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10 Top Things to Do in Split, Croatia For A Splendid Vacation

Split, A town in Croatia that has been occupied by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Croats, and the Austrians, leaving behind lots of history. Split is the second largest town in Croatia. This town has been beautifully preserved, making you feel as though it’s the 4th and 21st century at the same time. There are so many things you can do in this town and this blog will take you through the top things to do in Split.


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10 Best Things to do Split, Croatia

  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Peristil Square
  • Visit the Old Town
  • Marjan Hill
  • Klis Fortress
  • Krka National Park
  • Campanile
  • Taste the Croatian Food
  • Visit Split Archaeological Museum 
  • Visit Trogir 

1. Diocletian’s Palace 

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Built way back in 305 AD for Diocletian, the Roman Emperor, This palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A magnificently preserved 4th-century complex including Diocletian’s elegant retirement house and the ruins of a vast military camp. Because of its size, it is more of a castle than a palace, with surprises around every turn. Imagine how Diocletian lived over a thousand years ago as you walk in this historical palace. Located within this palace is one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals globally, St. Domnius Cathedral. Get the best view of Split city from the Bell Tower. 

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2. Peristil Square

Peristil Square is where Diocletian would make public appearances, and his loyal followers would bow in front of the former emperor. It is the original Roman court, where you may marvel at Split’s architectural splendor. Treat your ears to the sound of opera performances as the epic stone monuments have endowed Peristil with fine acoustics. Admire the two Egyptian sphinxes which, are over 3500 years old, brought by Diocletian. 

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3. Visit the Old Town

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Hit the Pjaca square, where Split’s historic town hall overlooks a stylish plaza of gleaming marble tiles and cafés with outdoor seating, is a must-see. Fruit Square, which takes its name from the market that has been held here for generations, is also vital. There is a lot of magnificent Renaissance architecture here, leftovers from Split’s Venetian period. Marmont Street, which extends down to the water and at the upper end by stores, cafés, and restaurants, is an excellent place to view how Split’s residents spend their days.

4. Marjan Hill

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Climbing up the Marjan Hill is one of the top things to do in Split. This lovely park, which dates back to the fourth century, is on a peninsula overlooking the city and welcomes respite for tired feet. Aside from its numerous rest spots and benches, the park is famous for its towering pine trees that provide shade for pleasant strolling routes. The Jewish cemetery on the hill’s eastern slope is particularly fascinating. There have been no graves since 1945, although many of the tombstones are still visible, dating back to the 1700s. On the hill, there are two churches: St. Nicholas from the 1200s and St. Jerome from the 1400s, both with renaissance altarpieces carved by the Venetian Andrea Alessi.

5. Klis Fortress

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This old castle has a rich history, having seen conflicts with the Knights Templar, Ottomans, and Mongols, to mention a few. The fortress remains still stand high on a slope overlooking Split. It’s a sight you’ll never forget, and blood has for this tower throughout two and a half millennia. The ancient Illyrians were the first to erect a castle here, and Klis was the seat of Croatian kings for centuries during the medieval era. Not only does Klis Fortress provide panoramic views of Split and the Dalmatian Coast, but it is also the filming site for Meereen in Game of Thrones. 

6. Krka National Park

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This national park is about an hour’s drive from Split and follows the Krka River’s course. Many visitors come to witness the magnificent Stradinski Buk. It’s a 400-by-100-meter-long natural pool fed by travertine waterfalls on one end and emptied by cascades on the other. There are 17 waterfalls in this area alone, with the largest reaching over 50 meters. You could spend hours admiring this scene: surrounded by lush foliage, this pool especially, loved for how the sunlight plays in the whirling water. Make time to see the cascades at Roki Slap and Visovac Island, which has a 15th-century monastery. 

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7. Campanile

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Split’s famous bell tower, which stands next to the cathedral, is a magnificent sight, standing six stories high and tapering as you go to the top levels. Expose yourself to the elements on your journey up, and you’ll be able to gaze through the tower’s twin arched windows, which are a typical characteristic of romanesque construction and haven’t changed since the 1000s. Views of the Split metropolis and the sea await you at the summit.

8. Taste the Croatian Food

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Tasting the Croatian food is a must-do thing in Split. There are various restaurants for you to taste the famous Croatian seafood

9. Visit Split Archaeological Museum 

The Archaeological Monument Museum in Split has gathered almost 20,000 items, and only a fifth of them is displayed. The Archaeological Museum should be on any history buff’s must-see list when visiting Split. The museum was created in 1820 and has been in its current location since 1922, making it Croatia’s oldest such organization.

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10. Visit Trogir 

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Trogir, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, appears virtually the same now as it did in its medieval heyday. Trogir does not require you to be a historian to fall in love with it: it’s Europe’s best-preserved Romanesque and Gothic building ensemble. Trogir is just 35 minutes drive from Split. The entire Old Town on a small island. If you walk quickly, you can visit Trogir in an hour or two, but a half-day or more is preferable. 


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