The lively port city of Split in Croatia is a hidden gem amongst travelers in Europe! Famous for its ancient ruins, beautiful beaches, and vibrant nightlife, it’s a cool destination that’s worth adding to your vacation bucket list. But which attractions should you check out when you’re there?
We’ve picked 10 amazing tourist spots that we think all travelers should take the time to see if they’re in Split. From major historical sites to breathtaking natural wonders, these 10 places will make your Croatian vacation an unforgettable one!
Constructed for the Roman emperor Diocletian around the turn of the fourth century A.D., this ancient complex was originally built as a military fortification and imperial residence. Made from Greek and Roman marble, it’s widely considered the heart of the city. While the substructure has been preserved, there are now plenty of bars and cafes where you can relax and admire the beautiful thoroughfares.
Riva – Split Waterfront
This is Split’s main waterfront promenade standing in front of Diocletian’s Palace. It’s open to the public and regularly holds many cultural and entertainment activities. Go for a stroll in the parks, buy some ice cream from one of the vendors, and sit on a bench to watch the cruise ships and ferries as they come in.
Cathedral of St. Domnius
Built in the fourth century, this cathedral is found in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian and is widely considered one of the best-preserved Roman buildings still existing today. Gaze in awe at the main altar with its incredible curved ceilings, and the main entrance which has massive double doors of carved walnut wood.
Marjan Forest Park
This beautiful forested oasis has many verdant jogging and cycling trails where you can get a unique vantage point of the city. Pine trees, scenic cliffs covered in Mediterranean flora, and a botanical garden await those willing to make the fairly easy climb. We highly recommend doing this in time to catch the sunset.
Split Archaeological Museum
Established in 1820, this is the oldest museum in Croatia and has a jaw-dropping collection of 150,000 artifacts. Included amongst these are Graeco-Hellenic ceramics, preserved inscriptions, and an underwater archaeological collection. Check out its ancient jewelry displays and Paleolithic exhibitions!
This imposing medieval fortress is located near Split and its namesake town of Klis. Spreading along a limestone buff, Kliss Fortress gives brave climbers an unparalleled view of Split and the Adriatic Sea. The heart of the fortress holds a simple church dedicated to St. Vitus. The ruins of the main castle are still well preserved – Game of Thrones fans may recognize it as part of Meereen!
Accessible from the waterfront promenade, Bacvice Beach’s clear water and sandy shores have made it a popular destination with locals and visiting tourists. Rent an umbrella or lounger to chill by the crystal-green waves, or get a few drinks after braving the diving board. There are plenty of bars and restaurants nearby where you can get a bite to eat or enjoy a nightcap after a day of swimming.
Located in Central Split, Peristyle Square is one of the must-visit tourists spots in the city. It is part of Diocletian Palace, forming a courtyard area that leads to the entrance.
Statue of Grgur Ninski
Grgur was the bishop of the Croatian town of Nin from 900-929. He was the head of Nin Church which at that time meant being the head of the whole Croatian Church.
There are a number of Grgur Ninski statues in Croatia but the most well known is in the city of Split. The statue is 8.5-metre tall, which is one of Mestrović’s tallest standing statues, and was first erected in 1929 in the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace.
Prokurativa – Republic Square
Located on the west side of the Riva, Prokurative or the Republic Square resembles the Venice St. Marks Square.