Ancient ruins of Diocletian's Palace

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19 Top Things To Do In Split Old Town On Croatia’s Adriatic Coast

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 the city 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 old town 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 the old town of Split you will be delighted. It is here where you will likely spend the bulk of your time.

Republic Square is one of the top things to do in Split old town with its beautiful buildings, large square, and large planter with flowers and grass.

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 and should be part of any Croatia itinerary.

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

In this post, I will share what to do in Split and its charming old town, where to stay, and foods to try on your trip! And if you are looking for other activities near Split, explore:

9 Best Day Trips From Split, Croatia That Are Spectacular

Best Things To Do In Split, Croatia

1. Wander 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 section of Split, Croatia.

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.

Beautiful pale yellow and peach historic buildings in a Old Town Square in Split, Croatia.

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. Go On A Food Tour

Going on a food tour in Split on your first day is a fantastic way to sample several different local dishes.

Plus, with a guide who is local they will take you to the best places to try Croatian foods.

An added benefit of experiencing a food tour at the start of your trip is that your guide can give you recommendations of places to eat. That way you won’t miss out on must eateries during your stay. Two top food tours to take are:

Small Group Food Tour In Split

Food, Wine, & Lifestyle Tour

Explore More Unique Dining Experiences In Split!

A plate with a mound of pasta with a white sauce and shrimp in Split, Croatia.

Croatian food is a mixture of Mediterranean, Italian, and Eastern European cuisines. I ate a lot of delicious pasta meals that were quite heavenly.

Some popular and delicious Croatian dishes you should try when in Split are:

Soparnik – this savory thin pie is filled with Swiss chard, onions, and parsley between light dough brushed with olive oil and salt.

Peka – You will find Peka in many cities within Croatia as it is so tasty. A dish made with a protein, potatoes, and vegetables are cooked in a large iron pan over an outdoor flame. It is then cooked slowly over the hot coals for hours. In Split the main protein will likely be octopus.

Fresh Seafood – From freshly grilled fish to octopus, there is no shortage of fresh caught the day of off the coast.

Pasticada – Another traditional dish involving slow cooked beef in a sauce made of a Croatian sweet wine, onions, prunes, and nutmeg.

Pizza & Pastas – Yes, Croatia serves up incredible pizza and pasta! I never had one I didn’t love…

3. 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.

4. 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

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

5. 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

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

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!

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.

6. Visit Split’s 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.

Hours & Admission: The City Museum is open from 9:00am to 5pm or 8pm daily depending on the season. Admission for adults is 3 Euros or about 20 Kuna.

The front courtyard with stairs of the former Papalic Palace now the City Museum in Split, Croatia.

7. Roman Peristil

The Peristil is one of the most visited and photographed areas of Diocletian’s Palace in Split old town, 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.

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 with its pillars, steps to sit on and beautiful setting in Split, Croatia.

The impressive Peristil or Roman courtyard in Diocletian's Palace in the old town of Split, Croatia.

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.

8. 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. It was also known as the Baptistery.

Tall pillars and stonework with a green door to the Temple of Jupiter in Split's Diocletian's Palace.

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?

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!

The stunning ceiling of the Temple of Jupiter in Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia.

A large stone slab with a few sentences carved into it in the Temple of Jupiter ruins in Split old town.

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 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or 7:00 pm depending on the season. Your entry fee is included in your ticket to the Cathedral of St. Domnius on the other side of the Peristil. See #9 below.

9. 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.

The tall bell tower with arched columns and beautiful stonework of Cathedral of St. Domnius in Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia.

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, tall columns, and ruins of Cathedral of St. Domnius in Diocletian's Palace in Split.

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.

Definitely make the climb up to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views of Split and its waterfront.

If you enjoy visiting gorgeous cathedrals, don’t miss out on seeing the Zagreb Cathedral. It is one of the top things to do in Zagreb. Plus, it is a great city to include a stay in if you are flying into the airport there!

