Everybody asks us why we love Split and is this town as special as we say. That is why we created those 10 MUST visit things to do in Split, after which you will understand our obsession with this city.
1. The place where smells history…
Split city is over 1.700 years old and it was centered on the structure of the ancient Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian. That is why visiting old town is one of the first things to do in Split. There you can find amazing palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian which is now one of the most important historical sights.
2. Magnificent cathedral as a symbol of town…
Cathedral of St. Duje (Saint Domnius) is built in the 13th century and has astonishing bell tower 57 meters high. For ones in good shape, we recommend you to climb to the top of the bell tower and to enjoy amazing unique view of the entire city and the central Dalmatian islands.
3. Cultural life in Peristyle Square
You will find the most popular among Split attractions in front of the cathedral, amazing Peristyle Square. This Square is surrounded by columns where the extraordinary acoustics maintained traditional cultural and music events of Split Summer Festival.
4. Make your wishes come true with statue of Grgur Ninski
You have to visit the monument to Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski in Croatian) created by the most famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Natives believe that touching his thumb brings happiness and the realization of desires. The statue is an imposing 6 feet tall. You can go to visit it by Split private taxi.
Do not miss the chance to touch it and make a wish, whether you are superstitious or not!
5. Marjan Forest Park for nature lovers
Natives are very proud of Marjan Forest Park because of history and beauty. Dating back to the fourth century, this beautiful park occupies a peninsula overlooking the city and is a great retreat for foot-weary visitors. You have many rest areas and benches as well as towering pine trees, which shelter peaceful walking trails. Marjan Forest Park can be easily accessed with Croatia private taxi.
6. Croatian National Theatre in Split
One of the oldest buildings of this kind in the country is the Croatian National Theatre in Split (HNK Split) opened in 1893. This building has an important role in the city’s arts and cultural community. The theater holds a diverse program of more than 300 performances annually, including everything from ballet to theatrical events, as well as classical music performed by a local symphony orchestra.
7. It’s beach time!
If you like crowds, water sports and stylish cafes we recommend you Bacvice beach! Bacvice is the most popular local beach, the only sandy beach in the town, and it’s closest to the old town. From Bacvice, further southeast, you’ll find other popular Split beaches like Ovcice, Firule, Trstenik, and Znjan.
8. Riva, here I come!
Stroll along Split seafront promenade and feel the heartbeat of the town. Seafront promenade is lined with cafes, bars, eateries and souvenir shops. You can find the green market on the east side, and on the west side, there is a Republic square, the church of St. Francis and a nice fountain. Enjoy morning or evening stroll, have a drink in one of many bars and feel the vibe of this magnificent city.
9. Legendary Green and Fish market
Split’s legendary green market, called Pazar, is the soul of the city. Wander between the stalls, enjoy the smells and colors of the fresh produce. Bargain with the old ladies. You can spend over an hour just walking around. If you are looking for a bargain, your best shot is to come after the midday, when the market is about to close down for a day.
10. You are here to relax!
The mantra of this spectacular city is “Take it easy”. You should come here if you want to relax and take your time for just doing nothing. Come to Split to drink our coffee, walk down the promenade and just enjoy the sun.