Split Sightseeing Top 10 Things to see in Split Croatia

Split Sightseeing: Top 10 Sights to see in Split, Croatia

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For many people, Split, Croatia is a transportation hub – a city to breeze through on the way to other parts of the country. It was for us during our first trip to Croatia in 2011. However, since then, we’ve revisited the city multiple times with much longer stays and have discovered a plethora of sights to see in Split, Croatia. The attractions on our Split Sightseeing Guide could be easily covered in a day, but we think the city deserves more time than that! (Ideally, we recommend spending 3 days – minimum – in the city, which is outlined in our 3-Day Split Itinerary).

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: View from the church bell tower


Split Sightseeing

The remains of Diocletian’s Palace are sure to be on every Split sightseeing list, as the palace has aided in defining the city. As fascinating as the history is inside Diocletian’s Palace, however, there are more sights to see in Split, Croatia. Just outside the palace walls are vibrant markets, squares and cafes. The marina, beaches, nature trails and quaint neighborhoods are just a short walk from city center Split. We filled many days with discovering life both inside and outside the Diocletian Palace walls and have discovered some of the best things to do in Split. 


10 Sights to See in Split, Croatia

We think these are the 10 best things to do in Split, Croatia for a first-time visitor. However, there are more sights to see in Split, Croatia! At the end of the post, we offer more ideas for Split activities. We’ve included the following sights on a Split sightseeing map below! 


#1: Diocletian’s Palace

Without a doubt, the Split UNESCO Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best sights to see in Split, Croatia. Whether simply wandering within the walls and taking in the history or entering into the sights, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly impressive. Although not completely preserved (as many people envision), remains from the 4th century structure are evident. With just a bit of imagination, we could visualize what Diocletian’s Palace looked like in its splendor. Tip: Take a Split Walking Tour (book in advance here!) to learn the history of Diocletian’s Palace. 

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Sights to see in Split, Croatia Diocletian's Palace


#2: Split Old Town

Split’s Old Town encompasses more are than just Diocletian’s Palace – it also includes the adjoining labyrinth of streets and squares that were built when Diocletian resided in the palace. Exiting through the western Iron Gate of Diocletian’s Palace leads into People’s Square, the center of historic Split. One of our favorite Split activities is getting lost in the maze of cobblestone lanes in the historic Split city center. 

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: People's Square, the center of Split's Old Town


#3: Split Riva

The long stretch of outdoor cafes between the Old Town and water is The Riva; which even in the winter, it is packed as long as the sun is shining. The Riva is the perfect place to take a break from sightseeing Split. Linger over a coffee or beer while watching people stroll The Riva – it is one of the best things to do in Split, Croatia! For those not wanting to sip on cappuccinos at a café, there are a plethora of benches for sitting, napping, chatting with friends or just enjoying the view.

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: the Riva


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#4 Split, Croatia Beaches

With Split’s location on the Adriatic Sea, the best beaches in Split, Croatia are within walking distance from the Old Town. To the east of the city center is Bacvice, the most popular Split beach where you can ease into the cool sea water or find a spot along the edge to catch some rays. West of the Split city center, the rocky coastline provides a more rustic beach experience where swimmers can jump from the rocks into the water below. 

Bacvice Beach in Split, Croatia


#5: Split Markets – Green and Fish

There are two markets in Split, Croatia: the Green Market and Fish Market. While both markets are Split attractions, they are also where locals go shopping for fresh produce and the catch of the day! The Green Market outside the east gate has produce, flowers, clothing and souvenir stalls. There are also permanent meat and cheese shops, so it’s a one-stop shopping experience (and great for picnic shopping!). The Fish Market on the west side of the old town is brought to life when the day’s fresh catch arrives. The smell is pungent, the crowd is exuberant and the floor is slippery. Tip: Join a Split Food and Wine Tour for a better understanding (and taste!) of Dalmatian cuisine.

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: flowers for sale at the Green Market


#6: Matejuska and Varos Neighborhood

At the west end of the Riva is Matejuska, the fisherman’s port, which is a popular hangout spot for fisherman (both young and old) and for bench-sitting, day-drinking crowds of all types. Matejuska is one of the places to visit in Split, Croatia if you want a glimpse of local life!

Behind it, streets crawl into the Varos that feels more like a neighborhood than the old town and has several family run restaurants along the lanes. 

