A Croatian jewel on the beautiful Dalmatian Coast, sunny Split boasts atmospheric ruins from the Roman age, tranquil natural sites, gorgeous beaches, bustling markets, varied outdoor activities, and a cool night scene.
But with so much available to do in Split, it’s overwhelming to even know where to start! Which is exactly why we created this bargain guide of the coolest things to do in Split, Croatia!
Written by our expert travel writers, this insider guide is designed to show you the best that Split has to offer – no matter your budget!
Whether you are looking for the must-see attractions, the hidden local gems, or just something super cool and different, our list has you covered.
These are the best things to do in Split. Period.
Additional reading – The 17 Best Hotels in Split, and Where to Stay in Split (Insider Neighbourhood Guide)
Holidays are meant to be fun! They offer a chance to take a break from your normal routines and experience a wealth of different things. Split serves up fun by the bucket load!
It’s quite possible that you may have a feeling of déjà vu as you explore Split. Fans of the popular TV series Game of Thrones will love seeing sites used for filming, and you can learn more about the filming processes and inside tales. Combine fact and fiction as you uncover more of Split’s history too.
Descend underground into the basement at Diocletian’s Palace, AKA Daenerys’ Throne Room. You won’t see any dragons though! Stroll along Papalićeva Street, imagining the sounds of rebellion and dissent and see where the Meereenese slaves lived.
See Split differently and glide through the streets on a Segway. Save your energy and cover plenty of ground as you have heaps of giggles and fun.
You’ll be given safety and operational instructions before you set off—don’t worry, you’ll have time to practice too! A guide will accompany the group and you’ll have a helmet and high-vis vest.
You’ll ride by many major landmarks, pausing to take pictures, admire the views, and hear interesting live commentaries. Highlights include the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, the National Theatre, the Sustipan peninsula and old harbour, and Marjan Park. Look down across the city and sea from atop Marjan Hill.
Ahoy there maties! Take to the Seven Seas (or, at least, the Dalmatian Coast!) for a fun and frolics aboard a pirate ship.
The wooden galleon is a cool replica of the ship used by Christopher Columbus to sail the world, only with a few modern features thrown in for comfort. You can swim in the pristine waters, keep a look out for pirates and sharks (hint: there aren’t any!), and take a running leap to land in the refreshing waters with a splash.
There are inflatable dinghies for you to bob about it and you can borrow snorkelling gear for a closer look at the underwater world.
A grilled seafood feast (meat and veggie options are available too) is provided for lunch and you can sip on hearty spiced rum.
Feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins with an exhilarating canyoning adventure at the gushing Cetina River. All safety equipment is provided and you’ll be accompanied by a professional and experienced guide.
Begin your thrilling day by hiking to the bottom of the canyon, passing interesting rock formations and sparkling pools as you go. Scramble across rocks and boulders and swim through the clear water to make your way along the river.
At times you’ll need to walk, sometimes you’ll have to slide down thundering rapids, and you’ll also need to pass through narrow tunnels, crawl, and rappel down some parts. You’ll definitely practice various skills and get a good workout!
Eventually, you’ll reach the Velika Gubavica cascades, the river’s biggest waterfall, where you can throw yourself from the cliffs and swim in the refreshingly cool waters.
What do you get when you combine majestic ancient ruins, beautiful stretches of coast line, stunning nature, tons of restaurants and bars, and diverse activities to suit all tastes? A perfect place for a romantic escapade! Here’s how to let the love flow in Split.
Get out of the city and into nature at the stunning Krka National Park. Famous for its gorgeous waterfalls, beautiful nature, quaint still-working water mills, and interesting flora and fauna, exploring this serene and scenic setting with your love is nothing short of perfect. Throw a wine-tasting experience into the mix and you’re sure to feel in seventh heaven!
You and your partner can take the plunge and swim together under a spectacular waterfall—you’ll almost certainly feel like you’re in a TV commercial! Enjoy Croatia’s rural side at Ranch Rak too, where you can savour delicious locally made wines.
The stunning Plitvice Lakes is another idyllic destination where lovers can feel wowed by Mother Nature’s glory.
The UNESCO-listed national park boasts no fewer than 16 majestic lakes, many waterfalls (including the biggest cascades in Croatia), lush wildlife-rich forests, and picturesque cliffs.
Sneak a kiss before boarding a small boat to access the Lower Lakes and hold your sweetheart’s hand as you follow lovely nature trails and cross charming bridges. The terraced lakes really are a sight for sore eyes, with the changing colours of the blue-green-clear waters framed by the greens of nature. A photographer’s dream, you’ll add some great snaps to your holiday album and Instagram feed!
Set your imaginations free as you journey back through the ages with an atmospheric walking tour around Split’s historical highlights. You’ll also get to know more about the city’s long and colourful past and some of its secrets.
The blend of architectural styles is attractive, with everything from Roman-era ruins to modern 21st-century buildings.
Retrace the steps of Emperors, gladiators, and nobility as you marvel at the impressive Diocletian’s Palace. Step down into the cellars, used as a filing location for Game of Thrones, and breathe in the history. See the world’s oldest Catholic church, the elegant Cathedral of Saint Domnius.
Explore the maze-like streets, pass through ancient gates, see a black granite Egyptian Sphinx, soak up the views from the Riva waterfront, and immerse yourselves in local life in the thriving Voćni Trg.
Split’s diversity makes it a top place for family fun. Keep the kiddos happy with these recommendations.
Lasting the whole day, for some 12 hours, this action-packed day trip from Split might not be the best for younger kids, but older children and teens (as well as the grownups!) are sure to have a fabulous time.
Set sail to discover dazzling gems of the Mediterranean and visit the gorgeous island of Hvar, Biševo, Vis, Ravnik and Budikovac.
