Well known as a gateway to the Dalmatian Islands, the city of Split is often overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of the many islands scattered throughout the sea before it. But what many people don’t realise is that Split is the perfect destination for beach hopping, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovering authentic Croatia. As the second most populated city in Croatia, Split is full of hidden beaches, local gems and an array of things to see and do.
With the majority of our small ship cruises departing from Split, we are often asked for recommendations on where the best beaches are in this waterfront city.
So, we’re here to let you in on our top recommendations for the very best beaches in Split!Table of contents
Whilst the Old Town of Split sits right on the waterfront, the main Port is located just to the left of the city, and ACI Marina is located to the far right (which is where you’ll need to head if you’re setting sail on a Croatia Yacht Charter), meaning that the city’s pristine beaches are tucked away to the north and south of the city centre. Split is well connected with a local bus system that is efficient and cost-effective, allowing you to get around quickly and easily. If you’d prefer to walk, most beaches are located within a 20 - 30 minute walk from the centre of the Old Town.
Beaches South of Split Old Town
One of our favourites, and arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in Split is Kašjuni; a quintessentially Croatian beach! If you’re looking for a sandy beach with plenty of amenities (think drinks, food and massages!), you'll want to head to the southern side of Marjan Hill where the large, protected bay stretches out across the undulating shores of Marjan. This beach is a popular choice as it's quite protected from the wind and there is plenty of room to accommodate its popularity! You can catch the bus from Split Old Town, or set off on a 20-30 minute walk instead!
Staying along the southern shores of Marjan Hill, but located a little closer to the Old Town, you’ll find a small marina and swimming pool. Unlike the sandy and pebbled beaches nearby, this cove is set just below a concrete plateau. Due to the rocky coastline in Dalmatia, it is common for concrete plateaus to be built with ladders, allowing people to dive, jump, swim and easily access the water below! This hidden gem is always a local favourite, so don’t be surprised if it's quite busy!
Also sitting on the southern slopes of Marjan Hill and located just below the Ivan Meštrović Gallery, is Kaštelet Beach. Whilst this beach is not quite as popular as Bačvice, it is still very well known and frequented by young tourists and locals. Surrounded by fragrant pine trees, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the crystal clear water, and quench your thirst with a drink from the nearby beach bar!
North of Split Old Town
The centrally located Bačvice Beach is well known for its shallow, sandy shores that attract families and locals playing the Dalmatian sport of Picigin! This unique game involves preventing a small ball from hitting the water, and often makes for a fun afternoon if you want to try your hand at it, or if you’d rather watch from the shore! This beach is located south of the Split Port and is complete with all the facilities you may need to spend your day perched up on a towel with a good book! Take a dip in the water, relax in the Croatian sun, or sip on a coffee or cocktail at one of the many bars and cafes that line the waterfront.
Bačvice is also a popular spot for nightlife, with clubs and bars dotting the waterfront in the evening. The popular Split Beach Festival is also held on the shores of this shallow beach in the summer months!
Trstenik Beach is a beautiful pebbled beach that is complete with sun loungers & umbrellas to hire, allowing you to escape the summer sun and relax all day long. If you’d rather put your towel down on the pebbles and enjoy your surroundings, there is plenty of space! This beach is well kept as it’s maintained by the Radisson Blu Resort Split. If you’re planning on staying at the resort before or after your cruise, you will have access to the VIP platform and sectioned guest area on the beach!
Žnjan is a popular local beach and one of the largest in Split. This stretch of coast is connected to Trstenik Beach via a walkway, so you can walk the length of both beaches and find your perfect spot! There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes located at this beach, ensuring you don’t go thirsty or hungry during the day! If you’re travelling with children, there is also a playground nearby, making it a great choice for families. Žnjan is located approximately a 15 minute drive from the Old Town, or is accessible via the local bus (line 7 or 8).
Firule Beach is well known for its clear turquoise water and deep drop off, making it perfect for swimmers. This beach is located between Bacvice and Trstenik and can be accessed within a 20-30 minute walk from the Old Town. Sea urchins can be notorious at this beach, so be prepared and bring your water shoes with you!
The beautiful beaches of Split are waiting to be explored! If you’re planning a visit to this historic and impressive City, you can find all the best things to do and see in this magical city in our Destination Guide.