The largest town on the Dalmatian Coast, Split cradles a treasure-trove of ancient Roman architecture inside a walled fortress, now overflowing with bars, cafes, hotels, boutiques and galleries. It’s also known for its beaches, markets, and growing reputation as a trendy gastronomy destination.
Things to do in Split
Erected in the 4th century by the Roman emperor, the sprawling Diocletian’s Palace now holds a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation with more than 200 structures within its whitewashed walls. It’s also known for the lively bar-crawl scene that unfolds every night like a festive royal celebration erupting in hidden alleys and tucked-away corners.
Just outside the Silver Gate of the palace, stroll Split Market and pick up fresh fruits, cheeses, meats and bread for a picnic on Bacvice Beach. After sunning, swimming and impromptu beach games of picigin, you can hit the party beaches of Zvoncac and Kastelet for DJ music and dancing at Jungia.
Head to the former medieval Jewish Quarter and spend the evening at Ule restaurant. Start with aperitivos at Dnevni Boravak, Ule’s “living room,” then continue on for cheeses and olives in Pikulece, the Dalmatian-style tapas bar. Move to the main Ule restaurant for entrees, such as pasticada stew, meatballs or seafood and end the evening with regional Dalmatian whites at the Ule’s wine bar.
Visit Mestrovic Gallery and Kastelet, the villa and studio of Croatia’s renowned sculptor, Mestrovic. At Kastelet, you’ll see his 28-piece depiction of the life of Christ in wooden reliefs. Explore the Cathedral of St. Dominus and catch an opera or ballet performance at Croatian National Theatre.
Getting around Split
Public buses operate extensively throughout Split, as do taxis and private shuttles. You can also rent a car at Split Airport in Kastela, about 24 kilometres away.