insider tips that you certainly shouldn’t miss.

  • “Game of Thrones Museum: Speaking of Game of Thrones, there is a well-hidden museum of the show in the Old Town, where you can get up close and personal with props and other exhibits. A must for any fan!
  • Croatian Maritime Museum: Thanks to its location on the Adriatic coast, Split is a significant place for shipping. A museum dedicated to it is therefore a must. Here you can not only see exciting exhibits, but also learn more about the maritime history of Split.
  • Park Sustipan: A wonderfully idyllic park on the south coast of Split, perfect for a leisurely picnic. It is also less crowded with tourists and offers a beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Putalj Winery: Wine connoisseurs should not underestimate the Dalmatian region and take a tour of the Putalj Winery. Not only are the wines incredibly tasty, but you can also learn a lot about the history of viticulture.

The most beautiful beaches on the coast

But Split also has a lot to offer beach lovers. Especially, the south coast is dotted with many small and large beaches, inviting you to spend a relaxing day at the beach. The beaches are perfect for couples and families. If you want a little more action, you can try some popular water sports. You can go snorkeling or scuba diving, and there are also several options for boating or jet skiing.

 

  • Bačvice Beach: A small cove near the center of town, perfect for a short stay by the sea. However, it can get crowded at peak times.
  • Žnjan Beach area: Probably the largest beach in the whole of Split and a must for almost every vacationer who wants to relax in the sea and sun. It also offers many other amenities, including bars, cafés, restaurants, and large changing cabins and toilets.
  • Kašjuni Beach: A popular and spacious beach south of Marjan Forest Park. It also has a cozy beach bar and lounge for relaxing. The contrast between the turquoise sea and the green trees of the forest is also a perfect photo opportunity.
  • Bene Beach: A beach on the north coast and far away from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by beautiful pine trees that provide plenty of shade at all times of the day. Very idyllic and worth a visit for any beach vacationer.

Hidden beaches you must visit!

We would also like to introduce you to some of the best secret beaches, which are ideal for those who prefer to relax away from the crowds.

  • Stobreč Jug Beach: A pebble beach in the small village of Stobreč, located on the eastern coast of Split. It is very idyllic and not very crowded. It is equipped with showers and changing cabins.
  • Firule Beach: One of the less crowded beaches south of Split. It is ideal for a spontaneous trip to the sea and is very family friendly. There are also two relaxed café bars nearby.

Sights and attractions close to Split

While there are many attractions to discover in Split, there are also many excursions to be made in the surrounding area. Here, too, there are many destinations for every type of traveler. Most of them can be reached in less than an hour by car, making them perfect for a day trip from Split.

  • Island of Brac: The island of Brac is located south of Split and can be reached by various boat tours. There is an incredible amount to see here, from secluded beaches to hiking trails and lively villages. An excursion is always worthwhile to get to know the almost untouched nature of the island. A highlight is the Olive Oil Museum, one of Croatia’s main exports.
  • Mosor Mountains: Not far from the city is a fabulous mountain range that is the perfect destination for nature lovers and especially hikers. The sparsely vegetated limestone hills are a unique photo opportunity and invite you to explore.
  • Omiš: The small town of Omiš is surrounded by bold cliffs. A real hotspot for tourists, both beach lovers and adventure seekers.
  • Krka National Park: Just an hour north of Split lies one of the most beautiful natural spots in Croatia! The Krka waterfalls are breathtaking and one of the top destinations for anyone visiting the country.
  • Trogir: The cozy little town of Trogir is only about twenty kilometers west of Split and is perfect for a quick getaway. The old town is well worth a visit.

That’s what we think about Split

Croatia’s second-largest city is relatively unknown, but not without reason. Here, every vacationer can get their money’s worth and experience the diversity of life on the Adriatic. From ancient Roman buildings and beautiful idyllic beaches to famous filming locations from Game of Thrones, you are sure to find some great destinations. There are also countless islands, small towns and mountain ranges to explore. Split is a must for anyone traveling to Dalmatia.

And what do you think about Split?

But of course, we also want to know what you think about Split. Is a trip to the big city worth it? And what sights and attractions do you recommend? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and help other travelers who want to visit the city.