A Frantic One Day in Split

Split town

No matter how big or small the city of Split, one day in Split is certainly not enough.

To meet a general idea of Split’s rich history, prominent landscape, and rich culture can be difficult in just one day, but possible. Here are my tips on how to optimize 24 hours in Croatia’s second city.

Before you plan your visit to Split and its four islands, I sincerely recommend looking at the best time to visit these islands and Split city. Maybe, Tripadvisor can help you get an idea of what to do in Split, Dalmatia!

To make it easier for you, I've divided your 24 hours into three parts of the day.

One day in Split – morning

I suggest starting early in the morning to avoid the crowds and find your direction in Croatia’s second-largest city.

Learn about Split’s ancient history as you stroll through the labyrinthine Diocletian Palace or incredible sight at Saint Domnius Cathedral. It would be best if you start from Riva, the seafront promenade, entering Diocletian palace basements.

Diocletian basement

Take walking tours that offer a more friendly experience, while Segway or bike tours ensure quick, faultless transfer, ideal for avoiding fatigue with a busy day ahead.

Alternatively, Game of Thrones tours can match story-bound landmarks with their real matching part on a themed excursion. Independent travelers can take advantage of hop-on-hop-off services to explore the Old Town and more expansive city at their own pace.

One day in Split – afternoon

Before you continue exploring the town scenery, find a spot for lunch in one of many cool cafés spread around Old Town.

Below you can see my favorite restaurant. La Boqueria is a famous market in Barcelona, and that’s where the name Bokeria comes from.

The food served is not Spanish but generally inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine and the ingredients of local farmers and fish markets.

Bokeria my favorite restaurant

If you happen to be there in July or August, it’s the time to cool off on the Adriatic sea. If you are fond of water activities, you can opt between two options.

Private sailing tours offer more flexible departure times, which are more convenient to your individual needs. Plan for late-afternoon departure to guarantee the best sunset views.

Sailing for one day in Split

The second option might be rock climbing on Marjan hill or ATV safari discovery of the nearby hinterland as an alternative.

One day in Split – evening and at night

Your night exploring won’t start before eleven in the evening. Suppose you have decided to miss sunset views on your afternoon excursion. In that case, you still have time to enjoy a coastal panorama, sitting at Riva promenade restaurants with an aperitif in hand.

Riva Promenade

If you still feel like you left something out of Dalmatian highlights, consider Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some tours offering round-trip transfers for an evening excursion.

If you exclude the above solution, Split offers nightlife worth experiencing. After ten in the evening, the city’s restaurants, bars, and clubs start the wild nightlife. Find out more and take this Split discos tour.

If you have only one day in Split town, Bacvice beach is the place to be. Good music, friendly people, and you can try a night swim on sandy beach bottoms if you want.

Bacvice beach for one day in Split

One day in Split at Marjan Hill

If the Diocletian palace represents Split city nucleus, Marjan hill that dominates the ancient city stands as a symbol and Split's trademark. No place is so popular and celebrated in Split as this 178-meter high pine forest hill.

On day in Split forest park

One day in Split will probably be too short to visit everything that makes this town attractive, but you can always dedicate yourself to spending the afternoon at Marjan Forest Park.

Marjan forest park covers a broad area, approximately of the same size as New York's Central Park. There are a lot of activities you can try, during your stay in Split town, if you decide to stay two or three days.

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