In this blog, we bring you a comprehensive guide on things to do in vibrant and charming Mediterranean city of Split. Take a look and find out which places you shouldn’t miss while staying in Hotel Split.
1. Diocletian’s Palace
We are sure that you will find this advice everywhere, but Diocletian’s Palace is definitely must see when visiting Central Dalmatia. Split has a history of 1700 years with the Diocletian’s palace as it’s focal place. This Roman palace was built in the 3rd century and within this palace you can visit the oldest Catholic cathedral in Europe – The Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Needless to say that the palace UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of it’s filled streets and shops palace is very lively and well know as a hearth of the town.
2. Split Market (Pazar)
This place is definitely must see if you want to experience the true vibrant Mediterranean ‘’mercato’’. Market ‘’Pazar’’ is placed right next to the east side of the Diocletian’s Palace. Get ready to fall in love with domestic food, fresh fruit and vegetables with a range of Mediterranean colours and flavours.
3. Meštrović Gallery
Croatia’s famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović spent most of his years living in Split, where his villa and studio have since been converted into two major attractions: the Mestrovic Gallery and Kaštelet. The gallery is filled with many of his incredible pieces so all visitors can find out more about his work and life.
4. Marjan Hill
For the stunning views, head up west from Split City center and check out the Marjan Hill. Why forget your healthy habits while on vacation? This is the favourite local place for running and recreation. When you are already hiking Marjan Hill, don’t miss to explore numerous small churches, and chapels scattered throughout the area.
5. Klis Fortress
This imposing fortress spreads along a limestone bluff, reaching 385m at its highest point. The ancient Illyrians were the first to build a fortress here and for centuries throughout the medieval era Klis was the seat of the Croatian Kings. During the Ottoman Wars whoever held this castle, 10 kilometres northeast of Split, held the upper hand in the region. This location became widely known when it became the filming location of popular TV show Game of Thrones.
6. Cathedral of St. Domnius
Split’s octagonal cathedral is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings still standing. Built in the 7th century on what originally was the emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum. Cathedral of St. Domnius is the oldest Cathedral in the world to be in continuous use and maintained in its original form.
Here is another UNESCO site, just 30 kilometers away from Hotel Split. Trogir is definitely one of the best-preserved ensemble of romanesque and gothic architecture in Europe. It is a small coastal town, but also the one of the most beautiful landmarks in Southern Croatia. Trogir’s 15th-century walls protect a labyrinth of ravine-like streets on which you’ll pass buildings unchanged since the 1200s. There are a 10 historic churches in the old centre, including the exquisite 13th-century cathedral.
8. Gregory of Nin statue
Just out of the Golden gate, you’ll find the Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) statue, work of renowned Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. People rub Ninski’s big toe for good luck, and years of contact have made this little nub of bronze gleam.
9. Peristil Square and Temple of Jupiter
Peristyle represents the very heart of Split, a vibrant place where you can soak up the architectural majesty of old Split or have an afternoon cup of coffee. Diocletian made his public appearances at this square. When taking a look at the Split’s Cathedral, don’t miss a visit to the baptistry. It was originally built in the 3rd century as a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter, a king of Gods but was transformed into the Baptistery in the 6th century.
Before Split developed, the biggest communal hub here was at Salona, the provincial capital in Roman times when it was a city of 60,000 people. Although it was eventually ransacked and abandoned in the 600s the archaeological park is an enlightening day out, preserving significant fragments of the structures that used to stand here. The most obvious of these is the amphitheatre, which once had a capacity for 18,000 spectators.