There is a reason why Split is called the cultural center of the entire Dalmatian region. It is the second largest city in Croatia. It is full of historical architecture, restaurants, bars, and parks, but it is also brimming with the busy life of a big city.
Everyone has heard of Diocletian’s Palace, which is under UNESCO’s protection, but what else can you do in Split?
Many are discouraged from visiting Split during the summer months precisely because of the large crowds. Whether you’re coming by bus, plane, or your own car, no one wants to waste time in long traffic jams or looking for parking.
Don’t worry, we kept that in mind too. A little more about affordable parking in Split later. Take a look at what should encourage you to visit this special city!
What to see in Split?
It has been 1700 years since its construction, but Diocletian would still recognize his Palace today. Of course, we have to mention it, not only because it is a UNESCO monument, but because the entrance is free, it is big enough to keep you entertained for hours and it was a filming site for Game of Thrones.
You must not miss the four main entrances to the Palace, the souvenir market in the basement, and after the visit, you must sit down for a coffee on the Riva.
While you are there, climb the Split Cathedral, from which you have a lot to see – an enchanting view of the city and the sea. You can also see the sunset in Split, every evening. It looks best from the Riva, while you sit with a drink, the orange skies will surround you from all sides.
Another view of the city can be found if you climb the Marjan. There are many steps leading to the top, but only when you get there will you see why it was worth it. A panoramic view that intertwines the city, the sea, the islands, and the white sailing boats in the Adriatic Sea. Marjan is surrounded by a forest, as well as by hidden churches that you can visit. Nearby is Matajuška, a small bay where you will find numerous hang-out spots.
If you come at the time when Hajduk has a game at Poljud, don’t miss the energy and atmosphere of such a match. The Croatian National Theater also often organizes interesting evening programs. There are also numerous museums in Split, for history and art lovers.
What to taste in Split?
Although typical Dalmatian cuisine with a lot of fish specialties and meat prevails in Split, things have changed in the last few years. The offer has expanded, so now you have numerous restaurants with gastronomic specialties from all over Croatia. You can easily try prosciutto, as well as white truffles.
At every corner, there are bakeries or fast food places where you can eat cheaply, even with vegetarian options. Pizzerias are also a strong point, you can buy slices, which are usually cheaper.
Split’s local markets are rich in all kinds of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish. Even if you don’t want to cook yourself, we recommend that you take a walk and feel the atmosphere of the local people. If nothing, at least for tasting authentic olive oils or similar products.
As for drinks, there are numerous bars and cafes at every turn. Split is known for its nightlife, not only because of the numerous festivals that take place throughout the year but also because of its nightclubs.
Where to park?
We promised to help you with parking, too. Given that most of the listed things are right in the center of Split, you might think that parking will be overpriced and impossible to find. However, there are affordable parking options in a great location, right next to the city center itself.
Regardless of whether you are spending the day on Bačvice Beach or visiting everything recommended, from this parking lot you only have a 10-minute walk to the heart of Split. This parking is in a garage, which has many advantages, especially on summer days. Your vehicle will be protected from high temperatures, undamaged by the sun, but also under the surveillance of security cameras, which brings a high level of security.
Save yourself the stress, and book your parking spot in advance, so that the main concern is what you came for – getting to know Split.
What to visit near Split?
If you already have your own vehicle, take advantage of that and visit many places near Split. Although Solin is also accessible by bus, you will reach this historical site after only a 5 km drive. There you can see the remains of the former life of the Romans, with numerous objects and mosaics.
For those who want more beautiful views and don’t want to drive too far, there is the Klis Fortress, which has merged with the mountain from which you can see the whole city from a wider perspective. Trogir is only half an hour’s drive away, and you can spend a whole day exploring it.
If you take the highway, you are near two beautiful National Parks in the region – Krka and Plitvice Lakes. If you are already driving a bit further, you can stop in Zadar for a couple of hours and listen to the famous sea organ.
Of course, across from Split, there are also numerous islands. Enjoy a cruise on the Adriatic Sea, visit Brač, Hvar, Vis, or Šolta, and see interesting blue caves, coves, and hidden beaches. On the islands, you will get the best insight into the life of the locals.
Split has a diverse offer, regardless of whether you are interested in sightseeing historical and cultural monuments, tasting traditional gastronomic specialties, nightlife or visiting the rest of the region. Everything is easily accessible, and if you have solved the problem of parking, you have no other worries!