35 Wonderful Things To Do in Split, Croatia

Diocletians Palace things to do split

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After living in Split for two months, I’ve become a semi-local. I can’t sing the national anthem but I CAN tell you what to do in Split whether you’re visiting for a first, second or third time.

Split is the second-biggest city in Croatia but the centre feels teeny-tiny. Surrounding the famous Diocletian Palace, the atmospheric maze of alleyways is full of delights. The bustling Riva walkway along the waterfront is the place to be for people-watching and socialising, especially during the summer months.

Then, there are wonderful day trips from Split. The islands, mountains and hikes make it an unforgettable destination.

SPLIT ESSENTIALS

Accommodation: Booking.com / Hostelworld

Getting there: flight / car / bus (Flixbus)

Getting around: foot / bus / taxi

Activities: GetYourGuide / Viator

Read next: the ultimate itinerary for 7 days in Croatia

How to get to Split

By air: Split airport connects other European cities with frequent flights between April and October. From the UK, you can only fly directly between these months. During low season, fly into Zagreb and get a connecting flight or catch the Flixbus (5 hours / 2.5 hours away respectively).

From the airport to the city, catch a bus, taxi or pre-book your airport transfer.

By bus: Split is well connected to other Croatian cities such as Dubrovnik (5 hours), Zagreb (5 hours) and Zadar (2.5 hours) as well as cities in Bosnia & Herzegovina like Mostar and Sarajevo. Search and book Flixbuses here.

By car: It’s easy to travel Croatia by car and you can easily cross borders to Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia and Bosnia. Find a rental with Rentalcars.com.

How to get to Split

The city centre is tiny; it’s easy to explore the main Split attractions on foot.

A car is useful for taking day trips from Split but beware there’s very little parking in the city. It’s best to just hire one when you need it.

When you need a taxi, there’s Uber and Bolt to choose from. There are local buses (although the routes don’t show on Google maps) and a free bus between the city and Split mall.

Fun & memorable things to do in Split, Croatia

Now we’ve run through the basics, let’s get stuck into the activities in Split that’ll keep you busy and make lasting memories.

At first glance, there’s not much to do in the small, historic city centre. But the nature, islands and day trips could keep you busy for weeks. It’s the perfect launching point for Dalmatia’s epic coastline.

Here’s what not to miss…

1. Take a free walking tour

You’ll rarely find a city guide on my website not mentioning free walking tours! I love them.

Free Tours operate around the world but they’re especially popular in Europe. The Split sightseeing tours last just over an hour and depart daily at 1.30pm from the Split sign at the end of the Riva.

You’ll get up to speed on Dalmatian history and learn fun stories and anecdotes from your guide. If you enjoy the tour, tip €5-10.

2. Marvel at the Diocletian’s Palace

The most famous attraction in Split is, of course, the UNESCO Diocletian Palace. Boasting some of the best-preserved Roman architecture in the world, it was built for the Emperor’s retirement. And what a retirement home it is!

Built just 6km from the former Roman capital in Dalmatia, the southern part of the complex was designed as the Emperor’s living quarters while the north was for his military and servants. The tower and Peristyle sit at the centre, while gates and towers (some of which can be seen today) flank the fortress.

Entry price: it’s free to walk around but certain attractions have entry fees. I’ll cover these as we go.

3. Climb the Bell Tower

View from bell tower Diocletian Palace
Views like these make the Bell Tower a memorable Split attraction

If you love scenic views, this is easily one of the best things to do in Split. The Bell Tower climb was my favourite attraction in the palace complex, costing just 40 kuna to climb. I was blown away by the views over the city, Marjan Park and the coast. In a historical lowrise city, it’s the only vantage point of its kind.

4. Domnius Cathedral

Also known as Sveti Dujam, the Cathedral within the palace quarters costs 30 kuna to enter. It’s the tomb of St Domnius who was executed by Emperor Diocletian along with seven other Christians. Centuries later when Croatia converted to Catholicism, St Domnius became a martyr.

The Cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, while the Bell Tower is dedicated to St Domnius.

5. Visit the treasury

The Treasury is a two-story museum located behind the Diocletian Palace ticket counter. Entry costs 30 kuna and there are numerous relics to see including excavated Roman tiles and a lifelike gold bust of the martyr, St Dominus.

6. The Baptistery (Temple of Jupiter)

Jupiter temple

For historians, one of the most rewarding places to visit in Split is this small-yet-stunning temple. Hidden down an alleyway, it has a rich history spanning almost 2,000 years. Built opposite the Emperor’s mausoleum, its position signifies a connection to Jupiter, Roman god of the sky. 

The black granite sphinx at the entrance was brought to Croatia by the Romans from Egypt. Christians at a later date believed him to be Pagan and cut off his head!

The Temple of Jupiter costs 20 kuna to enter. Not bad for a trip to 300 AD!

Ticket prices for Diocletian’s Palace attractions

  • Split Cathedral – 30 kuna
  • Bell Tower – 40 kuna
  • Treasury – 30 kuna
  • Baptistery (Temple of Jupiter) – 20 kuna
  • Crypt – 20 kuna
  • Blue ticket (Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery) – 50 kuna
  • Red ticket (Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Treasury) – 60 kuna
  • Green package (Cathedral, Treasury, Bell Tower) – 70 kuna
  • Green package (all 5 sites) – 80 kuna.

After paying for the green package myself, I’d recommend just paying for the Bell Tower climb unless you’re really into history and artefacts. There were a few interesting bits in the Treasury but the Cathedral was like many I’ve seen before in Europe (and usually they’re free).

7. Wander charming Old Town streets

places to visit split old town streets

There are few city centres as charming as Split. Don’t expect skyscrapers, chains or shopping malls in the tight maze of alleyways that surround the Diocletian’s Palace!

Places to see in Split Old Town:

  • Golden Gate – the north gate built in 305 AD was only for use by the Emperor and his family. He’d be horrified to see tourists passing through in their thousands now!
  • Republic Square – at the far end of the Riva, this impressive square is often likened to a small St. Mark’s (Venice). Join the locals sipping coffee in the shaded archways.
  • People’s Square – this popular plaza in the heart of the palace quarters is a great place to dine surrounded by ancient architecture. As you’d expect, it gets busy.
  • Nadalina Chocolate Shop – with every flavour of gourmet chocolate imaginable, including Croatian lavender, this is a fantastic place to buy gifts… including for yourself!

8. Sample local produce at the Green Market

Green market

This vibey morning market has two purposes: a farmers market selling fresh produce, and a tourist market selling traditional Croatian products. Browse local brandy, liqueur, cheese, honey, meats and lavender-scented products.

The vendors are generous when letting you try. I had at least four shots of very sweet alcohol without feeling pressure to buy, although I did buy some cheese (I can never resist cheese!).

Make sure to visit in the morning. By lunch, the vendors are packing up.

9. Visit Split Fish Market – early!

grilled fish

A trip to the morning fish market is an unusual thing to do in Split that I’d recommend as a sensory adventure and a rare chance to glimpse local life. From shrimp to sea bass, you can get it here. Better yet, it’s ridiculously affordable!

If your Airbnb has a barbeque, buy some fresh fish and sizzle up a feast. Just ask the vendors what’s grill-friendly and ensure it’s gutted (they’ll do this for a fee of approx. 20 kuna).

Opening times: early morning until 11am.

10. Hike to Marjan Hill for stunning views

Hike marjan hill things to do split

While living in Split for 2 months, my friends and I created a small hiking group that met at 8.30am each morning to hike Marjan Hill. It was a wonderful way to wake up and get some fresh air.

You should certainly summit the peak at least once. Not only is this one of the best things to do in Split, but it’s an energetic climb encompassing 314 stairs. What better excuse to eat hearty Croatian food when you get back down? (I have plenty of restaurant suggestions coming up).

