Split is famous for its beaches, amazing and preserved cultural attractions from the Roman age, imposing Diocletian's palace, beautiful Marjan hill and Ultra Europe Festival.
Alongside Dubrovnik, Split is the top destination of Croatia tourism.
Diocletian's palace was built at the end of the 3rd century in Split and today is still preserved. The name palace may be misleading: it is more like a big fortress with lots of buildings inside: almost like a small city.
The palace was built by Roman Emporer Diocletian who wanted to spend last years of his life there, after the retirement.
Split Peristyle is the most famous square in the palace. It is almost completely preserved and today represents one of the most important remains of the old Roman empire.
The Peristyle is surrounded by the Cathedral of St. Dominus, which was previously Roman mausoleum, entrance to the basement of the palace, and the former temple of Jupiter.
Golden Gate is the name for north entrance to the palace. It is the most beautiful and preserved entrance.
Entrance to the palace is free. Entrances to the Cathedral and surrounding buildings are charged. The price is 2-6 euros per building.
A place with the most vibrant atmosphere in Split is Riva. Located just near the south entrance to the palace from one side, and the sea from the other, Riva is a must-visit place in Split. There are thousands of visitors and locals having a walk there, socializing, drinking coffee or a beer, and talking about politics and football.
Marmont's street is the fanciest street in Split, after Riva. You can also notice lots of people going up and down. The street got a name after French general Marmont who did a lot of architecture work in Split. His most featured work of art is Prokurative, a nearby square that resembles the main Venetian St. Mark's Square.
A few meters away from Prokurative there is monumental gothic Franciscan church and monastery with a great bell tower.
At the end of Marmont's street, there is a building of Croatian National Theater built in the 19th century, and Franciscan church Our Lady of Health.
Bačvice is the most famous beach in Split. It is known all over the world for a game called picigin. The game is included in UNESCO non-material world heritage.
The beach consists of a sandy and concrete part. During July and August the beach it is pretty much crowded.
The second by popularity beach is Kasjuni, located at the foot of Marjan hill. It is a big pebble beach that boasts exceptional natural beauty and crystal clear green sea.
Žnjan is the biggest beach in Split, which is still in a process of reconstruction that started in 2018.
Marjan is a hill located at the western part of Split. There are many places to visit on Marjan. The first one is the Marjan forest park, a place ideal for walking, running and cycling. Beach Bene is part of the park almost completely in the woods.
Besides the forest park and the beach, there are other attractions on Marjan. There is a panoramic view of Split and a coffee bar which you can notice after a few hundred meters of walking. There are a few small churches you will see while walking. That's no wonder because Marjan was the favourite place of the medieval deserts in past.
Food in Split
Split features lots of restaurants, just as expected from a great tourist destination. Most of them are located in the centre of the city.
If you find yourself somewhere in the centre and want to take a quick snack, you can buy a piece of pizza in Pizza Cut fast food. It will cost you 1.5-2 euros.
Split restaurants vary in their offer. There are many restaurants which feature fast food: you can buy a sandwich or similar food. On the other hand, some restaurants feature Mediterranean specialities, like fish and other seafood.
If you want to taste the greatest pizza or other Italian food, I recommend you to visit Konoba Dalmatino located at Znjan. It features the most delicious pizza I ate in Split.
Stari Plac is a small restaurant where I ate the best pancakes in Split. It is located in part of the city called Split 3.
Ultra Europe Festival
Ultra Europe Festival is one of the greatest events of electronic music in Europe. It's held every year in July in Split. Before 2019., the festival was held on Poljud Stadium. Starting with 2019., Ultra will be held on Stadium Park Mladeži. The festival brings together renowned DJs such as David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin Van Burren and others.
Accommodation in Split
Hotel Park is a luxury hotel located near beach Bacvice, and probably the best accommodation option in Split.
Private apartments are the most common type of accommodation. Most of them are listed on booking.com.
During Ultra Europe Festival, accommodation is approximately twice expensive compared to other season intervals.
Months May and October are increasingly popular among visitors due to less expensive accommodation prices and less crowded beaches and destinations.