Swimming in the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic sea, admiring the facades of a Roman fortress city centre, gorging on traditional Dalmatian cuisine and sunbathing on the beach – doesn’t this make for a tantalising itinerary? 1 day in Split offers a healthy mix of culture, history, food and entertainment within an area that can be largely reached on foot. So don’t despair; there’s time to take in the sights within Diocleatian’s Palace and its surrounds from dawn til dusk.
A ONE DAY ITINERARY FOR SPLIT, CROATIA
Wake early to beat the crowds and head to the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, next to the courtyard Trg Peristil. Don’t enter the cathedral just yet. Buy a ticket at the booth to the left of the entrance to the cathedral (20 kuna/pp*) to climb the bell tower. This is the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of Split and to get your bearings. Look down on the red roofs of Diocletian’s Palace and out towards the harbour.
After your morning climb, it’s time to head to towards the Eastern Gate. Just outside the city walls you’ll find 4coffee soul food & Specialty Coffee. Perch on one of the few stools with a latte and watch the pedestrians stroll by. You may even be joined by one of the resident dogs. Then, follow the cries of market vendors to Split’s outdoor market Pazar. Haggle with the locals over some fresh fruit or if it’s pastry you’re after, visit the 24-hour Bobis d.o.o bakery.
Join a walking tour. Learn how Emperor Diocletian voluntarily gave up the throne of the Roman Empire in the 4th century and came to Split to build the imposing complex named after himself. Wander the alleyways of Diocletian’s Palace. The white limestone buildings and walls are now home to bustling restaurants and cafes.
Your feet will want a break now. Chances are you’re famished too. Eat at Villa Spiza if you’re not fussy; the menu changes daily with fresh produce turned into unpretentious meals. Or head to Konoba Marjan to sample Adriatic seafood or the Dalmatian stew pašticada. For something more low-key, pick up a sandwich at one of the BOBIS d.o.o. bakeries. Then head for Riva, sit by the water’s edge and watch people shuffle by.
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Where To Stay
There is a wide range of accommodation options in Split and the surrounding area. If you decide to stay in Diocletian’s Palace, remember that the Old Town is a pedestrian-only zone. Check out our below recommendations to find something within your budget.