Traveling to the Adriatic Coast and want to know the best things to do in Split, Croatia?
Then you’re in the right place!
Dating back to the 3rd century BC and with a population of just over 300,000, choosing the best things to do in Split can be a big task. Split is a gorgeous city that embodies the spirit of the Dalmatian Coast and is home to lush parks, incredible history, beautiful views, amazing nightlife, and delicious eats.
On my trip to Split, I made a point of checking out the very best of what the city has to offer so that I could report back with the things that will truly make your trip extra special.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- 🔥 The 15 best things to do in Split, Croatia
- 💼 What to pack for your trip to Split
- 🔍 Some frequently asked questions about Split
- ✔️ And so much more!
Table of Contents
- 15 Best Things To Do in Split, Croatia
- Activity #1 – Hike Park Suma Marjan
- Activity #2 – Visit Froggyland
- Activity #3 – Explore Diocletian’s Palace
- Activity #4 – Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius & Climb the Bell Tower
- Activity #5 – Take a Day Trip to Krka National Park
- Activity #6 – Head to the Beach
- Activity #7 – Stroll the Riva Promenade
- Activity #8 – Visit Republic Square
- Activity #9 – Enjoy the Nightlife
- Activity #10 – Visit the Museum of Archaeological Monuments
- Activity #11 – Visit the Statue of Grgur Ninski
- Activity #12 – Explore Klis Fortress
- A half-hour drive north of Split, Klis Fortress was built around the 3rd century BC, and was originally used as a point of defense for the area.
- Activity #13 – Relax at Diocletian’s Square
- Activity #14 – Book a Speedboat Trip
- Activity #15 – Visit a Market
- What to Pack for a Trip to Split
- Split, Croatia FAQ
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15 Best Things To Do in Split, Croatia
Activity #1 – Hike Park Suma Marjan
If you’re looking for a relaxing escape away from the crowded streets of Split, then trekking up Park Suma Marjan (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 to experience nature for a few hours.
In all, hiking around Park Suma Marjan will take roughly two hours and give you absolutely incredible views of the Adriatic Sea, downtown Split, and the harbor.
If you’re looking for a bit of a break on your trek, I recommend stopping in at Cafe Bar Vidilica (it’ll be very close to the beginning of your trek). You’ll get a wide-angle view of Split while getting a bit of a refresh.
🔥 Tour Alert! This Split city walking tour includes a trip up Marjan Hill.
Activity #2 – Visit Froggyland
A wonderfully strange museum consisting of over 500 stuffed frogs made to look like they’re doing human activities, paying a visit to Froggyland is one of the weirdest things to do in Split, Croatia.
Put together over 10 years by Hungarian taxidermist Ference Mere, the displays at Froggyland consist of over1000 frogs and feature incredible precision.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like to see frogs play volleyball, frogs farming, or frogs holding a heated court session, then Froggyland is the place to find out.
Visiting Froggyland was one of my favorite activities we did in Split, mostly because it is so weird and unexpected.
Activity #3 – Explore Diocletian’s Palace
A 4th-century palace built as a retirement residence for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Diocletian’s Palace in downtown Split is a crown jewel and a must-see on your trip.
While they call it a palace, the Diocletian’s Palace 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.
While here, I recommend wandering around the palace, checking out a few of the shops and bars, experiencing a musical performance, and, if you’re lucky, catching a group of monks walking around singing.
🔥 Wanna take a tour? This 1.5-hour Diocletian’s Palace Walking tour is a great way to learn all about the history of the historical landmark.
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Activity #4 – Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius & Climb the Bell Tower
Visiting the Cathedral of Saint Domnius and climbing the bell tower is one of the best things to do in Split, Croatia.
Located in Diocletian’s palace, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius is the second-oldest structure in the world still in use today as a Christian Cathedral. The building was originally constructed as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Diocletian (who died in Split in 316), and though his sarcophagus was removed in the 7th century, it is still the final resting place for a number of martyrs who died under Diocletian’s rule.
While here, I recommend roaming around the Cathedral and viewing the altars, art, and installations.
Then, when you’re ready, I highly recommend climbing the Cathedral’s Bell Tower. Not for the faint of heart (I definitely had shaky legs), the steps leading up to the top of the bell tower are made of rickety metal that shudder as you climb, climbing to the top of the bell tower will give you some of the best views of Split in the city.
However, it should be noted that if you are at all afraid of heights, this activity might not be for you. There isn’t a lot separating you from the ground should you fall.
But, for the adventure-seekers out there, the view at the top will have you swooning.
Activity #5 – Take a Day Trip to Krka National Park
A lush oasis just an hour’s bus ride away, visiting Krka National Park is one of the best day trips from Split.
