Split, Croatia is a vibrant and charming Mediterranean town located in the middle of Croatia’s coastline. Split has to be one of my favorite places in Croatia and there is a never-ending list of things you can do for entertainment. Tyler and I unfortunately only had 3 days to explore this amazing town so we were pretty selective on what activities we would let to fill our short time. Here is our list of the top things to do in Split, Croatia, especially if you are just passing through or short on time!

1. Visit Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Place is an impressive 1,700-year-old Romain ruin that is still around today. It is not a simple palace as you might expect, in fact, it is a vibrant city that is very much alive covering impressive 38,700 square meters. The Palace is home to about 300 people and is occupied with 220 buildings. This town is filled with vendors, shops, and restaurants. You will also find churches, Roman monuments, and other historical buildings and architecture. This leads us to the number 2 on our list of things to do in Split!

2. Climb the Cathedral in Diocletian’s Palace

I should start out by saying this should be avoided if you are claustrophobic or have a fear of heights. There are narrow passageways and the stairs have large gaps between them will minimal railing. It’s not something that would be likely to be allowed in the United States due to safety reasons. Additionally, I would recommend carrying any little children or not bringing kids at all.

The Cathedral is located right in the heart of the historic Palace and is called Cathedral Sveti Duje. You can admire the architecture from the ground or you can pay 3 euros for a chance to climb to the top and take in the magical view of the city. After climbing a series of stairs you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm and Sunday 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Price: Adults 35kn

The Cathedral is located in the center of Old Town in Split, Croatia.

The view at the top of the Cathedral is amazing. You’ll have a 360-degree view of Split.

3. Enjoy Split’s Many beaches

I enjoyed the beaches in Split, Croatia much more than the beaches in Dubrovnik. One of the distributing factors was that Split has many more beaches with more space and that are far less crowded. If you are looking for a beach that has bars, restaurants, ice cream and plenty of room the absolute best you will get is Trstenik Beach.

This beach is maintained by the Radisson Blu Resort in Split and is the best kept Bach in Split. There are sunbeds available for rent but there is also plenty of room to just lay a towel down on the pebbles. The beach is open for public use and the water is very clean. If you like your privacy and are searching for a quite of family-friendly beach than Tretenik Beach is your best choice.

If you like to meet new people and prefer crowded beaches than Bacvice Beach is your best choice. It’s the city’s central beach and it is very popular amount locals and young tourists looking for a fun time. This beach is alive 24/7 as there are many bars and nightclubs nearby.

A third beach that is very popular for the 20-something crowd is called Kastelet Beach and it is located just a 20-minute walk away from the city center. The play loud music and the crowds are thick. it is also a great spot to meet some of the locals.

4. Relaxin the Riva harbor

Just outside the walls of the Palace and along the coastline you will find a long pedestrian walk way that is very popular for a evening stroll. it is lined with restaurants and bars. This is the most popularplace in split. It is the ideal place to have your morning coffee or spend a evening with friends over cold drinks. The Riva is also the stage for many cultural and entertainment events in Split.

5. Hike to Marjan Hill

This is a 178-meter high mill located on the peninsula of Split. This is a great recreational spot that is still in close proximity to the city center. Marjan Hill offers tourists and locals many footpaths and jogging trails. It is a popular place for hiking, running and even mountain biking. While you are hiking do not pass up the opportunity to visit the many churches scattered throughout the area. At the top of the hill you will get a beautiful view of the city and sea. If you climb in the evening you will see a picture perfect view of the sun setting over the hills to the west.

Things to Do for Adventure in Split

There are many many other things to do in Split as well but if you are only going to be in town for a few days then this is a list of the top 5 things to do while in Split. If we had more time in this amazing town here are the adventures that would would go on: Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Sky-diving, Island Hopping, Sail Away for a day (or night), Visit the Roman ruins in Solin, spend a day at Krka Waterfalls, go white water rafting, take a jeep safari, zip-line over Centina Canyon, Pub Crawl, river tubing, rent jet skies, or explore the countryside with a ATV. These are all activities that are great to do if you are thirsting for more adventure and a unique experience.

Accommodations in Split

It is very easy to find accommodations in Split. This is a large city so even if you show up without any reservations you will be able to find accommodations. While Tyler and I were in Split we booked our Air BnB apartment only two weeks before our trip and were are blue to find a place that was within walking distance to the city center and very close to the best beach in Split. You can find a place to stay for as little as $30 a night and it goes up from there with the price being dependent on location and accommodation type. Hotels are going to be more expensive than renting apartments or rooms form a local. We had a great experience booking through Air BnB but Trip Advisor, and Trivago are also good tools for finding affordable accommodations.

Getting round Split

Walk: The great thing I love about Split is that nearly everything is within walking distance. With that being said be sure that you have a good pair of light and comfortable walking shoes. My favorite pair of shoes that I wore for the whole trip is New Balance Minimus tennis shoes that are unique because they are made to simulate barefoot walking and require no shocks (I hate sock in the summer). These are great because you can easily go from walking around the city to the hiking trails and rock climbing with no problems. Walking is the only way that Tyler and I got around town. Realistically you can reach all the important corners of the city within a 30-minute walk.

Bike: If you do not want to walk than the second best option is to rent a bike. With a bike, there are many corners of the city that you can explore. Tyler and I rented a bike to get some of the geocaches that were further away from the city center. Bikes do cost to be rented hourly. I would not recommend renting a scooter or moped in a foreign country. You{lol quickly notice that Europeans in this area are aggressive drivers and getting into an accident in a foreign country will really put you in a bad position. Not to mention that you will not get the same high quality of health care as you would in the United States.

Bus: You can easily get anywhere in Split with the use of public transportation. Between 5 am to midnight the buses will run every 30minutes. You can purchase bus tickets at any kiosk or you can purchase them on the bus which is what I would recommend. This way you can travel on your own schedule rather than having to worry about making the bus. You can click here to download a copy of the Split Bus map.

Car: You can also rent a car but I have to warn you about the aggressive driving and lack of parking space in Split.A car is only helpful if you are planning to do day trips for the day. Otherwise, a car will quickly become a hassle when you think about the lack of parking space and heavy traffic. You can learn more about car rental and car rental priceless here.

Taxis: The downside of using taxis is that they are expensive. We avoided using taxis while in Split. Since everything was in walking distance we walked everywhere but at one point we did think about using Uber, we just ended up not needing it. If you do want to use a cab it would be best if you were traveling with friends and had someone to split the cost with. Others i.e. Your best bet would be to get a Uber which are much cheaper than taxis but not as cheap as taking the bus.