Split Quick Guide
Welcome to the 2nd largest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia Region! Here you can couple your swim time in the pristine Adriatic Sea with more culturally diverse activities and excellent shopping.
There is a lot of ground to cover, so start your morning early with a visit to Diocletian’s Palace built in the 4th century AD to be a retirement residence for the Roman Emperor Dioceltian. A huge, sprawling fortress-like complex, it occupies nearly half of the Old Town. Marvel at the grand entrance to the Emperor’s quarters from the Peristyle (central square within the Palace). Allow a few hours to walk around and explore it’s many different structures including what was originally the mausoleum and was later consecrated in the 7th century as the Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Not only is this Cathedral regarded at the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that still remains in use and in its original structure, it is also home to a 13th century medieval bell tower that you can climb up to enjoy panoramic views across Split!
Ready for lunch? Split has dining options to please any palate! For a more modern, upscale take on Dalmatian cuisine check out Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar. For budget friendly prices and large, yummy portions head to Konoba Pizzeria Feral. After filling your bellies, stroll through Pazar, the local green market, where you can find both local produce and some silly souvenirs to bring back to your friends (Who doesn’t love a keychain?!?). People watch as locals and tourists alike fill their bags with all the seasonal Dalmatian offerings (the summer sun makes the local tomatoes and peaches to die for). You can also find excellent local wines and Olive Oils here!
Next head to local’s favorite, Bacvice Beach, for some afternoon swimming and fun. Although quite crowded, this beach is alive and full of energy and is a must to really get the full Split experience. This place is a full service stop for hanging out, including cafes, restaurants, lounge bars, and nightlife that goes until the early morning!
Depending on what you are looking for, you can stay here for dinner and partying or you can head back to the Old Town area for a more subdued, but still vibrant, evening. If heading back to Old Town try the eclectic cuisine at Corto Maltese.