Live up that Dalmatian life!
Split is Croatia’s second city, welcoming millions of travelers annually. Travelers heading to the Dalmatian Coast always plan a few days in Split to experience small town vibes by the Adriatic Sea. The atmosphere is far less intense than Hvar, but far more relaxed than Zagreb. Here are some must-do’s to keep you hungry for more!
1. SEE: The Diocletian’s Palace
Old stonewalls, breathtaking marina, Split is the second largest city in Croatia. When you’re here, you’ve GOT to see the Diocletian’s Palace. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most important historical building in the city due to its level of preservation making it one of the most complete ancient architectures on the Croatian Adriatic coast.
You’ll want to check out the cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the bell tower which is a hike! Not recommended for anyone afraid of heights, climb up steep stairs and you’ll capture the best view of Split. Constructed in 1100 AD, the Romanesque style bell tower has become Split’s iconic symbol. Get there early since the space at the top of the tower is small and hiking up the steps is narrow.
If you get the combined ticket to the Bell Tower, then you’ll be able to access a crypt underneath the Diocletian’s Palace. If this doesn’t remind you of Game of Thrones, then…
The combined ticket will also include entrance to a treasury with a cool collection of antiques and artifacts, and the Temple of Jupiter – the ancient Roman God of Sky.
2. SHOP: Green Market – Pazar
One of the most underrated things in Croatia are its markets. AND if you’ve seen enough of my videos, you know I ADORE a good local market. The more local, the better! Here in Split, you want to check out the Green Market, which is also called a “pazar.” Produce, fruits, seafood, embroidery, flowers, clothing, garlic, you name it. This place is such a feast for your eyes and stomach, I can spend hours browsing and never be bored!
3. EAT: Bajamonti
There is nothing more luxurious and gastronomical in Split than Bajamonti. The gorgeous restaurant was named after a former mayor, the restaurant used to be a Dalmatian Theater during the 19th century in a beautiful square modeled after Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. After it was burned down, the restaurant cafe was born. Today, Stipe owns and runs this popular establishment frequented by politicians and celebrities. Seafood dishes here are prime, and make sure to ask for a recommendation of the best Croatian wines to go with your meal.
4. DRINK: Spritz on the Marina
You can’t really compare the nightlife scene here in Split to what you’ll see in Hvar. But one thing you’ll end up doing is having a drink at one of many cafes/bars along the main marina strip. My personal choice was a spritz, making it the perfect cocktail to people watch with!
5. EAT: Villa Spiza
Just kidding, we went back the next day! Don’t underestimate Villa Spiza being a hole in the wall. It’s a famous joint because its Dalmatian seafood is fantastic! Lots of shellfish, meat dishes, and artisanal cheeses that contain fresh flavors and gorgeous fragrant aromas.
6: SHOP: Marmontova Street
On the marble-lined Marmontova Street, you’ll find lots of awesome boutiques and shops. Major labels are here, spanning from Armani to Zara.
7: EAT: Corto Maltese
Did not want this list to be all about food, but what else am I traveling for but to try different flavors and to pack on some kilos? Red bricks, bistro-style. Corto Maltese is a super friendly restaurant serving up amazing Mediterranean dishes that aren’t fried, so everything you consume here is super healthy, thermally processed.