Stuck on what to do in Split, Croatia? Between Diocletian’s Palace, Old Town, the Riva and being just a ferry from other islands or a bus ride to Krka Waterfalls, there’s plenty to experience.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and is a hotspot for tourists wanting to immerse themselves in its history, cafe culture and sunbathe. We allocated 2.5 days for Split, with the first half day spent on a 5 hour bus ride from Dubrovnik (post here) and the beach near Park Marjan. The next two full days were spent exploring the Old Town and travelling to Krka Waterfalls.
DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE & THE OLD TOWN
Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most stunning Roman ruins left and makes up the heart of Split. Rather than a palace or museum, it serves as the centre of town and is made up of around 220 buildings. And, with 3000 residents and countless tourists, there’s no wonder its cobblestone streets are packed with people bustling in cafes, bars and restaurants.
The Riva promenade is lined with palm trees among a mixture of bars, cafes, restaurants, live outdoor concerts, the harbour and markets, and for that reason is a major tourist spot. It’s impossible to go hungry here. We tried everything from acai bowls and fresh juices, to pasta, Mexican and tapas. The vibe itself is lively but mature; with locals and tourists alike opting for good food and coffee over clubbing (which is generally reserved for a visit to Hvar – or at least in our case it was 🍹).
Spend the morning picking up unique treasures at the markets and window shopping in the high street stores, or opt for a beach day before grabbing a bite to eat at a gourmet restaurant while watching the boats go by at sunset. 🌞
We put a day aside to visit Krka Waterfalls which was about an hour bus ride from Split. The series of 7 waterfalls are located in central Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county and you will need to pay an entry fee. Once you get to the National Park, you need to catch a ferry to the main area of the park where you can go on to explore the waterfalls.
Krka was beautiful but packed – with 7,000 of its 10,000 at-any-one-time capacity filled by 11.30am. You can swim, but unlike Kravice Falls in Bosnia (which are my favourite as mentioned in my Bosnia Travel Diary here), you can’t climb or explore the waterfalls. It was peak tourist season when we went, so there was barely any room to move around which was a shame, so if you’re looking for a clean photo op, consider coming really early in the morning (or photoshop the people out like I did 😜). Other than the waterfalls, you can explore the town or Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap – known for travertine cascades, islands and lakes.
Have you ever visited Split?