Located on the Dalmation Coast, Split is Croatia’s second-largest city, and an absolute gem when it comes to travelling Europe. A lively place steeped in history, it also offers modern bars, restaurants and shops, providing something for everyone.
Croatia is similar to Italy. The two countries have a shared history having both been located at the heart of the Ancient Roman Empire. On a visit to Split, you can enjoy Roman architecture and history, mouth-watering Mediterranean food, and gorgeous Mediterranean Sea views, but at a fraction of the cost of neighbouring Italy.
Although there is much to explore, Split is relatively small so you can traverse the city and see the highlights in about three days. Here are some of the top attractions if you have just a few days to spend in Split.
Diocletian’s Palace is definitely a must-see site if you’re visiting Split. The Ancient Roman Emperor Diocletian, who was known for persecuting Christians, built his summer palace there. Some visitors spend much of their time trying to locate it without realising that Diocletian’s Palace forms roughly half of the city.
Take the time to explore the area as there’s plenty to see. In particular, make sure you take a trip up the bell tower and take in the beautiful views of the city from above.
IVAN MEŠTROVIĆ GALLERY
Ivan Mestrovic is considered to have been one of the greatest twentieth-century sculptors of Europe. Lucky for those visiting Split, he also built a summer residence there. The Mestrovic Gallery is an excellent way to sample some modern Croatian art and culture.
The building itself is stunning and there are many plaster and bronze sculptures dotted around the gallery. This is an excellent way to escape the midday heat if you’re travelling during the summer months.
BEACH AND BOATING
You can hardly visit a coastal city without spending some time on a beach. If you have spare time after exploring the city, Bačvice Beach is the perfect way to relax. It can get a bit crowded, in which case Kaštelet Beach is a less busy option. Alternatively, try the slopes of Marjan Hill.
Why not end your stay in Split soaking in the breathtaking sights from a sailboat or catamaran. You’ll get a wonderful vantage point from which to view the city, and it’s a relaxing way to end your short stay. If you’re especially adventurous, you might consider staying on a boat throughout your entire three-day trip. It’s very easy to rent a boat in Croatia to sleep on.