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.
It has always been a favorite place for walking, running, jogging, climbing or riding a bike. I vigorously recommend to take some time to visit this magnificent natural park. Believe or not as soon you see the signs for ‘Marjan hill’ just a few streets later, you will find a completely different word.
Marjan Hill Map
Where’s is this forest park? It’s impossible not to notice this hill, visible practically from every point of the city. Geographically it’s located on the west side of the city, known as Marjan peninsula. Its length is about 3.5 km and the maximum width is 1.5 km,
The hill is 178 meters high and the highest peak is called Telegrin, with 314 steps to reach the highest point. On Dec. 16, 1964, Marjan was declared a park-forest and since than protected by the Nature Protection Act of the Republic of Croatia.
The Marjan area is connected to Split and has always been considered an inseparable part of the city itself. Through history of this hill, the Roman presence dated before the construction of Diocletian’s Palace, when on the top of Marjan hill was the temple of the Diana the Roman goddess of hunt.
How to get to Marjan hill and what to do and see?
Although it is possible to visit this forest park by car, I don’t absolutely recommend it. The best and only way is to take a walk.
Marjan forest park covers a broad area, approximately of the same size as New York’s Central Park. There are several ways to reach Marjan forest Park.
I recommend to start from western side of Riva (seawater promenade), just behind St. Frane (Saint Francis) church. This area is known as Veli Varos district, originally founded by farmers and fishermen in the late 17th century.
If you don’t like hiking and prefer to find a nice beach, you can also hop on buses N° 12 and N° 21 near St. Frane bus stop to get directly to Marjan beaches, Kasjuni and Bene beach.
Marjan’s hill hiking can be divided into several stages. It’s a real hike up the hill but if you are hiking with kids, it might be hard with little ones.With them you can undertake easier path, up the first viewpoint. Others will proceed to the second viewpoint but the most of visitors will climb up to the highest point where they’ll enjoy the city and whole area view.
Marjan Hill Churches
If you include churches in Varos, Marjan’s old neighboring district, Marjan Forest Park used to have over 29 churches.They disappeared mostly during the Turkish conquest.
Today there are seven left and well-preserved churches, which can be visited while walking around Marjan Park. Walking around the entire Marjan forest area it will take you few hours to visit all churches including Hermitage caves on the south slopes of Marjan hill.
- Sveti Jure (St George) church – close to the remains of the temple of the goddess Diana. Built around 1275. Renovated in 1975.
- Sveti Jere (Holy Jere) church – built around 1500
- Our Lady of Bethlehem – Built around 1500.
- Our Lady of Seven Sorrows – Built in 1362.
- Sveti Nikola (St.Nikolas) – built in 1219.
- Sveti Stjepan (Stephan) – built on the site of the medieval basilica of 1814.
- Sveti Križ (Cross) – inside the complex of Crikvina.
Marjan Hill Beaches
Marjan hill boasts with a long coastline, surrounded from three sides by the seashore. This peninsula is rich with a variety of beaches, some of them situated on the south and northern side of Marjan forest hill. Most of them are pebble and rocky but all hidden in a pine forest.
Beach Kašjuni is located on the far west side of Marjan peninsula. It’s rocky beach with small pebble sections, convenient for families with children. It’s accessible by car but I recommend to take a bus N° 12 that drives directly to this beach.
This beach is on the north-eastern part of Marjan. It’s only partly sandy and mostly rocky beach hidden in a pine forest. To this beach also drives bus line 12. This beach has showers, changing cabins and it’s adapted for the disabled. The beach offers some additional facilities; a restaurant, tennis courts, playground for children.
Hidden in a beautiful cove this beach is the nearest one to the city center. It’s a pebble beach with nearby swimming pool.
If you are looking where to stay in Split, Marjan hill will be for every visitor one of the most relaxing and the quietest place. Even Marjan peninsula isn’t a residential area in the whole area, you can find some luxury and first class accommodation facilities.
When you ask locals what is Split’s elite district the answer will be Meje, Meje is a small Split elite district, located by the sea at the foot of the southern slope of Marjan Hill.
Apartment with stunning seaview
The apartment located on the third floor in the family house, has an ideal position, only 100 m from the beach, and only (20 min. walking to downtown).
Meje - Sunshine Apartment
This house has two apartments, located on the first and second floor. Apartments can accommodate 9 people – 6 + 3.
Comfortable Apartment Near Beach
Comfortable apartment in a quiet area close to the beach located right in the middle of Milan forest park. It’s only 15 min walking to the Diocletian’s palace.