Split - Croatian Mediterranean paradise
If you are wondering about your next place to visit, then you need to consider Split, Croatia.
Split is one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations with rich tourist offer including historical sights, beautiful beaches and walkways, diverse nightlife and preserved nature.
Continue reading to find out it's main attractions and tourist information useful for visitors.
- Diocletian's palace
- Riva in Split
- Prokurative and Marmont's street
- Golden gate (Porta aurea)
- Piazza and Dominican Monastery
- Split beaches
- Marjan hill
- How to get in Split
- Photo Gallery
The most significant cultural tourist attraction of Split is the Diocletian's palace.
Diocletian was a Roman emperor known for the persecution of Christians. He ruled the Roman Empire during the second and third century.
During the last years of his rule, he had built up a royal palace in Split where he wanted to spend the last few years of his life, after renouncing the Emperor's authority.
The palace includes the narrow center of Split. Interesting attractions of the palace include streets, squares and churches.
The Split Peristyle, a square located in the palace, is one of the most beautiful European squares.
You can find out more about Diocletian's palace here.
Riva in Split
Riva in Split is promenade along the sea located near the Diocletian's palace. For locals, this place is really special.
Most important political, social and entertainment events take place on Riva.
Riva is also place of romantic walks, love and socializing. If you come to Riva and look around yourself, you will see people feeling pretty relaxed and having a great time. There is some special Mediterranean spirit out there.
While walking on the Riva, you can take an ice cream or pancakes. You can also sit in your favourite caffe bar and enjoy coffee and the sun.
Between Riva and West Coast, there is a culturally important monastery and the church of St. Francis. The founding of the monastery is attributed to St. Francis, although it can't be confirmed.
Near the Riva there is Fruit Square (Voćni trg), where Ivan Meštrović, the most famous Croatian sculpturer ever, made a sculpture of Marko Marulić, one of the biggest Croatian writers.
There are two more promenades located just near the Riva, called the West and East Coast.
The biggest party in Split is held every year in Riva on May 7, when the patron of the city, St. Duje is celebrated. The celebration is held throughout the day, from morning mass to evening concerts.
West coast bike path
Sculpture of Marko Marulic
Sustipan (or the peninsula of St. Stephen) is located in district called Zvončac, close to the West Coast. In Middle Ages there was a Benedictine monastery and a church. In the 19th century one of the most beautiful cemeteries of the whole Croatia was built on Sustipan.
Today, there is a beautiful small forest park ideal for socializing and romantic walks.
Prokurative and Marmont's street
Marmont's street is the most beautiful street in Split (if not counting Riva). It is located between Croatian National Theater and Riva. It was named after Napoleon's General Marmont.
Marmont was also responsible for architectural design of a Prokurative, a square similar to the Venetian Square of Saint Mark.
There are many events and festivals held in Prokurative such as the Split Festival of Pop music. (original Festival Zabavne Glazbe). The festival gathers the most famous Croatian singers.
Croatian National theater Split
Golden gate (Porta aurea)
Golden gate is a name for main and most beautiful entrance to the Diocletian's Palace palace.
Right next to the gate inside the palace there is the most beautiful gothic-renaissance palace in Split: Papalic's palace. It was built in 15th century by famous architect and builder Juraj Dalmatinac, who also built the cathedral in Sibenik (nearby city). Museum of Split is located in the palace.
Outside of the palace there is a statue of Gregory of Nin, who was a Croatian medieval bishop known as patron of the Old Slavonic worship service. The sculpture was made by Ivan Meštrović.
Piazza and Dominican Monastery
Not far from the East entrance to Diocletian's Palace there is a Dominican monastery built in the 13th century.
The library of the monastery is very rich and contains books that are assumed to have been part of the library of the great Croatian writer Marko Marulic.
Right next to the monastery there is one of the most vibrant areas of Split - Split piazza. Piazza manifests agricultural wealth of the Split's hinterland. You can taste and buy real Dalmatian and Mediterranean specialties.
Olive oil is one of the most delicious Mediterranean specialties. It is characterized by exceptional and unique taste.
Many of Dalmatian wines are a famous, for example red wine Babic from Primosten is widely known.
Dalmatian prosciutto and cheese are also worth tasting,
Split beaches are real jewels of Split. There are numerous beaches and each has its own beauty and story. The following are the most famous.
Beach Bačvice is the most popular beach in Split. It is mostly pebble beach. It is well-known for picigin, a game included in UNESCO's immaterial cultural heritage. It is a game played in shallow waters. Players are throwing a small ball to each other with acrobatics. The ball must not fall into the sea. The aim of the game is to keep the ball in the air as much as possible.
Right next to Bačvice there are numerous beach bars that work as nightclubs as well.
Beaches Ovcice and Firule, located few hundred meters eastern of Bacvice, are very similar to already mentioned beach. Near beach Firule there are tennis courts where big Croatian tennis players Goran Ivanišević and Nikola Pilić trained tennis.
The biggest beach in Split is Znjan. It is ideal for families with children. There is a large free parking space, which is advantageous to Znjan in relation to all other Split beaches. The beach has been completely reconstructed in 2018.
Beaches Kasjuni and Bene are located at the foot of Marjan hill. They are characterized by exceptional natural beauty and shade. They are ideal for bikers, athletes and runners who run on the Marian trim trails.
