Split in Croatia: Our tips for sights & beaches

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Love at first sight! There was a spark between Split and us – so much so that we have now been there three times. What makes Split so special? The city is unlike any other in Croatia. A modern coastal metropolis in ancient walls – that’s how you could describe Split.

During the day you can visit centuries-old Roman masterpieces and be amazed. In the evening you sip cocktails in the hippest bars in town. Split is vibrant, lively, young and dynamic. At the same time, however, Split enchants with its historical charm.

Are you planning a trip to Split? Wonderful, then let us tell you this much: you will like it! In this blog article we will tell you our personal tips for the most beautiful sights in Split. We also have our hotel recommendation, because we have really discovered a gem of a hotel in Split.

1. Split in Croatia: Information & first travel tips at a glance What can I expect from a holiday in Split? Walking through Split is like traveling back in time. The turbulent, centuries-old history of the city can be felt around every corner. Downtown Split is a alley labyrinth that is second to none. Losing yourself (and getting lost) is part and parcel of any city break.

Split is a beautiful city in our eyes. We try to summarize the special flair and lifestyle of Split in a few key words:

Split’s heart = Diocletian’s Palace: Hardly set foot in Split’s old town, you will notice : Split is different! The historic center is located within the walls of an ancient palace complex, the so-called Diocletian’s Palace. Sightseeing in the midst of Roman monuments, magnificent house facades and picturesque squares – all this and much more awaits you in Split. Great gastronomy scene: It’s hard to believe how many young, modern restaurants, cafes and bars have opened in Split in recent years. Split really is the paradise for foodies in Dalmatia! Beach hopping & excursions: Around Split are some find great beaches. So Split is an ideal destination if you want to combine city and beach. There are also great destinations such as the UNESCO town of Trogir or the Krka National Park. How many days should I plan for Split? In the center of Split all sights are within walking distance. If you are on your feet for a whole day , you could theoretically check out the most important highlights – emphasis on “theoretical” and “check out”. Because to be honest: Split is so beautiful that rushing through it is no fun.

We recommend that you plan two to three nights for Split. In addition to visiting the classic sights, there is still some time for a leisurely stroll and maybe even a trip to the beach.

If you also have one or the other excursion on the radar (e.g. to Trogir or to the Krka National Park), then we would plan a little more time. Four to five nights are then ideal. You definitely won’t get bored in Split – there is so much to see and experience, we can promise that.

The best time to go to Split Our number one tip: Avoid the high season if at all possible! In July and August an incredible number of people are drawn to Split. We ourselves were in Split in August and found the beaches around Split in particular uncomfortably crowded. Excursion destinations such as the Krka National Park are often completely overcrowded in summer. And in popular restaurants it is often difficult to get a seat in the evening.

A much better choice for a trip to Split is spring or autumn. We have already been to Split twice in May and find this month ideal. The temperatures are pleasantly spring-like (with a bit of luck even summery). In addition, there is significantly less going on than in summer and the prices are also more moderate.

However: The sea is still quite fresh in spring. (However, this in no way prevented us from throwing ourselves into the water anyway.) But if you like swimming in warm water, you should aim for September for a trip to Split.

2. Hotel tip for Split: A gem of a hotel We’ve been looking for the perfect place to stay in Split for a long time, and we dare to say: we’ve found it! The Heritage Hotel Fermai is a dream of a hotel. A historic Art Nouveau building was revitalized and renovated with an incredible amount of flair and attention to detail. The result: a boutique hotel you never want to leave.

Our room on the third floor not only gave us a great view towards the cathedral, but was also so stylishly designed that we felt like we were in 7. Hotel heaven felt. The design is elegant, puristic and extremely harmonious. You can tell that every piece of furniture or accessory has been carefully selected. In short: a absolute feel-good atmosphere.

The latter runs like a red thread through our entire stay. Special mention should be made of the excellent breakfast. It was served to us (due to the pandemic) and was excellent. Quite apart from that, the service staff is incredibly accommodating.

The location of the hotel is very central. You can walk to the center of Diocletian’s Palace in just a few minutes. If you want to find one tiny little downside, it’s here: the hotel is on a street. However, we didn’t notice the traffic at all and instead we were happy that we could drive up to the hotel by car and park comfortably there.

Our conclusion: We don’t lie when we claim that we haven’t felt as comfortable in a hotel as we did in the Heritage Hotel Fermai for a very long time. Everything is just right here. A definite recommendation!

