Hvar Island off the coast of Split
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15 Top Things To Do In Split, Croatia

Sitting on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Split is an ancient city nestled in pure paradise. The most beautiful water in shades of blues and greens surround Split and its nearby islands. Whether you visit for a few days or a week, there are numerous Split attractions to see that won’t disappoint. Keep reading to find out the top things to do in Split during your trip!

Upon first arriving in Split you might be slightly dismayed at first as it is a large busy city that is quite modern and not like the medieval fairytale of Dubrovnik.

But don’t worry, once you get to Split’s Old Town you will be delighted. It’s in Split Old Town where you will likely spend the bulk of your time.

Republic Square is one of the top things to do in Split
Republic Square in Split

Split’s Old Town is steeped in a ton of history from the Roman Empire. It feels like an outdoor museum that you are fortunate to explore.

Many of the buildings and sights originate from the 3rd and 4th century with a surprisingly good amount intact and preserved.

Small fountain I saw wandering Old Town Split
Small fountain I saw wandering Old Town Split

Where Is Split?

Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia and most likely on your agenda when visiting Croatia. Centrally located on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is about 4 hours north of Dubrovnik and 2 hours south of Zadar.

Because of its central location, there are several day trip opportunities to discover. I recommend spending 2 days to enjoy Split but you could stay up to a week if you are planning to use Split as a base to do day trips from.

I stayed 4 days and used 2 of the days for day trips nearby. It is the perfect spot for sailing from island to island with sailboats and yachts in abundance.

One town that I don’t mention in this post but shouldn’t be missed is Trogir about 30 minutes from Split.

Read my post, 10 Best Ways To Experience Trogir to learn about this remarkable city. So, follow along with me and find out what to do in Split!

Where To Stay In Split

Wondering where to stay in Split? The best location to stay is in the Old Town section of Split, steps from all the sights to see!

Although there might be more options at bigger hotels and resorts outside of Old Town, I think being close to Diocletian’s Palace and the Promenade is ideal.

It is definitely the most charming section and near all the Split attractions. Here are some excellent places to stay in Split:

Piazza Heritage Hotel

Marmont Heritage Hotel

Starlight Luxury Rooms

Tips For Visiting Split

  • Although Croatia is part of the European Union, the currency used throughout is the Kuna. Use the XE currency app to assist in currency conversion.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to find that almost everyone speaks English or at least enough to converse with.
  • From the airport or within the city, Uber is the easiest way to get around and cheaper than taxis.
  • Croatia does not have a train network like the rest of Europe, so I suggest renting a car. Driving is super easy throughout the country and more convenient than a bus.
  • Split, its islands and nearby waterfalls are a photographers dream, so don’t forget to bring a good camera to capture it all!
  • For taking photos and video on the beaches of the islands, a GoPro comes in handy for underwater or above.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of walking.
  • Although you should be cautious in any city, I felt incredibly safe in Split. This is a city I would recommend for solo travel for this reason.
  • Try to travel during the shoulder season to avoid crowds and high prices.
  • To keep valuables safe, wear a concealed travel pouch.

Split Tours

Split Walking Tour of Diocletian’s Palace – This tour will take you through the historic city center of Diocletian’s Palace to see incredible Roman ruins and architecture. Tour is 1.5 hours.

Split Game Of Thrones Tour – If you are a fan of the show Game Of Thrones then this is the perfect tour that walks you through locations used in the show including Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva (promenade). This tour is 3 hours and includes breakfast and a drink.

Blue Cave & Hvar Full-Day Tour – Spend the day exploring some of the best islands off of Split’s coast that will leave you speechless! This is a full day, about 10 hours and a tour not to be missed!

Krka Falls Full-Day Tour – Krka Falls might not be as famous as Plitvice Lakes but both are worth visiting! Krka National Park has gorgeous waterfalls and boardwalks to wander and admire the lush landscape.

Split Sunset Cruise – Enjoy sailing along Split’s coast for a spectacular sunset over the Adriatic Sea with live music and an open bar.

Top Things To Do In Split

1. Split Old Town

When you arrive in Split, you will likely spend all of your time in Old Town as that is the center of life and has the most sights to see.

