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.
Enjoying an Iced Espresso & Pastry

Enjoying an Iced Espresso & Pastry

  • 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)
Taking a nap overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Split, Croatia

Taking a nap overlooking the Adriatic Sea in Split, Croatia

  • 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.
The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia

The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia

  • 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.


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