The 22 best sights of Split – descriptions and photos

WHAT TO SEE IN SPLIT

What to see in Split in 1-2 days? Which Split sights should be visited first? The article will answer all these questions, as well as tips, recommendations and other useful information.

In my opinion, Split, thanks to its large international airport, is an excellent starting point for your trip to Croatia.

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In Split you will have a great time at the numerous beaches of the clear sea, and if you want you can also go for a short excursion into the city and explore its history, culture and architecture.

Although Split is a city that is 1800 years old and there are many attractions, but most of them are: churches, monasteries, cathedrals and numerous museums that you get tired of.

Split Sites in Dalmatia

The Split’s calling card is the Palace of Diocletion as it was many centuries ago.

Here I will list the most important sights of Split, in my opinion, which will answer the question: what to see in Split in 1-2 days.

A huge number of religious sites will not enumerate, here they are at every step and as they say: if you want to The choice of accommodation in Split is very important.

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What to see in Split?

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Diocletian’s Palace

  • This is the calling card of the city. The palace was built for Diocletian, the emperor of the Roman Empire, after his reign (yes, in those days emperors did not rule until death), he returned to Split to his palace where he lived until the end of his days. The palace is better preserved than the Colosseum in Rome, walking around the palace you can feel the spirit of history and the atmosphere of 16 centuries ago. It is a fascinating place.
  • Fact about Diocletion’s palace: Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in the dungeon of this palace.
  • Official website: http://www.diocletianspalace.org/
  • Cost of admission: The entire palace is free, including many of the interior rooms. But entrance to the dungeon and some of the halls is chargeable, although we read everywhere on the internet that it’s free. We paid 30 Kuhns per person. For 30 Koons you get into the hall where “Game of Thrones” was filmed, if you are not a fan, there are more than enough beauties outside and it takes your breath away just to see them. My wife is a fan
  • Mode of operation: the palace itself around the clock, pay halls: 8:30-19:00 Mon-Sat; 9:00-17:00 Sat.
  • Planned time: since there are other Split attractions on the territory of the palace, it took us 2-3 hours to see them.
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

Diocletian's Palace sights in Dalmatia

Diocletion Palace, the courtyard today

Diocletian's Palace What to see

The dungeon where they filmed “Game of Thrones

Marjan Park.

  • The main natural attraction of Split, well, except the sea and the beaches. It is a mountain park on the peninsula of the same name. It is easy to get from the center of Split, even on foot. The whole park is covered with greenery and centuries-old pine trees. The park has many paths, clean air, amazing views of the sea and the city. Everything is made for rest and relaxation. On the perimeter of the park there are quiet secluded beaches.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: from 2 hours to a whole day.
  • Tips: Bring water and a snack, there aren’t many places to buy them.
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

Marjan National Park in Split

Marjan National Park in Split. The photo was taken from the top of Marjan Park from the observation deck. There is an insanely beautiful view of the entire city and the sea.

People’s Square

  • Going through the western gate (Iron Gate) of Diocletion Palace, you get to the People’s Square. An excellent example of medieval architecture. Today here is the City Hall and the tourist infrastructure. Walking around the palace, it is impossible to pass by this square.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes if you don’t go to the gift shop or the coffee shop
  • Recommendation to visit: 3 out of 5. If you go after seeing Diocletion’s palace, nothing special. If before – “wow” and space.

Split People's Square

People’s Square in Split. Medieval buildings mixed with modern restaurants.

Temple of Jupiter

  • The temple is part of Diocletion’s palace and is a stunning structure from the outside. The ceiling alone is worth the price of admission. I recommend enjoying this masterpiece of ancient architecture from the outside. At the entrance of the temple there were two sphinxes, only one has survived.
  • Working schedule: outside the temple 24 hours a day, inside the temple: 8:30-19:00 Mon-Sat, 9:00-17:00 Sat
  • Entrance fee: 5 kuna.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes
  • Recommendation: 5 out of 5 if you don’t go inside.

Temple of Jupiter in Split

Temple of Jupiter. And outside on these steps you can just sit with a coffee and get a feel for the atmosphere.