Krka National park is about 142 square km of pristine foliage that features unreal waterfalls, various plants and animals, crystal-clear lakes, and scenic boardwalks that guide you through thick trees. Plus, you can totally swim under some of the waterfalls in the park.
Bus tickets to Krka can be booked right from the bus station on Split’s promenade.
🔥 Fun alert! This Krka National park Day Tour From Split includes a boat ride and a stop in the medieval town of Primosten.
Hot Tip: Wait to go swimming at the Skradinski Buk Falls until later in the day. While the water may feel the most refreshing when the sun is scorching, it’s also the most crowded time of day, and pickpocketing has been known to happen. Wait until the crowds die down a bit and then take a dip.
Activity #6 – Head to the Beach
If you’re looking to pack in some relaxation time while in Split, then head over to one of the many beaches!
In particular, the top beaches in Split to visit are Trstenik Beach (maintained by Radisson Blu Resort but has public access as well), Bacvice (one of the most popular beaches and becomes a club at night), Kastelet (a pebbled beach off of Marjan Hill), and Kasjuni (probably the best option as far as beautiful views go).
Split tends to get quite hot in the summertime so make sure you pack an umbrella and lots of sunscreen!
Activity #7 – Stroll the Riva Promenade
One of the most iconic promenades in Croatia, strolling the Riva waterfront in Split is the perfect way to people watch, relax in the sunshine, and check out the yachts in the harbor. The walk is home to bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and so much more.
Activity #8 – Visit Republic Square
Located in Split’s downtown core, Republic Square is heavily reminiscent of St. Mark’s Square in Venice and is a great place to go shopping, grab a bite, or just take photos.
The square is surrounded by different corridors of a Renaissance-era palace and is often home to festivals and events. The square can be easily reached from the Riva Promenade and is definitely worth an explore.
Activity #9 – Enjoy the Nightlife
One of the top nightlife spots in all of Croatia, Split is home to clubs, bars, concerts, festivals, and events galore.
As a visitor, I recommend either booking a ticket to a major Split festival in advance or simply walking down the Riva promenade and seeing who hands you a flyer. There are parties constantly being thrown in Split and many of the promoters will be vying for your attention.
Just be sure to stay safe while partying abroad and always keep your wits about you!
Activity #10 – Visit the Museum of Archaeological Monuments
Looking to get your history on in Split, Croatia? Then check out 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.
Activity #11 – Visit the Statue of Grgur Ninski
One of the most intriguing statues in Split, the Statue of Grgur Ninski is located next to the Church of St. Ansel in Split’s Old Town, and, without knowing the backstory of the sculpture, looks like a giant wizard statue.
The statue was erected as an ode to Bishop Grgur Ninski and is now a symbol of national pride. Rumor has it that if you rub Ninski’s big toe, you’ll have good luck.
Activity #12 – Explore Klis Fortress
A half-hour drive north of Split, Klis Fortress was built around the 3rd century BC, and was originally used as a point of defense for the area.
The Fortress is located near the village of Klis, and is built precariously along a rocky ridge (but this makes for some truly spectacular views and photos).
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, Klis Fortress will look familiar — it was featured in season four when Daenerys took over the Meereen.
Activity #13 – Relax at Diocletian’s Square
Located in Diocletian’s Palace, Diocletian’s square is the perfect place to relax at the end of a long day of exploring Split.
Either grab a seat at one of the many restaurants lining the square or set yourself up on a bench and watch one of the musical performers that often grace the area.
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 while eating gelato.
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Activity #14 – Book a Speedboat Trip
If you’re itching for a new way to explore the waters around Split, then consider booking a speedboat trip!
If you walk down the promenade, you’ll see a bunch of signs advertising for different water-based trips. Whether you’re into a calm cruise, an adventure trip, or a snorkel, or a scuba diving journey, there is a boat for you.
🔥 In particular, this Blue Cave and 5 Islands Day Trip from Split includes secluded islands, a full blue cave tour, and your own skipper for the day.
Activity #15 – 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.
Some of the best markets in Split include Pazar Green Market (Hrvojeva Street), Ribarnica Fish Market, and Old Market.
Although touristy, the market I spent the most time perusing was in the lower level 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.
Split, Croatia FAQ
Is Split, Croatia Worth Visiting?
One of the major Croatian hotspots Split is absolutely worth visiting. The city provides a great blend of ancient relics and modern conveniences and is chock-full with fun things to do.
How long do you need in Split?
At a minimum, I recommend spending 2-3 days in Split, Croatia. That said, you could easily spend a week visiting and not run out of fun things to do in Split.
What is Split, Croatia known for?
Split, Croatia is best known for being the once-home of Roman Emporer Diocletian, for having some of the best culinary experiences in the country, and for being a great nightlife spot.
That’s it for my 15 best things to do in Split, Croatia!
I hope this gave you a ton of inspiration for your upcoming trip. Have fun!