A dark walkway through a tunnel in the 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 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (summer) or 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (winter) Monday – Saturday (opening at noon on Sunday). Admission varies depending on whether you get the blue, green, red, or purple ticket.

  • Blue Ticket: 7 Euro to visit the Cathedral, Crypt, and Baptistery (Temple of Jupiter)
  • Green Ticket: 10 Euro to see the Cathedral, Bell Tower, and Treasury
  • Red Ticket: 8 Euro to visit the Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, and Treasury
  • Purple Ticket: 11 Euro to see the Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Treasury, & Bell Tower

10. The Vestibule

After leaving St. Domnius Cathedral, head south (turn left) and walk up the steps to the jaw-dropping Vestibule. It is one of the top Split attractions for its spectacular architecture and beauty.

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.

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!

The beautiful ceiling with an open circle of the Vestibule in Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia.

Me standing and looking up, taking in the beautiful architecture of the Vestibule in Split with its bricks and stonework in shades of red and white.

Wandering the Roman ruins of the Vestibule with its red and white brick and stonework of an arched doorway.

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.

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.

11. 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.

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.

A room in the Cellar of Diocletian's Palace made of all stone with an arched ceiling.

The room that was used in Game of Thrones (dragons held here) in the Cellar at Diocletian's Palace in Split old town.

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.

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, a large room made of stone with low lighting and an arched ceiling that is beautiful.

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 daily from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm. Admission for adults is 5.60 Euro or about 42 Kuna.

12. Take A Stroll Along 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.

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.

The gorgeous Riva promenade of Split with palm trees, a stone seating area, and gorgeous blue water of the marina.

Dining along the Riva promenade at a restaurant patio, palm trees and view of the sea along Split's coast.

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.

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.

Walking on the Riva or seaside promenade

13. Walk Up 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 in Split, Croatia.

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!

14. Visit The Ivan Mestrovic Gallery

If you plan to take a stroll up Marjan Hill on the Marjan peninsula, make a stop and tour the Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

The museum is dedicated to one of the most famous artists in Croatia known for his sculptures in marble, bronze, and wood.

You likely have seen one of the more notable statues he created back in front of Diocletian’s Palace. And rubbed its toe! Yes, Gregory of Nin was created by Mestrovic in 1929.

The museum once served not only as his art studio but where the artist lived. There are two floors exhibiting his works including sculptures in the garden.

His work consists primarily of almost 200 sculptures in addition to drawings, paintings, and more.

15. Go Island Hopping

Split is one of the best locations to stay if you are interested in doing some island hopping off of Split’s coast. The beauty of the turquoise clear waters and pristine beaches will win you over before you even step foot on any island.

There are many island-hopping tours that you can take to see anywhere from 3-6 islands in a day. I wouldn’t recommend seeing any more than that because you won’t get enough time at each place.

Although you can easily spend weeks exploring all the islands off of Split’s coast, the top one’s to visit are:

  • Bisevo Island (Blue Cave)
  • Vis Island
  • Paklinski Island
  • Hvar Island
  • Korcula Island
  • Brac Island

If you are searching for a great day trip to visit a few islands, I recommend these tours:

Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full Day Tour By Speedboat

5 Islands Day Trip With Blue Cave Tour

Breathtaking beach and waters of Paklinski Island

Blue Grotto Cave of Bisevo Island

16. Lounge On A Beach

If you are visiting during the warmer months between late spring through fall, the temperatures will be perfect for relaxing on the beach.

Although the beaches on the nearby islands are breathtaking, don’t overlook the lovely beaches within walking distance of Split Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace.

The three most popular beaches in Split are Bacvice Beach about a 15-minute walk south of the Riva Harbor. You’ll find a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear calm waters and fairly shallow. There is even a bar where you can grab drinks and snacks.

Another great beach to hang out at is Kasjuni Beach which is in the opposite direction from Bacvice Beach on the Marjan Peninsula. I would recommend taking a taxi as it is about 20-minute drive from Old Town.

