Explore Split, Croatia

Discover the top things to see and do in this historic city on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Photo By: Alisha Bube

Split, Croatia

This coastal city is teeming with rich history, beautiful landscapes and delicious food, and its location makes it the perfect base for your adventures along the Dalmatian Coast.

Riva Harbour

Daily routes along the Dalmatian Coast, ferries across the Adriatic Sea to Italy, and increasing cruise ship traffic make the Port of Split one of the busiest in the Mediterranean.

Diocletian’s Palace

The heart of Split is the Old Town, which has evolved since the seventh century around the fortress-like Diocletian’s Palace situated on the southern coast of the peninsula. This compound, originally erected in the fourth century AD, was intended to be the retirement residence of Roman emperor Diocletian.

Saint Domnius Bell Tower

The most prominent structure of the city’s skyline, this Romanesque tower was constructed around the year 1100 and is open to the public.

Bell Tower Views

To get some of the best 360-degree views of the city, climb to the top of the Saint Domnius Bell Tower. (Warning: The staircase is relatively exposed, so if you have a fear of heights this might not be for you!)

Saint Domnius Cathedral

Consecrated in the 7th century and utilizing former structures of Diocletian’s Palace, this is considered the oldest operating Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in its original structure.

Marjan Forest Park

Need a reprieve from the narrow and crowded stone labyrinth of the city center? The entire western end of the peninsula is composed of forested hills and rocky coastline making up Marjan Forest Park. It's the perfect spot for a stroll, bike or swim, and is located within walking distance of the heart of the city.

Limestone Cliffs of Marjan Hill

The 60+-foot-tall cliffs in the southwestern part of Marjan Forest Park have a number of established climbing routes up them if you're in search of a land-based adventure near the city. Climbing not your style? Not to worry, this facade is also home to the Hermitage Caves and the 15th-century church of St. Jerome.

Bene Beach

On the northwestern coast of Marjan Forest Park you can find this rocky public "beach." It's an enjoyable spot to cool off with a swim if you're on a bike or run along the park’s trail system.

Plaza Za Pse

This sandy public stretch of coast is located along the southwestern coast of Marjan Forest Park. It's a slightly protected cove making it perfect for swimming or a family day at the beach.

Cool Treats

Walking in the heart of the city, you have an ice cream shop in your line of sight seemingly at all times, but the best scoop I found in Split was at a small place just northwest of the old town called Luka. Not feeling ice cream? Swing by D16 Coffee for some of their refreshing cold brew.

Fresh Seafood

Most menus feature local ingredients, but none are more prevalent than the fruits of the sea. Take advantage of your proximity to the coast and enjoy wonderfully prepared fish so fresh that it's practically swimming off the plate.

Delicious Street Food

On a tight schedule but want to try some traditional dishes? Swing by Paulina and grab a cevapi to enjoy while you explore the city!

Coastal Sunset

Climb to the overlook at Marjan Hill or take an evening stroll along the harbor to catch a beautiful Croatian sunset.

Gregory of Nin Statue

Located just outside the north gate of the palace is the statue of Gregory of Nin, famous for bringing the native language into Christian religious services instead of the traditionally used Latin. The shiny foot of the statue is evidence of decades of locals and visitors rubbing Gregory's big toe for luck.

Catch a Show

The stunning Croatian National Theater hosts a variety of performances, including operas, ballets, plays and concerts.

Water Activities

There are endless opportunities to swim along the coast, but take it one step further and rent a boat, kayak, paddleboard, or take advantage of a breezy day and try windsurfing!

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