Directions for hiking Marjan Hill:

  • Set your starting point as Restoran Vidilica (which requires a flight of stairs to reach from town)
  • Take the slope upwards passing Sveti Nikola church
  • Follow Marangunićevo šetalište as it winds upwards
  • Embark on the 314 stairs leading to Vrh Telegrin, a paved lookout with a large cross statue and a flag pole. The views are spectacular!
  • The walk should take 20 minutes from Restoran Vidilica. Set aside 1.5 hours for the return trip from the city centre and back.

Reward yourself with coffee at Restoran Vidilica!

coffee vidilica

Retrace your steps and arrive back at your starting point. From this scenic viewpoint, you can grab a coffee at Restoran Vidilica and while away time on a sunny day.

The food here is expensive and not the best so I would advise eating elsewhere and just enjoying coffee (13-17 kuna depending what you order).

11. Hike around Park Suma Marjan peninsula (half day)

Park Suma Marjan peninsula

Marjan Hill undoubtedly boasts the best views of city from its elevated position. But if it’s coastal views you want (rather than a workout), you can’t beat a walk around Park Šuma Marjan. The full circular walk takes a few hours depending how often you stop.

Pack a picnic and make a half-day of it!

Directions for this walk:

  • Enter at Spinutska Vrata and follow the pedestrian walkway with bikes to hire and free drinking fountains
  • Follow the path around the headland stopping at Kupalište Bene beach and Kasjuni Beach (there’s a restaurant at both locations if you get hungry, though the latter is closed in off season)
  • Leaving the park, you’ll walk the final 15 minutes through Varoš neighbourhood, a residential area home to the Archaeological Museum and Ivan Meštrović Gallery.
  • Arrive back in the city.

12. Sunset walks or drinks on the Riva

walk the riva what to do split

Alongside the Diocletian’s Palace is the Riva, an oceanfront walkway lined with palm trees. Cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating are open from morning to night, getting especially popular around 5pm when guests enjoy golden hour with a beverage.

If you’re short of things to do in Split in the late afternoon/early evening, grab a beer and people-watch!

For coffee and bakery goods, park yourself at Bobis. For a gourmet meal (without overly outrageous prices), Brasserie on 7 serves French/Croatian-inspired food with fresh seafood, brunch and patisserie goods.

13. Enjoy the coffee scene

coffee shop

Split doesn’t have a huge speciality coffee scene, at least compared to the endless coffee shops in Zagreb. Luckily, the Splitians love their coffee so you’ll find plenty of local cafes serving simple coffee with milk for 10 kuna.

If it’s speciality coffee you’re after, these are the best cafes to relax after you’ve ticked off the main Split attractions:

  • D16 Coffee – down an alleyway near the Palace, this coffee shop has all your usual beverages and even iced coffee which is hard to come by in Croatia. It’s a little dark so I prefer…
  • KaKantun – this is an ambient coffee and gin bar with natural light and colourful wall murals. It’s hard to find down an alley but worth it!
  • The Daltonist – this is a cool cocktail bar with a mellow feel during the day. They serve excellent flat whites courtesy of 4coffee.
  • Kava2 – although it’s slightly outside the old town, it’s worth a visit for the coffee, outdoor seating and freshly-baked peanut cream croissants. They’re to die for!

Read next: the best cafes in Split, Croatia

14. Try the (many) Split restaurants

villa spiza restaurant split

I’d be lying if I said Split was my favourite foodie city in the world. The restaurant prices in the city centre would be at home in London meaning it’s other tourists you’ll be rubbing shoulders with rather than the locals.

Still, there’s plenty of decent food around. Just be aware you’ll pay tourist prices unless you travel further out.

