Top Attractions In Split

Split cathedral bell

So many visitors mistakenly think that only worth visiting attractions in Split, are concentrated only within the walls of the Diocletian emperor  Palace.

The time when few tourists run through this city just for an hour or two before the time came to catch their ferry for one of the nearby islands, has gone forever.

I’ll do my best to persuade you, this city has many things to see and do, no matter you’re here for only couple of hours before embarking your ferry or planning to stay a day or two. The longer, the better. This 1.700 years old city will reveal  you all the secrets that only locals know.

According my long professional travel experience, I’ve created my list of the top Split tourist attractions, where you will spend the most of your time in Split

All will naturally start with Diocletian’s palace with its cathedral and bell tower of St. Domnius, Peristyle (Peristil) square.  It may be the first but not the last place to see. I’ll show you more squares and piazzas, museums and galleries or picture-perfect open air markets.

I would not be allowed to forget Marjan hill, the lungs of the city or not to invite you to visit two old charming neighborhoods (Veli Varos and Radunica) with each their personal history, located on either side the historic core of Split, than it will be needed more than a week.

Attractions in Split - N°1 Diocletian Palace

Dicletian palace walls

Overlooking the Split harbor , the 1700 years old palace is one of the most important architectural heritage of the Roman Empire, where you will spend the most of your time in Split.

Do not expect a real palace, nor a museum. It is a quadrilateral formation that encloses the heart of the city, a labyrinth of streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. Welcome in Split’s city heart!

Split Squares And Riva Promenade

Split People Square

Nobody can deny that Peristyle square is the most famous one, usually called, Split’s living and open air museum but it’s not the only one. 

Split is very proud of its squares. There are another three squares or piazzas you won’t miss while walking around my city, Each of them have a special place in the life of the city. All three squares have their official name but in Split nobody call them by these names.

If you happen to scroll the city street, just as for Piazza, Prokurativa and Vocni Trg (Fruit Square) and locals will indicate the right direction to each of them.

While visiting Split walking all the street will take you to the seaside to Riva promenade, Split waterfront iconic place. The best place to see Split charm and to be seen.

Marjan Hill Forest Park

Do not be surprised if Marjan Hill takes a special place among top attractions in Split. The reason is very simple. This famous hill has a particular role in the life of this city. It’s a symbol of Split.

Marjan forest park

This hills and its forests are the lungs of the city, the most popular place to escape from the city bustling and chaotic pace of life during the high season in July and August.

Museums and galleries

Split  museums and galleries are testimony of its rich history from ancient times to the present day. I’ll introduce you with the finest museums and galleries to discover the most beautiful artworks and architecture remains of ancient times till today.

Mestrovic gallery

Split markets

When we talk about food the local people like to have their simple, fresh and grown locally. There are no exotic spices or complex preparations, just natural flavors. Discover local farmers market and fresh fish market.

Top Attractions In Split

Get to know these places where the local population and pleasure-seeking tourists tend to mix without prejudice. Meet the vendors from nearby islands and buy everything that grows under the sun.

Veli Varos and Radunica Old Neighborhoods

On either side the historic core of Split you will find two charming neighborhoods with each their personal history to tell. They are known as the oldest suburbs of Split.

Don’t miss to visit these two small villages with traditional Dalmatian rural-like stone houses, narrow lanes. One developed by fishermen and farmers and other one built in a medieval urban style.

Varos fishermen village
Radunica village