What to do in Split if you dream of a European vacation
Split is an amazing oasis on the Adriatic for travelers of all interests. Split is home to the world famous Split Yacht Week. Every summer, tourists and party-goers flock here for the fresh air.
Croatia is an idyllic summer destination. Here are the best places to see in Croatia’s second largest city.
The city lies within the Roman ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Diocletian’s Palace . The palace was originally the residence of the 4th century Roman Emperor Diocletian and its walls serve today as an outer boundary of the historic city center.
Nowadays, the walls of the ruins house cafes, clubs, residences, and other establishments. Behind the walls of the ruins are residential buildings made of limestone and marble.
At the northern entrance to the ruins is a statue of Grgur of Nin, who was the first bishop to conduct church services in Croatian, not in Latin. A local legend says that rubbing the statue’s toe will bring you good luck.
You can visit the ruins of Jupiter’s temple and climb the bell tower of St. Domnius Cathedral to see Split from a 360 degree view. The St. Domnius Cathedral originally served as Diocletian’s mausoleum, which in later centuries was turned into a church by Christians. The church and cathedral are now some of the oldest Christian churches in the world.
Food and Nightlife
Food and Nightlife
Croatia has wonderful traditional meals you won’t want to miss. Thanks to its location on the Adriatic Sea, seafood is a prominent part of the Croatian diet, especially oily fish, mussels and black risotto.
Other popular local dishes include beef stew (called “paticada”) with dumplings and sauce, and lamb with peas.
Most restaurants and bars are located in the city center. Some interesting places to try include the local restaurants Villa Spiza and Artiok . Popular bars include Judino Drvo and Club Ghetto .
The Riva Promenade is located on the edge of the Dalmatian peninsula . There are many stores, cafes and ice cream parlors that you can visit while strolling along the promenade. There are benches for people-watchers and for those who want a break from the hustle and bustle.
It’s a great way to spend a few warm summer evenings exploring downtown Split . The West Coast Promenade also has many stores and views of the Dalmatian coast.
Marjan Hill is a large hill next to Diocletian’s Palace . The top of the hill, Prva Vidilica, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the islands that surround the peninsula. It is a very steep climb, but if you like stunning views, it might be worth it. At the top you can reward yourself with a coffee at Bar Vidilica.
Bacvice beach is the most beloved of Split’s beaches because it consists of sand, not pebbles like the beaches near the Marjan hill. This makes it ideal for several beach clubs in Split.
The beaches of Jadran, Kasuni or Obozen are great options to explore if you have strong shoes or sturdy feet. You can also visit the island of Ciovo off the coast of Split to taste the grapes . You can also visit olive and almond orchards there.
Admire the sunset from the island or from the mainland, as both have a great vantage point to see the warm hues of the Adriatic setting sun.
The most popular beach bars are Jadran Beach Bar, Mistral Beach Bar at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beach & Booze, Zen Beach Club & Lounge and Joe’s Beach Bar & Lounge .
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the perfect place for a day trip. About 2.5 hours drive northwest of Split , Plitvice boasts many breathtaking waterfalls . It is a photographer’s paradise.
The park’s 16 waterfalls attract millions of visitors each year and the lush vegetation creates the perfect setting for an outdoor stroll. Be sure to check out some of the legends associated with the national park. They tell of monks, magical queens, and other mythological creatures. For hiking in the area we recommend the Medvedak trail, the Chorkova gulf trail, the Plitvice trail and the Medvedzak peaks .
Split is a stunning oasis of the Adriatic for summer travelers of all types. Be sure to stay here for an unforgettable Croatian experience !