Great eats in Split:

  • Villa Spiza – this is one of the few ‘local style’ restaurants in the city centre. I ate a gigantic bowl of clam and shrimp pasta followed by tiramisu for 180 kuna. Everything was fresh and delicious.
  • Corto Maltese Freestyle Food – visit for Croatian and Italian food with great cocktails.
  • Pizzeria Bokamorra – one of the best woodfire pizzas I’ve eaten! The ‘cheezus’ with gorgonzola is fantastic, as is the focaccia with a huge burrata ball on top. Don’t miss the dessert pizzas: the raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio is divine.

Read next: 18 Split restaurants you need to visit

Budget eats in Split:

  • Gostionica Apollo 11 – slightly out of town, this is THE place for a hearty feast with local prices (45 kuna for lunch with bread!). No frills, just great food.
  • Kogo – this buffet-style restaurant is primarily for takeaway food but there are a few seats where you can perch and enjoy typical Croatian food priced by weight. Octopus stew cost me just 35 kuna including bread… You can’t eat much cheaper than this!
  • Kantun Paulina – this takeaway stand serves super cheap Balkan burgers comprising cevapi (ground meat sausages), avjar (roasted red pepper paste), kajmak (clotted cheese) and onion. They’re delicious and only 45 kuna!

15. Take a food tour

What is Croatian food, you might ask? With many of the restaurants serving pasta and pizza, it can be tricky to immerse yourself in the local cuisine during a short trip.

In that case, a food tour is a fantastic thing to do in Split. When I don’t have long in a city, I love to take these to learn from the local guides. For solo travellers in Croatia, they double up as a way to sample various delicacies without getting too full.

Take a 3-hour Historical & Gastro Treasures Tour including a market visit.

16. Wine tasting

wine-korcula

Wine tasting is a fantastic Split activity for gastronomy lovers (and people who just like getting drunk on holiday, you know I’m right!). The closest and most popular place to visit in Split is Putalj. Tours cost €100 including pick-up and tastings with olive oil, bread, cheese and prosciutto.

For a cheaper option close to the city centre, Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar do tastings for 220 kuna or 120 for a 3-glass tasting with snacks. MoNIKa’s Wine Bar is another highly-rated place to drink Croatian wine, while Vinoteka Terra is an excellent wine shop near Bacvice Beach.

Keep in mind there are wine tasting opportunities that you can tie in with other Split attractions, for example trips to the islands, many of which are renowned for wine production. The wineries in Lumbarda on Korčula are spectacular!

17. Experience the nightlife

The nightlife in Croatia is largely dependent on the time of year. Many bars and clubs are closed from October to April but more than compensate during the summer months. In peak season, the Split nightlife is wild!

Best bars in Split:

  • Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar – for a sophisticated evening in a cosy bar/library with shelves of books and occasional live music, this historic bar is a winner.
  • Harats – you always know what you’re getting with an Irish pub, right? Come peak or off-peak, weekend or weeknight, you can guarantee Harats won’t be empty.
  • Charlie’s – this small bar is an infamous party hotspot, packed with backpackers in the summer. Expect cheap drinks, fun music, local spirits and shots from 10 kuna.
  • The Daltonist – this is my favourite bar: vibey on weekends but never rowdy or too crowded, plus you can get excellent cocktails for 50 kuna. The staff are lovely, too. Happy hour is 6-8pm.
  • Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar – if you love craft beer, get here pronto!

18. Take a sunset coastal walk

sunset coastal walk
Sunset is the most beautiful thing to see in Split!

With the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, Split is a better place for watching sunrise than sunset. If 6am isn’t your favourite time of day, you need to escape the city and head around the coast.

After a day of sightseeing in Split, walk from Sustipan park along the walkway beside the ocean. It’s paved with plenty of benches. Find the jutting peninsular beside Plaža Kaštelet: this is my favourite place to watch sunset.

Bring some wine and a dinner picnic – sorted!

If you’re visiting Kasjuni and Ježinac beaches, combine this into the same day. This sunset point is right beside Ježinac.

19. Lounge on Bacvice Beach – stay for sunset!

Beach lovers wondering what to do in Split needn’t look far. The closest beach is Bacvice, a 10-minute walk from the Riva.

