13 Best Things to Do in Split, Croatia

|   Last Updated on March 13, 2023

Split was created as a Greek Colony in the 2nd or 3rd century BC. Since its beginning, Split has been an inspiration for navigators, artists and lovers with its authentic old charm.

The Emperor Diocletian chose to build his Palace in this ancient city, so the cobbled pathways and streets are seeped with noble history. In time, Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian and Yugoslavian armies took control of Split, creating a distinctive and diverse lifestyle.

So, what are the best things to do in this ancient metropolis? Keep reading to find out.

1. Diocletian’s Palace

A trip to Split cannot be complete without a visit to Diocletian’s Palace. It’s a general rule of thumb that tourists begin their expedition here, the historic center of the town. The Palace takes the form of an irregular rectangle, with battle towers in the eastern, western and northern facades. It’s located in the Old Town of Split and once spanned almost 30,000 square meters.

The ruins of ancient fortress now act as the gate to a new world; A world with bustling restaurants, bars and beautiful old apartments. Around 3000 people live in the vicinity of the Diocletian’s Palace, and are considered “descendants” of the royal family lineage.

2. ZOI

With its diverse cultural heritage, you’ll find many restaurants with different influences from all over Europe. If you plan to take some time exploring the Old Town, then we highly recommend a visit to ZOI.

It is one of the best seafood restaurants in the city, located right on the waterfront, so you’ll have stunning views as well as fresh fish. Prices are very reasonable, but that certainly doesn’t compromise the exquisite flavor and presentation of the dishes.

3. St. Duje’s Cathedral

Upward view of Bell tower of Cathedral of St. Domnius in Diocletian's Palace in summer.
The Bell tower of Cathedral of St. Domnius in Diocletian’s Palace in summer. Courtesy of Deposit photos

This cathedral sits on the most ancient site in the entire city – the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian. Nowadays, the cathedral holds beautiful church services for locals and tourists.

If you decide to visit the building, (and if you don’t have a fear of heights), make sure to climb up to the Bell Tower. It was initially built in the 13th Century but underwent reconstruction in the 20th Century. Prepare yourself, (and your camera), for breathtaking views of the rooftops of the Old Town and surrounding blue sea.

4. Statue of Grgur Ninski

Grgur Ninski (or Gregory of Nin) was the bishop who first introduced the Croatian language and made it accessible for people. Despite strongly opposing the Pope, he achieved a significant growth in the practice of Christianity. With Grgur Ninski and Christianity at the forefront, the Croatian Kingdom finally gained control over its land.

You may notice that the toes of the statue are particularly shiny and clean… This is thanks to the local superstition that if you rub Grgur Ninski’s toes, it will bring you good luck.

5. Zinfandel Wine Bar

What better way to wind down in the evening than enjoying a glass of wine in Split’s most acclaimed wine bar. The name Zinfandel shouldn’t be something new to wine connoisseurs, but for those who are unfamiliar, it’s a variety of grape grown widely in Californian vineyards but originated in Croatia.

The wine selection is superb and allows you to learn a thing or two about Croatia’s wine heritage and its influences around the world.

6. Rent a boat

If you are a morning person, this activity is ideal. Take the opportunity to discover the beauty of the Adriatic sea surrounding Split, from islands and secret bays to Blue Caves.

Throughout the islands there are coral reefs at work, naturally filtering the water and keeping the ocean clean and pure – guaranteed, perfect swimming conditions. There are a multitude of rental shops to choose from. You’re sure to find a boat that suits every pocket.

7. Klis Fortress

Klis is a small village located between the Mosor and Kosjak mountains. High in the hills lies a medieval fortress built atop the rocks, which provides a stunning birds eye view of the entire metropolis of Split and its surrounding areas. Klis fortress is over 2000 years old and after the fall of the Roman Empire, it became the seat of several Croatian Kings.

The area has seen a significant increase in the number of tourists visiting, thanks to its role in the global phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. The village was transformed into Meereen, a sprawling, ancient Slaver City.

8. Visit Trogir

Trogir is situated on a small island, not too far from Split, and makes for a super day trip. Trogir retains its ancient medieval charm, lying somewhere between the Romanesque and Gothic periods. This quaint town is fully serviced, with plenty of restaurants and bars along the promenade that perfectly capture the laid-back, peaceful atmosphere of the place.

9. Game of Thrones Museum

View of old city in Split, visit this plaza to find the Game of Thrones Museum.
Old city in Split, visit this plaza to find the Game of Thrones Museum. Courtesy of Deposit Photos

Whether you are a fan of TV Series or not, it’s definitely worth trying out. Opened in 2019, it is located near the Diocletian’s Palace. The Museum has over 100 pieces in its collection, and visitors can check out weapons and costume replicas from the show. There are also wax statues of the show’s protagonists, like Daenerys. It’s the perfect accompaniment after the Game of Thrones tour in Trogir.

10. Museum of Senses

The Museum of Sense is located on the ground floor of the shopping mall, City Center One. It is divided into five zones – vision, sound, balance, smell and touch. The Museum has more than 30 interactive rooms that are dedicated to tickling the senses, encouraging visitors to be creative. The main focus is on learning though experimentation and imagination.

11. Escape Room

For a unique way to enjoy Split, the aptly named Escape Room is an absolute must. Teams have 75 minutes to complete the clues and riddles in order to escape. The game is designed to test your critical thinking, as well as time management skills. There are various puzzles, all tried and tested, that each team must complete before moving onto a new section. A Jack the Ripper themed room is currently available for bookings.

12. Canyoning

For the more adventurous at heart, Cetina River should be the next port of call. This river boasts cliffs up to 180 meters tall, subterranean caverns, waterfalls and lakes, all waiting to be explored.

You’ll have the opportunity to walk through tunnels, river rapids and swim in calm, crystal clear lakes. Each participant will be equipped with a helmet, wet suit and life jacket before heading out on the guided expedition. All of the guides are fully trained, so you needn’t worry about injuring yourself.

13. Kasjuni Beach

The idyllic Kasjuni is situated in the southern part of the Marjan peninsula. This beach is a favorite among locals too, as it’s far enough away from the city center to ensure maximum peace and quiet. It’s a long, pebbled beach shrouded by tall pine trees which provide welcome shade in the hottest summer months. The azure waters are crystal clear, ideal for swimming. There aren’t many shops around, so be sure to pack a picnic and plenty of sun cream.

Getting there:

Split is becoming one of the most important areas in Croatia, considered to be a port hub along the coast. In terms of accessibility, it’s relatively easy to reach Split from any European city.

The most popular mode of transport is by Ferry, arriving directly onto the beach. This option is limited, however, to the countries that border Croatia, like Italy.

Split Airport is a better alternative for those coming from the UK or northern European countries.

If there are no direct flights to Split from your home country, you can fly to one of the neighboring airports, such as Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Zadar or Sibenik. Once you arrive, you can take a car, bus or train to Split.

To choose the best place to stay on your trip, we recommend the Old Town for a truly authentic experience. Right in the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, there are a lot of hotels, hostels and Airbnb’s.

We hope you enjoy your stay!

Last Updated on March 13, 2023


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