It is without a doubt the most beautiful and charming section of Split. Outside of Old Town, Split will look like many modern cities and doesn’t have the appeal of Old Town.

A charming home in Old Town
A charming home in Old Town…

Outside the walls of Diocletian’s Palace (I’ll mention below), the main town square is Narodni Trg or the “People’s Square”.

The Iron Gate entrance into Diocletian’s Palace is right off of the People’s Square.

Branching off from the People’s Square, wander the many small streets to find café’s and shops in every direction.

You will also come upon smaller town squares like Vochi Trg that is near the waterfront.

Charming buildings in a Old Town Square
Wandering a square in Old Town

A popular street to find restaurants and high-end shopping is Marmontova. It is a wide pedestrian-only street that will take you straight down to the promenade (waterfront).

2. Gregorius of Nin

Before entering the gate into the walled Diocletian’s Palace, you will notice a huge statue looking as if he is greeting you to Split.

The 28-foot statue is Gregorius of Nin a Croatian bishop during medieval times and was created by the Croatian Ivan Mestrovic. Gregorius opposed the pope and replaced Latin with the local Croatian language into religious services.

The statue of Gregorius of Nin
The statue of Gregorius of Nin

You might notice that his one big toe is shiny as it has been rubbed many times. It is said that if you rub his big toe it will bring you good luck and you will return to Split one day.

Did I rub it? Of course! Gregorius of Nin is located in the park directly in front of the Golden Gate.

3. Golden Gate

There are four gates into Diocletian’s Palace, one in the center of each wall. The gates are all named after a different metal and the one nearest the Gregorius of Nin statue is the Golden Gate (northern).

Elaborate Golden Gate entrance into Diocletian's Palace
Elaborate Golden Gate entrance into Diocletian’s Palace
Elaborate Golden Gate entrance into Diocletian's Palace
Golden Gate entrance

The other gates are the Silver Gate, Bronze Gate, and the Lead Gate. Of the four gates, the Golden Gate is the grandest and the main entrance into the palace.

I was particularly in awe of the carvings as you enter. I felt like I was back in Roman times… All four gates lead and meet up in the same square (Peristil) sectioning the palace into four areas.

Hours: Entry through the gate is open 24 hours a day

4. Diocletian’s Palace

Once you enter Diocletian’s Palace via the Golden Gate, expect to spend about 3 hours wandering the ruins and sights within it.

Wandering the historic ruins of Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best Split attractions to see. Sights #4 through #10 in this guide will all be within the Diocletian Palace walls.

Diocletian’s Palace was built in the 4th century for the Roman emperor Diocletian just steps from Split’s idyllic waterfront.

Outside view of the ruins of Diocletian's Palace
Outside view of the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is in the heart of Split’s Old Town and most likely where you will spend most of your time in Split.

Did you know what the name Split means? Split is derived from the Latin word of spalatum with origins meaning palace. Seems fitting as the main sight to see in Split is Diocletian’s Palace!

Wandering the ruins of Diocletian's Palace
Wandering the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is one of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia that is a must to visit.

The limestone and white marble throughout make the palace eye-catching and impressive to see. No question, walking among the ancient ruins is one of the greatest things to do in Split!

Ancient ruins of Diocletian's Palace
Ancient ruins of Diocletian’s Palace

I felt quite lucky to be able to walk freely in and around so much ancient history. I find it so fascinating to imagine what life would have been like all that time ago…

There are still around 3,000 people living within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace today. Talk about a prime location!

Tip: Entry into Diocletian’s Palace is free and open 24 hours a day so visit at your leisure. That includes all areas except the City Museum, Cathedral, Temple of Jupiter and the Cellar.

5. City Museum

As you walk from the Golden Gate, make a left turn at Papaliceva (street) to see the Papalic Palace. The Papalic Palace in its Gothic architecture was built in the 15th century and home to noblemen.

Today the palace is used as the City Museum. The City Museum has a lot of wonderful information, photos, and artifacts on the history of Diocletian’s Palace and the city of Split.

The former Papalic Palace now the City Museum
The former Papalic Palace now the City Museum

Hours & Admission: The City Museum is open from 8:30am to 9pm daily. Admission for adults is 25 Kuna.

