Croatia’s second largest city is most definitely a must visit location. Don’t worry I hadn’t heard of it either until a few years ago, but it was near the top of my places to go list, and as per usual, I was in need of a holiday!
What’s not to love about spending days wandering through Roman ruins, finding untouched pebble beaches, visiting Game of Thrones locations, watching boats and cruises dock both day and night, as well as having pizza, ice-cream and chocolate covered donuts left, right and centre?
Where to go / what to do?
- Explore Diocletian’s Palace
It’s not only one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the world, it’s a Game of Thrones location and an area full of vibrant and busy streets. There are lots of things to do within the palace walls, like sitting out in the main square at night, going on guided walking tours, listening to Dalmatian acapella groups, and figuring your way around the maze of tiny streets and bars and restaurant’s. You can also climb up the bell tower (all be it a death trap) to get a view of the orange roofs of the old town.
2. Swim at Kasjuni beach
Kasjuni beach is the ideal location if you want a to be a distance away from the usual hustle that comes with being at a beach. It feels like an undiscovered gem (although I found it via Instagram) but is relatively close to the centre of the city. Surrounded by untouched nature it is a rocky/pebbled beach which is really quiet and really pretty!
3. Rent an Airbnb
As Split is an up and coming area, there are so many unique and hidden airbnb’s to suit your stay. Our loft apartment was perfect!
4. Go walking
There are plenty of places to walk and get lost in Split but Marjan park is the best place to do it. On the hill overlooking the cities old town there are lots of good view points and trails which can easily be found. Walking along the Riva early in the morning definitely gives you the holiday feeling too.
5. Take day trips
Split is a hub for easy day trips to nearby islands and towns, as well trips to the Blue Caves and Krka National Park, so have your swimwear and camera at the ready. Plitvice National Park is a bit further afield but is worth the journey for views of the lakes!
As you can imagine, with an ancient and modern feel, Split is vibrant and busy city. It is paradise for people watching and a perfect place to spend some time relaxing. Whether its just a flying visit / a weekend city break / part of a Croatia tour / a trip solely to explore, make sure to wander through the city and get lost along the way.