If you are planning to spend your next holidays in Split, Croatia, you will be glad to hear that over the last couple of years Split city has become a top travel and vacation destination in Croatia, leaving many other popular Croatia’s vacation destinations behind in the race.
This has led to the rise in the offer and quality of various tourist activities, travel packages, excursions from Split, island tours, bars and nightlife and various accommodation units you can rent in the downtown of Split, near popular beaches or far away from the busy city life.
As the competition between tourist agencies in Split increases so does the quality and range of vacation offers which is a very good news for anyone planning their holidays in Split and for Split tourism as a whole.
We will take a look at the most popular holiday offers, accommodations, sights, bars and activities you can choose between to make your visit to Split unforgettable.
The popularity of Split tourism and the rich travel offers you can choose between when planning your holidays in Split is mainly due to the exceptional position of the city of Split as the central point of Dalmatia. Split is the starting point for visiting most popular coastal cities and villages in Dalmatia, as well as the main port from where most popular Croatian islands are only short ride away.
If you wish to visit some of the beautiful Split islands, you are once more in luck, as from the city port you can take a ferry and be far away from the mainland by taking pleasant panoramic boat ride along the island shores.
TOP ATTRACTIONS OF SPLIT OLD TOWN
Besides being a starting point for exploring numerous Split islands and picturesque coastal towns, Split is also a major cultural and historic center of Dalmatia. It’s 1700 year old history preserves relics from the past attracting visitors from all over the world.
Majority of Split’s attractions can be visited in the Split’s old town, in and around famous Diocletian’s Palace.
Enter the Underworld
They are situated right under the emperor’s quarters and are basically designed as their mirror image. The mirrored floor-plan is not an aesthetic solution, but a practical one as the cellar’s walls, columns and archers support the structure above.
In case you wish to visit secluded beaches on the islands, hidden bays and popular island destinations and attractions in a single day, you may decide to take some of the most popular daily speedboat tours from Split and experience all the beauty Dalmatia has to offer in a single day. The main advantage of such a tour is that you get to experience all the breathtaking stops on different islands which you would otherwise need number of days to visit yourself.
Inside the National Wonder
One of the most unique natural phenomena in the world, the Blue Cave on island Bisevo will be a highlight of your holiday. With its silvery-blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone, it leaves nobody indifferent.
Only short distance from Split you can visit the untouched nature of Cetina River canyon, where you can embark on rafting or canyoning expedition, National Park Krka with it’s numerous natural beauties, as well as the National Park Plitvice with its large and small lakes and the largest waterfall in Croatia which is the main landmark of this location.
Roar of the Highest Waterfall
The lakes are beautiful at every time of the year, but during the spring, summer and early autumn, the vegetation makes the place spectacular. Many people prefer to visit the park on a hot summer’s day to enjoy the cool breeze created by the splashing water.
Besides taking rafting or canyoning tour on the nearby Cetina River, you can take number of activities within the city of Split itself. With great number of beaches offering different sea gadgets you can rent or choose various activities on Marjan hill, locally called the lungs of the city, you can enjoy and experience nature and active life without the need of ever leaving this popular city.
As Split is well connected to all the major towns and cities in Croatia and the nearby countries, you can choose to take one day city break to some of the most popular cities nearby. Leaving Split by bus in the morning and returning in the evening would enrich you for one more memorable experience.
As you may already know, Split was founded in 295 AD when Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build a palace in what is now downtown of Split. With over 1,700 years of history all mashed together within the walls of Diocletian Palace you will find many interesting monuments, churches and buildings which remained as they were when they were first built, or were expanded, rebuilt and very often combined with older structures to create a unique architectural design carrying signatures of many styles that replaced one another as the centuries went by.
With such a rich history and culture you may wish to learn more about by visiting some of the most important museums that will bring the history of this ancient city back to life.
If you are wondering where to stay while in Split, what localities you wish to visit or which of them interest you and what are the top 10 things to do in Split, we have prepared for you some guides on how to experience this ancient city to the fullest. We even have a guide to help you experience Split if you are only visiting it for a day.
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Split is a tourism gem with many things to do and a myriad of attractions waiting to be discovered. The UNESCO listed Diocletian’s Palace and historic core is the nucleus of Split, the heartbeat of the city, and this is precisely what makes it so magnificent.
Just relax on a city beach
There are a number of iconic beaches in Split city and in it’s near vicinity. Bacvice, the most popular beach, is located only 10 minute walk from Split center. Marjan hill is also a location of most beautiful pebble beaches in Split.
Play Picigin on Bačvice Beach
Picigin is Split’s pride and joy. It is a ’sport’ invented by them where two or more speedo-equipped players toss a small ball around in knee-high water. It involves very intricate flips and jumps to save the ball from falling into the sea. The birthplace of Picigin is Bačvice, Split’s sandy beach located a 10-minite walk from Riva. Give it a try between tanning and drinks in the Žbirac cafe.