St. Domnius Cathedral

  • It is also called the cathedral of St. Dome. The cathedral was built during the reign of Emperor Diocletion, but the bell tower was added to it only in the X-XI centuries. The cathedral is located on the territory of the palace. The main entrance doors are of particular value; pay attention to them.
  • The official site is: https://katedrala-sv-duje.business.site/.
  • Entry fee to the cathedral itself: free, but you need to buy a ticket to the crypt and bell tower.
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Planned time: 20-30 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.

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The cathedral and the observation tower of the bell tower, two sights in one photo

St. Duim’s Cathedral (observation tower and bell tower)

  • This is an extension of St. Domnius Cathedral, the bell tower that I wrote about three lines above. Below the bell tower is the crypt. At the top of the bell tower there is an observation deck and an amazing view of the city, the sea and Marjan Park. If you are not acrophobic – the climb is worth the money.
  • Cost of admission: 20 kuna for a ticket to the bell tower, it also gives access to the crypt, for 5 kuna you can buy an additional brochure (in Russian not available).
  • Mode of operation: daily from 8:00 to 19:00, Sunday 12:30 – 18:30
  • Estimated time: 30-40 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 5 out of 5

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Ticket to the Bell Tower in Split

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View from the bell tower observation deck (360 degree view)

Republic Square

  • The square is outside Diocletion Palace, which is not usual for Split :). On three sides, the square is enclosed by a single building of the city council. It is worth paying attention to this square only for its unusual location. It is as if you are in a closed space overlooking the bright blue sea.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time: 10 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.

square of the republic sightseeing spot of Split

Republic Square in Split. I would live here with this view.

Aqueduct of Diocletian

  • As you have already understood, all the signs of Roman rule in Split are there and there is more to see. The aqueduct was built by the same emperor. It was just under 10 kilometers long. And its main function was to deliver water to the palace.
  • Today, it is almost completely destroyed, but the best preserved part is shown on the map at the beginning of the article. It is located at the entrance to the city and can be seen from the road to Split airport.
  • Entrance fee: free of charge.
  • Working mode: 24 hours a day.
  • Planned time on the aqueduct: 10-15 minutes
  • Recommendation to visit: 4 out of 5.
  • Tip: If you have already seen such structures in other countries, in principle, you will not see anything new. If you have never seen one: you really need to go.

Aqueduct of Diocletian what to see in Split

Aqueduct of Diocletion on the outskirts of Split

Split Excursions

Split is chic to explore with local guides who know the city like no tourist does. Below is a rating of the most popular excursions in and around Split. I recommend to pay attention to the excursion to the blue cave, the excursion to Trogir and of course the gastronomic tour of the city!

Travelers from Split often take excursions to Sibenik or Makarska.

In conclusion: in the article above, I have listed the main, in my opinion, Split attractions that I was interested to see for myself. I hope after reading this article you do not have a question, what to see in Split in 1-2 days.

If you find inaccuracies – write in the comments.

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Split sights

Diocletian’s Palace Baška Voda Republic Square Church of St. Dominic Split Airport Split Monument to Bishop Grhun Ninsky Island of Adventure Bacvice Entertainment Complex

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Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian's Palace (photo)

Diocletian’s Palace was built 300 years before Christ. Surprisingly, but given its age it is quite well preserved to this day. Today, the palace is located in the Croatian city of Split, and occupies an area of three hectares. In fact, the city of Split grew up around the palace as inhabitants of other cities moved to the palace, seeking protection from the barbarians.

Placed on the very edge of a picturesque bay, Diocletian’s palace had four walls – each with a gate. Through the centuries, fragments of the Golden and Silver Gates, as well as the fully preserved Iron Gate, have survived. The palace’s main attractions are the Imperial Mausoleum and the Temple of Jupiter.

Coordinates: 43.50844900,16.44033400

Baska Voda

Baska Voda (photo)

Baška Voda is the cutest little town, nestled in the foothills of the Biokovo Mountains. Here are the cleanest, sandy (which is rare for Croatia) beaches, transparent sea and beautiful shores among the pine forest, olive and grape groves and fresh mountain air, thermal springs, a lot of sea attractions, restaurants (deserve attention: Manistra, Buchenica, Zagorska zlevka, Međemurska gibanica) and bars, stores and supermarkets, spa centers and hospitable residents. Baška Voda is one of the coziest towns on the Makarska Riviera.

