Split, the second biggest city in Croatia, is located in the north of the country. It’s an eclectic mix of the modern and ancient (which is what makes it so popular with every YouTube influencer). The city’s bustling waterfront and labyrinthine old city have an electric atmosphere that appeals to both culture vultures and adventure travel lovers. Of course, what put it on the world’s travel map was the popular HBO series Game of Thrones – Split was a filming location.
There are lots of things to do in Split, but I think two nights are sufficient for all the must-see sights. This will also give you time to sneak in one or two Split day trips and enjoy more of a leisure travel trip to this beautiful city.
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Split, the second biggest city in Croatia, is located in the north of the country. It’s an eclectic mix of the modern and ancient (which is what makes it so popular with every YouTube influencer). The city’s bustling waterfront and labyrinthine old city have an electric atmosphere that appeals to both culture vultures and adventure travel lovers. Of course, what put it on the world’s travel map was the popular HBO series Game of Thrones – Split was a filming location. There are lots of things to do in Split, but I think two nights are sufficient for all the must-see sights. This will also give you time to sneak in one or two Split day trips and enjoy more of a leisure travel trip to this beautiful city.
Where to Stay in Split?
There are hundreds of hotels in Split Croatia, many of which are located close to the old town. There is something for everyone, from luxury travel to budget accommodation. I would recommend staying in Split hotels near Diocletian’s Palace. Even if you pay a little extra, it will be worth it as you won’t have to take a bus or walk too far to see the major sights in town.
My Top 3 Hotel Recommendations for Central Split:
All located within the UNESCO Diocletian Palace walls, and steps to everything in Split!
On-site you’ll find a restaurant and wine bar. Top amenities include free wifi, an airport shuttle (extra fee), free breakfast, and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Unique rooms with historic charm, and pets are allowed.
This hotel featured a modern interior, and are members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Top amenities include free wifi, breakfast, towels for the beach, and an airport shuttle (extra fee).
A good value, you some rooms offering a private terrace. Top amenities include family sized rooms (if you are traveling with a number of people), continental breakfast, free wifi, and a restaurant on site.
Tours in Split
It’s easy to find organized tours in Split Croatia that will take you virtually anywhere, from day trips to nearby places to multi-day trips including other cities such as Dubrovnik. It’s also easy to get to the Croatian islands like Hvar, Korcula, and Brac.
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Is Split Safe?
Women traveling to this part of the world may be wondering – Is Croatia Safe? My girlfriends and I found no problems with safety in Croatia. Just use your common sense when you’re out and about. Don’t flash expensive items and always be aware of your surroundings.
As your trusted travel advisor, I can tell you this is a fabulous place for women traveling together and one of the best places in Croatia to visit.
Here’s the best things to do in Split:
#1: Klis Fortress
This medieval fortress was the seat of many Croatian Kings and was lost and conquered multiple times during the Ottoman wars in Europe. The climb to the fortress and the $9 entry fee is worth it for the beautiful views. But, if you’re short on time, this is something you can miss.
#2: Diocletian Palace Split
Consisting of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, the sprawling Diocletian’s Palace takes up about half of old town Split. The massive structure looks more like a fortress and is the historic heart of the town.
#3: Peristil Square Split (Peristyle Square)
This impressive central plaza flanked by two Corinthian colonnades is a part of the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Go there at noon to watch a reenactment of Roman times. Sit on the steps surrounding the plaza in the evening and enjoy traditional Croatian songs as well as modern music. This is a great place to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or beer as you listen to some Croatian music.
#4: Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Located within the Diocletian’s Palace, this 7th-century catholic cathedral is one of the oldest in the world. Climb to the top of the 57-meter bell tower for sweeping views of the city and you’ll understand why it’s the favorite spot of Instagram influencers. Romanesque in style, this Roman Catholic church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is the second oldest structure used by any Christian cathedral.
#5: Vestibule Split
This must-visit spot in the Diocletian’s Palace compound is where Croatian singers and acapella groups perform. Their layered voices create a breathtaking atmosphere. The perfect place to capture a video for your travel vlog!
#6: Dalmatian Acapella
Don’t miss the chance to listen to some Dalmatian folk songs and Klapa music, a traditional form of singing in Croatia. This unique aspect of Croatian culture can be experienced in the vestibule of the Diocletian’s Palace.
