As the capital of the County of Split-Dalmatia, the city of Split has endured for many centuries. According to 800Zipcodes, the city’s location on the Adriatic Sea and as the main port of Dalmatia has done no harm. The city grew rapidly, especially around the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The trade route, of which Split was part, was well visited and the nobleman Marko Marulic also made the city known. He is considered the father of Croatian literature. The Croatian town of ‘Splicani’ has long since ceased to be a real unknown holiday destination. Several tourists have already labeled the place as a new jet-set destination, where you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife, the recreation park Marjan, a beautiful sandy beach, beautiful and luxurious yachts in the harbor and also a historic city center. Some of the historical sights in ‘Stari Grad’ the old town are part of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites. We can only conclude that the Croatian city of Split is ready to receive new guests.
Top 10 Things to Do in Split
#1. Diocletian’s Palace
This Croatian palace was built as early as the fourth century on the orders of Emperor Diocletian. This marked the beginning of the creation of the city of Split. Over the centuries, the palace has always been important and has had status. Today, Diocletian’s Palace is partly used by shops and restaurants. Diocletian’s mausoleum can be found in the adjacent cathedral.
The green heart of the city of Split is Marjan. The green hill stands proudly above the city and immediately manages to attract attention. Marjan is popular with tourists as well as with the inhabitants of the city. The beautiful pine forest is ideal for recreational daytime activities and the adjacent beach is a favorite for sunbathing. During the hot summers you can also cool down. Meanwhile, there is a zoo, a botanical garden and the Marjan Forest Park to visit.
#3. Cathedral of Saint Domnius
The cathedral of the Croatian city of Split is affectionately known by the people as Sveti Duje. Saint Domnius was built shortly after the construction of the adjacent Diocletian’s Palace. The cathedral was named after the patron saint of the city of Split ‘Saint Domnius’. The cathedral’s Romanesque bell tower was not built until the 11th century. Unfortunately, the renovation in the twentieth century brought about profound changes. In addition to the Temple of Jupiter, inside the cathedral you can also admire a number of special religious works of art. And the altar from the seventeenth century is also beautiful. The mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian is also located in this cathedral.
#4. Ivan Meštrovic Gallery
The most important works of the Croatian sculptor and architect Ivan Meštrovic are exhibited in this art museum. Famous monuments to him include the statue of Gregory of Nin in Split. The Ivan Meštrovic Gallery museum was built by himself and eventually donated to the Republic of Croatia. The collection contains almost two hundred sculptures, hundreds of drawings and furniture. The museum is located on the Šetalište Ivana Meštrovica, right by the sea.
#5. City beach Bacvice
Besides being a historic city with wonderful sights, the city of Split also has a beautiful beach. The city beach Bacvice is located within walking distance of the center. The not-too-large sandy beach of Split is located east of the cozy harbor in a cove. There are a number of beach beds and umbrellas for rent, but many people just spend the day on their own towel. There are also a few beach bars available for a refreshing drink. In the evening it gets more and more cozy here.
#6. Port of Split
There is always movement in the port of Split. It is therefore a busy hub for visiting surrounding islands in the Dalmatia region. There are also daily ferries to Brac, Hvar and Solta from here. Cruise ships also regularly dock that make a trip through the Mediterranean Sea. When the fishing boats come in at the crack of dawn, life in the harbor also begins. The fresh fish is taken directly to the Ribarnica fish market, where many of the local restaurants do their shopping. The port of Split has a few cozy restaurants, but the nicest and most vibrant part is on the Riva promenade.
In the shadow of Diocletian’s Palace, in Stari Grad, is a historic square. Narodni Trg was the first public square outside the gates of the palace. It was therefore already established in the fourteenth century. Among the population, the square is better known as Pjaca or Place Nationale. On the square are the town hall, the palace Ciprianis from 1394 and of course several terraces. In the south-east direction of the square stands the Split Clock Tower.
#8. Marmontova Ulica
The most beautiful and chic shopping street in the Croatian city of Split is undisputedly Marmontova Ulica. The name comes from Marshal Auguste de Marmont, who was involved in the modernization of the city in the nineteenth century. Since then, the wide and car-free Marmontova Ulica has been highly regarded and is therefore ideal for allowing shoppers to enjoy all the beauty that is for sale.
#9. City Museum of Split Split
‘s fascinating City Museum is housed in part of the Papalic Palace. The museum ‘Muzej Grada Splita’ shows you a diverse collection of weapons, furniture, music, toys, stamps and art from previous centuries. It is certainly an interesting museum if you want to learn more about the history of the city and its inhabitants.
The most vibrant part of the city of Split takes place around the promenade of Riva. The location on the harbor and directly on the sea ensures that it is crowded both during the day and in the evening. When the lights come on, the nightlife starts here too. On the water side, between the palm trees, there are some benches on the Riva promenade, where you can enjoy the view of the sea. But of course it is also great to relax on one of the many terraces that can be found at Riva.