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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!). 

Split, Croatia and Diocletian's Palace 

Split, Croatia Things To Do

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 – that are all Split must-see places. The marina, beaches, nature trails and quaint neighborhoods are just a short walk from city center Split. We filled many days exploring life both inside and outside the Diocletian Palace walls and have discovered some of the best things to do in Split. 

 

Split Sightseeing Tips

Before we get started on our complete list of the top things to do in Split, we have a couple tips that will help you best plan your time in the city!

Split Walking Tour 

Create your own self-guided walking tour of Split using our succinct guide of what to do in Split, Croatia. The Split attractions can be arranged in order so that you can easily go from one sight to the next. Use the provided map at the end of the post to best order your Split sightseeing.

Tourists who are interested in learning and understanding the history of Split might want to consider joining one of the Split Walking Tours. We provide more information about Old Town Split, Croatia tours at the end of the post. 

 

Split Must-See Sights: What You Will Need 

Make sure you have the following when sightseeing Split attractions!

Comfortable Shoes

One of the best things to do in Split, Croatia is walk through the UNESCO-listed palace and Old Town cobblestoned lanes. Although the town is mostly flat (unlike Dubrovnik), some stones are uneven and slick. Wearing a pair of good city walking shoes will help in navigating your way to the top attractions in Split, Croatia. I like these shoes by Columbia (for women) and Kris likes wearing Merrell shoes (for men).

Camera

If you are anything like us, we are certain you will be snapping pictures of the top things to see in Split, Croatia! Rather than relying on your phone camera, we recommend upgrading to an actual camera so that you can best capture the city sights.

We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday lens (18-135mm) that has a nice range. It can feel a bit heavy and clunky sometimes, so we also use a pocket-sized Canon Powershot (which is less expensive and easy to use, but doesn’t take quite as good photos as the Rebel). 

Water Bottle

The water in Split is safe to drink – and there are places along the Riva where you can refill your water bottle. Rather than buying bottled water, bring a refillable bottle with you! Collapsible water bottles are great for travelers!

Sun Protection and Weather Gear

Most of our recommended places to visit in Split are outdoors, which means you will be exposed to the elements. The sun is strong in Croatia – make sure to apply sunscreen before you set off to see Split sights (and take it with you to reapply throughout the day). A wide-brimmed travel hat can also be useful. 

If your trip to Split coincides with foul weather, don’t let a little rain ruin your time! Be ready with a rain coat and travel umbrella.

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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, food and drink recommendations, as well as tips on where to stay in Split. You will also find all of our recommended things to do in Split on a helpful Split sightseeing map.

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#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 ticketed sights, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly impressive. Although not completely preserved (as many people envision), remains from the 4th century structure are fascinating. With just a bit of imagination, it is easy to visualize what Diocletian’s Palace looked like in its splendor. 

{Read our post about Exploring Diocletian’s Palace, which includes a map to sights!}

Main square inside Diocletian's Palace, Peristyle, in Split, Croatia

 

#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 outside the palace walls. 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. When the sun is shining, both locals and tourists flock to the waterfront promenade. 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 cafe, there are a plethora of benches for sitting, napping, chatting with friends or just enjoying the view.

The Waterfront Riva in Split, Croatia

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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. 

{Read our complete post on Best Split Beaches!}

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. One of the top things to do in Split, Croatia is to go shopping at the Green Market to assemble items for a picnic meal. 

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. Although some might argue with the smelly fish being one of the Split tourist attractions, we think it is one of the top Split things to see!

Fresh produce at Green Market in Split, Croatia

 

#6: Matejuska

At the west end of the Riva is Matejuska, the fisherman’s port. The port 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!

Two of our favorite Split city viewpoints are also at Matejuska. The city view from the end of the port, where fishing boats bob on the swells is one of the most beautiful in the whole city. Another great spot is on the tip of the pier, where visitors can see the city from across the water.

 

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

 

#7: Varos Neighborhood

The historic Varos Neighborhood dates to the 15th century (although there are churches in the district that are much older). Varos, which crawls up the foothills of Marjan Hill, was originally the fisherman’s district. Stone houses were built close together and narrow streets weave through neighborhood. 

Family-run restaurants are found along the lanes closest to Matejuska. Many of the family homes in Varos have been converted to vacation rentals, but some locals still reside in the area, making it feel more like a neighborhood than the center of the Old Town. 

Sights to See in Split, Croatia: The Varos neighborhood

 

#8: 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. However, for a fun Split adventure, visitors can hike up the hill, follow the paths into the forested area, seek out the ancient cliffside dwellings, and take in the city and sea views from the hilltop viewing platform.

Hiking Marjan Hill is one of our Split highlights! More active travelers can even go rock climbing on Marjan Hill. and tourists more content to sunbath or swim in the sea can find some of the best Split beaches around the coastline of Marjan peninsula.

{Read our detailed post about Hiking Marjan Hill}

Sights to see in Split Croatia City View from Marjan Hill

 

#9: Split Marina

The wide path along the western Split Harbor waterfront connects Matejuska Fisherman’s Port to city’s Marina. Along the way, there are modern, glass-walled cafes (that seem perhaps a little too posh having just passed by the fisherman’s port!). The small marina is filled with luxury yachts and rentable boats. 