Here you can book the hotel: Heritage Hotel Fermai

3. Sights in Split: Our tips Diocletian’s Palace In one breath with Split is called the so-called Diocletian’s Palace. You must not imagine a self-contained structure here. Rather, the Diocletian’s Palace describes the remains of a gigantic ancient building complex, which stretches over several blocks across the old town of Split and has meanwhile literally merged with it.

The origin of Diocletian’s palace goes back to 3. century back. The Roman Emperor Diocletian had the palace built as a retirement home. Over the centuries, the architecture of the palace has been modified and added to, but the Roman influence is still unmistakable.

The Diocletian’s Palace (which, by the way, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes numerous buildings. Each one is a sight of a special kind, so we will also introduce them separately afterwards:

Cathedral of St. Domnius: The most important church in Split with its striking bell towerPeristyl: The central square in Diocletian’s Palace Vestibule: The monumental, former antechamber of the imperial chambersPodrumi: The CellarSeveral gates such as the Golden Gate or the Silver Gate Split Cathedral & PeristyleGolden Gate Cathedral of St. Domnius (= THE Cathedral in Split) The landmark of Split is the Cathedral of St. Domnius, often just called “Split Cathedral”. With its five-storey, striking bell tower, the cathedral is an eye-catcher that can be seen from afar and shapes the silhouette of the city. The cathedral was once the mausoleum of Diocletian.

Good to know: You can visit different areas of the cathedral , which is why buying tickets with the different combos -Tickets is a bit confusing in our opinion. There are five areas in total: the actual cathedral, the temple of Jupiter, the crypt, the treasury and the bell tower.

In our opinion, you should definitely not miss the bell tower. You can climb it and enjoy a breathtaking -degree panoramic view of Split. We will give you more information and tips on this in the chapter on the most beautiful vantage points.

Peristyl = The central square in Diocletian’s Palace Adjacent to the cathedral you will reach what is probably the most impressive and most beautiful square in the whole of Split, the so-called Peristyle. With its Roman elements, this square really exudes a magical and very special flair.

We can promise you that during your vacation in Split you will inevitably come here several times. Because just as proverbially all roads lead to Rome, all roads in Split lead to the peristyle. Depending on the time of day, the atmosphere is very special: very quiet in the morning, full of people during the day and in the evening there is a lounge atmosphere thanks to the adjacent bar.

Vestibule On great photo motif and definitely worth a stopover is the so-called vestibule. It is located just a stone’s throw from the Peristyle. The antechamber to the imperial chambers was once housed here. With a bit of imagination, you instantly feel transported back to the old days. You can just walk through here – there is no entrance fee.

Waterfront Riva Not a sight in the traditional sense, but still worth seeing is the palm-lined promenade in Split called Riva. Especially in the evening, life pulsates in the many bars and restaurants along the promenade. (Although there are definitely cheaper and more recommendable places for dinner in Split, but we will come to our culinary tips later.)

Musiciansperform their works on the street, locals and tourists enjoy the last rays of sunshine of the day with a view of the sea with an Aperol Spritz. In short: If you want to soak up the Mediterranean, relaxed attitude to life, the waterfront promenade is the right place for you.

Places to visit in Split Apart from the impressive Peristyle (see above for tips), there are many other places in Split that are also well worth seeing. The best known (and also our favourites) are:

Pjaca: Very atmospheric, comparatively spacious square in the middle of the old town. Officially it is called “People’s Square”, or in Croatian “Narodni trg”. Several historic buildings are located here. In the evening people meet in the cafés and restaurants for an aperitif or for dinner. Our tip: Ela’s Icecream is around the corner from here. Voćni trg: This picturesque square is of the distinctive Venetian Shaped tower that immediately catches the eye. It bears its name (“Voćni” = fruit, i.e. fruit square) because a fruit market once took place here. Platz der Republik: One would imagine such a spacious square not at all expected at the edge of the alley labyrinth in Split. You will find this square at the western tip of the old town, directly on the Riva promenade. Republic Square was modeled on St. Mark’s Square in Venice and is lined on three sides with Neo-Renaissance arcades or facades. Pjaca (= Narodni trg)Voćni trg Republic Square 4. Viewpoints in Split Viewing terrace on the Marjan peninsula If you If you ask locals what their favorite place to watch a sunset in Split is, the answer is usually the same: Marjan Park! Marjan is a green, sparsely built, hilly peninsula practically adjacent to the historic center of Split. By the way, there are also some stands of Split here, but more on that later.

