An Insider´s Guide to Split

Croatia has been a long-loved destination for sun-seeking travelers due to its pristine beaches and mesmerizing waters. Not only that, the food is delicious and the weather even more supreme. What’s not to love? The two most popular coastal cities, Split and Dubrovnik see visitors flocking to the shores every year. If you're looking to wander off the nearby islands, all you need is a boat and you're there! Whatever you are looking forward to in Split, we've put together some of the top tips on your next Croatian adventure!

Shopping in Split

The old part of the city is the shopper's hub, particularly within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. Always busy, Marmont Street is lined with all kinds of shops and boutiques. Cafés and restaurants are also in abundance when you are looking for a rest from collecting souvenirs from Split. If you're on the lookout for something more authentic and original, venture into the tiny stores along the palace walls and you will find a bottle of quality local wine or olive oil, and of course be greeted by friendly smiles.

Inside Diocletian's Palace

Eat like a Local

When it comes to food, the people of Dalmatia like to keep it simple, fresh and eat everything locally grown. There is no better place to buy it than at the local farmers’ market called Pazar and the fish market, Peškarija. The market vendors sell only products in season, and you can find everything from flowers, clothes, to toys and even kitchen utensils. The market opens bright and early in the morning and closes in the afternoon around 2pm, but if you are looking for a bargain, head there in the late morning and you'll manage to bargain for slightly lower prices with the vendors!

visit Split - local fruit market, a woman choosing vegetables, Croatia.

Where to Wine and Dine

If you are on the hunt for local delicacies, then Tavern, or 'Varos' as its locally known is a small, family-run restaurant with a great atmosphere and mouth-watering traditional Dalmatian food. The cuisine is almost only seafood, but they serve a selection of meat dishes as well. Located in the heart of Split’s Old Town, Uje Oil Bar has become a popular hot spot for gastro tourists and locals, alike. Offering a rich and delicatessen selection of olive oil and wine, the restaurant is based on traditional Dalmatian cuisine with a modern flair and charming atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to try their signature dishes of mussels soup, homemade ice cream and slow cooked pork. When you want to combine a heart meal with breathtaking sea views, then head over to Mistral Beach Bar & Restaurant located in the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Split, just east of the Old Town. The restaurant is renowned for its grilled seafood, has stunning views over the Adriatic Sea from the large deck, and is the ideal place to take a break from the sun, with a fresh cocktail, of course.

Radisson Blu Resort Split - Mistral Beach restaurant view

Beaches Galore

Split is definitely known for its abundance of pristine beaches with blue waters that go as far as the eye can see. At Labaduša Bay, situated in the south of Čiovo Island you will find the unimaginable oasis of untouched beauty with crystal clear waters. It is connected to the city of Trogir with a drawbridge, which adds to its appeal as a top Croatian spot to see. If you're looking for an adventurous and rather land locked sun spot, then head to Stiniva Bay, on the island of Vis, where dramatic cliffs clasp a pebbly golden cove surrounded by sparkling blue water. If you're looking for more beaches to add to your list, check out our guide to the best beaches in Split.

visit Split - Stiniva bay- Marjan forest Hill, Vis beach.

Day Trips from Split

Once you've done your tour of Split, don't just stop there! There are beautiful cities located around that are steeped in history can be seen in a day. Trogir is an ancient Mediterranean town with UNESCO protected status and in the center you will find old historical remains of the ancient and medieval city. Alternatively, along the coast you can bask in the sun on the many clean beaches on Trogir Riviera and Čiovo Island, like the one mentioned above. Don't miss a trip to the ruins of the Roman City of Salona in Solin, only 5 kilometers from Split. Not far away from Salona, the Fortress of Klis has a phenomenal panoramic view of the Split Riviera, Trogir Riviera and the surrounding islands. It even gained acclaimed fame as on of the locations for the filming of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. For an unforgettable experience in a unique natural setting, visit Croatia´s National Parks: Krka and Plitvice Lakes.

visit Split - exterior of the Saint Sebastian church, Croatia.

When touring the enchanting city of Split, staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Split gives you the perfect spot for your Dalmatian adventure. With spectacular ocean views, sun-kissed pebble beaches and a location that keeps you close to the Old City, you have everything you need!

Radisson Blu Split Presidential Suite terrace

Explore Split like a local when you stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Split!

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