Best Things To Do in Split
Split has a lot to offer travelers. For instance, Croatia's second largest city is home to Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also the thrumming heart of the city with its bars, restaurants and shops. Klis Fortress will appeal to history buffs and "Game of Thrones" fans (it's featured in the fourth season). Plus, with its coastal location, Split is also a jumping off point for some of Croatia's most beautiful islands, including Hvar.
Updated March 29, 2019
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Split's Old Town contains Diocletian's Palace, plus the streets that run west to Marmontova. Inside this pedestrian-friendly area, travelers will walk medieval cobblestone streets lined with modern restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. You can stop into Nadalina for gourmet chocolates, Croata for silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with a kitchenette where you can cook. You'll find signs throughout Old Town directing you to businesses and points of interest, but since it is a maze of alleyways, you'll also want to pick up a map from your hotel concierge.
Recent travelers enjoyed strolling the narrow streets and alleyways of Old Town – browsing the wares at various stores and stopping for a breather at the restaurants and bars. Some visitors recommend booking a tour guide to take you around the area, saying that you'll have a richer experience than if you wander on your own. Split Walking Tours receives especially high marks from recent travelers thanks to the knowledgeable, captivating guides.
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When you hear Diocletian's Palace, you might picture a castle with halls to tour and works of art to enjoy, but you'd be mistaken. Back in the fourth century, this palace was created as a fortress, royal home and secured city. These days the fortified gates are open to the public, and restaurants, shops, bars and private residences are tucked off its streets to further woo visitors inside. Plus, its public square – called the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace – is one of the most vibrant of the whole region, and people gather there at most hours of the day to enjoy a drink, live music and the overall ambiance.
Some travelers recommend visiting at night when live music fills the Peristyle. Still, others suggest arriving early in the morning to beat the crowds. Most reviewers were united in their mutual enchantment for the palace and the history it has witnessed. But they do advise visitors to watch their step as the stone walkways can be slippery.
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This octagonal building was created as a mausoleum for Diocletian, the infamous persecutor of Christians, back in the year 311; by the seventh century, it was converted into a cathedral. In the years after, various artists and craftsmen left their mark on the Cathedral of St. Domnius, including Split's own Gothic painter Dujam Vuškovi, who created the frescoes of the four evangelists. Today, most travelers visit the building to see one of the world's best-preserved examples of Roman architecture, as well as to catch a glimpse of the magnificent view from atop the campanile and the baptistery, which is also called the Temple of Jupiter.
However, some travelers say that if you're afraid of heights, you should avoid climbing the bell tower of St. Domnius since there's not much to separate visitors and the long drop down on the circular staircase.
- #4View all PhotosfreeMarjan Forest Park#4 in SplitHiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDHiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
Imagine pine forests interspersed with small stone churches, awe-inspiring lookouts and a handful of old cave dwellings, and you'll start to picture Split's Marjan Forest Park. To reach the park's highest point, travelers will need to ascend 300-some stairs, but the view from the hilltop is worth all the burn. From the summit, you'll find several trails weaving throughout the forest.
Visitors say that Marjan Forest Park offers a great vantage of Split while providing a breather from all the city's tourists, who cluster around Diocletian's Palace, especially during peak season.
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Split, though a travel destination in and of itself, is also a jumping off point for seeing the nearby Croatian islands of Hvar, Brac, Solta and Vis, among numerous others. And travelers can see and experience these dreamy islands on a boat tour with traveler-approved operators, such as Sunburst Sailing and Summer Blues, which take travelers on luxurious sailing trips, complete with cocktails and lunch. Some tours will dock at the islands, while others will simply sail around them and let passengers admire their beauty from the boat deck.
Recent travelers who sailed the Adriatic can't say enough about their amazing experiences. Most reported feelings of awe, from both the beauty of the surroundings and the hospitality of their tour operators.
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For fans of "Game of Thrones," Klis Fortress, which towers over Split on a limestone cliff, is a must-see. In season four of the hit show, the fortress served as Meereen – the site where the character Daenerys Targaryen crucified evil slave masters. But this medieval castle has its own interesting, at times bloody, history. Believed to be established in the second century, this Croatian stronghold experienced consistent attacks from various peoples, including the Romans, the Turks and the Venetians.
Travelers are awe-struck by the structure's amazing views and location, not to mention the fortress itself, which visitors can see on a self-guided tour. However, most also recommend watching your step as there are some dangerous drops that aren't barricaded. In fact, some recent visitors suggest not bringing children here since there are many areas where little ones could fall and get hurt.
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