Marjan hill has always been the symbol of Split city. After the Split old city core, this hill is one of the top city attractions.
The hill and its forests are the city’s lungs, the most popular place to escape from the city’s bustling and chaotic life pace 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 heartily recommend taking some time to visit this magnificent natural park.
Believe it or not, as soon you see the signs for ‘Marjan hill’ just a few streets later, you will find a completely different scenery. Read what Wikipedia says about the hill!
About Marjan Hill
The highest peak is Telegrin, which derives from the Napoleonic era, where it was a telegraph station. Hill is 178 meters high with 314 steps to reach the highest point.
It is a short five-minute walk to the beginning of the trail, but it can take you hours to explore all of the park’s hidden corners.
You will be surprised to see dozens of park benches, scattered in different places with the only target, to enjoy the city’s best view. You can hardly find a better sight of Split’s harbor and old city.
Marjan will be for every visitor the only relaxation place after the vibrant and crowded Split center. It’s a perfect place to emerge to an ideal combination of pristine nature and cultural heritage.
The hill hosts two museums:
- The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
- Mestrovic Gallery (the most famous Croatian sculptor)
When you ask locals what Split’s elite district is, the answer will be the Meje Split’s neighborhood. Marjan hill makes the part of this district that boasts a long coastline, with three sides surrounded by the seashore.
This Split area is rich with a variety of beaches situated on the south side of the Marjan peninsula. Below are 5 Marjan hill beaches!
- Bene – a stone beach on the south side of Marjan. Accessible by public transport (car only with a special pass). There are showers and changing rooms. It’s one of the most popular Split beaches in this part of the city.
- . Jezinac – pebble beach, with concrete and roofed over. There are showers and changing rooms—bar, restaurant, and kiosk nearby.
- Kasjuni – stone and gravel beaches on the south side. Car access possible.
- Kastelet – pebble beach on the south side. Car access possible. There are showers and changing rooms. There is a restaurant nearby.
- Zvoncac is a pebble beach on the south side of Marjan, not far from the Split city center.
Marjan Hill Churches
If you miss visiting this green hill, overlooking the old city, you won’t believe how many small churches you can visit there. Today on Marjan there are seven churches.
Most people that visit Split tend to stick to the old town or the nearby beaches, but it’s worth paying a visit to Marjan Hill.
Here you can find hermitage caves from the 15th century, quaint old churches, a Jewish cemetery, as well as beautiful landscapes of cliffs, forests, and sea. You can also go rock climbing.
Built when Marjan was a spiritual haven for the citizens of Split who expressed their faith by going on a pilgrimage to their holly hill, those sometimes miniature churches were one of the most important witnesses of the way life developed in Split.
For those fond of taking nature walks, the tour of this spiritual circle can be a great opportunity for sightseeing Marjan and enjoying the peace offered by this hill to the citizens of Split and their guests.