It’s not the best beach because it gets crowded and pretty dirty especially in the summer months. However, it’s a nice place to watch sunset as there are plenty of bars and restaurants in this area. Tortuga Grill & Pub has floor-to-ceiling windows, coastal views and delicious meaty dishes best washed down with cocktails.

20. More Split beaches

Kasjuni Beach
Kasjuni Beach

Split may not have the best beaches in the world but there are a few options. I mentioned the largest beach, Bacvice, already so here are a few more…

  • Ježinac Beach – this small but pretty beach is a 25-minute walk from the Riva, the opposite direction to Bacvice. There’s ample parking and in the summer months, a few refreshment stalls.
  • Kasjuni Beach – walk a further 20 minutes from Ježinac (away from the city) to reach this majestic peninsular beach lined with palm trees. If you get hungry, there’s a restaurant open in peak season.

Spend half a day walking the coast and visiting both beaches. Walk, catch bus number 12 or call a taxi to start your day at Kasjuni then walk back, stopping at Ježinac.

21. Visit Split museums and galleries

Despite its reputation as a summer holiday destination, there’s culture should you want it. The Split museums and galleries double up as a rare rainy day activity should you be cursed with bad weather.

A few options include:

  • Split Ethnographic Museum – this museum uses costumes and crafts to tell stories about people who have lived in Dalmatia for millennia. Entry is 20 kuna; closed Sundays.
  • Split City Museum – this small museum explains the city’s history through artefacts, weaponry, painting and sculptures. Entry is 20 kuna.
  • Museum of Fine Art – located inside a former hospital, this highly-regarded gallery in the city centre displays Croatian and European art dating from the 14th century to the present day. Entry is 40-60 kuna; closed Mondays.
  • Archaeological Museum in Split – learn about Dalmatia inside a spectacular building with equally stunning grounds, 10 minutes from the city centre. Entry is 20 kuna; closed Sundays.

22. Croatian National Theatre

croatian national theatre what to do split

Built in 1893, the Croatian National Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Dalmatia. The sunny yellow building has been restored to look as good as new, perched on Trg Gaje Bulata Square.

Tickets cost around 50 kuna so, for an unusual thing to do in Split, browse upcoming performances. The summer festival (Splitsko ljeto) is a great time to catch cultural shows.

23. Relax at coastal cafes

Earlier I mentioned speciality coffee shops. In my experience, these are located in smaller, city centre buildings. For relaxing, open-air cafes with fantastic views, leave the flat whites behind and rub shoulders with the locals.

One of my favourite outdoor cafes with sunset views and a huge selection of cakes is Kavana Procaffe. On the other side of the peninsula, Kavana Zona has lovely harbour views with inside and outside seating, while Jadran Beach Bar is right beside the ocean (but best avoided when it’s windy because it’s totally exposed).

If you’re done with Split sightseeing, order a coffee, beer or cocktail and while away the hours. The locals are too ‘pomalo’ to rush you.

24. Visit Game Of Thrones locations

The Game of Thrones Museum in the Diocletian’s Palace is the main attraction in Split for super fans, full of props and outfits used during filming. Still, Dubrovnik steals the show when it comes to GOT tourism.

Buy your ticket for €11.

25. Try sea kayaking

A popular summer activity in Split is sea kayaking on the west of the peninsular towards Marjan Park. What could be more memorable than bobbing on the Adriatic Sea with a backdrop of the Diocletian’s Palace?

Browse kayaking tours including sunset tours and those combining snorkelling.

26. Rafting on the Cetina

This is one of the more adventurous things to do in Split, ideal for those craving adrenaline amidst stunning surroundings. Three-hour tours generally incorporate a mix of grades, meaning you’ll have a good mix of excitement and relaxation.

Rafting is suitable for beginners and you’ll be well cared for with a guide and all safety equipment provided. Browse river rafting tours here.

