Top Ten Things to Do in Split, Croatia
I arrived in Split, Croatia early in the morning when the clubs along the water were all letting out. The overnight bus from Trieste, Italy took ~6 hours winding up and down mountainous roads on the Dalmatian coast. It had to have been somewhere around 430 in the morning.
I spent about 2 days in Split and felt like that was a reasonable amount of time to see the city before heading further south to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Like most of my trips, I didn’t really have any fixed itinerary, so I’ll just list out ten items that I think are worth doing while in Split, Croatia.
- Walk around the Old Quarter – the entire Palace of Diocletian is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Take a boat over to Hvar and spend the day there – I didn’t do this since Hvar is about 2 hours away from Split, but everyone at my hostel highly recommended this trip.
- Enjoy a coffee and a pastry while overlooking the harbor – With the little Croatian that I knew, I was able to ask nicely for an espresso and thank the woman who served me from the bakery eve though they were not technically open yet.
- Go to a beach – There are several alcoves along the shore where people go to cool off during the hot summer months.
- Check out Froggyland (note – wanted to go here, but didn’t make it)
- Take a hike. There are a handful of parks in the city or close by to the city – When I first arrived in Split, I walked to a park, found a bench overlooking the sea, and took a two-hour nap.
- Enjoy a meal of some of the freshest seafood you’ll have – I feel like I read on a plaque somewhere that fishing was first written about in Split. Having not been too adventurous with food yet, I didn’t consume any seafood, but you could see Octopus drying out in the sun.
- Take a taxi out to Klis Fortress – If this fortress looks like something out of Game of Thrones, that is because it is.
- View a small performance at The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace – As you can tell from my photo above, the stage was set for a performance that was occurring that evening.
- Find a wine cellar in the city and sample wines from nearby vineyards.
Being the most populous Adriatic Sea town in Croatia (~178,000 people), Split, has a lot to offer.