5 fun things to do in Split

Split, Croatia

Marjan Hill

Walk up Marjan Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city and the Adriatic. Marjan is an integral part of the city centre that extends from the Marmont Street and continues to the west. It’s  over 3 km long. In 1964 it was declared a protected park of nature.

These hills and its forests are the lungs of the city, the most popular place to escape from the city bustling and chaotic pace of life during the high season. You can visit the st Jerome church carved in Marjan stone, or simply take one of marked trail paths along the forest.  It is rarely possible to experience such harmony of nature and city life; on one hand we have a densely populated city in its full splendour, and on the other a peninsula of almost untouched nature.

Diokletian’s Palace

Explore more than 1,700 years of history of Diocletian’s Palace in the historical old town of Split. Learn the history of the former residence of the Roman emperor and marvel at the Baroque monuments of the city centre.

Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split, Croatia. The ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split. While it is referred to as a “palace” because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress.

Today, the palace is part of UNESCO world heritage and includes the old town of Split.

Ivan Mestrovic Gallery

Galerija Meštrović houses the masterpieces of Ivan Meštrović carved in marble, bronze and wood. The house was built based on Meštrović’s design (1931 – 1939), and was intended to be his family summer residence, working studio and exhibition space.The gallery building and grounds were based on original plans by Meštrović himself, and included living and working areas, as well as exhibition spaces. It is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden which, with its bronze sculptures and the view of the sea and of central Dalmatian islands makes a unique example of landscape architecture. To this day, the gallery preserves and presents to the public the most significant works of Meštrović, and is in itself an art monument.

The Bell Tower

Next to Diokletian basements there is an iconic bell tower, a lovely six storeys-high tower that tapers as you scale the upper levels. On your way up you’ll be exposed to the elements, and you can peer through the tower’s paired arched windows, which are a classic feature of Romanesque design and have not been altered since the 1000’s. At the top your reward will be views of the Split city and the Adriatic surroundings, well worth the climb.

The Museum 

The museum is one of the oldest Croatian museums and the only museum in Croatia that was founded with the unique task to explore, collect, present and study the remains of tangible and intangible culture of the Croats from the Middle Ages, respectively from the 7th to 15th century, in particular from the time of the early medieval Croatian State (from the 9th to 12th century). About 20,000 pieces have been collected by the Archaeological Monument Museum, but only a quarter is on permanent display. Most of these are from medieval times and generally include jewellery, weapons, armour and everyday household items. In terms of Croatian culture, the most valuable pieces are the various stone inscriptions, reliefs and carvings relating to the Croatian kings, nobility and clergy from the 800’s to the 1100’s.

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