Top Attractions in Split
Top Attractions in Split
Often nicknamed the "The most beautiful city in the world" and "Mediterranean flower", Split, the 2nd largest city in Croatia, is a beguiling city with postcard perfect setting, thanks to the phenomenal coastal mountains and turquoise waters of the Adriatic. It is a wonderful blend of ancient and modern. From Roman ruins and calm beaches to palm-lined “Riva” promenade and lovely Marjan peninsula, Split has everything for all types of visitors. Do not forget to step by the Diocletian Palace and the old walls thriving with exuberance. You have pavement cafés, buzzy nightclubs, vibrant bars and plenty of shops and this city just has a perfect balance of tradition and modernity. Thanks to the city’s rich history and cultural heritage, Split is always dressed in a cultural event or festival. Bump into the people who are extremely warm and they love to make tourists feel at home. If you are someone who loves to explore the rich history of a city or attend one of its open air festivals or stroll around its lovely seafront, you are definitely going to enjoy Split!
Cattedrale di San Domino:
The Cathedral of St. Domnius comprises of a church (dedicated to the Virgin Mary), treasury and a 57-meter tall bell tower (devoted to Saint Domnius) that attracts tourists from far and wide. Locally celebrated as Saint Dujam, it is considered to be the most ancient cathedral across the world that still persists in its former structure. Made up of white local limestone and marble of high quality, a chorus was adjoined on the eastern side in the late 17th century whereas a Romanesque bell tower was structured in 1100 AD.
Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most impressive Roman monuments as well as a UNESCO Heritage Site in the city of Split. Built in the 4th century AD, today it forms around half the old town and city center and was a major shooting location for the famous American series "Game of Thrones". Once a majestic palace, shops, homes and other buildings were incorporated later into the walls of the palace and a city began to develop around the palace. This 1,700-year old palace is an architectural gem of the city with an irregular rectangle shape, well-preserved main streets, some Gothic and Renaissance buildings and 4 impressive monumental gates.
Nestled between Mosor and Kozjak, the Klis Fortress was formed into a rock-strewn ridge that provides visitors with a stunning panoramic view of the city, Adriatic sea, and surrounding islands. Regarded as the most priceless examples of architecture in Dalmatia, it is an extensive structure comprising of 3 long rectangular defensive lines and 3 defensive stone walls. Along with offering the best view of Split, the fortress was also a setting for many outdoor scenes of Meereen (Game of Thrones). It has a history that dates back to more than 2,000 years and the view offered from the top, especially during sunset, is not worth missing!
Krka National Park:
Labeled after River Krka that it encloses, the Krka National Park was formed to preserve the river and essentially for other scientific, educational, recreational and tourism activities. An abode to numerous places of interest as well as facilities, you can enjoy boat tours, souvenir shops, a museum, restaurants, archaeological remains of fortresses that lie in the park's vicinity that date back to the Roman times and Visovac Island. Skradinski Buk and Roški Slap are the 2 major attractions of the park.
Cathedral of St. James:
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Cathedral of St. James has a dominating presence over the huddled buildings of the Old Town and rises above the city with its pale stone dome. The cathedral is renowned for its intricate architecture as well as ornamental elements like the exceptional frieze adorned with 71 sculptured faces of men, women and children and elucidates the unique blend of Gothic and Renaissance art.
A multi-purpose stadium in the city of Split, it takes its name from the neighborhood of Poljud, with its initial name as "Gradski Stadion u Poljudu" ("City Stadium in Poljud"). Built in 1979, the stadium is the home ground of the Hajduk Split Football Club. With a huge capacity of 35,000, it was built to host the 1979 Mediterranean Games and be the venue for 1990 European Athletics Championships and the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, now hosting the Ultra Europe annually.
Riva is a lovely promenade in Split and was developed some 200 years ago when the French reigned in Split and it used to be the city's hub for entertainment and cultural events back then. It is a popular venue for various festivals, cultural events, and the famous Split carnival. This lovely harbor is lined with palm trees and dotted with cafés, restaurants and some high-end shops. It is an ideal place for your morning coffee or for a beautiful evening stroll with friends. A visit to this beautiful harbor, especially at sundown, is an absolute must during your visit to Split.
Ruins of the Amphitheater:
The ruins are undoubtedly an archaeological gem, deserving a praise and allowing you to calmly commune with the spirits of centuries past. The most impressive ruin is the 2nd-century amphitheater which was destroyed by the Venetians in the 17th century. Do visit the Manastirine, one of the largest open graveyards where early Christian martyrs were buried. You will also spot peaks of the arches of 1st-century aqueduct where the water came in from the nearby river Jadro, as well as relics of the thermal baths used by Romans.