Visiting Split, Croatia? Here’s a list of cool things to do in Split! Explore the city, wine and dine with a local, hit the beach, visit Marjan Hill, and more! And if you have more time, you can also take day trips from Split to nearby attractions.
It’s no wonder why Split is one of the top destinations in Croatia for any kind of travelers. Locals will tell you that their city is “the most beautiful one in the world”. And you’ll be easily convinced as soon as you discover it!
As a largest coastal town in Dalmatia region, Split has a lot to offer to its visitors. Moreover, it’s a perfect place to experience the best of Croatia – ancient history and beauty of Adriatic sea.
When I think of Split, I think palm-fringed Riva promenade with charming coffee shops, breathtaking monuments and beautiful beaches. Most of all, Split is a modern city with medieval vibe. Or vice-versa, if you prefer.
In addition, there’s a lot of cool things to do in Split Croatia. It’s a great place to enjoy numerous fun activities! So if you been wondering what to do in Split to make the most of your trip, bellow are some ideas to explore.
Things To Do In Split Croatia
Explore Split Old Town
If you find history interesting, Split’s Old Town will keep you engaged for hours! Explore Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the heart of the Old Town. The palace was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian and is one of the most imposing Roman ruins still in existence.
Split Old Town is full of impressive monuments, museums, galleries and charming cafes. The best way to learn about the of history of the city is to take a guided 2-hour walking tour on foot. For other available options, click here.
Visit Marjan Hill
Marjan is a forest-park located on the western part of the Split peninsula. It’s a beautiful green oasis with the spectacular view of the city, best observed from the Vidilica café perched on the hilltop.
As the biggest Split’s recreational zone, Marjan Hill is a perfect spot for hiking and cycling. There are also many beautiful ( but often overlooked ) beaches. For example, Kasjuni Beach is nice pebble beach that locals love!
Taste Dalmatian Food
Croatia is haven for foodies and wine lovers and no trip to Split would be complete without tasting delicious Dalmatian cuisine. Although not approaching the kind of prices charged in Dubrovnik, Split is no longer a cheap city to eat out.
Nevertheless, there are still restaurants where you can get more for the money. For instance, the Buffet Fife, located just in from the seafront, offers generous portions of classic Dalmatian dishes at reasonable prices.
Go On Segway Tour
If you want to try something different, explore the biggest Split’s attractions on a 2-hour ride through town with your very own Segway! Both fast and fun, these fantastic inventions provide a unique and unusual way to see the city.
And don’t worry! Thanks to advanced technology, you will learn how to navigate your Segway in no time. Before you know it, you’ll be touring around Split like a pro! Check here for details: Split Segway Tour
Rickshaw Split Tour
Another fun way to explore the city is to get on a Grand Circle Rickshaw Split Tour. You’ll start your ride at the Riva, pass by the Diocletian Palace, stop at Bene beach for a free drink and a swim.
Then you’ll continue the journey to Marjan and Zvončac Park. Besides the guide, you can also have an audio presentation on four different languages: Croatian, English, German and French.
Play Picigin On Bacvice Beach
Bačvice ( pronounced Bachvice) is beach located just a short walk east from the Old Town. Bačvice beach is famous for picigin, a popular local game. It involves a group of ( usually ) men arranged in a circle who use their acrobatic skills to hit a small ball in the most unusual way. The point of the game is to prevent the ball hitting the water. Trust me, it’s really fun!
So if you’re feeling adventurous, join the locals to play picigin on Bacvice Beach! It’s one of the coolest ( and most unique ) things to do in Split, Croatia. Furthermore, there are a several bars on the beach if you need refreshment, including nightclubs just steps from the sea.
Take A Kayaking Tour
For the ultimate summer adventure, take a kayaking tour to enjoy the stunning views of the city from the sea. I especially like Morning Kayaking Tour because includes snorkeling, swimming, cliff jumping and underwater photo shooting around Marjan Hill.
But if you are not an early bird or you’re maybe more interested into romantic things to do in Split, Sunset Kayaking Tour is a great option to check out.
Visit Split Green Market
I already wrote about Split’s marketplace Pazar in my post about 7 things not to miss in Split Croatia. And you should certainly not miss it! A visit to Split’s green market is highly recommended to experience the true spirit of the city.
The market is located near the entrance gates of the Diocletian Palace, close to the bus station. It’s a unique place where you can the Mediterranean vibe – the colors, flavors and aromas of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also, the green market is a great source to buy local Croatian products. The market is open daily from 6.30 am to late in the evening, but the best fruit and vegetables can be found earlier in the day rather than later.
Paddle In The Sunset
If you really want to try something cool during your stay in Split, book a 2-hour stand-up paddle board night tour! Boards are equipped with LED lighting on the bottom so you can see everything around and beneath you while paddling. Previous experience is not necessary and the tour starts at sunset.
Enjoy A Pirate Cruise
When it comes to cool things to do in Split ( or anywhere! ), nothing get beat a cruise on a wooden replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship. This pirate tour will take to 3 different swimming destinations. 2 of the stops are around the Marjan peninsula and the 3rd is at Čiovo island. Grill lunch and drinks are also included in the price.
If you’re a fan of sailing, then a sailing tour around Split on a beautiful yacht is just what you need! It will show you the Split Riviera in the most beautiful way – with live music, and unlimited drinks and snacks!
Join The Game Of Thrones
Everyone wants to visit spectacular Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia. Though Dubrovnik is globally identified as the King’s Landing, Split has also gained its fair share of unexpected fame.
Book a Game of Thrones tour in Split and visit several filming sites as you follow the footsteps of all your favorite characters. Also, learn new things about history of Split that you won’t find in any guidebooks.
Where To Stay In Split Croatia
There are many options on where to stay in Split so I’ve selected a few places in different price categories – all of them are centrally located and have great reviews!
Murum Hertiage Hotel is situated within Diocletian palace, a few steps away from Split City Museum. Thanks to exceptional location and awesome interior design, this hotel is one of the top places to stay in Split, especially for couples.
If you are more into apartments, check out this fabulous, boutique-style Luxury Palace No1 Apartment.
Stylish Cornaro Hotel is located in the center of Split, just a 2-minute walk from the Diocletian’s Palace. The hotel features contemporary designed rooms and panoramic roof terrace with a hot tub and a bar!
Apartment Onyx is also a great choice. It is fully equipped, beautifully decorated and top-rated as one of the best locations in Split.
Guest house Secret Residence Palace features accommodation with free WiFi just 400 m from Diocletian’s Palace. It’s an awesome option for budget traveler! Every room has a private bathroom with a shower, flat screen TV and a wardrobe. Split City Break Apartments are also worth checking out.
The best rated hostels in Split according to their location and services are:
More Cool Things To Do In Split
- Take a scuba diving lesson for beginners
- Escape room Split – more info at their website roomescapesplit.com
- Go canyoning on the Cetina river
- Take a 3-hour bike tour
- From Split to Hvar: All night party experience
- Try zip-line adventure
That’s all, folks! Thanks so much for reading!
Evidently, there are many things to do in Split. I hope this article helped you to find something that suits your taste. Or at least, to get some ides how to make the most of your vacation in Split, Croatia.