Split, Croatia: 23 Things to Do in This Low Key City

Split, Croatia, is a historical port city located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It’s home to Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a beautiful promenade in front of the old town.

Whether you have one day or one month to spend in Split, this article will give you an idea of the many sites to visit. Plus, you can take several excellent day trips, which you’ll find towards the end of this list.

Best Things to Do in Split, Croatia

1. Get Lost in the Old Quarter

You don’t have to rely on your debit card when traveling around Split—exploring the old quarter is one of the best free things to do.

2. Admire Diocletian’s Palace

Locals built Diocletian’s Palace in the 4th century AD for the Roman emperor Diocletian. The palace is one of the most popular places to visit in Split. While you can explore its outskirts, it’s best to pay the entrance fee to enter the cellars.

3. Dine at Riva Promenade

The Riva Promenade enjoys a privileged location in Split, Croatia, between Diocletian’s Palace and the Adriatic Sea. Many upscale restaurants serve cuisines ranging from black seafood risotto to acai bowls.

4. Hike Marjan Hill

Strolling up Marjan Hill feels like a breeze compared to the Mount Srd hike in Dubrovnik. But Marjan Hill is a great activity to get some light exercise and enjoy views of Split. The hill sits in a Mediterranean pine tree forest on a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea.

5. Watch a Show in Peristil Square

Peristil Square is an iconic site in Split, with two massive Corinthian colonnades framing the former Roman court. It’s common to encounter festivals and theater performances there during the summer, turning the square into an open-air theater.

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