#7: Statue of Grgur Ninski
The imposing 25-foot statue of Grgur Ninski, a 10th-century bishop who played an important role in Croatia’s history and culture, is one of the most popular things to see in Split, maybe because there’s a legend that rubbing the statue’s big toe on the left foot brings you good luck!
#8: Shopping in Split
Why don’t more people count shopping as one of the travel essentials for women? If you’re a die-hard shopper, Split shopping will spoil you for choice. The Green Market Split (Stari Pazar) is a great place to pick up inexpensive souvenirs, and the old town has lots of shops selling everything under the sun. For international brands, head to the main shopping street, Marmontova.
#9: Konoba Split
One of the best things to do in Split Croatia is to eat at a traditional restaurant called a Konoba. We went to a Michelin starred Konoba, often touted as one of the best restaurants in Split, and it didn’t disappoint. My favorite was a chickpea stew with octopus in a brown sauce. Yum!
#10: Game of Thrones Tour
When you see old town Split, you’ll understand why the producers of this very famous show chose to film here. If you’re a fan, go to the shopping area underneath the Diocletian’s Palace. This used to be the cellar and sewer, but on the show, this was the place where Khaleesi kept her dragons.
#11: Krka Waterfalls
One of Croatia’s most famous attractions, these magnificent waterfalls and gorges in Krka National Park are spectacular. An organized tour is a hassle-free way to get to this scenic area, but there are public transport options available.
#12: Day Trip to Plitvice
If you’re in Split, a day trip to Plitvice Croatia is an absolute must. It’s an easy drive on the national highway. Made famous by the numerous turquoise lakes and cascading waterfalls, this is what all the travel brochures advertise when they’re trying to sell you trips to Croatia.
#13: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Sixteen lakes, interconnected by waterfalls, and set against a backdrop of 300 square kilometers of verdant woodland that is home to a variety of wildlife. One of the must-do tours from Split. When you see it for yourself, it won’t be difficult to believe why this is one of the most popular things to do in Croatia.
#14: Food Tour Split
We did a small-group food tour that we booked through our Airbnb. A great way to spend 3 hours browsing in the fish and vegetable markets and tasting some local foods, including, wine, meat, cheese, and oils. Our guide, Lucy, was a local and very knowledgeable. One thing I can say about the Croatians – they love to feed you.
For another food tour option, have you ever heard of eatwith? They are a tour company that specializes in unique food experiences. One example I found, you can book to eat a traditional dinner with a Croatian family. Pretty unique right?
#15: Riva Promenade Split
Riva Split is a beautiful promenade with the architecture of the old town on one side and gorgeous views of the port on the other. It’s a lively area with many restaurants and bars. A great place to spend the evening and very safe for solo female travel.
#16: Bene Beach
If you’re looking to get some swimming in, you can check out Bene Beach. Located at the west end of Marjan Park, this is one of Split’s oldest beaches. From the center of town grab bus #12 which takes you through the park. Also a great spot to catch the sunset.
#17: Markets in Split Croatia
There are three shopping malls in Split and many markets that sell local produce. I loved visiting the grain market at the far end of the old town. A great place to sample fruits vegetables, figs, nuts, and traditional prosciutto. I highly recommend trying the local wines, both red and white. Delicious!
#18: Mostar Day Trip from Split
The Split to Mostar day trip is a full-day excursion that includes a scenic drive through Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stop at the walled city of Pocitelj on the way. The best way to see Mostar is through a walking tour that showcases the beauty of this medieval town steeped in Ottoman history.
#19: Katarina Line Cruises
One of my top Croatia travel tips is a week-long cruise on a yacht. This is the only way to see the best Croatian islands (well, there’s the ferry, but this is definitely more glam). From personal experience, I can highly recommend Katarina Lines for some island-hopping fun.
#20: Day Trip to Trogir
Looking for another day trip in Croatia? Just one hour by ferry or 40 minutes by car or bus from Split is the tiny town of Trogir. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in gorgeousness. Located on the island, the old town is a great place to spend a couple of hours wandering around, just soaking in the atmosphere.
#21: Putalj Wine Tour in Split
Located a short 20 minutes away from Split, Putalj Winery runs afternoon tours and tastings with cheese, bread, and prosciutto, hosted by a winemaker. The winery will arrange pickup and drop off at a central location in Split. There’s also the chance to sample some olive oils produced on site.
What are your best things to do in Split Croatia? Let me know in the comments below.
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