6. Peristil

The Peristil is one of the most visited and photographed areas of Diocletian’s Palace, right in the center of it.

A Peristil or sometimes seen as Peristyle is an ancient Roman courtyard that is lined with columns and steps around it.

There is nothing like it anywhere that I have seen. You truly feel like you are walking among magnificent and palatial Roman ruins, following in the footsteps of the past.

The impressive Peristil or Roman courtyard
The impressive Peristil or Roman courtyard

It is a favorite spot to come together and socialize with others, especially while enjoying a cocktail on the steps. Where else can you have a coffee or a glass of wine in a setting like the Peristil?

The impressive Peristil or Roman courtyard
Peristil of Diocletian’s Palace, the perfect place to relax on the steps…

When you realize that your surroundings are over 2,000 years old, it is mind-blowing to think!

If you want to capture the Peristil without a lot of people, go super early or later in the evening to have the place to yourself (or mostly)…

Tip: Make sure to get a glimpse of the sphinx statue from Egypt that is one of many still surviving. As you exit the Cathedral of St. Domnius and walk towards the Vestibule, you won’t miss it! You can see it in the middle corner of the photo above.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day and free entry.

7. Temple of Jupiter

From the Peristil, head west (turn right) down the tiny street of Sveti Ivana. At the end of this, you will see the Temple of Jupiter which was built in the 3rd century. As its name implies, it is a temple to honor the Roman God of Jupiter.

Temple of Jupiter
Temple of Jupiter

During Roman times, Jupiter was the highest-ranking god and the father of Diocletian so to speak.

Diocletian believed that he was a reincarnation of Jupiter and the reason behind his desire to build a temple dedicated to him. Could he have been one of the first narcissists possibly?

The stunning ceiling of the Temple of Jupiter
The stunning ceiling of the Temple of Jupiter

Later, the temple served as the baptistry and is one of the best-preserved temples of its time period. The high vaulted ceiling with numerous stone panels has incredible details in the carvings. It is quite a sight to see!

Temple of Jupiter ruins
Temple of Jupiter ruins

Tip: Right next to the Temple of Jupiter is what is said to be the narrowest street. I’m not sure about that, but it is pretty slim! It is called “Pusti me proc” or “let me through”.

Hours: Temple of Jupiter is open from 8am to 7pm. Your entry fee is included in your ticket to the Cathedral of St. Domnius on the other side of the Peristil. See #8 below.

8. Cathedral of St. Domnius

Directly across from the Peristil and opposite the Temple of Jupiter is the Cathedral of St. Domnius.

Locally it is also known as St. Duje’s Cathedral and built as Diocletian’s mausoleum in the 4th century. Over the years additional sections were added to the ancient Roman structure.

Cathedral of St. Domnius
Cathedral of St. Domnius

The cathedral has an interesting history, as in the 5th century Christians destroyed Diocletian’s sarcophagus and transformed the tomb into a catholic church.

The church was then dedicated to Saint Domnius who had been a victim of Diocletian’s persecution. I guess the Christian’s got the last laugh…

Sphinx and ruins of Cathedral of St. Domnius
Sphinx and ruins of Cathedral of St. Domnius

The most remarkable thing about St. Domnius, is that it is the oldest church in Europe that is still used and in its original form. I am amazed at the preservation of the cathedral, tower, and crypt.

If the bell tower is open, definitely make the climb up to the top for spectacular views of Split and its waterfront. Sadly, the bell tower is closed for renovation (as of June 2019) but photos of the view are quite amazing.

Crypt at Cathedral of St. Domnius
Crypt at Cathedral of St. Domnius

Tip: Your entrance fee is good for entry into the cathedral, the treasury, crypt and the Temple of Jupiter.

Hours & Admission: The Cathedral is open from 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday (12:20pm to 6:30pm Sundays). Admission is 35 Kuna for adults that includes the Cathedral, Treasury, Crypt, and Temple of Jupiter. To climb the bell tower (if open), it is an additional 20 Kuna.

9. Vestibule

After leaving St. Domnius Cathedral, head south (turn left) and walk up the steps to the jaw-dropping Vestibule.