What to do around Split

Once you’ve ticked off the main activities in Split city centre, leave time for a few day trips. Do your research because there are plenty of nearby attractions that, depending on your interests, you wouldn’t want to miss.

If you love island-hopping, Croatia is a wonderland. For waterfalls and national parks, you have a few popular options. Throw in hiking and wine tasting and there’s very little you can’t do in Split (apart from visit a big city of more than 1 million people of course!).

Read next: 22 best Split day trips

27. Klis Fortress (20-minute drive)

Klis Fortress
Did someone say Meereen?

This striking medieval fortress helped keep the Ottomans at bay. Although they captured parts of Croatia, Split was not one of them.

It’s also a major Split attraction for GOT fans: Klis Fortress was used as Meereen during filming!

Entry is 70 kuna and you need 1-2 hours looking around. Get there by…

Bus: This takes 20 minutes and costs 22 kuna return. The schedule is VERY difficult to figure out so your best bet is visiting the kiosk at HNK Bus Stop to ask when the next bus departs. Ask them to write down the return times, too.

By car: Set your satnav to Trg Mejdan 10, 21231, Klis, Croatia.

By Uber: This should cost 100 kuna each way. You may wait a while for a driver to commit to travel the distance, and you can’t guarantee there will be any cars waiting around in Klis. If you find yourself stuck after visiting the fortress, there’s always the bus home.

By tour:
Visit by open top bus, take a tour including olive oil tasting or visit as part of a Game of Thrones excursion.

28. Visit Plitvice Lakes (full day trip)

Plitvice Lakes what to do near split croatia

It’s little wonder Plitvice National Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Croatia. Crystal-clear water cascades down karst rocks, plunging into pools all shades of emerald green and brilliant blue. Although you can’t swim in the pools, you can spend a day meandering along boardwalks and admiring top-tier Croatian scenery.

Plitvice is beautiful but busy in summer so it’s best to go in shoulder season (spring or autumn) if possible. Winter can be snowy and enchanting but, depending on the conditions, large sections of the park may be closed at short notice.

Getting to Plitvice National Park: Although I took a Plitvice day trip from Zagreb as it’s closer, it’s easy to visit from Split providing you don’t mind a long day out. Buses take 3.5 hours (the first one at 7am in peak season), starting from €22 each way. The other option is a small group tour from €60.

For a closer national park that’s just as stunning…

29. Krka National Park (full day trip)

If you’re after exciting things to do near Split, take a trip to Krka National Park rather. Just an hour away by car, bus or organised day trip, this 109km national park is home to 7 waterfalls and a 15th-century monastery on an island.

Skradinski Buk is the easiest set of falls to reach, an hour’s walk or short boat ride (peak season only) from Skradin town. Entrance to the park costs between 30 and 200 kuna depending on the season.

Read next: how to take a Krka Waterfalls day trip from Split

Getting to Krka: the bus (bookable on Flixbus) departs from the main bus station beside the ferry terminal and takes 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Skradin. From here, board the ferry into the park in peak season. From November-March, take a flat, 1-hour walk beside the stunning lakes.

Otherwise, drive to Krka or take an organised day tour with GetYourGuide.

30. Visit Trogir (30-minute drive)

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Kamerlengo Castle, Trogir

The charming town of Trogir is on a tiny island, connected to the mainland and Čiovo island by bridge. It’s one of the most popular places to visit near Split, easily accessed by car or bus.

Trogir is an architect’s dream with baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance buildings. Tour the Cathedral, Castle and monastery before strolling the promenade and settling on a restaurant for lunch. Try black squid ink risotto, a Croatian delicacy named crni rizot.

Read next: things to do in Trogir during a day trip from Split

Getting to Trogir: Drive or catch a bus from Split bus station for 30 kuna (30-minute ride).

Island excursions (full-day trips from Split)

Once you’re done with the Split tourist attractions, hop straight on a ferry! The islands were my favourite thing about living in Croatia. Hvar, Brač, Vis and Korčula are all between 1 hour and 2.5 hours from the harbour by ferry or fast boat.