On the Marjan peninsula there are several viewpoints from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of Split. Probably the best-known (and the closest to the old town) viewing terrace is only about 16 walking distance from center of Split (e.g. Cathedral) away.

There are a few steps and a few meters of altitude to climb, but it’s definitely worth the effort. We have marked the exact location on the map at the end of the article. There are (in our opinion) two disadvantages: On the one hand, you are comparatively far away from the historic old town. And on the other hand you don’t look towards the sunset.

If that bothers you, then you can go even further up to the Hiking the peaks of the Marjan Peninsula. This doesn’t solve problem one (because you’re even further away from the historic center up here), but you have a fantastic all-round view.

Cathedral bell tower Probably the most impressive Viewpoint in the center of Split is located in the bell tower of the cathedral. You are likely to see the striking, six-storey structure several times during your holiday in Split. If you look closely you will see people at the top as the tower can be climbed.

About 200 There are steps to conquer before you are rewarded with a panoramic view in all directions. It is definitely most beautiful here before sunset, when the setting sun bathes Split in a beautiful light. (Tip: Before visiting, check the opening times, as they vary depending on the season.)

The entrance fee to the bell tower is kuna. However, there are also special combination tickets that allow you to visit several areas of the cathedral. In any case, you should be reasonably good on foot, because the stone steps in particular at the beginning are relatively steep. But don’t worry – the ascent is not something you can’t manage as a halfway sporty person.

5. Beaches in Split Split is not a classic bathing destination, but rather a destination for a city trip thanks to the wealth of history. However, those who would like to take the plunge (or rather the walk, thanks to the rocks) into the sea will not miss out.

Several beaches can be found around the old town. Many of them (including the two that we are presenting) are located on the green, wooded Marjan Peninsula. A car or, better still, a bicycle is advisable, because it is quite a walk on foot beautiful piece.

Kasjuni Beach Maldives feeling in Croatia! This pebble beach immediately catches the eye with its snow-white stones and azure to turquoise water. The setting is really breathtakingly beautiful.

According to the friendly staff of our hotel, Kasjuni Beach is one of the locals’ favourites. And what can we say: We understand why! Mainly young people, but also families with children are drawn to this beach.

Outside of the high season you can spend a great afternoon bathing here. In July and August we would personally recommend coming in the morning, because Kasjuni Beach is then particularly well frequented and is also described as “overcrowded” in many reviews.

There are a few beach bars and dixi toilets, but you shouldn’t expect a perfect infrastructure. However, it is possible to rent loungers and parasols. Without the latter, the sun is pretty merciless, especially in the afternoon.

Tips for arrival You can reach Kasjuni Beach directly by car. However, the parking lot (free) fills up quickly. If you want to save yourself the hassle of parking, you can also travel directly by bus. The station is about 150 meters (uphill) from the beach on the main road.

Alternatively, you can walk to Kasjuni Beach from the center of Split. However, for the route you have to Schedule minutes.

Beach section at Bene Beach The Rocky beach called Bene is one of the most famous beaches on the Marjan Peninsula. In summer it’s hard to find a free spot here because the beach is so crowded. Some of the rocks were artificially concreted to create a sunbathing area. All in all, this beach didn’t impress us too much.

Our tip: There are several bathing spots just about a hundred meters east of Bene Beach where things are a hundred times more comfortable and less touristy. Here, too, you will find a shady spot under the pine trees and there are even showers from time to time.

Due to the rocky nature of the coast, bathing shoes are recommended. A sea urchin can quickly hide here and you don’t want to step on it.

Tips for Arrival The Bene Beach (just like the neighboring beach sections) is located in the car-free area on the Marjan peninsula. From the nearest parking facility (to be found on Ulica Antuna Gustava Matoša, see map at the end of the article) it is about on foot Minutes to Bene Beach .

Therefore, many come by bicycle. (At the entrance to the forest park it is sometimes even possible to rent a bike.) Alternatively, you can from the historic center of Split you can also walk . Plan for this about 40 minutes.

