The green oasis of Split, Marjan forest park, is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the town known for its Diocletian's Palace. The numerous visitors of Split climb Marjan and enjoy its nature, peacefulness, and mystery. Being the former residence of monks, Marjan is today's top place for recreation and vacation for many locals and foreigners.

View of Split from Vidilica
View of Split from Vidilica

Marjan forest park location

Marjan is located at the western part of the town, in the vicinity of centre and Riva. The easiest way to approach the forest park is by using stairs (called Marjan Stairs) located near Riva, next to the monastery and the church of St. Francis.
The other entrance is called Spinut Door (Spinutska Vrata), and it is located on the street Šetalište Marina Tartaglie.
The third option is Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića, a street that can be reached by walking western of the Riva.

Church and monastery of St. Francis
Church and monastery of St. Francis
Marjan Stairs
Marjan Stairs

Entrance to Marjan forest park is free. All the facilities of the park are publicly available to everyone and are free of charge.

View of Split from top of Marjan
View of Split from top of Marjan

The first thing we would like to mention is cycling. Marjan is perfect for all those who love recreation on two wheels, whether it is mountain biking or road cycling.

If you enjoy road cycling and you are ready for some upwards riding, I recommend taking a ride on the street called Marangunićevo Šetalište. You can approach the street from the southwest side of the park. If you want to reach the top of the hill, you need to turn into Marjanski Put street at the crossroad. Total riding time is less than an hour.
If you are a mountain biker, you can choose from hundreds of forest trails located in the park.

One of many Marjan bike and running trails
One of many Marjan bike and running trails

For those who want to visit the park on foot, we recommend taking so-called "Marjan Stairs" located next to the monastery of St. Francis on Riva. It will take you half an hour to reach the top of the hill. After a few minutes of walking, at the first Marjan viewpoint called Vidilica, you can drink coffee in a bar while enjoying the beautiful view of the city of Split.
At the top of Marjan hill called Telegrin, there is a cross which was built in 2013. Height of the cross is 13 meters.

Walking towards the top of Marjan
Walking towards the top of Marjan
Cross at the top of Marjan
Cross at the top of Marjan

Marjan is ideal for those who like walking or running as well. For that purpose, we recommend entering the park on the location called Spinut Door (Spinutska Vrata) in the street Šetalište Marina Tartagile. The trail, which is around two kilometres long, has a section for cyclists, and a section for walkers and runners. Inside the park, there is outdoor exercise equipment as well.

The top cultural attractions of Marjan are churches, mostly located on street called Marangunićevo šetalište, at the south side of the park.
Church of St. Nicholas is an interesting gothic architectural work which you can see a hundred metres away from Vidilica, towards the top of the hill.

Church of St.Nicholas
Church of St.Nicholas

The church called Bethlehem is another gothic achievement from the 14th century, located on the south side of the hill.

Church Bethlehem on Marjan hill
Church Bethlehem on Marjan hill

A hundred meters downhill there is a church of St. Jerome with Renaissance hermitage built in the 15th century.

As you can see, churches give additional value and mystique to Marjan, which is already amazing in itself.

Church of St. Jerome on Marjan
Church of St. Jerome on Marjan
Renaissance hermitage built in the 15th cenury
Renaissance hermitage built in the 15th cenury

Marjan is ideal for swimming as well. If you look for an intimate beach, there are kilometres of rocky coast at the foot of the hill. If you want a concrete beach, you can visit Bene, a beach which is located on the northwest side of the park. Lastly, if you want a pebble beach, take Kasjuni, a beach located on the south side of the park.

Beach Kasjuni
Beach Kasjuni

Zvonimr Peran     2020-06-10

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