Split’s location means travellers to the islands or Dubrovnik have a good chance of passing through. The city is an impressive sea-front sight, and probably the most bustling place on the coast. The walls of Diocletians Palace provide a framework for many of Split’s shops and streets ; as a lived in part of Roman history, it is worth stopping off and exploring. The vast harbour almost entices you to set sail somewhere, and with cafe life and bars, there is always somewhere to go day or night.
For a sit in meal at probably the best prices in the city, head to the Buffett Fife restaurant. A mixture of locals and backpackers tend to go here to take advantage of the good value food. Elsewhere, takeaways sell kebabs for under €2.5 and there are a few bakeries to get a sandwich or pastry.
The bus, train and ferry port are all within sight of each other, making getting in and out of the city easy. The transport system is well organised, with buses going to the other main Croatian cities and towns. There are also international buses to Bosnia and Serbia. Trains go to Zagreb, and if your wanting to travel by boat, ferries go to nearby islands including Hvar, Korcula, Brac, and Mali. You can also catch the ferry to Ancona and Pescara in Italy. There is no need for transport around the city, as much of it is pedestrianised anyway.
• Explore Diocletians Palace – It’s hard not to visit the palace as a large area of the city lives and works within the ruined walls. Just walk around the town centre and you will be following in Roman emperors footsteps. There is a church and bell tower, along with other monuments to see.
• Have an island break – Split is one of the main harbours for access to the islands, so spend a day or more exploring one of them. Hvar is a lively, party island that makes a great place to let your hair down. Korcula or Brac are more slow paced and traditional Croatian islands to relax on.
• Go to Marjan – Marjan is the wooded hill behind the harbour. It is under half an hours walk and there are running paths, nature, and great views for photos. At the bottom of the hill is Bene beach for a spot of sunbathing.
• Browse the Green market – the colourful food market sells fruit, veg, and dairy products at decent prices. It’s a bustling place in the morning and a good way to sample the food and culture of the city.
• Wander around the harbour – one of the most photographed areas of Split is the large harbour. Spend some time walking along the promenade, grab a bite to eat and gaze at the clear blue waters.
• Visit the Salona ruins – Salona was an ancient Roman city about 3 miles away from Split. Although not as grand as some Roman ruins, it is still worth a visit. The entrance fee is cheap ( under 2 Euros) and there is an amphitheatre and museum to see. Originally, an aquaduct ran from Salona to the palace in Split, and parts are still visible. Catch a bus to Solin if you want to check the ruins out.
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