The Vestibule is an enormous round-shaped room that is open to the sky through the top. It is a rather grand and over-the-top entrance to the living quarters of Diocletian’s Palace.

The beautiful ceiling of the Vestibule in Split
The beautiful ceiling of the Vestibule

Standing at 55 feet tall, the Vestibule was built in the 4th century and was the official greeting area before entering the inner part of Diocletian’s Palace. Kind of like the lobby of a hotel!

Taking in the beautiful architecture of the Vestibule in Split
Taking in the beautiful architecture of the Vestibule

Spend some time walking around the dome-shaped room (minus the dome) to get different perspectives of the architecture and its pristine condition.

If you stand against the walls of the Vestibule, you can get a photo of the bell tower and blue skies peeking through the ceiling. There was a complete roof, but at some point, the top of the dome collapsed.

Wandering the Roman ruins of the Vestibule
Wandering the Roman ruins of the Vestibule

Tip: From the outside of the Vestibule, it looks rectangular yet on the inside, it is circular! Entry is free and open 24 hours a day.

10. The Cellar (Palace Basement)

Go back the way you came in and go down the steps to the Peristil and take the next set of steps down to the basement or the cellar.

As you get down to the cellar, you will see a long corridor that is now lined with various vendors selling items local to Croatia. All the chambers of the cellar mirror the floorplan of the above living quarters.

A room in the Cellar of Diocletian's Palace
A room in the Cellar of Diocletian’s Palace

As you make your way towards the end of the basement corridor, you have the option to go left or right. Don’t miss out on seeing this section of the cellar.

You truly feel the history walking through the many rooms in the cellar and can imagine what it was like at one time. There are areas that are quite damp adding to the old and mysterious feel.

The room that was used in Game of Thrones (dragons held here) in the Cellar.
The room that was used in Game of Thrones (dragons held here) in the Cellar

During the time of the emperor Diocletian, the cellar was primarily used to store food and wine. Today you are able to roam the sections of the cellar and possibly even attend an exhibition or party here.

Ruins of the Cellar
Ruins of the Cellar

For Game of Thrones fans, one room in the cellar was used as the scene where Daenerys kept her dragons chained (in the land of Meereen). As you finish up wandering the cellar ruins, exit south out the Bronze Gate to Split’s promenade or riva.

Hours & Admission: Open 8:30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday (to 5pm Sunday). Admission for adults is 42 Kuna.

11. Stroll The Riva

The Promenade or “Riva” is Split’s seaside waterfront that is a broad and long path to walk along.

The Riva runs the length of about 2-3 football fields with many cruise ships, fishing, and tour boats docked here. You can see and feel the life of Split as you stroll on the Riva.

The gorgeous Riva of Split
The gorgeous Riva of Split

It really is the perfect place to stretch your legs and stroll along the palm tree-lined seafront at your leisure.

There are tons of bars, cafes, and restaurants scattered along the promenade. It makes for an ideal spot to take a break from site seeing and have a coffee, drink or a meal.

Dining along Split's Riva
Dining along Split’s Riva

Don’t be surprised if you are drawn to the Riva to have a drink to watch the sunset every evening.

Sunsets on the Adriatic Sea are quite breathtaking to see. There is no better spot to people watch and see the pulsing city in motion.

Walking on the Riva or seaside promenade
Walking on the Riva or seaside promenade

Tip: If you happen to take any kind of boat tour, you will meet up and take off from the marina right off of the Riva.

12. Marjan Hill

Other than the view from the Bell Tower, Marjan Hill is a wonderful place to see the city of Split in full view. It is also a great location to take a walk and enjoy nature on one of many trails up the hill.

Walking on the Riva with Marjan Hill in the distance
Walking on the Riva with Marjan Hill in the distance

Up the hill, there is a café called Vidilica to relax and marvel at the views with a coffee or some wine. Continue on from Café Vidilica to the summit where you will get even a better view at the peninsula’s highest point.

Make sure to bring plenty of water with you especially if it is a hot day. If your feet feel like wandering more, there are two churches to visit. The first is St. Nicholas Church (13th century) and St. Jerome Church (15th century) both located up on the hill.

Tip: A great viewing platform to photograph the city of Split is from Prva Vidilica Na Marjanu. If you enter that into Google Maps, you will get there no problem!

