Week in Split 🇬🇧
Split is a city in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. The centre is known for its Roman buildings, such as Diocletian's palace and its bell tower. In addition, the center consists of historic buildings that are connected by narrow alleys and large squares. In this blog you can read about my experiences and I give sightseeing tips for a week in Split.
Split airport is best accessible from European airports, such as Schiphol and Rotterdam the Hague Airport’s. In addition, Split is easily accessible by road for example by car or international bus.
If you come by plane, it's best to take a taxi or city bus to Split.
Tip: Arrange the taxi before you leave, so you avoid stress and you know what to pay.
The city bus stops in front of the departure and arrival hall’s at the Cesta Dr. Franje Tudmana departures and costs around 3 euros per person.
If you choose to go by car, take into account the payment of a toll on some Croatian motorways. In addition, driving through Split can be experienced as quite hectic in the high season. This is due to the large crowds going to and from the ferries. These are located near the historic center of Split.
Diocletian's palace and bell tower
The palace dates from the fourth century AD and was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian. Only in the seventh century was the area around the palace built up with houses. A large part of the original palace has been lost over the years. What can still be seen is the cathedral of St. Domnius, in which the mausoleum of the emperor is located. In addition, there are small shops with souvenirs and local products in the basement of the palace.
Days of Diocletian
Diocletian's Days is a period from May 18 to September 21, where the rule of the Roman Empire over Split is re-enacted by actors in the city. Roman soldiers walk around and the emperor is greeted at 12 by the people on the Peristyle emperor square. If you want to, you can have a picture taken with the actors.
Walk through the alleys
The center of Split is characterized by narrow alleys and large squares. Here you will find restaurants, bars and small shops. In August it is quite busy in the city, so you cannot take a quiet walk through the historic center. The alleys are too narrow for the many tourists.
- Trattoria Tavulin: Friendly service and wide menu.
Location: Carrarina Poljana 2, Split 21000, Croatia.
- Konoba otprilike ovako: Friendly service and delicious food.
Location: Sinovciceva 5, Split 21000, Croatia.
Climb the Marjan
To get a good idea of the city you can climb the Marjan. The Marjan is a park that is located next to the historic center of Split. There are a number of viewpoints in the park, to reach them you have to climb the Marjan. The first viewpoint is neatly indicated with signs, but the second viewpoint is not indicated. This is easiest to find by searching for a flagpole or by using "Google maps" for example.
Once on top, you have a nice view over the harbor, the historic center and the Adriatic sea.
Tip: Take enough water with you, there is only one water tap in the park. This is located at the St. Nicholas Chapel.
Walk the Riva
I recommend a walk along the promenade of Split (also called the "Riva"). Here you will find restaurants and souvenir stalls. In the evening there is sometimes performance’s in the form of song and dance.
Solar on Kashuni beach
Kashuni beach is a small pebble beach just outside the city and accessible by city bus. Here you can enjoy the nice weather and unwind under the shade of the trees.
Trogir is a city on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo. The city has a rich history and is on the world heritage list of UNESCO. Just like Split, Trogir has a beautiful historic center characterized by alleys and squares. The center of Trogir is in my opinion more beautiful than that of Split. In addition, the city is not as flooded with tourists as that of Split.
Tip: Take the city bus from Split bus station to Trogir bus station for €6 return.
- Cathedral of Sv. Lovre:
The cathedral dates from the 13th century and you can also climb to the top, the stairs to the top are not easily accessible everywhere.
Cost: 25 Kuna
- Kamerlengo Castle:
The castle dates from the 14th century and was built by the Venetians and you can climb to the top, just like the cathedral.
Cost: 20 Kuna
Omiš is a city along the coast and at the mouth of a river. In the 16th century it was a port city of the Omiški Gusari, these were pirates who made the Adriatic Sea unsafe. Now it is a small town with a beautiful historic center and a large sandy beach. In Omiš you can also visit the 13th century Mirabella fort, from where you have a nice view of the city and the sea.
Tip: Just like Trogir, Omiš can be reached by city bus from the Split bus station. The journey takes more than an hour and costs €3.
Visit the Krka waterfalls
The waterfalls and nature in the Krka park are beautiful. We arranged our trip to the park via "GoAdventures". They provide a tour guide, entrance tickets, tickets for the compound and the bus there and back. This costs €30 per person.
The guide Nena was very nice and knew a lot about the Croatian culture and the park. There is a small village in the park, where the guide tells how people used to live. She also talks about one of the oldest water dams in the world that is located in the park.
Tip: we went to the park in August, during this period it is very busy there. If you like to go when it's quiet, it's best to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Then it seems to be quieter.
Visit the islands of Hvar, Vis or Brac