For a few final fun things to do near Split, some of my personal highlights are…

31. Beach bask in Bol, Brač

If you can’t justify the cost of island-hopping day tours, Brač is the closest island to Split and one of the loveliest. It’s cheap to reach with several points of interest around the island.

Supetar (where the ferry arrives) is pleasant but a better option is to visit Bol, home to the spectacular Golden Horn Beach. Drive, take a taxi or a local bus from Supetar to Bol.

Getting there: the 1-hour ferry costs 28-33 kuna each way depending on the season, arriving in Supetar. Another option is the boat arriving in Milna which is a stunning part of Brač.

32. Climb the fortress on Hvar

Hvar town
Hvar Town from Spanjola Fortress

The second-closest island to Split is Hvar. With a reputation for hosting celebrity guests, it has high-end accommodation as well as clubs that earn its status as a party hotspot in summer.

If none of this is your scene, fear not. Hvar Town is a stunning settlement, overlooked by Spanjola Fortress. For an affordable day, wander the town, eat local food at Grande Luna, soak up panoramic views from the fortress, and finally relax on the beach.

Getting there: the ferry takes 2 hours and tickets start from 40 kuna, arriving in Stari Gard where you can hop on a local bus to Hvar town. The fast boat takes around 1 hour and costs 110 kuna each way, arriving in Hvar town.

33. Spotting Mama Mia! filming locations on Vis

The petite island of Vis is easily explored during a day or across several. Visitors usually arrive in Vis Town and head over to the equally pretty town of Komiža from where several beautiful beaches can be reached on foot.

Spotting Mama Mia! filming locations is a popular activity on Vis. Apparently, it was cheaper than filming in Greece and you can see why the producers chose the island: it’s spectacular!

Getting there: Split to Vis ferries and fast boats start from 50 kuna.

34. Marvel at the Blue Grotto

blue grotto split croatia

Although Vis is worth a visit in its own right, many travellers visit simply to see the jaw-dropping Blue Grotto. On tiny Biševo island, it’s easily visited as part of a boat tour from Komiža, Vis. To come directly from Split, book a Blue Cave boat tour.

34. Wine tasting on Korčula

korcula wine tasting

If you’re still reading, CONGRATS because Korčula is one of my favourite places in Croatia. The spectacular island boasts boat tours, diving, beaches and well-preserved architecture in charming Korčula Town. Yet nothing competes with the wine tasting in Lumbarda!

Just 15 minutes by car, taxi, bus or bicycle from Korčula Town, the region of Lumbarda is known for producing Grk wine, unique to the island. It’s one of a few female grapes in the world, pollinated by Plavac Mali grapes planted nearby.

Sipping delicious Grk wine with a platter of cheese at Popić Winery remains one of my favourite experiences in Croatia!

Visit independently or browse wine tours in Korcula.

Getting there: as it’s one of the further away islands, it’s best to take the fast boat which takes 2.5 hours and costs 150 kuna each way. There’s a cheaper Jadrolinija ferry but it takes closer to 4 hours.

Where to stay in Split

  • Hostel: between the city and Bacvice Beach, En Route Hostel has bunks with curtains, power outlets and reading lights from €20. It’s a great place to meet other travellers with a clean, modern vibe. Another option is Backpackers Fairytale which has a cosy vibe that’ll make you feel at home.
  • Hotel: Slavika is one of the oldest hotels in Split, right inside the Diocletian’s Palace with air-conditioned rooms, TV, Wi-Fi, terraces with sea views and tasty breakfasts. Check availability from €140.
  • Apartments – for all your amenities in a private setting, stay at Apartment Linda, Best Location Apartments or Split Inn Apartments.
  • Browse all Split accommodation on Booking.com and Hostelworld.

Thanks for reading!

I hope you have a better idea of what to do in Split, Croatia and you have a wonderful time doing it!

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