10 Best Things to Do in Split

What is Split Most Famous For?

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    Split, located on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, is a vibrant port city well-known for its ancient centre, beautiful architecture, and exquisite cuisine. Whether you wish to admire impressive Roman monuments, spend the day on a picturesque beach with crystal-clear waters, or walk along one of the most beautiful promenades on the Adriatic Coast, Split has got you covered. 

    This travel guide allows you to experience Split from a different angle and takes you to some of the city’s finest sites.

    What are the best things to do in Split?

    1

    Split Old Town

    Stroll along the cobblestone streets

    One of the best things to do in Split, especially on first visits, is paying a visit to the famous Pjaca Square, home to the city’s town hall. Here, you can admire the stunning architecture from the Venetian era. The Old Town has many cute restaurants and cafes where you can unwind with a drink or two. 

    Walk along the beautiful Marmont Street, where you can find boutiques and jewellery stores by international brands. If you want to mingle with the locals, head for the Fish Market – it occupies a Secession-style building, which makes for impressive photos.

    Sijainti: Ul. Iza Lože 1, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Kartta
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus
    • Halpa
    2

    Diocletian’s Palace

    Admire the stunning architecture

    Diocletian’s Palace was built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian during the 4th century AD. A well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site, the palace is home to notable attractions such as the Cathedral of Saint Domnius (offering magnificent views from its tower), Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle Square, and a statue of Marko Marulic – the founder of Croatian literature. 

    Game of Thrones fans might know that the palace basement was used as a filming location.

    Sijainti: Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Puhelinnumero: +385 98 251 610

    Kartta
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus
    3

    Marjan Hill

    Enjoy stunning views of Split

    Set within a forest park at the west end of the Split Peninsula, Marjan Hill is home to many pathways and jogging trails. Locals and tourists often come to enjoy nature and hike to the summit, where they can enjoy magnificent views of the city. 

    The hike to the summit is relatively easy. Along the way, you will come across many religious sites, such as a small 13th-century church dedicated to St. Nicholas.

    Sijainti: Park Šuma Marjan, Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda 25, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Kartta
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus

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    4

    Klis Fortress

    Check out displays of costumes and swords

    The Klis Fortress is just a short drive from the Old Town in Split. You might recognize the castle as the “City of Meeren” from Game of Thrones. There is even a room inside the castle dedicated to filming the TV series. Don’t forget to stop by the onsite museum, which displays a nice collection of costumes and swords. Apart from its main attractions, the Klis Fortress also offers magnificent views.

    Sijainti: Kliška tvrđava, 21231, Klis, Croatia

    Aukioloajat: Daily from 9am to 7pm

    Kartta
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus
    5

    Bačvice Beach

    A popular hangout spot in the summer

    Travellers visiting Split during the summer can head out to Bačvice, the city’s main beach. Whether you wish to enjoy water sports or relax at a beachfront bar, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. The beach has shallow waters, making it suitable for families with children. If you prefer someplace quiet, head over to Jezinac Beach, Ovcice, and Firule.

    Sijainti: Plaža Bačvice, Split, Croatia

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    • Perheet
    • Halpa
    • Ryhmät

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    6

    Split Green Market

    Experience the friendly vibe

    Located on the eastern side of the city walls, Split Green Market is a bustling place where locals come to shop for groceries. Locally known as Pazar, the market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, homemade cheese and cured meats, as well as spirits, beachwear, and souvenirs. It’s one of those old-school places where vendors will try to charm you in any way possible into purchasing their produce.

    Sijainti: Ul. Stari pazar 8, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Aukioloajat: Daily from 6am to 3pm

    Kartta
    • Shoppailijat
    7

    Ivan Meštrović Gallery

    See unique sculptures by the 20th-century artist

    Ivan Meštrović Gallery is a famous art gallery dedicated to the life and works of the 20th-century Croatian sculptor.  Located close to Marjan Hill, the gallery occupies a historical building designed by the artist himself. The gallery displays an incredible collection of nearly 200 statues in bronze, wood, and stone, dozens of drawings, furniture, and architectural plans. Apart from the interior exhibits, there is a lovely outdoor sculpture garden worth visiting.

    Sijainti: Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Aukioloajat: Tuesday–Sunday from 9am to 7pm (closed on Mondays)

    Puhelinnumero: +385 21 340 800

    Kartta
    • Pariskunnat
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus

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    8

    Eat traditional Dalmatian food

    Local recipes that span generations

    No visit to Split is complete without enjoying the amazing Dalmatian cuisine. Local recipes are passed between generations, with most dishes prepared from scratch. Order a bowl of pasticada, a slow cooked beef stew with gnocchi, or go for the local black risotto which comes with cuttlefish and ink. Dalmatian pršut is a dry-cured and smoked ham, while the local Paški sir is made of sheep milk. Bot pair well with a shot of local spirit called rakija.

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    Sip cocktails at Riva

    Enjoy sunset views from Split's seafront promenade

    Split's seafront promenade is lined with lively cafes, bars, eateries and souvenir shops Also known as Riva, it’s one of the most romantic and picturesque areas in the city. You can stroll down the street with views of the Adriatic Sea or enjoy sunset views from one of the many cafes. Riva is also a public square, so you may come across concerts and festivals.

    Sijainti: Riva, 21.000, 21000, Split, Croatia

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    10

    Split Archaeological Museum

    See Roman glass and Greco Hellenistic ceramics

    Split Archaeological Museum, located at Meštrovićevo šetalište, is one of the best museums in Croatia. Founded in 1820, it has over 150,000 historical items ranging from weapons, Roman glass, and carvings from Salona to stone inscriptions, reliefs, and Greco Hellenistic ceramics. Also worth a visit is the museum's beautiful garden.

    Sijainti: Ul. Zrinsko Frankopanska 25, 21000, Split, Croatia

    Aukioloajat: Monday–Saturday from 9am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm (closed on Sundays)

    Puhelinnumero: +385 21 329 340

    Kartta
    • Historia
    • Valokuvaus
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