Situated on the Eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, Split is the jewel in the crown of the Dalmatian Coast. Known for its beaches, fresh seafood, and Roman ruins, Split is the second largest city in Croatia after Zagreb, and one of the most fascinating destinations in the Balkans. Ranging from culture to food to sports and recreation, here are the top 10 reasons you should consider spending your next summer vacation in Split.
Wander Through the Ruins of Diocletian’s Palace:
Split’s most-iconic attraction, this ancient palace complex dates back to the turn of the 4th century AD. It was built as the retirement villa of Roman Emperor Diocletian, and was constructed from exquisite local white marble and limestone. A singular architectural wonder, today the elaborate remains of the palace are a protected UNESCO heritage site and comprise close to half of the old town of Split.
Soak up the Sun at Bačvice Beach:
Centrally located in the heart of the city, Bačvice beach is the place to go to work on your tan, cool off in the water, or catch locals playing a game of iconic homegrown water sport picigin. Its sandy bottom and shallow crystal clear water make it an ideal place to relax.
Shop the Stalls of Pazar Market:
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or want to browse local crafts and goods, check out the stalls of Split’s most-popular daily outdoor market for great deals and curiosities.
Contemplate the Wonders of the Past at Split Archaeological Museum:
Croatia’s oldest museum, the Archaeological Museum of Split’s collection contains more than 150,000 objects ranging from pre-history to the late-medieval period.
Cheer on Local Professional Football Team Hajduk Split:
Croatians love football, and local team Hajduk Split have been a stalwart in the Croatian First Football League since 1911. The team plays at Stadion Poljud, which contains 35,000 seats filled to the brim with passionate and adoring fans.
Stroll the Seaside Promenade of The Riva:
The center for entertainment, celebrations, and nightlife, the cafe-lined Riva offers one of the most-breathtaking seaside views in Croatia, and Europe at large. Having an apartment with that view is a dream for most of us, which only a few can afford.
Witness the Works of Croatia’s Most-Famous Sculptor at the Meštrović Gallery:
Ivan Meštrović was a 20th century sculptor and a national icon. Based on plans devised by the artist himself, it is not just a gallery but a villa conceived as a total immersive artist monument.
Eat Decadent Black Risotto on the Waterfront:
Fresh seafood abounds in Split, and black risotto, a local specialty made with cuttlefish and cuttlefish ink, is a decadent and one-of-a-kind dish. It makes for an ideal summer dinner when paired with seasonal local white wine.
Drink Outside the Box at the Academia Club Ghetto:
An answer to the ruin-pubs of Budapest, the Academia is Split’s go-to bohemian and eccentric bar. Grab a cocktail and mix with the local as you gaze upon the wacky trinkets and decor lining the walls and ceilings.
Satisfy your Sweet-tooth with Almond and Citrus Cake:
Make sure to leave room for dessert, and finish off your day in Split with a slice of Slatko o’ medulla, a mouthwatering local cake made with almonds and citrus. Yum!