What to do in Split for 7 days?

Split, the largest city in Dalmatia, is a favorite summer destination for tourists from various parts of the world – from those who come for a one-day city tour, to those who stay there for more than a week. It is situated on a peninsula surrounded by mountains on the Adriatic Sea coast. 

The city is full of cultural and historical monuments and has dozens of well-maintained sandy and pebbly city beaches. During a visit to this beautiful city, which is protected by UNESCO, there are many interesting things that are worth seeing. Let’s now look at what to do in Split.

Day 1: Explore the Old Town

The old town in Split is the historical and cultural center, not only of the city but of the whole of Croatia. It is a popular destination for tourists who come from all over the world. Diocletian’s Palace is located in the very heart of the Old Town and is today known as one of the main tourist attractions in this part of Europe. It was built in the 4th century during the reign of Emperor Diocletian, and Diocletian spent the last years of his life in it.

The peristyle is the central square of Diocletian’s palace that once served as a place for social events and ceremonies. There are many interesting-looking ancient columns, arches and sculptures here that look just as impressive as when they were first built. It is an ideal place to create new memories and photos. Today, various concerts, theater performances and other events are held there.

The old town in Split is one of the most famous architectural monuments and is often considered a symbol of the city under Marjan. It is an impressive example of Roman architecture, which is why it is visited by millions of tourists every year. If you are coming to Split soon, do not miss visiting this magnificent complex.

Split old town

Day 2: Explore Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is the most exciting remnant of the historic core of Split, which was built in the Roman era. Don’t expect a palace or a museum; this is the living heart of the city. Its labyrinthine streets are full of people, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Diocletian’s Palace dates back to antiquity and was built by the then-emperor Diocletian, who lived in it during his reign. Therefore, the palace was built as a military fortress and imperial residence, or, in simpler terms, as a fortified city. It is rectangular in shape and occupies more than 38 thousand square meters.

It is interesting to mention that shiny white stone from the island of Brač was used for its construction. On each wall, there are doors named after different metals: Golden Door, Silver Door, Bronze Door and Brass Door. It is important to note that all the doors have been preserved to this day.

Between the eastern and western gates, there is a straight road, or Decumanus Street, which separates the southern part of the imperial residence, where staterooms and temples were located, from the northern side, which was once used by soldiers and servants.

Within the palace was the emperor’s mausoleum, which was later turned into a cathedral better known as the Cathedral of St. Domnius (Duje), the temple of Jupiter and the central square. Although numerous changes were made to the palace after Diocletian’s death, the listed components of this complex have been preserved even today. The walls themselves and Diocletian’s cellars are particularly interesting; certainly, it is the most attractive part.

Feel the spirit of the past and spice up your stay in Split by visiting a real treasure trove of cultural and historical sights. Regardless of how many days you plan to spend in Split, Diocletian’s Palace should definitely be on your to-do list, even if you are going to be in Split for only a few days.

Day 3: Relax on the beach

Relax on one of the many well-maintained city beaches. Bačvice beach is the most popular place for surviving in the city during hot summer days. It is not only ideal for refreshment at any time of the day, but also at night when it offers a wide variety of nightlife and good entertainment. It is the city’s main beach, which is always full of tourists.

Firule beach is a beautiful sandy beach about 240 meters long. It is located in a bay, and thus it is well protected from strong wind surges that can be frequent in this area. That is why it is very popular among bathers, especially families with children.

Ovčice beach can also boast of a clean and beautiful sea and a pleasant natural environment. It is located in the bay after Bačvica. It is ideal for families with children, as the beach has a children’s playground with the ever-popular trampoline and additional entertainment facilities.

At the foot of Marjan is the beach Kašjuni; a beautiful pebble beach only 2 km from the city center, which can be easily reached by car and on foot. On the beach you can enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, and at the same time relax in the restaurant and beach bar or lying under the sun. Kayaks, seabobs or SUPs are available for all lovers of sea adrenaline.

relax on the beach

Day 4: Organize a trip to the islands

Split is also an ideal starting point for trips to numerous nearby islands. Find out which are the most popular destinations for trips to the islands from Split below.