13. Island Hopping

Split is one of the best locations to island-hop off the Dalmatian coast. The beauty of the turquoise clear waters and pristine beaches will win you over before you even step foot on an island.

Sailing the islands is one of the best things to do in Split and something that I hope to come back one day to do more of. How amazing would it be to sail from island to island for a week or two?

Breathtaking beach and waters of Paklinski Island
Breathtaking waters of Paklinski Island

On this trip, I booked a tour and spent a long day (10 + hours) exploring some of the top islands in Split’s Adriatic Sea. There are many island-hopping tours that you can take seeing anywhere from 3-5 islands.

I wouldn’t recommend seeing any more than that because you won’t get enough time at each place.

After researching several companies, I chose Blue Cave Trip, as they had excellent reviews and I liked the itinerary.

Blue Grotto Cave of Bisevo Island
Blue Grotto Cave of Bisevo Island

We visited 4 islands with 6 stops on the islands of Bisevo (Blue Cave), Vis, Paklinski, and Hvar. Bisevo Island is the farthest island from Split and quite small! Only a handful of people inhabit Bisevo mainly because of the famous Blue Grotto.

Blue Cave Grotto Tour on Bisevo Island
Blue Cave Grotto Tour on Bisevo Island

The Blue Grotto is a sea cave that you enter via a tiny boat and make sure to watch your head as you go!

Gaze at the amazing blue light illuminated from light passing through an opening underwater. It really does look like lights on in a pool and is spectacular to see.

The village of Komiza on Vis Island
The village of Komiza on Vis Island

After visiting the Blue Grotto, you might get to see the Green Grotto which is a bigger cave and a treat to see as it is less crowded than its Blue neighbor.

Next stop is to Komiza on the island of Vis which is a quaint little fishing village. There are only about 1500 people that live here and definitely a place where everyone knows your name!

Cruising up to the opening of Stiniva Beach Cove
Cruising up to the opening of Stiniva Beach Cove
The tranquil beach at Stiniva Beach Cove on Vis Island
The tranquil beach at Stiniva Beach Cove on Vis Island

A short boat ride from Komiza on Vis Island is the most breathtaking beach called Stiniva Cove. It used to be a cave but its roof collapsed at some point creating this enchanting cove.

Unless you have your own small boat, tours don’t let you get off for a swim or wander the beach. If you are staying on Vis, you can hike to this tranquil beach on your own.

Beautiful bay of Paklinski Island
The beautiful bay of Paklinski Island

From Vis Island, the stunning blues and greens of the Pakliniski Islands beaches will welcome you with delight in seconds. Time seems to stand still while basking in the sun on Paklinski.

Take a moment to enjoy an incredible meal involving some form of seafood and sit back in bliss with the view in front of you.

The gorgeous island of Hvar
The gorgeous island of Hvar

Visiting the island of Hvar you will notice its high-end luxury that celebrities frequent on holiday. Expect to see elegant hotels, restaurants and quite the party scene in the peak summer months.

Tip: Another popular island to visit is Brac Island which I hope to visit next time! Brac Island is the closest island to Croatia’s mainland so it is pretty easy to get a ferry or boat ride over to it. Brac is the largest of the Dalmatian islands and offers several beaches and sights to see.

14. Klis Fortress

About 20 minutes from the Old Town of Split is Klis Fortress sitting high up on the mountain overlooking the valley and city of Split. It really is the perfect location to have a fortress as there is nothing at a higher elevation.

They would have been able to see any invaders coming from a distance to their advantage. It offers a panoramic view of Split and the Dalmatian Coast.

The formidable Klis Fortress
The formidable Klis Fortress

Klis Fortress is quite impressive with its formidable structure that was first established in the 2nd century BC. The views from the top of the medieval fortress are spectacular and you will likely have the viewpoint to yourself.

Entrance to Klis Fortress
Entrance to Klis Fortress

Klis Fortress does not see the volume of visitors like many other sights in Croatia which is a nice break from the crowds! I’m not really sure why this is as it is an incredible place for the view, the history, and beauty of the ruins.

