A gorgeous town that embodies the spirit of the Dalmatian Coast, Split is home to lush parks, incredible history, beautiful views, and delicious eats. My few days spent in Split last June were both chalk full of great activities and a lot of lazy hours spent people watching and enjoying the atmosphere.
With so many options for how to spend your time in Split, I’ve compiled my fifteen favorite activities so that you can squeeze every ounce of juice possible from this amazing city.
Top 15 Things To Do in Split, Croatia
Hike Parka Suma Marjan
If you’re looking for a relaxing escape away from the crowded downtown streets of Split, then trekking to Marjan Hill is the way to go. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, this nature preserve in west Split is a great place to walk or bike and experience nature for a few hours.
For the best view on this hike, head up to Cafe Bar Vidilica (it’ll be very close to the beginning of your trek). You’ll get a wide-angle view of split while enjoying a refreshing rose.
Visiting Froggyland was one of my favorite activities we did in Split, mostly because it is so weird and unexpected. Froggyland is a wonderfully strange museum consisting of over 500 stuffed frogs made to look like they’re doing human activities.
The displays were put together by Hungarian taxidermist Ference Mere, who spent over ten years stuffing and arranging over 1000 frogs. And honestly, his work and precision is incredible.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like to see two frog teams battle out a game of volleyball? Have you ever wondered what froggy farmers would entail? Or perhaps a froggy court room? Well, Froggyland is your place to go to find out.
A 4th century palace that was built as a retirement residence for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Diocletian’s Palace comprises much of the old town of Split, and is very hard to miss on any trip there. While they call it a palace, the building is more like a fortress and has four gates: the Golden Gate to the north, the Silver Gate to the east, the Iron Gate to the west, and the Bronze Gate to the South.
Wander around the palace, marvel at the architecture, and if you’re lucky, catch a group of monks walking around singing.
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Climb the Bell Tower
While it was easily the most terrifying activity I did in Split, climbing the bell tower was also one of the most satisfying. Located in the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, the steps leading up to the top of the bell tower are made of rickety metal that shudders as you climb, and stone walls that have seen many an era.
However, it should be noted that if you are at all afraid of heights, I would highly advise against this activity as the bell tower is tall and there is not much separating you from the ground should you fall. But, for the adventure-seekers out there, the view at the top will have you swooning.
Take a Day Trip to Krka National Park
Krka National Park owns my soul, and I don’t say that lightly. A lush oasis just an hour’s bus ride from Split, Krka is home to unreal waterfalls, various plants and animals, crystal-clear lakes, and scenic boardwalks through the trees.
My number one tip for visiting Krka though is to wait to go for a swim by the waterfall until later in the day. While the water may feel the most refreshing from 11-4, it’s also when the most people will be there and the pickpockets will be out. My friend and I did our hiking and site seeing first and then took a dip. Doing it this way meant that we could keep an eye on our stuff and have more room to move around in the water.
Bus trips to Krka can be booked right from the bus station on Split’s promenade.
Head to Kasjuni Beach
If you’re looking to pack in some beach time while in Split, then head over to Kasjuni. Located in the westernmost area of the city, Kasjuni Beach may not be very big, but there are sunbeds to relax on while you take a break from dipping yourself in the turquoise water.
Plus, if you like to sprinkle in a little party to your beach time, Kasjuni becomes a club at night.
Stroll the Promenade
One of the most iconic walks in Croatia, strolling Split’s promenade is the perfect way to people watch and check out the yachts in the harbor. Plus, there are about a million bars on this walk so, if you’re down for a bar hop on the water, this is the place to go.
Get Gelato At Pumparela Gelateria
As someone who practically gelatoed her way through Europe (yes, including Italy) I have to say, the gelato made at Pumparela Gelateria was one of the absolute best. It was so good, that the sky opened up and angels played harps to me upon my first lick. You catch my drift?
This place is located right in the old town outside of Diocletian’s palace, and I’m not ashamed to say I’ve sampled around 5 of their flavors. Do not skip this place.
Eat all the Truffles
Speaking of food, it would be kind of weird if you went all the way to Croatia and didn’t have something with truffles in it, right? Me, I went for truffle mac and cheese at a restaurant called Apetit. Paired with a glass of red, they were unreal.
Visit the Museum of Archaeological Monuments
Founded in 1893, the Museum of Archaeological Monuments is home to over 3000 artifacts including sculptures, weapons, tools, and more, all based around medieval times. If you’re looking for a more, chill indoor activity that showcases Croatia’s diverse history, this is a great option.
Ogle the Statue of Grgur Ninski
Once you see the statue of Grgur Ninski, you’ll know what I mean about ‘ogle’. This giant wizard statue can be found next to the Church of St Ansel in the old town, and is meant to the Bishop Grgur Ninski – a symbol of national pride.
Rumor has it that if you rub Ninski’s big toe, you’ll have good luck.
Go to a Wine Bar
Did you know that wine is in fact a major industry in Croatia? So, to honor this, I spent a lot of time sampling the local vino and hitting up cute wine bars.
Relax at Diocletian’s Square
One of my favorite nights spent in Split was when my friend and I perched ourselves just outside of the bell tower – near the sphinx – and took in musical performances in the entryway to Diocletian’s Palace (aka Peristyle Square). Technically, the entryway is part of a restaurant that will serve you should you sit inside the pillars on the steps, but there were plenty of outsiders taking in the beautiful night air and tunes all the same.
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Book a Sailing Trip
If you’re itching for a new way to explore the area, consider booking a sailing trip! If you walk down the promenade, you’ll see a bunch of signs advertising for different sailing trips. Whether you’re into a calm cruise, an adventure trip, or a snorkel or scuba diving journey, there is a boat for you.
Visit a Market
Split is home to a lot of great markets where you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind Croatian trinkets and souvenirs. Although touristy, the market I spent the most time perusing was in the basement of Diocletian’s palace and had some great options for jewelry and crafts.
What to Pack for a Trip to Split
Shoes: Because much of Split is cobblestone, I recommend a sturdy-soled walking shoe – Keds are my personal favorite. Additionally, if you plan on getting in the water at all in Croatia, you’re going to want to wear a pair of watershoes and some sandals.
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Have you ever been to Split? What were your highlights?