Split Croatia The ultimate guide with Old town walking map
Are you ready to explore? With this Split Croatia ultimate guide, I will try to present to you one part of the Split, Croatia: Central Dalmatia an ancient walled town built by Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. 1700 years old, walls of the Diocletian’s palace made it the unique living monument in the world. Charming Mediterranean town and the second largest city in Croatia and the largest city in the region. Of course, it is the most beautiful city in the world as its inhabitants enjoy calling it. Walking along Split’s streets, you are walking through centuries of history and art.
Split Croatia is positioned on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings. Split city center is located just 10 km from Podstrana Riviera with population of 200,000 people living in its urban area.
The citizens of Split heritage great cultural and historic heritage, mild climate and picturesque landscapes. The city is registered in
the register of world’s cultural heritage and is under the UNESCO protection from 1979. It carries all the features of the Mediterranean climate.
Highlights of Split Croatia
- Split city covers a total of nearly 80 square kilometers. As the city center is a true living museum and the urban part is expands to the edges. The beaches are mostly pebbly and completely walkable from the center of the town to east and the west side with many cafés and restaurants by the shore.
- Best suited for many types of travelers’ singles, couples, small and large families, group of friends, history or nature explorers. It is the ideal starting point for those looking to explore central Dalmatia and its beauty.
- Unlimited number of restaurants and dining options, pubs and bars. Green market with homemade product just next to the center of Split. Numerous small shops with souvenirs and many other products.
- At the end of this article download Split old town map
Split Riva promenade
There is a 99% chance that you will start exploring Split from the Split Riva. What is Riva? Riva is promenade located on the south side of the Diocletian palace on the seafront that is lined with palm trees and countless benches where you can relax and enjoy the view of the sea or the evening sunset. Split Riva connects to the Zapadna obala at the foot of Marjan Hill and is actually a long promenade to the Sustipan Park. Walking, running or just chilling in the bar or restaurants it is up to you.
Split Green & Fish market
You think they are located next to each other. Well… You are wrong. Split green market, Pazar called between local populations is located on the east side of the palace. What you will find here? Here you will find seasoned fruit and vegetables, most of which are grown from peasants living near Split and it surrounding areas. In any case, there is a lot of color and is very colorful in every aspect.
Fish market locally called Peškarija or Ribarnica is located on the west part of old town, walking distance between Fish and green market is about 10 minutes. Same as at the green market this place is very colorful in every aspect as well as it is green market. In case you decide to buy some good piece of fish, we definitely recommend doing it early in the morning and I mean even before 08:00 AM.
Sveti Duje – St. Dominus cathedral
Saint Dominus was the patron saint the city of Split and the Bishop of Salona from 284 to 304. The former mausoleum of the Emperor Diocletian is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world because it has served for so long as a place of public worship. Residents of Split have raised a magnificent bell tower, which today has become the symbol of the city. St. Dominus feast is celebrated on May 7 each year. The bell tower and the cathedral is open for visits and they charge a small fee,
Diocletian’s cellars in the palace represents best-preserved antique complex of its kind. In the ancient Romans times used as the storage area for the palace. Today in modern days, the main passage through the basement is lined with small open shops with jewellery, gifts, homemade soaps, souvenirs, etc…
During the whole year time here, you can find various cultural events, exhibitions and other social events. Rest of the cellars is open for sightseeing as one of the greatest attractions of Split. Did you know that Diocletian’s cellars are one of the filming location of TV show Game of Thrones in Split area?
Diocletian’s cellars in the palace represents best preserved antique complex of its kind. In the ancient Romans times used as the storage area for the palace. Today in modern days the main passage through the basement is lined with small open shops with jewellery, gifts, homemade soaps, souvenirs, etc…
During the whole year time here you can find various cultural events, exhibitions and other social events. Rest of the cellars is open for sightseeing as one of the greatest attractions of Split. Did you know that Diocletian’s cellars are one of the filming location of Tv show Game of Thrones in Split area?
Grgur Ninski – Grgur of Nin monument
Who was this person? He is known as the main advocate of worship in the Croatian (Slavic) language and for the use of Glagolitic scripts. On this bronze statue, sculpture is a golden toe, and the legend says if you make a wish and rub his toe, the wish will come true. Be careful for what you wish. This piece of art is made by most famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.