Hvar is an island that attracts many visitors because of its beautiful nature, spectacular beaches and crystal clear sea. Hvar is also known for its nightlife, and the town of Hvar has an impressive history and rich cultural heritage. The ferry from Split to Hvar takes about an hour and a half.

The island of Šolta is the closest to Split, only a 45-minute ferry ride away. This island has beautiful beaches, and visitors can relax in one of the many restaurants and bars. There are also many activities on the island, such as diving, hiking and cycling.

Brač is the largest island in central Dalmatia, only an hour’s ferry ride from Split. This beautiful island is known for its crystal clear beaches, pine forests and spectacular views. When visiting Brač, do not miss visiting Zlatni Rat, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, as well as the impressive mountain Vidova gora. Also, on Brač you can visit the famous Blaca desert, which is located in the interior of the island.

On your trip, do not miss the island of Korčula, which will delight you with its historic core surrounded by medieval stone walls, ramparts and towers. The famous explorer Marco Polo was born here, and if you want to learn more about his life, visit his birthplace which was repurposed into a museum.

Day 5: Explore Marjan Hill

Marjan Forest Park is an essential Split attraction that you must visit. It is only a few hundred meters away from the Old Town and is an ideal destination for all nature lovers. At every step, you are surrounded by diverse plant species, and stunning viewpoints are in the palm of your hand. From the top, there is a view of the entire city, the islands of Brač, Šolta and Čiovo and the Mosor mountain.

In addition to the incredible view, you can also see numerous cultural and historical sights on Marjan, such as the Church of Our Lady of Bethlehem, the Chapel of St. Jerome and the St. Michael’s Fortress. Marjan is also ideal for outdoor activities such as brisk walking, running, cycling or simply walking.

Marjan hill

Day 6: Enjoy the nightlife

Split’s waterfront is a favorite meeting place for young people, it is the center of nightlife. The beautiful promenade by the sea turns into an “outdoor disco” in the evening. There are several bars, restaurants and clubs on the Riva. Sit on the terrace and enjoy good company and a beautiful view of the sea.

Regardless of musical taste, no one will be left out. There is something for everyone in Split. Lovers of jazz and piano music will certainly enjoy the live evenings that are regularly held in the cafe and restaurant LVXOR. It is known for its local delicacies and rich wine list.

The vanilla club is one of the most popular Split clubs where you can enjoy your favorite cocktails and good company.

Club Central was created for all lovers of electronic music and is located near Riva. Numerous performances by famous domestic and international DJs are often held there.

Split is a city where nightlife exists not only during the weekend but also during the week. Regardless of whether you want to enjoy your favorite beats of music or just relax with friends, Split has everything you need.

Day 7: shopping in Split

The last day of your stay is approaching, and what better last day than to go shopping?

Split may be widely known for its historical sights, but it won’t disappoint you when it comes to shopping either. The best part of shopping in this metropolis is the fact that you can enjoy seeing historical and cultural sights at the same time since many shops are located in the very center.

For example, Split’s main market is located along Diocletian’s Palace, and numerous stalls offer a large selection of clothing, various beach accessories, toys and so on. If you are looking for branded clothes, take a walk to the Mall of Split, a shopping center located on as many as four floors.

Another popular destination for shopping in Split is the Joker shopping center located near the center. It also offers countless shops, restaurants and movie theaters. Here you will find everything you need; from clothing and footwear to electronics and home furnishings.

One of the most famous shopping streets in Split is Marmont Street. This pedestrian zone is located in the very center of the city and is full of small shops, cafes and restaurants. It is a favorite place for fans of fashion brands, regardless of the competition offered by the previously mentioned shopping centers. After shopping, rest in one of the many bars or stop and listen to young talented street musicians.

If you came to Split by car, then you will be particularly pleased with the fact that everything we have listed here, regardless of where you are located, can be visited on foot! How? By leaving your car in a proven and safe place, in the garage Split City Parking, which is only a 10-minute walk from the heart of Split!

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