12 Things To Do in Split, Croatia

Split, Croatia is a beautiful city and should absolutely be on your destination when traveling to Croatia! Here are the top 11 things to do in Split, Croatia – these attractions are not to be missed! 

Best Things To Do in Split, Croatia

Stroll along The Riva

The Riva in Split is a large promenade located right on the seafront. Its lined with palm trees and has tons of cafes and restaurants you can eat at for great views of the sea.

The Riva in Split Croatia

Explore Split's Old Town

Old Town Split is full of rich history! Meander through the streets yourself, or join a small walking tour of Old Town!

Learn the history of Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that tons of tourists visit daily. It was originally a palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement home.

One of the most famous attractions in Diocletian’s Palace is the Perystile, a beautiful courtyard (below). For those wanting more info on the history of this place, I suggest booking a small group history tour — they’re usually under $30 per person!

Climb the Cathedral of Saint Domnius Bell Tower

Located in Diocletian’s Palace, the Bell Tower of Cathedral of Saint Domnius can’t be missed! Apparently, it is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure.

Bell Tower Split Croatia

You can climb to the top of the bell tower, and the view of the city of Split is incredible:

things to do - Split Bell Tower

Visit Republic Square

Republic Square is located in the center of Split, just off the Riva. It’s hosts many cultural events and has several cafes as well. It’s pretty to see, but you don’t need to plan to spend  a lot of time here necessarily.

Republic Square​ in Split

Visit Marjan Hill Park for the best views of Split

If you’re looking for one of the best views of Split, visit Marjan Hill Park. It has an amazing lookout/observation (Prva Marjanska Vidilica) point that overlooks the entire city!

Prva vidilica on Marjan Hill Park

Check out the beaches in Split

Unlike Dubrovnik, Split doesn’t necessarily have the best beaches. There are several that are worth visiting though!

Bacvice beach is definitely one of the most popular and the closest to Old Town. It can hold up to 10,000 people and is always busy during peak tourist season.

things to do in split - Bacvice beach

Another popular beach near Split is Kasjuni Beach (Beach Kašjuni). This pebble beach is about 3.5 km outside of the city and much quieter than Bacvice.

Split Croatia beaches

Kaštelet, Bene, Ovčice, Trstenik and Žnjan Beaches are also mentioned as some of the best beaches to visit in Split.

Day trip from Split to the nearby Islands

There are many islands just off the coast of split, the most popular being: Hvar, Brač, Korčula, Šolta, and Vis. You can take a ferry out to the islands and stay for a night or two, or make a day trip out of it!

There are many tours that offer day trips to see the islands + the Blue Lagoon and Blue Cave:

Drive out to the Fortress of Klis

How incredible does this Fortress of Klis look?! It’s only 20 minutes north of Split, and definitely worth the drive. Tickets are 60 kn (about $9 USD) for adults, and half that for children. Tickets include a visit to the Interpretation Centre at Mejdan Square, the Klis Fortress, and the  Ethno-Agro park Stella Croatica.

PS – They’re offering free virtual tours during COVID right now!

Fortress of Klis near Split Croatia
Fortress of Klis Croatia

For any of you Game of Throne fans, this might look familiar — it was the location in season four where Daenerys overthrew the Meereen! Speaking of Game of Throne fans…

Go on a Game of Thrones Tour in Split

Game of Thrones filmed at many locations in Croatia, including some in Split! Book a GOT tour to see all the spots where the famous TV show was filmed. 

Explore Krka National Park

An hour away from Split, Krka National Park sits on the Krka River and is most known for its 7 waterfalls. Unlike Plitvice Lakes National Park, you can swim here! Either drive your own vehicle or book a tour and spend the day exploring this beautiful natural wonder.

Krka National Park from split

Hit up a nightclub in Split

Last but not least, you’ve got to check out Split’s bars and nightclubs! They are often packed on the weekends, especially during peak tourist season.There are lots of great places around Old Town/the City Centre to check out:

Central Club in Split Croatia

Vanilla Club is a hugely popular nightclub that’s about a 20 min walk or 5 min taxi from Old Town. 

If you wander a little outside of old town to Bacvice Beach, you’ll find tons of clubs. Some of the most popular include:

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