Kasjuni are much more popular due to easier access, big pebble part and free parking just near the beach.
Poljud is a part of Split known mostly for the stadium of football club Hajduk.
Hajduk was founded in 1911, and for many people in Split it is far more than a football club: a symbol of the city; almost like a religion.
Hajduk and football are most common topics in Split cafes.
Besides Hajduk, stadium Poljud is famous for Ultra Europe Festival, which is held there every year in July.
It is worth to mention beautiful 15th century Franciscan monastery and Romanesque church of Holy Trinity, both located near the stadium.
Romanesque Church of Holy Trinity
The hill of Marjan is known as a place of contemplation of numerous medieval hermits.
No wonder, because Marjan is truly preserved and beautiful.
Nowadays Marjan is a place for recreation, sports, family vacation, swimming and romantic walks.
marjan bike pedestrian path
one of marjan beaches
The nightlife offer in Split is rich. This is especially true during the summer season when most of the nightclubs work every night. That period includes second half of May and whole months June, July and August.
Club Inbox is usually a first destination of night out. It is is outdoor nightclub located two hundred meters away from main bus station in Spit. People gather around 10 pm, when DJ starts to play music, and they leave around 1.30 am, when the club is closing.
Prices in club Inbox are little higher than average in Split; for a small beer you may pay around 4 euros.
Another option is Fabrique pub located in the center of the city, between West Coast and Marmont's street. It's also a restaurant with a great food choice. It is favourite among middle age population, most people being in 21+ age range.
The club closes at 2 am.
Many people decide not to enter clubs before 1 am. Instead they just enjoy drinking on some of the beaches with their companions. Beaches with most people are Bacvice, Ovcice and Firule.
Bars Bacvice and Tropic are located few hundred meters away from club Inbox, near beach Bacvice. They open at 11 pm, but people gather there around 1 am. These clubs are usually second night out destination. Entrance to the clubs is free.
Club Tropic is little more fancy than Bacvice, so if you plan to go there, you need to take care of dress code. On the other hand, atmosphere in club Bacvice is more relaxed with no special dress code.
The prices are average for Split. If you take a small beer in Bacvice, you will pay less than 3 euros.
Club Central is located near Croatian National Theater, in the center of the city. It is known as most fancy club in Split, so if you want to go there, take special care of dress code. Entrance is usually free for women, and men need to pay around 10 euros. Entrance fee is higher if there is some special DJ guest having performance. The club opens at 00:30 am.
Zenta is a favourite among locals club located near beach Firule,. It's two floor nightclub, with each floor playing different type of music. Usually, on the first floor there is house and Hip Hop music being played, and on the second floor Croatian trash music.
If you want to join some group when going for a night out, Pub Crawl may be for you. It has became common in Split during recent years. Two most famous ones are Tower Pub Crawl and Pub Crawl Ziggy Star.
Split Summer Festival (Splitsko ljeto) is manifestation held during July and August in Split.
It is held on various locations, including Croatian National Theater, peninsula Sustipan, Split Peristyle and others. The manifestation consists of theatre plays, concerts and exhibitions.
You can find full program here and tickets here.
Ultra Europe Festival is one of the most famous european music manifestations that is held in Split, on stadium Poljud in July every year. It gathers together world's best DJs.
2018. edition included performances of David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell and others.
Solin Summer Festival is manifestation held in Solin, a small city near Split. It is similar to Split Summer Festival, with advantages of cheaper tickets and many free events.
You can find full program here.
There are few open-air cinemas working in Split during summer months. The most famous ones are Bacvice and Golden Gate. Entrance fee for Bacvice is 25 kuna, which is around 3.5 euros. Some of the movies being played are recent date, yet some are older. Most of the movies are Hollywood ones with Croatian subtitles. There are also a few Croatian movies with English subtitles.
You can find program of Bacvice cinema here.
Shopping in Split
Split is also a nice place to do some shopping. We will list the most important shopping centers in Split.
Mall of Split is the largest shopping center in Split. It's all in one place for shopping. If your shopping time is limited (and it should be because there are so many other things to do in Split), then you don't need to look for another shopping place except this one. It can be easily reached by car. There is large garage with free parking space. Other option is to reach it by local bus.
More info can be found here.
City Center One is another shopping place located few kilometers away from Mall of Split.
Shopping center Joker is located few kilometers away from Poljud. It's main advantage is location. It is shopping center closest to the center of city.
Mall of Solin is located in nearby city called Solin.
Mall of Solin
How to get in Split
The easiest way to reach Split is by car. You can take A1 highway and exit in Dugopolje, which is only a few kilometers away from Split.
Another option is to take a bus. Many european cities have direct bus lines to Split, especially during summer season. Others do have lines to Rijeka or Zagreb, which are very well connected to Split.
Trains are little bit worse option than buses due to less train lines, longer travel time and more expensive tickets. On the other hand, travelling by train could be more comfortable.
The busiest train line is Zagreb-Split, driven by tilting train. Usually, there are three to four departures a day from Zagreb to Split and vice versa.
Next option to reach Split is by plane. Split Airport is located 24 kilometers away from the center of the city. That distance can be traversed by bus, taxi (including Uber) or private transfer.