Walking the ruins of Klis Fortress
Walking the ruins of Klis Fortress

For those of you that are Game of Thrones (GOT) fans, you might recognize Klis Fortress from Season 4 as the City of Meereen.

It is where Daenarys comes into her power freeing the slaves of Meereen. To punish the masters who had enslaved the people of Meereen, Daenarys has the masters crucified along the walls.

View of Split from Klis Fortress
View of Split from Klis Fortress

Walking around the ruins, the scene looks very close to what you see on the show except for some minor changes with CGI and one major change. On the show, you see a giant pyramid on top of the fortress but in reality, this is all CGI.

Walking among the ruins of Klis Fortress
Half expecting Daenarys to walk by…

Tip: Expect to spend 1-2 hours walking the tiers of the fortress.

Hours & Admission: Klis Fortress is open from 9am to 7pm, daily. Adult admission is 60 Kuna.

15. Krka National Park

Visiting Krka National Park might not be as big and famous as Plitvice National Park, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The waterfalls in Krka are so beautiful and different from Plitvice.

Krka National Park is about a 1-hour drive from Split and is perfect to do as a day trip. You could easily spend the whole day but spend at least 3 hours so that you get to walk the different paths and enjoy the park.

Walking on the boardwalks through Krka National Park
Walking on the boardwalks through Krka National Park

I went in the middle of May and had brought my bathing suit and towel ready to swim in the falls. I was super excited because I had seen photos of people swimming in them. It is such a bummer to see signs saying “no swimming” and no one in the water.

One of many lakes and waterfalls in Krka National Park
One of many lakes and waterfalls in Krka National Park

I found out that they don’t allow swimming until June 1st (through September 30th). The dates could vary a bit depending on the weather that year. Because of heavier than normal rainfall this year (2019), the river was running high and why I couldn’t swim in the falls.

One of several waterfalls in Krka National Park
Chasing waterfalls…

There are two main entrances to Krka National Park, the Skradin and the Lozovac entrances. I parked (free) at the Lozovac entrance and after buying tickets, walked down through a pretty forest to the waterfalls.

Or you can take a free bus down that is included in your ticket price. If you park at the Skradin entrance, then you will hop onto a boat to the waterfalls (also included in your ticket price).

Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall attraction at Krka National Park
Skradinski Buk, the biggest waterfall attraction at Krka

The Krka River runs through the national park creating seven stunning waterfalls. Begin your walk following the boardwalks over and around the small pools created by the Krka River.

Take your time and spend an hour wandering down to the big Skradinski Buk Waterfall. It is very peaceful listening to the emerald green water flowing and watching brown trout swim in all the little pools.

Skradinski Buk waterfall at Krka National Park
Skradinski Buk waterfall

The Skradinski Buk is the highlight of your visit to the park as it is the biggest waterfall you will see. It is also where you can take a dip in the water during the summer months.

There are many viewing spots around Skradinski Buk and plenty of vendors selling food, snacks, and drinks. There is a big grassy area to picnic in too.

In awe of the beautiful waterfalls
In awe of the beautiful waterfalls and slightly bummed I couldn’t jump in the water…

You can take a boat excursion to see another waterfall, Roski Slap and the island of Visovac.

To see these two sights, give yourself an additional 3.5 hours. If you include this into your visit to Krka National Park then expect to spend a full day here.

Tip: If you don’t have a rental car and want to visit Krka Falls, take the Krka Falls Full-Day Tour From Split.

Hours & Admission: Hours vary from month to month but you can find current hours, here. Admission is 100 Kuna (April, May, October) and 200 Kuna (June, July, August, September).

Croatian Food

Croatian food is very Mediterranean with a mix of Italian and Greek cuisine, adding their own variation to it.

Because of Croatia’s location along the Adriatic Sea, you will encounter a lot of seafood especially in towns on the coast. I also had a few pizzas that were just as good as in Italy (don’t tell my Italian friends)!

Most of the traditional Croatian meals I had were all centered around meat usually beef, lamb or chicken and cooked deliciously. Below are some great places in Split to find an awesome Croatian meal that will leave you happy and satisfied.

And don’t forget to sample the tasty Croatian wine with your meal. Here are a few yummy restaurants to get you started during your stay in Split.

