In peak season, this Croatian seaside town is crowded with tourists from far and wide. It is a buzzing hub of coastal activity and island adventures. The Dioclesian Palace is remarkably well-preserved and acts as a kind of open air museum, completely surrounded by city walls with tiny narrow laneways, tall stone buildings, arch ways and thousands of eateries and small shops. Be tempted by large slices of pizza and calzone around every corner, not to mention amazing gelato! As Italy is just across the ocean by boat, you can see the strong similarities in culture.
Climb the Bell Tower
It feels a bit sketchy climbing up this fairly open stair case, but once you reach the top, you can see all over the city, ocean and islands. Back at the bottom, explore the basement museum and surrounding streets. It is easy to get lost amongst all the alleyways.
Eat, eat, eat
Grab a takeaway slice of pizza, calzone or burek (a pastry filled with cheese, spinach or whatever you fancy), or dine in at one of the many restaurants and feast on sea food. Wash it all down with a wine or three and be ready to hit bars and clubs later in the evening. Oh, and don’t miss the gelato!
Walk along the forest trails
To make up for all that eating, be sure to climb the hill behind the city for amazing views over the nearby islands. Continue through the forest humming with cicadas and immerse yourself in nature for a while, before strolling down to one of the many pebble beaches.
Laze around on the beach
Some of the best beaches are located in the large park behind town. Kašjuni was my favourite, a pebbled beach with aquamarine waters, surrounded by forest. Every beach here is ready for a party, so you can set up at a beach bar and enjoy a mojito in between swimming. Just be sure to watch your valuables, as it is very crowded during the Summer.
Enjoy island life
A short day trip away and you could find yourself on some of the best islands in the area. Check out Hvar for a good party, or Brać for some more chilled beach days. Ferries run regularly every day and local public transport makes getting from town to town easy. Just be sure to take plenty of sunscreen and a hat – it feels like Australia here, it is so hot!
What did you do in Split? Have you been to any of the surrounding islands?