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A Town Within A Palace

Wandering the streets of Old Town Split will make you feel as if you have been transported back in time, to when the Romans settled along the shores of Dalmatia. The Old Town is located within the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and today it is a living museum, alive with locals going about their business, cafes, pumping bars, trendy restaurants and many sights within. This is one hot destination you don’t want to miss with its slow paced, relaxed Mediterranean vibe and a lot to offer visitors. Split is also the perfect place in which to go Croatia sailing and visit all the nearby spectacular islands.

Did You Know?

  • Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia
  • Wander to the fish markets for great produce and unique photo opportunities
  • Make sure you go to Froggyland, possibly the oddest museum in Croatia. The collected consists of over 500 frogs stuffed and positioned in odd ways. Don’t ask questions, just check it out!

1. Diocletian’s Palace

Get lost in the maze of alleyways and paved streets in the old Palace, taking in 1700 years of history. There are 4 gates, one on each side of the square-shaped Palace dividing it into four quarters. In the middle is the Church of Saint Dominus and its bell tower, one of the symbols of Split and the final resting place of Emperor Diocletian. At night the bars and restaurants overflow onto the streets within.

2. Shopping at the markets

There are two must see markets in Split, the green market (Pazar), and the fish market (Peskarija). This is where you’ll see the locals going about their daily business and tourists buying up on souvenirs for their island hopping adventures.

3. People watching on the Riva

The waterfront promenade of Split, Riva, is always buzzing day and night with people filling bars, restaurants and cafes that line the strip. Do as the locals do and sit, have a coffee and watch the day go by.

4. Varos and Marjan Hill

Take a stroll through Varos, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Split, checking out its traditional stone houses and wooden green shutters. Afterwards climb the stairs to Marjan Hill, situated just behind Varos. From the top of the hill you will get a magnificent view over all of Split.

5. Bacvice Beach

Bacvice Beach is a sandy beach a short walk from the old town and Riva which is a great place to unwind in the summer sun. There are few places to have a drink or get some something to eat, but the real fun here is watching the locals play Picingin, a beach ball game that was invented here.

Eats

1. Villa Spiza

This tiny restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced produce on a traditional handwritten menu. Home cooking at its best and a favourite amongst the locals.

2. Fife

Located in a small fishing harbour near the Riva waterfront, Fife is a favourite amongst tourists. They serve traditional Dalmatian food; from meat dishes and seafood, to risotto at a good price.

3. Kadena

Situated on a terrace with views overlooking the sea, Kadena is an elegant establishment with plenty of room to dine for any group size. Expect to pay a little bit more here, but the food and service is excellent.

4. Tavern Tri Volta (Zalogajnica Dioklecijan)

A special eatery that takes you back in time to before all the tourists came to Split in a simple venue with the best views on the Riva. The food is simple and homemade with reasonable prices.

5. Zinfandels

Known as Split’s best wine bar, it balances a rustic and modern interior very well with an exquisite Mediterranean food menu and excellent sharing platters.

Drinks

1. Imperium Restaurant and Lounge

Located on the first floor of the ferry terminal, Imperium features a restaurant, lounge bar and late nightclub. There are floor to ceiling windows that have great views over town and the seafront.

2. Bar Gaga

Always thriving, Bar Gaga is one of the most popular cocktail bars in Old Town. If you’re early (or lucky) you’ll be able to get a table, otherwise you can hang out on the street and enjoy the vibe of the Old Town.

3. Ghetto Club

Located in a small courtyard, the club has an underground vibe to it. It features an art gallery and hosts live performances, making it a favourite haunt for locals and tourists.

4. Charlie’s Backpackers Bar

A great place to meet fellow travelers and listen to some funky music. Once the inside of this small bar fills up, people tend to spill out on the street with drinks in hand to chat the night away.

5. Inbox

Located on the end of the Riva waterfront, Inbox is an open-air lounge bar overlooking Split harbor. There is a lot of lounge seating laid out on a wooden deck giving it a relaxed beach side vibe.

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Recommendations

The long summer nights and bright lights of this city make it hard to leave."

James, Australia