Konoba Nikola

Chops Grill Steak & Seafood

Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar

Villa Spiza

Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar

When To Visit Split

Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia experiences a Mediterranean climate much like Italy and Greece. Visiting Split is pleasant any time of the year with the best months from April to October.

The winter months bring mild temperatures and a lot of rain whereas the summer months are pretty hot and humid. To get the best weather and avoid the crowds, the shoulder seasons are ideal, May/June and September/October.

Vocni Trg or Fruit Square in Split
Vocni Trg or ‘Fruit Square”

Travel To Split

The closest airport to Split is the Split International Airport (SPU), or the Resnik Airport. The airport is actually closer to Trogir than Split, with about a 30-minute drive to Old Town of Split.

If you are coming from the town of Dubrovnik, it is about a 3.5-hour drive and you can get there by bus or car. Or if you are coming from Mostar, Bosnia it is about a 2-hour drive to Split.

Beautiful door in Old Town Split
Beautiful door in Old Town Split

Packing Tips for Split

Traveling anywhere along Croatia’s Adriatic Sea, you will encounter plenty of intense sunshine. And that is even more so if you are island hopping off of Split’s coast. The number one thing to pack is a good organic reef-friendly sunscreen.

Other essentials to include in your bag are good sunglasses, a cute travel hat (collapses) and a travel towel for taking a dip into the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea.

Now that you are fully covered and protected from the sun, make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat. An easy and convenient way to do this is to carry your own reusable water bottle.

On days when you will spend a lot of time on your feet, having a comfortable pair of walking shoes is key! Not fun having feet that are hurting by the end of the day…

My favorite water bottle to travel with is the Yeti Rambler as it keeps liquids either super cold or hot. Plus it is spill-proof which is needed when on the go.

If you are not sure about the quality of the water, always be safe and travel with a filtered water bottle. Not only are you helping the environment but necessary as airports are beginning to ban plastic water bottles.

Adorable staircase in Split's Old Town
Adorable staircase in Split’s Old Town

Got Travel Insurance?

I had always heard that it was wise to get travel insurance before going on a vacation. But I questioned spending extra money that wasn’t needed as my medical coverage would be enough. I was wrong to ignore those recommendations! Granted for most trips, nothing goes wrong but it just takes one bad accident or hospital visit to change your perspective.

On a trip to Panama, I traveled with both of my parents. Long story short, my dad got severe pneumonia and was hospitalized for four days. It was the scariest few days. In the end, he was treated and we were on our way again but we lost out on a lot.

Because we had to cancel excursions and activities, we were out that money on top of the medical bills. Since this trip, let’s just say I will always purchase World Nomads travel insurance for all those normal and random things that can go wrong. I have since used World Nomads and have been very happy with their service. It is worth the peace of mind knowing that myself and my loved ones will be covered!

Have fun and enjoy experiencing the best things to do in Split!

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Split is a beautiful place on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast that has amazing beaches, Blue Cave and historic Old Town. Split is a very photogenic city that has many things to do for the ultimate trip! Read this must-see guide! #split #croatia #croatiatravel #splitcroatia

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  1. I had heard that Croatia was beautiful and your post has just confirmed that. Looks like an amazing place I can’t wait to visit one day. The city of Split is so historic looking I love it

    1. Thanks Emma! Yes, Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries I have been to. Split really does have an incredible amount of history to see and I hope you get the chance to see it one day! 🙂

  2. You’re making me dream with this post! I can’t believe how much there is to do in Split and how much history there is! And the best thing about it is that it’s got the sea, would love to go there one day! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Pauline! I’m glad to have inspired some wanderlust for visiting Split. The sea and the islands really made visiting Split even more wonderful. The water is so clear and with the most amazing colors! 🙂

  3. The older parts of cities like this are always my favourite as opposed to the modern areas. There is so much history and cool architecture! What a beautiful waterfront walkway too! Split definitely looks like a place I want to visit!

  4. Okay Vanessa, you have me totally convinced. Split looks like a fantastic place to visit! The combination of gorgeous architecture and fantastic natural scenery (waaaaaterfalls!) make it seem like a perfect destination.

