Top 5 Things to Do in Split

Split, Croatia

A sparkling gem on the Dalmatian coastline, Split is one of Croatia’s very best assets. Enjoying a hot Mediterranean climate and a laid back atmosphere to match, a trip to Split will not disappoint. Here you will find history-steeped streets, crystal clear waters, delicious Dalmatian food, excellent attractions and abundant natural beauty just a stone’s throw from the city limits. Flights are bountiful and better yet, affordable, so a holiday in Split is definitely within reach. Here are the top 5 things to do in Split during a visit here…

Diocletian’s Palace

Engulfing a large proportion of Split’s Old Town, Diocletian’s Palace is a primary tourist attraction. Given UNESCO World Heritage Status, this fascinating building was built at the turn of the 4th century AD by the emperor Diocletian, in preparation for his forthcoming retirement in 305 AD. Once it was abandoned by the Romans, the locals took to the palace, building their homes, shops and businesses within the walls, many of which can still be found there today. It’s also a popular area for nightlife with some of the city’s best bars on offer. The combination of its long history and modern entertainment make it a principal part of Split’s appeal.

Mestrovic Gallery

Featuring the fantastic works of Ivan Mestrovic, the Mestrovic Gallery is one of the best art museums in both Split and the country as a

Split, Croatia

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whole. His main focus was sculptures, which means that that a visit here is very visually varied and his works are often described as magnificent. The gallery itself is large, grand and uncrowded so you can really take your time and enjoy the experience.

Feast on Seafood

As with many coastal cities, seafood takes prevalence on the menus and the seafood in Split does not disappoint. You will also find the prices to be cheaper than Dubrovnik further south, so you can get more for your Kuna. With a daily fish market on hand selling direct to the restaurants, you won’t get much better.

Head to the beach

With the tempting tones of the turquoise water ever present, paired with the soaring summer temperatures, a trip to the beach is essential during your holiday here. You won’t find too many sandy beaches however; the Croatian coastline is known for its pebbly beaches but Bacvice Beach is an exception. Just a short distance from the city centre, it is the ultimate option for city beach days and proves most popular.  Kasuni beach to the west of the city is a top hit for the younger crowd with disco bars backing on to the beach.

Marjan Hill

The pine forested plateau that is Marjan Hill stands proudly overlooking the city and a climb to the top of it is well worth the effort. On its peak, not only will you be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the sea of red roofs that is Split, you will also find Split Zoo in addition to a chapel. It really is an attractive, peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city!

There are many more attractions to enjoy in Split itself and a number of day trips to make, including visits to Plitvice Lakes National Park and the historical city of Trogir nearby. Consider Split for your next holiday and you won’t want to leave!

Bio: Kerri Ware is a travel blogger and writes for, a car hire broker offering great deals for Split Airport car hire and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @economycarhire.

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