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: Fisherman's Port

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: The Varos neighborhood


#7: Marjan Hill

Wondering what to do in Split, Croatia for exercise? Follow the steep path up through the Varos neighborhood to Marjan Hill. At the top of the neighborhood is a cafe and Split city lookout point, but taking the paths into the forested area lead to cliffside dwellings, sea views, beaches and a hilltop viewing platform. Hiking Marjan Hill is one of our Split highlights! Tip: Active travelers can go rock climbing on Marjan Hill

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Sights to see in Split Croatia City View from Marjan Hill


#8: Split Marina

Continuing west along the waterfront, there are modern, glass-walled cafes that seem perhaps a little too posh having just passed by the fisherman’s port! The walkway eventually leads to the marina with rentable yachts. Tip: The views of Split across the water are phenomenal from the marina – and one of the Split, Croatia sights not to miss!

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: A view of the marina with Split in the background


#9 Sustipan Park

Beyond the marina is a seaside park on the Sustipan Peninsula, one of the lesser-visited Split, Croatia tourist attractions. The park was once a cemetery that was destroyed in World War II and has since been relocated. A small chapel and gazebo are located within the park. Sustipan Park is a perfect perch for panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea.

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: The park on the Sustipan Peninsula


#10 Split Craft Beer

After a long day of sightseeing Split, Croatia, get a taste of Split nightlife with a local craft beer. The popularity of microbreweries is increasing in Split, with several bars dedicated to serving the best craft beer from Croatia and around the world. Our Split top recommended spots for craft beer are: Leopold’s, Sanctuary, Plan B Pub, To Je To and Mandrill Nano Brewing

Tip: After a night of drinking Croatian craft beer, stop by Kantun Paulina – a corner shop selling Split’s best cevapcicis! Trust us; it’s worth the wait! 

Pint of Nova Runda beer at Pivarij Pecado bar in Split, Croatia



Split Tourist Map: What to See in Split, Croatia

Find this Split Tourist Map on Google Maps.  

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2-Week Croatia Itinerary

Top Tips for Split Sightseeing

Our list of the top things to see in Split, Croatia is just the beginning! There are many more activities and sights in the city. If you are wondering what to see in Split, Croatia in one day or one week, read on for more of our best tips for when you visit Split! 

3-Day Split Itinerary, Croatia, JetSettingFools.com

3-Day Split Itinerary, Croatia


Split Activities and Day Trips From Split

One of the things that makes Split such a fantastic city is the prime location. The region boasts a sea dotted with islands, mountain peaks offering viewpoints, towns steeped in history and parks streaming with waterfalls – all accessible via Split day trips. We have used Split as a base for exploring more of the coastline, the interior and sea.

The most popular Split tours are:

And, in the summer, top Split day trips are on the sea – either island hopping by sailboat  or snorkel trips to the Blue Cave or Blue Lagoon

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Hiking Vidova Gora on Brac, Croatia

The proximity and variety of Split, Croatia activities allow travelers to choose from an array of tours that fit their style. Some sights can be combined on a single trip, making is possible to take short jaunts from the city or create longer day trips.

{Read more about our Split day trips to Trogir, Omis, Vis, Krka National Park, Plitvice Lakes and Mostar.}

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Want a tourist agency to help plan your trip to Split? We recommend Adiona Travel! Locally-run, the crew at Adiona Travel can organize tours, accommodations and transfers – all with excellent customer service! 


Where To Stay In Split

During our visits to Split, we have stayed in some awesome Airbnb Apartments – (inside Diocletian’s Palace, on Marmontova and east of the Old Town)  all of which were fabulous. (Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!) We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. Split holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner

However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Split hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip: Palace Judita Heritage Hotel, Piazza Heritage Hotel and Heritage Hotel 19.  Or, find a deal on a hotel room by bidding on Priceline

Budget travelers can check out the hostels in Split – and these traveler recommended hostels: Hostel Dvor, Hostel Matejuska, Tchaikovsky Hostel Split. Or, check for Couchsurfing hosts in Split, where travelers stay with locals for free


Getting To Split

Split can be reached by plane, ferry, bus or car.

Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSetting Fools, after all!) and when we do need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner or Flight Hub.

There are two main ferry companies in Split: Jadrolinija and Krilo.  Our preferred bus company is FlixBus – as it is economical, clean and comfortable with on-board wifi, seat-back entertainment, refreshments and a toilet. However, the routes in Croatia are limited. Bus Croatia can be used to find routes not serviced by FlixBus. We aren’t keen on driving abroad, but renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and it allows for greater discovery.  

Before You Go

  • Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos (that can later be beautifully compiled into a travel photo book). We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos, but can be a bit clunky) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures, is slim and lightweight – and the new models are wifi enabled so you can share your trip pics to social media in real time!).
  • It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook prior to arriving.  
  • We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.


Start planning your trip to Split! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We want to know: What is on your Split sightseeing list? Anything to add to our list of sights to see in Split, Croatia? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments! 


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