At Kasjuni Beach, you can rent a beach lounger or find a spot to lay your towel down but keep in mind that it is a rockier beach than Bacvice. The bonus is that it has a more remote feel to it with less people.

17. Explore Split Via A SUP or Kayak Tour

One glance at the waters of the Adriatic Sea running along Split’s shores and you will be in amazed.

Waters as clear as a swimming pool with hues of turquoise and emerald green are an inviting sight for sure.

The best way to discover Split’s coastline is by kayak or on a stand-up paddle board (SUP)!

If you decide you want to get in a workout and explore every nook and cranny of the coast, hop on a SUP.

On a beach looking at the beautiful cliffs and turquoise water of the Adriatic Sea along the Marjan Peninsula in Split, Croatia.

You’ll get the chance to see the stunning cliffs along the Marjan Peninsula, Bene Beach, and Kasjuni Beach in the morning or at sunset. Either time of day is beautiful but being on the water with views of Split at sunset is quite beautiful.

Another fun adventure on water is to take a kayaking tour that cruises past Marjan Hill, Bene Beach, Tito’s Villa and with a break for a swim if you choose. Both experiences are around 3 – 3.5 hours.

Sea Kayaking Tour In Split

Morning or Evening SUP Tour

18. Sip Croatian Wines

Croatia might not be as famous for wine as nearby Italy, France, or Germany but don’t pass up sampling it!

You’ll find several great wines with local varietals that are not only delicious but unique compared to what you are used to at home.

The top local Croatian wines to sip are:

Red Wines (Plavac, Babic, and Dingac)

White Wines (Bogdanusa, Debit, and Posip)

In Split Old Town, the best place to try a selection of Croatian wines is at Zinfandel Wine Bar.

You’ll find not only wonderful food but a wide assortment of wines from nearby regions in Croatia.

A man holding a glass of red wine up to another glass of wine another person is holding during a wine tasting.

If you prefer to go on a tour with a guide, the best wine tours are:

Wine Tasting In Diocletian’s Palace

Food, Wine, & Lifestyle Tour In Split

Wine Tasting In A Nearby Vineyard

19. Wander The Charming Town Of Trogir

If you have any spare time while staying in Split, take at least a half day to visit the cutest town of Trogir.

Trogir is on the coast 30-minutes north of Split and is super quaint with a fairytale vibe about it. The old town section of Trogir where most of the attractions are located at are on an island connected to the mainland by a few tiny bridges.

This is an island you can walk the entirety of a few times no problem. But even though it is small, don’t rush as there a number of cobblestoned walkways to get lost in, take photos, and even pop into a café.

Or grab a bite to eat on the promenade, a great spot for watching people and boats passing by.

For amazing views of the town and Adriatic Sea, climb up to the top of the Kamerlengo Fortress and the Clock Tower. Both offer incredible vantage points!

Tip: For more information about visiting, read about the top things to do in Trogir.

Looking out at the clear turquoise water surrounding the small island of Trogir, Croatia from the top of the fortress.

Places To Eat In Split

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

Small fountain I saw wandering Old Town 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

  • As of 2023, the currency used in Croatia is the Euro, previously 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.

Looking up at a lovely small balcony with blue shutters of an old stone building that is a picturesque sight in Split, Croatia.

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.

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!

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, April/May/June and September/October.

Vocni Trg or Fruit Square in Split

How To Get 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 renting a car. Or if you are coming from Mostar, Bosnia it is about a 2-hour drive to Split.

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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 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 filtered 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.

Adorable staircase in Split's Old Town

Before You Go…

Another remarkable town in Croatia that you are sure to love if you enjoy small towns with tons of history, cobblestoned streets, and unique attractions.

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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

Vanessa Shields

Vanessa Shields is the founder of Traveling Ness helping people with trip ideas, itineraries, travel planning, and boosting confidence for female travelers to take a solo trip. She has been a travel writer and content creator since 2019.

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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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! 🙂

    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. 🙂

    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! 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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! 🙂

  7. 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! 🙂

    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! 🙂

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

  9. 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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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! 🙂

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