    1. Ah thanks so much Josy! I’m so happy that you are determined to go! It really is a pretty great place and so many day trips from there too. 🙂

    1. Thanks Merrie! I hope you get the chance to, there really is so much to do in Split and the rest of Croatia! 🙂

  5. Croatia has recently moved to the top of my travel bucket list! This post only confirms that decision! Your pictures and descriptions are so beautiful! Temple of Jupiter and the Blue Cave are at the top of my list! Pinning this for future reference!!

    1. I’m so excited that you are putting Croatia high on your list of places to visit! It is a gorgeous country with so many wonderful things to see and experience. I just don’t recommend going in the middle of the summer due to high crowds. Apparently everyone wants to go! 🙂

    1. That is so great that you want to visit Split now! Definitely go as Split along with the rest of Croatia is such a wonderful place. And yes, the Blue Grotto was pretty spectacular! 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m glad I am able to inspire a visit there by sharing my experience. You will love Croatia! 🙂

  6. I went to Split last year for the first time and fell in love! I wish I could move there. I can’t wait to go back. I miss it more after reading your post. It looks like you had a lot of fun when you were there!

    1. Thanks Disha! It’s pretty easy to fall in love with Split! It’s one of those places that needs a second visit! 🙂

  7. Years ago when I was in Croatia I was supposed to go down to Split from Zagreb but ended up being really sick with a cold – I totally missed out! I should have just sucked it up and went haha! I’d really love to get to Krka National Park though. It looks SO gorgeous!

    1. Oh no! That is always the worst to get sick while traveling and a bummer that you missed seeing the area. You now have a great reason to go back! 🙂

  8. Oh man, Croatia looks utterly stunning. I’ve never really thought about going but the more I read and see photographs it’s making me think otherwise! The buildings look so inspiring – I had no idea how much there was to do just in Split! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are so welcome! Yes Split is a stunning city and so much to do in the area with the waterfalls and islands as a favorite! 🙂

  9. Croatia seems like a dream! I’ve only done Dubrovnik so I feel like I need to go back and see more! Skradinski Buk waterfall looks like my kind of place. I’m always chasing waterfalls. Island hopping also sounds amazing.

    1. Croatia really is a dream! Although I loved all of Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of my favorites so you visited a great spot. Yes, between the waterfalls and islands, Split is a water paradise for sure! 🙂

  10. Love Croatia and I can’t believe I never made it to Split!! Just a reason to go back! Thanks for sharing all these great things to do there! I’ll be sure to use them when I go to Split!

    1. You’re welcome and oh yes, definitely need to visit Split next time! There is a lot to see and it is quite a beautiful place.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I either got up very early to avoid the crowds or waited patiently… Yes, definitely visit Split when you get the chance! 🙂

    1. The Blue Grotto really is a unique and pretty experience! Croatia really is a special place to visit. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome and so happy that you had a wonderful time in Split! It is a beautiful city to vacation at and I bet the weather was great. 🙂

  11. I found your tips at the beginning helpful for a visit to Split. Especially for day trips since we would do this after a visit to the Old Town. The Cellar looks impressive too. We want to visit Croatia, although not so much busy Dubrovnik. Really nice guide!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad you found the tips helpful. Yes, Split is a great city to explore and it makes for an excellent base for day trips in the area. I would recommend visiting Dubrovnik during the spring or fall to avoid crowds but don’t skip as it is an amazing city! 🙂

  12. What a fantastic trip! I completely felt like I was walking through Game of Thrones in some of your pictures! I would definitely have to take that tour. Croatia is a place I’ve wanted to go to forever. I would definitely do plenty of island hopping! Thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! Croatia is one of those countries where you can’t find anything wrong with it. Everything from the people, food, sights, etc… are just awesome. It is a country that will keep drawing you back for another visit. I hope you get the chance to go one day and see for yourself! 🙂

  13. I want to go to Split so badly. I went to Dubrovnik but just didn’t have the time to do more than that and I’ve always regretted it. Absolutely gorgeous pictures and a fantastic read!

    1. Thank you! Dubrovnik is an amazing city so that’s not a bad thing that you got to spend time there. Split is a cool city with great access to the islands and nearby places to visit that it makes for a great base. I hope you get to visit Split on your next trip to Croatia! 🙂

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