Just before arriving at the marina, there are a set of over-sized loungers that are ideal for resting your legs and soaking in some sun. And the views of Split across the water are phenomenal – it’s 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

 

#10 Sustipan Park

Beyond the marina is a seaside park on the Sustipan Peninsula, one of the lesser-visited Split, Croatia tourist attractions (and one of our absolute favorites!). 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 – both of which are popular places in Split to get married.

Sustipan Park is a perfect perch for panoramic views over the Adriatic Sea. Find a spot in the shade and enjoy the sea air!

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

 


 

Split Tourist Map: What to See in Split, Croatia

Use this map to plan your route through the city.  Use this link to Google Maps for this Split Tourist Map online.


 

More Things To Do in Split, Croatia

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! 

For ideas of what you can do in Split in 3 days, check out our Split Itinerary!

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3-Day Split Itinerary, Croatia

Tours in Split

While visitors can use our above Split guide to create their own city walking tour of the top Split places to visit, there are numerous guided tours that can offer more insight about the city. In addition an an overview Split Walking Tour, there are also themed Split, Croatia tours.

Split Walking Tour

Guided walking tours in Split are a great way to learn about the history of Diocletian’s Palace and how the city of Split grew around it. Visitors can book walking tours in advance on Viator

Split Food Tour

You can find our recommendations for the best restaurants in Split here, but visitors who are interested in a unique experience can join the Market Tour. Led by a local guide, participants visit both markets – Green and Fish – to buy local products. Then, guests visit a local chef who creates a traditional meal from the market purchases. Get the Details! 

Split, Croatia Game of Thrones Tour

The Game of Thrones Tour in Split visits the locations of scenes filmed in the city. GOT fans will be entertained with insider stories and recognizable sights from the show. Book it now!

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Croatia Island Hopping: Our 1-Week Sail Croatia Adriatic Sea Cruise

Split Activities for Rainy Days

Our list of things to see in Split includes activities that are outdoors. While it highlights the top Split, Croatia attractions (and includes some of the best free things to do in Split), it’s not ideal for a rainy day. Hopefully, if you do encounter rainy weather, it will merely be a passing storm. For visitors who want to take cover, check out our tips of what to do in Split when it rains. 

Diocletian’s Palace Cellars

The basements of Dicoletian’s Palace provide an understanding of the palace’s – and Split’s – history. Use our post for more information about touring Diocletian’s Palace.

Froggyland

Perhaps the most quirky and unusual thing to do in Split, Froggyland is a creative taxidermists dream (yep, it’s that weird). There are more than 20 exhibits of stuffed frogs doing ‘human things.’ Find out more and buy your ticket in advance

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17 Incredible Day Trips From Split, Croatia

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 taken numerous Split excursions while using the city as a base for exploring more of the coastline, the interior and sea.

Ranging from half-day trips to full day adventures, some of the most beautiful places in Croatia are easily reached from Split. 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.

Visitors can book the most popular Split tours online in advance of their trip on Viator

Split to Trogir Day Trip

Just 15 miles west of Split, is the picturesque and UNESCO protected city of Trogir. The historic town blankets a small island that is just a stone’s throw from the mainland and accessible via a short bridge. Find out more! 

Day trip from Split to Krka Waterfalls

This 11-hour tour from Split includes visiting the Krka Waterfalls and the seaside town of Sibenik. Get the details!

Split to Plitvice Lakes Waterfall Full Day Trip

Plitvice Lakes are iconic – and a long haul from Split. We prefer doing this as an overnight trip, because the Split tour requires a lot of drive time and limited time at the park. However, if you can only manage a day trip, it’s definitely worth it! Book this tour!

Split to Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina Trip

Take a fascinating journey across the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit the sights of picturesque Mostar. Read the reviews!

Tour Split, Croatia Islands

In the summertime, the top Split day trips are out to sea! Visitors can set sail on catamaran to nearby island, join snorkel trips to the Blue Lagoon, or visit multiple islands on a Blue Cave trip. 

 

Learn more about these top Croatia destinations on our Croatia Travel Guides Page!

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Eating and Split, Croatia Nightlife

Croatia has a spectacular culinary scene – and the craft beer movement is in full-swing! Use our recommendations to top places to eat and drink in Split!

Split Restaurant Recommendations

Want to know where to eat in Split? We’ve got you covered with our list of top restaurants. Our list ranges from fine dining to famous local fast-food. {Find our tips for the Best Restaurants in Split, Croatia}

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The Best Restaurants in Split, Croatia

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. {Find Croatian craft beer at the best Bars in Split!}

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9 Bars in Split Serving Croatian Craft Beer

 

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! Don’t believe us? Check our their TripAdvisor Reviews (and if you use Adiona Travel on your trip, be sure to tell them that the JetSetting Fools say hi!).

 

Where To Stay In Split, Croatia

During our visits to Split, we have stayed in some awesome Airbnb Apartments. We have stayed inside Diocletian’s Palace, in the Split Old Town, in the Varos neighborhood, north of the Old Town and in several places near Bacvice Beach. Each Split apartment had its own unique characteristics – like historic walls, incredible views or designer furnishings.

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. 

Not already a member of Airbnb? Use this link to create an account and save money on your first stay!

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 in Split, Croatia (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip: Palace Judita Heritage Hotel, Piazza Heritage Hotel and Heritage Hotel 19

Looking for the perfect Split hotel? Start your search on Booking.com – like we do!

 

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. 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

  • 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.  
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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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