5 Things to do in Split-Dalmatia

As one of the most historically important and stunning cities in Croatia, Split offers visitors a chance to experience over 2000 years of beautiful architecture and rich cultural and gastronomic traditions. After exploring the old town enclosed within the ancient walls of Diocletian’s Palace, it’s time to head out to explore the many wonders that surround the city. As a leader in boat rentals and source for sailing tips and guides, we at Zizoo find Split to be one of the destinations for your next holiday. Here are the top 5 things to do in Split, when visiting the Dalmatian Coast in the Adriatic Sea.

Top 5 Things to Do in Split
Split, Croatia: Photo on Zizoo by Federico Mosca

Top 5 Things to Do in Split

1 Bačvice

If you’re stay in Split is short and you’re looking for a chance to wade, swim or float in the crystal clear waters of Croatia, head to Bačvice beach, Split’s most-loved urban beach. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal you’ll find a lovely little beach lined by several cafes and restaurants. Most of the locals head to the Bačvice to escape the summer heat, but you’ll still find swimmers and bathers well into the end of October. Take a seat and take in the sea breeze while the locals play picigin, a traditional ball game played in the sea that involves a lot of leaping and jumping to prevent the small ball from hitting the water.

Sunset over Bačvice Beach, Split
Sunset over Bačvice Beach, Split: Photo Connie Ma / CC BY-SA 2.0

2 Island Hopping

Split’s remarkable location along the coast, set against the backdrop of Southern Europe’s Dinaric Alps and within in reach of several charming and alluring islands, makes for the perfect starting point (or an ending point) for an island hopping adventure. Each of the islands of Southern Dalmatia offer a little something for everyone.

For a bit of glamour and vibrant nightlife, head to the trendy island of Hvar, a favorite of celebrities, locals and party-lovers alike. The whole island comes to life in the summer months as superyachts arrive into harbour and parties last well into the morning hours.

Escape to the island of Korcula for a chance to immerse yourself in unspoilt nature of the nearby uninhabited islets, lovely beaches, secluded coves and enchanting caves. The quaint medieval town of Korcula offers visitors delectable cuisine, warm hospitality, as well as peace and tranquility.

Korcula Island on Dalmatian Coast
Korcula Island on Dalmatian Coast: Photo on Flickr by Jeremy Couture / CC BY 2.0

For those seeking a truly authentic Croatian experience, head to the island of Vis, which has remained remarkably untouched from the outside world due to its location and history as a former naval base. Relax on one of Vis’ serene beaches and secluded coves such as Stiniva beach, which has been voted one of the best in Europe.

Stiniva Beach, Vis Island, Croatia
Stiniva Beach, Vis Island: Photo on Flickr by Miroslav Vajdic / CC BY-SA 2.0

Closest to Split is the island of Brac. Famed for its gorgeous beaches, olive oil and stunning white limestone used to build the Palace of Diocletian and several other important buildings throughout the world. Brac offers visitors a real taste of traditional island life in Dalmatia in addition to Zlatni rat, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Brac Island on the Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Brac Island on the Dalmatian Coast: Photo on Flickr by Nick Savchenko / CC BY-SA 2.0

3 Substructure of Diocletian’s Palace

Enter the spectacular substructure of Diocletian’s Palace from the Porta Aenea from the Riva. Take time to admire the impressive craftsmanship of the ancients who designed and constructed a myriad of columns and brick vaults to support the emperor’s massive chambers above. Game of Thrones fans will easily recognize this site as Daenarys’ dragons’ lair.  Today, you can wander through the well-preserved underground chambers where you will find several great souvenir shops and, if you’re lucky, have a chance to experience a concert, play or other cultural event that take place in these incredible halls.

Top 5 Things to Do in Split: Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian’s Palace in Split: Photo on Flickr by sailn1 / CC BY 2.0

4 Wine Tasting

Croatia offers many diverse types of wines due to its varied climate, geography, soil and because of the numerous days of sun that grace the Nation of Islands. Wine has been essential part of Croatian life since the ancient Greeks settled the islands over 2000 years ago. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until just recently that Croatia has been recognized for its production of high quality wines. Split offers many opportunities for wine lovers.

In Kaštela, a town nearby Split, you’ll have a chance to trace the roots of Zinfandel, a famed Californian grape, the origins of which have been contested for several decades. It wasn’t until recently that scientists discovered that the true birthplace of the Zinfandel was in Kaštela.
Researched vine from Kastela, Croatia

Researched vine from Kaštela. Photo by Amatulic

The nearby islands located off the coast of Dalmatia are also famed for their diverse wines. The rocky soil, hilly landscapes and ideal climate of the islands surrounding Split make them a haven for wine growers. For a truly unique wine tasting experience, spend a day (or two or three…) sailing to some of the islands’ best vineyards.

Wine Tasting on Island of Hvar, Dalmatian Coast Croatia
Wine Tasting on Hvar: Photo on Flickr by w1ld0n3 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

5 Marjan

Known as the ‘lungs of the city’ the green oasis that is Marjan Forest Park, offers both locals and visitors a peaceful break from the city. Marjan is located on the western tip of the peninsula and is a place not to be missed. Closed off to traffic, Marjan Park is the perfect place to take a stroll, go for a run or bike ride or take a seat on one of the charming coves that surround the pine forest.

View from Island of Marjan on Dalmatian Coast
View from Island of Marjan on Dalmatian Coast: Photo on Flickr by So Many Desks / CC BY 2.0

About Zizoo: Zizoo enables its customers to experience a boat holiday in a way that suits them. We cater to those looking discover hidden gems off the beaten track as well as those wishing to party or seeking luxury and style. We make sailing accessible and easy to organise for everyone, whether an experienced sailor or a newbie. With 6,000 boats across 200 locations in 25 countries to choose from, Zizoo is the number one destination for boat rentals in the world.

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About Ellyn Matta

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Ellyn graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and minors in Art History with a focus on history of architecture, Italian Studies and International Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. In 2015, she earned her Masters Degree in World Heritage Studies in Germany. She has gained experience in the management, promotion and nomination of cultural heritage in Scotland, Italy, Germany, and Pennsylvania. Her love of travel and all things nautical brought her to Zizoo where she shares tips and stories of sailing adventures.

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