6. Eating and drinking in Split: Our culinary tips Favorite cafes in Split D Coffee: Excellent home-roasted coffee is served at this café located in the middle located in the narrow streets of Diocletian’s palace. Highly recommended for a short stopover!KaKantun: On a hidden one , small square in Diocletian’s Palace is this gem of a cafe. The ambiance is very nice especially on the tables outside. In addition to coffee, the KaKantun has curiously specialized in gin.

4coffee soul food: This tiny coffee stand on the edge of the old town serves excellent coffee – even with Oatly oat milk! Perfect for a coffee to go.

Restaurant tips for Split Pandora Greenbox: Are you vegan? Then there is hardly a way around this restaurant, which is located in the middle of Split’s old town. The menu features only vegetarian dishes, most of which are even vegan. Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar: This hip, always busy restaurant will you’ll recognize immediately by the good Buena Vista Social Club style music. Mediterranean cuisine is served here – from fish to meat to (few) vegetarian dishes, everything is included. Make a reservation!
Kat’s Kitchen Deli: Should you ever visit the Marjan Peninsula on the go and get hungry, then we can recommend this small, lovingly run deli. Breakfast and lunch are served here, including salads, bowls, tacos and a variety of lunch dishes. There is enough choice for both meat eaters and vegans.

The best ice cream in Split Ela’s Icecream: Great ice cream is served in this modern ice cream parlour. The pistachio ice cream was amazing and one of the best we’ve had. There are also a few vegan varieties on offer. Gelateria Emiliana: If you’re right, you’ll immediately notice the irresistible scent : The waffles/cones are actually baked here! You can even watch through a window. The ice cream is also excellent. We recommend!

Pandora GreenboxD Coffee 7. Excursions around Split Trogir The most famous coastal town near Split is Trogir, which you can reach from Split by car in about half an hour. Trogir is a real tourist magnet, especially in summer. Nevertheless, we can warmly recommend a trip to this pretty UNESCO World Heritage town .

Trogir is small and manageable. We recommend that you plan around 3 to 4 hours for a visit to the old town. Of course, we don’t want to withhold our personal highlights from you.

Our tips for a trip to Trogir The best view in Trogir: From the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence you have a beautiful view over the old town. For an entrance fee of the equivalent of a few euros, you can use the 47 meter high bell tower. Once at the top, you can see in all directions – wonderful!

The best ice cream in Trogir: Without knowing all the alternatives, let’s lean far out the window and claim that the best gelato in Trogir is at Gelato Bar Bella. Simply delicious!

Waterfront promenade: A walk along the palm-lined promenade in Trogir is an absolute must. Here one café follows the next. At the end of the promenade you will reach the historic Kamerlengo Fortress. You can also climb their walls or defense towers to get a bird’s-eye view of the promenade.

Omiš Less known than Trogir, but also well worth seeing is the small town of Omiš. It is about 15 kilometers south of Split on the coast, on the way to Makarska Riviera.

Omiš is very spectacularly located at the mouth of the Cetina river, which carves a canyon through the massive rocks here. The mountains rise up directly behind the city. For Omiš we recommend a stay of about two to three hours.

Our tips for a trip to Omiš Coffee & cake: Probably the best espresso in Omiš is available in the friendly Cafe Bar I Gemelli, which is located right in the old town. The cakes look like little works of art – and taste really delicious. Sitting outside in the small courtyard is really nice.

The best view: You should not miss a visit to the Mirabella Fortress (= Tvrđava Mirabela). This historic castle complex practically borders on the old town of Omiš. The climb is rewarded with a magnificent view of the city, the river and the surrounding mountains. The stairs are quite steep, especially towards the end. So you should be reasonably good on foot.

National Park Krka & Šibenik One of the most famous destinations around Split is the world-famous Krka National Park. With its impressive waterfalls, the national park is a true natural jewel. You can reach Krka from Split in about an hour by car.

If you’ve already driven the route, we think it’s definitely worth making a stopover in the pretty little town of Šibenik. Overall, we would plan a whole day for this excursion. You can find all our recommendations for your visit in this article: Šibenik tips (incl. Krka National Park).

8th. Map: All sights and tips at a glance So that you can better navigate to the individual sights of Split, you will find all our highlights on this map. A little tip: Just click on the rectangle at the top right to open the map on your smartphone in the Google Maps app.

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We are curious: have you ever been to Split? Did you like this dreamlike coastal town so much? We are curious about your experiences. Feel free to leave us your additional tips and recommendations – we look forward to it!