The atmospheric old town of Hvar has a nostalgic air, with highlights that include St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Bishop’s Palace, and a picturesque port. You can swim in the shade of a medieval castle at the striking Blue Lagoon at Budikovac and admire excellent views from the mighty Fortica Fortress.
Enter the sublime Blue Cave at Biševo by small boat and marvel at the formations in the dim light. If your caving appetite still needs satisfying, you can add an optional visit to the Green Cave on Ravnik Island too.
Vis Island has a quaint town, a lovely promenade, a long fishing heritage, nice pebbly beaches, and the picturesque Stiniva Cove, where you can enjoy swimming in crystal-clear waters and basking on the sunny sands.
Split has some beautiful beaches, but they can quickly feel crowded, especially during high season. For a more peaceful day at the beach, visit the pretty Blue Lagoon. Whether you go in the morning or the afternoon you’re sure to have a brilliant time.
Cross to Čiovo Island and spend a few pleasant hours enjoying Deep Beach at Laganini beach bar. Swim and snorkel in delightfully clear and refreshing waters, laze on the sands and catch some rays or chill on a sun lounger, dine on delectable sea food, and, if you really want some blissful pampering, treat yourself to a range of treatments in the fancy spa.
Prepare to work those leg muscles and cycle your way around Split. Kids from the ages of 8 and up can ride their own bike, and child seats are provided for children up to the age of 3. Helmets are provided.
Follow an easy route around the city and beyond, covering some 9-12 miles. The experience is great for beginners and you don’t need to have particularly high fitness levels to keep up—it’s a nice, gentle ride! There are many opportunities to stop and enjoy the surroundings, and you can cool off with a dip in the sea too if you like.
You’ll ride from Diocletian’s Palace to the old riverside settlement of Varoš, passing Marjan Park on the way. Your journey will take you along the scenic seafront and through the green forests around Marjan Hill. It certainly beats walking around in the heat!
Split is generally a pretty cheap destination, but it’s still nice to throw a few freebies into the mix. Plus, some of Split’s free things are also some of the city’s best things!
Standing 123 metres tall, Marjan Hill is often referred to as the Green Lung of Split. Sitting on a peninsula with the sea beneath it, the slopes are studded with forests that contain a variety of flora and fauna.
The Croatian flag blows in the gentle breeze on the peak and the hill is a proud local symbol. Popular with locals and tourists alike, it offers a great opportunity to enjoy nature and escape the summer crowds.
The surrounding park is a great place to exercise, and you’ll likely spot people jogging, walking, and biking here in the cooler periods of the day. Perch on a park bench for a spot of people watching. Hiking to the top of the hill will take around two hours, but the effort is more than worthwhile. The views from the top are stunning, encompassing the old city, the sea, and the harbour. Don’t miss the rock-cut St. Jerome Church and its caves.
Split’s stunning beaches are a primary draw for tourists, with many people coming to swim, sunbathe, chill, and unwind. The beaches offer terrific views of nearby islands and you can forget the stresses and strains of everyday as you relax in the warmth in one of the country’s sunniest destinations.
The urban Bačvice Beach is a popular summertime hangout spot with locals, letting you enjoy an authentic Croatian beach vacation. There are many amenities close to hand for a comfortable day at the seaside.
Several pleasant beaches surround the soaring Marjan Hill, including the pine-backed Bene Beach, Kašjuni, Jezinac, and the lovers’ favourite of Kaštelet.
Firule Beach has calm, shallow waters, which make it a favourite with families. Ovcice Beach is also child friendly and your kids can let off steam at the play area.
The long stretch of Znjan Beach combines sandy shores, pebbly beach, and a rocky coastline. Don’t be surprised if you stumble across people bathing in the nude in more remote beach areas. Trstenik Beach has the most up-market ambience.
Split has crafted itself to meet the demands of growing tourism, resulting in a blossoming nightlife that has something to keep everyone out way after bedtime.
Split’s night scene is vibrant every day of the week during the prime summer season—why restrict your nighttime fun to just the weekends?!
The plethora of restaurants serve typical Croatian and Dalmatian fare, such as black risotto, pasticada (meat and gnocchi), stuffed peppers, fish stew, and the savoury pie of soparnik. There are also many eateries with international menus.
After filling your stomach, go to a swanky bar at the promenade. Make your way to youthful Matejuška before continuing the fun at one of the intimate bars in the maze-like streets of the old town. People spill over into the streets and the air is electric.
For a taste of unique local nightlife, check out the small bars alongside the stone staircase in Get. Still want more? There are several pulsating nightclubs where you can dance and cavort into the early hours of the morning.
Watch as the sky changes through a host of warm hues and the sun slowly sets over the shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea. Add even more to your sunset viewing with a cool kayaking adventure—you can enjoy the sunset right from the sea!
Admire the views in the dimming light and feel refreshed after a long day in the sunshine with a dip in the still-warm sea. Grab a snorkel and mask before plunging off your kayak to marvel at the array of aquatic life all around you.
Board a boat for evening fun and sail around Split’s stunning coastline for a magical start end to your day.
Enjoy a variety of sights from the water, including Marjan Hill, the Old Town, picturesque beaches, and pretty marinas. Watch as the sun dips in the sky, eventually disappearing from view to reveal twinkling lights in the inky sky from the mainland’s buildings.
Live music onboard helps to create a jovial atmosphere and you can savour canapés and a selection of local wines, beers, and soft drinks. If you’re not ready to hit the hay when you return to shore, head to the Old Town to keep the party going.
Offering history by the bucket load, nature, relaxation, and varied activities, Split is a great all-round holiday destination. Tick off these best things to do in Split for a varied stay in this Croatian beauty.
We know that with the help of this guide, you’ll have plenty of things to see and do while you are adventuring in this incredible city.
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