You’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Split, whether you prefer strolling around museums or sunbathing on the beach. In fact, much of Split’s city centre is an attraction in its own right, as it’s built in and around the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, which dates back to the Roman Empire.
Right at the heart of Diocletian’s Palace you’ll find St. Domnius’s Cathedral, somewhere you’ll definitely want to check out during your stay. It’s hard to miss this cathedral, thanks to its tall tower which provides fantastic views of the city.
Another place to get a great look at Split and the surrounding areas is Marjan Hill. Head up the stairs from Trumbićeva obala and it won’t take long to get to the first of various lookout points. This hill also boasts lots of different hiking trails and plenty of other things for you to check out.
Bačvice Beach is one of the city’s most popular beaches. This Blue Flag beach is a favourite with both locals and visitors, who go there to sunbathe and swim. There’s even a good spot for rock jumping into the ocean, if you’re looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush.
In terms of museums, you can check out the Archaeological Museum, Galerija Umjetnina, Galerija Mestrović and more. These museums do charge a small admission fee but their cool collections are well-worth a look.
Old Town, Split, Croatia
Diocletian was a Roman Emperor who came to this area to build what was basically his retirement pad. The stunning ruins of this late 3rd century palace can be seen throughout the centre of Split. This is a living monument, with the people of Split still making their homes in and around the ruins. You can also visit the basement halls of the Palace, a maze of rooms filled with cool stonework, statues and more.
Basement halls open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; admission 25kn.
Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46, Split, Croatia
Housed inside a stunning villa built by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, this gallery hosts numerous sculptures by Meštrović. Works by other national and international artists are also displayed.
Open May-Sept Tues-Sun 9am-7pm, closed Sun-Mon; Oct-Apr Tues-Sun 9am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm, closed Mondays; admission 30kn.
Kraj Svetog Duje, Split, Croatia
Ironically, this cathedral at the heart of Diocletian’s Palace is dedicated to St. Domnius who was beheaded by Diocletian. Inside, this small cathedral is incredibly ornate and it also sports a tower, which you can climb for great views of the city.
Cathedral open daily Jul-Aug 8am-8pm, Sept-Jun 8am-noon & 4.30pm-7pm; tower open daily May-Sept 9am-7pm, Oct-Apr 9am-noon, admission 5kn.
Ulica kralja Tomislava 15, Split, Croatia
Split’s Art Gallery is an impressive affair and is filled with works of art by both national and international artists. Old-school portraits, interesting sculptures and unusual modern art installations can all be seen across the gallery’s various levels.
Open Tues-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 10am-1pm, closed Mondays; Oct-May Sat 10am-1pm; admission 20kn.
Frankopanska 25, Split, Croatia
Have a look around this museum and you’ll see a huge collection of artefacts including everything from Ancient Roman helmets to jewellery, pottery, coins and much more. It’s well worth spending some time exploring the grounds too, as they’re home to some cool statues and stonework.
Open June-Sept Mon-Sat 9am-2pm & 4pm-8pm, closed Sundays; Oct-May Mon-Fri 9am-2pm & 4pm-8pm, Sat 9am-2pm, closed Sundays; admission 20kn.
Old Town, Split, Croatia
Riva is a long promenade stretching along the waterfront in Split and it is a really popular spot with both locals and visitors. Home to tall trees, benches, funky souvenir stalls and cafés aplenty, Riva is a popular meeting place, and on fine days it’s filled with people sitting around, chatting and enjoying the sun. Many of the city’s numerous annual festivals are also centred on this particular area of the city.
Marjan Hill, Split, Croatia
If you want to get away from the busy cobbled streets in and around Diocletian’s Palace, why not head out to Marjan Hill. Steps leading up the hill start just off Trumbićeva obala which is only a few minutes’ walk from Riva. From the lookout points on this high hill, you’ll see stunning vistas of Split and its surrounding areas spread out before you. Plus there are trails to explore, old buildings to check out and plenty more.
Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia
If you’re looking for your luck to change, go to the north side of Diocletian’s Palace where you’ll find the statue of Grgur Ninski outside the palace walls. Also known as Gregory of Nin, Grgur Ninski is recognised as one of the fathers of the Croatian language. It’s said that if you rub his big toe, the shiniest of all the toes on this large statue, it’ll bring you good luck.
Bačvice Beach, Split, Croatia
Walk past Split’s main bus and train station and you’ll come across Bačvice Beach, which is the city’s most popular beach. People come here in large numbers to swim, sunbathe and even go rock jumping into the ocean. A Blue Flag beach, Bačvice is also home to a number of cafés and bars.
Hrvojeva, Split, Croatia
Split’s incredibly popular Green Market is not just home to food and drink stalls. It also boasts an impressive selection of stalls selling clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses and more. Local handcrafts and souvenirs can also be found throughout the market.
Open daily 8am-9pm.
Put Brodarice 6, Split, Croatia
This bright and airy shopping centre is stretched out over a number of different floors and is home to a huge variety of stores. Some of the more familiar clothing shops you’ll see include Benetton, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge and Top Shop. Local brands are well-represented too. Shoes, accessories, interiors and plenty more are also on sale here.
Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-9pm, closed Sunday.
Trg Gaje Bulata 5, Split, Croatia
Inside this modern, bright department store you’ll find a huge range of items on sale. Along with men’s and women’s clothes, the store offers up cosmetics, jewellery, sportswear, accessories and more. Nike and Sisley are just a couple of the well-known brands you’ll see here.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-8pm, closed Sunday.
Marmontova, Split, Croatia
This is the city’s main shopping street and stretches from Riva, Split’s much-loved promenade, up as far as the Croatian National Theatre. A bustling stretch, it is popular with both locals and visitors, and is home to shops like Esprit, Accessorize and Zara.
Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia
The lowest levels of Diocletian’s Palace house the cellars where you’ll find a popular market. Stalls belonging to local artisans line both sides of the main thoroughfare straight through the cellars. At these stalls you’ll be able to purchase everything from handmade jewellery to bags to pottery. More touristy fare like t-shirts and mugs are also available here.
Open daily 9am/10am-11pm.