The first mention of the village dates back to the 18th century. Since those times many buildings and ancient churches have survived here: St. Nicholas (XIX c) and St. Lovro (Baroque). There are also excavations from the 1st-7th century A.D. and an ethnographic museum.

You can pay attention to the port of the city. It has an unusually beautiful ancient architecture and is a jewel of the entire Adriatic coast.

Coordinates: 43.36138200,16.94744100

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Republic Square

Republic Square (photo)

Split is a city that is both the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia. It has more than two hundred thousand people. Diocletian, the Emperor of Rome, was one of its first inhabitants. It was he who at the end of the III century built a palace here, the total size of which reaches 30 thousand square meters.

Piazza della Repubblica is a Mediterranean square in the center of the city, near the western fortress walls of Diocletian’s palace. Locals call it the Prokurative. The square has long been considered a venue for many cultural events, one of which is the traditional Split Festival of light music held in the city every year.

Coordinates: 43.50897000,16.43638000

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Church of St. Dominic

Church of St. Dominic (photo)

The Church of St. Dominic is a small, beautiful church, the first mention of which dates back to the 13th century. At that time it was called St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Dominicans used it during the construction of their own monastery in 1217. The chapel became St. Dominic’s Church in the 17th century, when it was almost completely rebuilt. In 1930, the church was expanded and reconstructed.

The church has one single nave. It houses the tomb of the lawyer Giovanni Sobota, who died in 1469. The creation of this tomb is attributed to Nicola of Florence.

Today one can see here the work of Palma the Younger, “The Miracle in Suriana”, and the work “Introduction to the Temple”, which is attributed to the master’s school. The Baroque altars, Gothic crucifixes and wall paintings that have been preserved are of interest.

Coordinates: 43.50865300,16.44132900

Split Airport

Split airport (photo)

Split Airport is one of the largest airports in Croatia. It is an international airport that serves Croatian cities such as Split, Trogir, Kaštela and others.

Split Airport is the third largest airport in Croatia in terms of the number of passengers accepted.

The airport was opened on November 25, 1966. In 2009, in order to increase the capacity of the airport, the reconstruction was started. It should last until 2014. Airport expansion project includes several stages: ramp expansion, construction of a new terminal, construction of the second runway and others.

Coordinates: 43.53881200,16.29778200

Monument to Bishop Grgur Ninsky

Monument to Bishop Grgun Ninsky (photo)

A bronze image of Bishop Grgur Ninsky is a monument to Bishop Grgur Ninsky, a priest who became famous for his struggle for the democratization of worship, particularly for conducting services in the Slavic language. The monument is located behind one of the gates of Diocletian’s palace, built by the Roman emperor Diocletian, who ruled from 284 to 305 AD.

During the 2nd World War the monument was sawed into 3 parts and buried in the garden near the palace walls, after the war it was restored.

Now it grants the wishes of tourists. One should rub the big toe of the saint and make a wish. They say it will come true. Judging by the fact that the toe of his left foot is shiny, there are many people who are eager to make a wish, which may well mean that wishes do come true.

Coordinates: 43.50934400,16.44061100

Island of Adventures

Adventure island (photo)

A real “island of adventures” (Adventure Island) in Croatia is Hvar Island. Here you can find a lot of entertainment of all kinds. There is a windsurfing and sailing school for all comers, you can go sailing, or explore the surroundings by bicycle or on foot. Jeep safaris, rock climbing and more. There’s also room for rowdy parties and entertainment shows, bars and restaurants.

And eco-tourism enthusiasts can enjoy the almost unspoiled nature of Moster Bay on fascinating, non-standard excursions.

Here you can take part in everyday life of the island, feel like a fisherman, a farmer .

Coordinates: 43.16011400,16.65232100

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Bacvice entertainment complex

Bacvice entertainment complex (photo)

A popular place for recreation and entertainment in Split is the Riva promenade with numerous cafes and restaurants. The famous Bacvice entertainment complex is a 15-minute walk from the city’s waterfront.

The complex includes several coffee bars, sports bar, disco, restaurant and much more.

The most famous beach in Split, the sandy beach “Bacvice” is located within the city limits next to the entertainment complex of the same name.

Coordinates: 43.50305600,16.44490200

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