One day in Split Croatia

SPLIT IN ONE DAY

Split from airAre you transiting in Split’s harbor before jetting out to your island holiday? 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. Within the 190m by 160m fortified walls, urban life thrives amongst centuries old palaces tucked into a maze-like street grid; bustling cafes and restaurants, crafty shops, luxury accommodation, and private homes.

We have highlighted the best experiences that can be comfortably enjoyed on a one-day visit to Split, allowing plenty of time for a dip in the crystal clear Blue Lagoon bay post lunch.

GOOD MORNING SPLIT!

Riva in SplitStart your day on Riva, the modern palm-dotted seafront promenade set against Diocletian’s Palace southern wall. Riva is the alfresco living room of locals, who can sit hours on end with a coffee in hand, observing people walking by. Combine your coastal coffee with a hearty triple-decker breakfast at the chic Brasserie on 7 lining the waterfront.

Before entering the palace, take a short jaunt to Pazar, the colorful green market just east of Riva where farmers sell homegrown fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy.

PALACE ATTRACTIONS

Return to Riva at the Brass Gate, the palace’s southern entrance that leads through the substructure of changingoftheemperorsguardsplitcroatiaDiocletian’s former retirement residence.  The mysterious basement halls consist of various rooms and halls, which are believed to replicate the floor plan of the emperor’s former sleeping quarters above. Today, the basement halls houses souvenir shops by the dozen.

As you walk the length of the substructure, a set of stairs lead you to Peristil, the imperial square from where the emperor used to address his servants and soldiers. Behind the south side protyron is Vestibul, a circular foyer with excellent acoustics for local klapa a’capella singers to perform. Beyond Peristil’s eastern colonnade is Split’s landmark, the 57-meter tall 13th century bell-tower of the Cathedral of St. Duje. Cough up 15kn and you can climb up the belfry to see 360-degree bird-eye views of old town and the harbour. Along the eastern colonnade of Peristil, you will find a narrow passageway that leads you the 3rd century Jupiter’s Temple, a tiny structure characterized by a vaulted ceiling. Originally, it was dedicated to the once highest Roman god before Christians turned it into St. John’s Baptistery.

After a fascinating history lessons through old town, its time for lunch before heading to a private bay for a swim. To mingle with locals, try Villa Spiza, a city-dweller’s hangout with over-the-counter specialties prepared by two friendly sisters. Alternatively, indulge in fine-dining Mediterranean on the rooftop of Paradigma.

BASK IN SPLIT’S BACKYARD

Swimming inside the Blue Lagoon Croatia

Split is blessed in a sense that the most popular attractions are concentrated within Diocletian’s Palace, allowing you time to enjoy the city’s second blessing, a pristine archipelago of islands as a backyard. Šugaman Tours organize an excellent half-day Blue Lagoon Tour running from 14:30 to 19:30 everyday (they also have a morning tour). You will be taken by speedboat to the Blue Lagoon, a snorkeller’s utopia in an azure enclave between the nearby Krknjaši islands, before being taken through the crooked streets of the UNESCO listed city of Trogir. As you return to Split, capture the sun before it dips into the Adriatic, giving Split’s cityscape an enchanting golden glow.

From coffee on Riva to snorkelling in the Blue Lagoon, you can easily pack culture, history, adventure, and sunshine into one day in Split.

Experience Split in a Day

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Split Walking Tour – Follow the steps of Emperor Diocletian
Split Walking Tour – Follow the steps of Emperor Diocletian

On this popular Split walking tour we will give you an insight into the emperor’s life and an abstract of the city’s 1700-year-old history. Diocletian’s Palace is a living monument, so do not be surprised to discover that it is the urban center, filled with homes, shops and cafes. This biggest and most precious monument in the city is well preserved and it will be a great walk into Split’s fascinating past.

Duration: 75 min or 120 minutes

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Bus tour Split, Klis, Salona and Trogir. Hop on Hopp off bus tour
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Hop on Hopp off Bus Tour Split
Hop on Hopp off Bus Tour Split

Combine the tours within the 24 or 48 hours and discover the most beautiful & interesting sights in Split,Salona,Klis & Trogir. Take the red line and discover modern area of Split by bus followed by the walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace-one of the most significant original structures of the late ancient architecture. Take the blue line and visit Salona,Klis and Trogir and learn important facts about our history and culture.

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Walking-Gourmet Tour with Cooking Class
Walking-Gourmet Tour with Cooking Class

Experience the real taste of Croatia walking throught the old city of Split and prepare Dalmatian dinner in one of the wineries in nearby Kastela. Learn about domestic ingredients and how to choose the right one on a local markets. Enjoy a personal cooking class and get more familiar with Croatian cuisine and lifestyle. Visit one of the wine cellars in native land of Zinfandel and taste homemade wine.

Duration: approx 6h to 8h

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Segway Tour Split – Let’s glide through the history
Segway Tour Split – Let’s glide through the history

Segway tour Split is the perfect and fun way to explore all of the attractions in the old town of Split and go for an picturesque ride in park forest Marjan where you will enjoy in some spectacular views. Take a segway tour and discover many of Split’s hidden sites and protected bays and beaches on Marjan hill.

Duration: 120-135 min

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