Split is my favourite place in Dalmatia. If I could, I’d go back to Split all the time for city breaks and summer holidays, but a small part of me wants to see the rest of the world, too. When I was a teenager, I would come to visit over summer to visit my cousins who lived in the city centre. Even though they were at work during the day and I was on my own most of the time, Split was never a dull place. There was always something to do and somewhere to go, even if I was on my own.
My favourite place to spend a day was on the sunny Riva Promenade, sitting on one of the benches and enjoying the views over the Adriatic Sea or strolling the cobblestoned streets of the Ancient Diocletian’s Palace.
This is, I think, the first place every tourist should visit in Split. This magnificent palace was finished at the beginning of the 4th century AD and was built by Emperor Diocletian as his retirement home. Diocletian was born in Salona near Split, so when his ruling days were numbered, he wished to return home. Inside the palace, you’ll find different restaurants, bars, boutiques and shops. Visit the Ancient Peristil, the palace cellars where you can buy jewellery and souvenirs or grab a cup of coffee around the Prokurative square.
Just outside the Palace walls is the long Riva promenade, lined with countless palm trees. Boasting wonderful views over the Adriatic, this is the place to be on warm summer nights. Many concerts and events take place on the popular Riva. One of the best ways to experience Split is to pick a table in one of the coffee bars at the promenade and enjoy your coffee in the sun.
This wonderful museum is an absolute must-see for all history lovers. Featuring an admirable Prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Early Christian and OId Croatian collection, this is the oldest museum institution in Croatia. It was founded in 1820 and the original museum building stood next to the eastern walls of the Diocletian’s Palace. Today the Museum is situated on Zrinsko-Frankopanska street, a short walk away from the Old Town.
The museum also features an epigraphic, coin and submarine archaeological collection.
This green part of the city is situated in the western part of Split. The Marjan Park is a favourite recreational site, frequently visited by the citizens of Split and tourists alike. There are many jogging, walking, climbing and biking trails you can explore and wonderful views to enjoy with your friends and family.
About a 15-minute walk away from the Split centre, this sandy beach is probably the most visited beach in Split. There is a long path along the coast, so it makes a nice walk too. If you’re looking for more privacy, there are secluded and quieter parts. Many beach bars and clubs are situated at Bačvice, so might be worth coming back on a Saturday night!