Narodni trg – Pjaca Peoples square
The first inhabited part of Split outside Diocletian’s palace, placed whit its west wall. For centuries, Pjaca is the center stage of the city life, there is a Gothic building of the old town hall, now the exhibition space, still beautiful and preserved palaces at the edges of Pjaca where Split noble families use to live. There is also one of the oldest open bookstores in the world, Morpurgo, which today looks almost exactly, what it looked like in 1861.
Voćni trg – Fruit square
Official name Square of the Radić brother’s most beautiful one in the city. Its “familiar” name comes from the fact that it was once home to the bustling and colorful market where women from the surrounding villages came to sell their fruit. In the “center of the square “is the monument to the father of the Croatian literature, the citizen of Split, Marko Marulić (another art piece of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic), who was one of the most important philosophers and intellectuals of the 15th century.
Trg republike Prokurative – Republic Square
Located in the center of Split, on the west side of Diocletian Palace. This square is also known as a main stage for cultural events in Split. Built in Renaissance style it reminds a bit of St. Mark square in Venice.
This green oasis and one of the Split symbol is situated close to the city center. Favorite place of Split citizen for easy walk and recreation. Magnificent view from lookout points (Prva and Druga vidilica) to town and the beautiful Dalmatian coast. It is definitely worth the time to take a walk and relax.
Located at the end of Zapadna obala promenade under the Marjan hill on a smaller peninsula and it use to be an old Split cemetery. Only structure, which is left from the old cemetery, is Classicistic gloriette. In modern days, Sustipan is turned into a park, green oasis. From these Sustipan cliffs, you will have breathtaking view to the city and Croatian coast
Where are Split beaches?
Are you ready to catch a bit of color on your skin and have “Split swimming” on the one of the best beaches in Split Croatia? Which one will best suite you? This one will be very difficult to answer. Mostly beaches in Split are pebbled beaches, wild rocky places, especially at Marjan Hill shores. I will not go through each Split beach here, just though few of them. List of the Split beaches you can find here.
Unfortunate for you will not find tropical sand but you will find Bacvice beach close to the city center which is sandy beach and extremely popular among locals and young tourists looking for fun. The characteristic of this beach is that the water is very shallow even up to 100 meters in the distance. You will also see people standing in the circle, getting to the ball, and performing the doormats. The goal of the game is to keep the ball as “dry” as possible and the game is called Picigin. Try to figure out the world champions in Picigin is?
Žnjan beach is a very secluded clean beach with very clean water mostly because it is open for currents. This Split beach is the biggest one. Portable restrooms are available and couple of restaurants and bars on the beach.
Kastelt pebbled beach is twenty minutes’ walk from the city center on a seaside. Located just below Meštović Gallery on the south side of Marjan hill.
Kašijuni another pebble beach in Split Croatia, and this one is located under the slopes of Marjan Hill. At this place when you have swim, you will have a fabulous view from the sea to the Marijan hill and its full natural beauty.
Since you can almost have a swim in any part of Split except the harbor, you will probably find your place under the sun. All beaches in Split are public beaches and you do not have to pay anything to use them. If you try hard enough maybe, you will find some private and quite place just for yourself.
Nightlife in Split
After a more or less quiet but busy day hours street of Split and Split squares get very busy at evening and night hours. In the center of town and inside of Diocletian Palace is always full of tourists walking in the streets and admiring Split at night. Nearby restaurants and cafes are full of people.
In the center of Split, you will find a plenty of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, the casino… However, not the stay only on classical fun of drinking and eating Split at night also offers a lots of live cultural and music entertainment on open air. Most of the warm up for the nightlife is in Split center and in its numerous bars offering a varied music program: rock, pop, dance.
After midnight, it all moves around the nightclubs. I will not go deep here describing the places, but you will get some tips for after midnight partying. The closes nightclubs to the city center of Split is Fabrique pub Split. Just couple hundred meter from Fabrique pub Split you will get to Central the club. Those two place are most popular among tourist because they are large in size and due their location close to Split center.
Fifteen minutes’ walk from the old town to Bačvice beach you will find Tropic club Split .On some nights you will find open air concert on Bačvice beach and at Ljetno kino Bacvice as well. On the other side of town near the Poljud stadium is Vanilla Club Split where you can party until sunrise.
Be wise be smart don’t drink & drive. Have fun!
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