When it comes to exploring the beautiful surroundings of Croatia, Split and its stunning surrounding areas don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve. Here’s the top 10 breathtakingly beautiful places in Split that you must visit at least once in your life!
The Old Town
Split’s Old Town is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets with centuries-old architecture. The main street, Bačvice, is lined with cafes and restaurants. The most famous landmark on this street is the Church of Saint Domnius, which dates back to the 12th century.
Split’s most popular beach, Bačvice, lies at the foot of Marjan Hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea. In 2016 this serene location was ranked as one of the best beaches in Europe by Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. The following year it was included among top 100 beaches worldwide by National Geographic magazine.
While Split has a lot of stunning views, Marjan Hill is a special place. It’s the highest point on the city and it provides 360-degree views of everything. The top is just 600 meters above sea level, and the area extends out over four kilometers. There are also many beautiful gardens that you can explore while you’re there as well.
Located on the slopes of Marjan, Klis Fortress is one of the most important relics from Roman times. Klis Fortress is one of the most beautiful and well preserved fortresses in Croatia. The fortress and town were founded by Romans at the end of 2nd century AD, during the rule of emperor Hadrian.
If you’re looking for a place that embodies the beauty and history of Croatia, look no further than Diocletian’s Palace. The palace was built around 295 by Emperor Diocletian on the coast. It was built because of its strategic location as an excellent defensive point, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and Makarska Riviera.
Today, visitors to Split can explore the palace’s impressive ruins and take tours of this once thriving royal city.
Situated on the waterfront, this magnificent promenade is one of the most beautiful spots in town. The perfect way to spend a sunny day is by walking along this pedestrian promenade and admiring all of the historic buildings that line it. The view from here will make you feel like you are on top of the world.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Built from 527-548 by Byzantine emperor Justinian I, this cathedral is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Croatia. Located on a promontory with breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, it was built as a mausoleum for Emperor Diocletian and Emperor Maximianus Herculius and as an act of religious veneration for Saint Domnius. The apse features an impressive mosaics depicting Christ Pantocrator which is a must-see for any visitor to Split.
At night, the People’s Square is lit up with strings of lights that are perfect for taking selfies and hanging out with friends. The square is a hub of activity as it is surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. It is the perfect place to come with your family during the day and do some shopping before enjoying some Croatian cuisine.
Ivan Meštrović Gallery: In addition to showcasing Ivan Meštrović’s incredible sculptures, this gallery also has an art museum on site featuring both old masters from Eastern Europe and Croatia as well as modern pieces from all over the world.
Gregory of Nin Statue
If you love history and want to explore the roots of the country, then there is no better place than the Gregory of Nin Statue. It is on a hill overlooking Split and has a beautiful view that will make you feel like you are living in another era.
The Mestrovic Gallery is a museum dedicated to the work of sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, founder of the Modern Art Movement and one of the most influential sculptors in Eastern Europe. The museum houses both original and reproduction sculptures as well as paintings, drawings and sketches. This venue also offers temporary exhibitions.
Built on the site of the former main square of the Roman town, this is one of the most beautiful squares in Croatia. There are many old buildings that house restaurants, cafes, galleries and museums. The architecture is diverse and includes medieval structures as well as Baroque and Renaissance buildings. Fruit’s Square also has a statue of Nikola Tesla as well as a replica of his statue from Belgrade. It’s also known for its festivals which celebrate everything from coffee to street art.