Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest one on the Dalmatian coast so it stands to reason that you will have a blast when visiting. It is an old city, full of history and culture and also a great starting point for all your adventures along the coast. However, plan ahead and make sure you devote at least two days of your stay to Split – it’s definitely going to be worth your while.
The city was founded 2,400 years ago as a Greek outpost and a colony and it quickly evolved to be immensely strategically important. So much so that the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered an extravagant palace to be built here and he spent a lot of time managing the affairs of the Roman Empire from that spot. Today, the Diocletian palace is a tourist magnet that attracts millions of tourists every year.Things to do in Split
The winding streets of the Old Town are a perfect way to start your wanderings around the city. Get lost in the narrow streets and explore the magical passages and streets that have been packed with people for thousands of years.
The Old Town is full of great restaurants and bars so grab a seat once you get tired and enjoy a perfect Mediterranean meal. Seafood is particularly tasty here as it’s locally caught and fresh!
Diocletian’s Palace is the heart of the city. Today, only the basements remain intact and they are populated with stalls packed with hand-crafted goods and produce. The space itself is huge ad gives you a decent impression of what the palace above would look like.
The best way to explore the Diocletian’s Palace is to pay for a guided tour. Sure, you can go in alone but there are so many hidden passageways and nooks that you’re bound to either not explore the half of it or get lost! Also, it’s nice to have someone knowledgeable tell you about the Palace’s glory days.
Ultra Music Festival is the largest European dance music festival found its home in Split a couple of years ago. The event unfolds in the heart of the city in the middle of July and it guarantees great fun! If you happen to visit Croatia during that period and you simply love electronic music, consider extending your stay – you definitely won’t regret it.
After the main event it Split the festival packs its bags and moves the party on the beautiful island of Hvar where you can continue partying to the wee hours of the morning, at least for a couple of days more!
Saint Domnius Cathedral is located in city center and is the hub of the cities Catholic religion. Numerous festivities are held here throughout the year. The most imposing feature of the cathedral is the Bell Tower of Saint Domnius.
The tower offers exceptional views of the city and its surroundings. Keep in mind, the tower is quite tall and the climb is not for the faint-hearted. However, if you manage to muster up some courage you will be rewarded with excellent panoramic views of the surroundings.