SPLIT Unique Experiences & Unusual Things To Do
Roll with the Romans
Take your time and snoop around the city center. Check out all its hidden spots; Enter through the basement halls on the on the seaside and mount the massive steps to Peristil – the very heart of the Diokletian Palace where you will be impressed by Diocletian’s mausoleum, Saint Dominus Cathedral. If fit climb the bell-tower to check out the magnificent view of the city.
Rub that toe
Just outside Split’s ornate Golden Gate, you will see a well known giant statue standing created by a sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The status shows Grgur Ninski, a 10th-century bishop Grgur who was a national icon. The bishop risked his life to help spread the Christianity in the region against the will of the pope. Rub the big man’s toe while wishing upon something on someone. The practice is so common that the bronze toe has now changed its color.
Visit Poljud Stadium
Croatia has a rich footballing history and one of its biggest clubs is Hajduk Split. Poljud Stadium is its home, and an absolute must see for all football but also architecture enthusiast. Poljud with its distinctive shell-like construction is the city’s recognisable landmark. The site is impressive, but the real thing is to visit it while there is a live game, and to experience the cheering of almost 40000 fans. If you are lucky enough you could catch a so-called Eternal Derby against arch rivals Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split.
Climb the stairs
Take a hike starting from the Senjska street by ascending up to forested Marjan hill. Marjan is an integral part of the city center that extends from the Marmont Street and continues to the west. It’s long over 3 km. In 1964 it was declared a park and since then is considered a protected part of Split. This hills and its forests are is often called „the lungs of the city“ and it is the most popular place to escape from the city rush. On your way up (or down) have a break for a coffee at Cafe Vidilica, a bar with a terrace. The place is popular with locals and tourists as it offers a fabulous view over the city and port.
Visit the Mestrovic Gallery
Previously mentioned Ivan Mestrovic was Croatia’s most famous sculptor. Throughout the second decade of the 20th century, the sculptor bought plots in the area of Meje, the western part of Split, with the intention of building his future residence at the foot of Marjan hill. Beautifully landscaped and exquisitely designed, the Mestrovic Gallery now displays 192 sculptures, hundreds of drawings and a few paintings by the master.