Split was, like Corfu, a pleasant surprise. The beach wasn’t too nice, but the city was adorable and amazing. They even have a huge statue of Merlin!
What to See/Do/Eat
City tour. If you’re a bit lazy or not in pretty good shape, you might like to take a bus tour of the city. If you’re feeling a little friskier, you should consider taking a walking tour. If you’re not up for the guided tour thing, just wander on your own. That’s what we did, and we had a great time getting lost in the city’s charming alleys.
Diocletian’s Palace. If you’re wandering the town, you won’t be able to help but visit the palace. It’s everywhere, and the tourist shops are right inside the walls. The palace was built at the turn of 4th century AD. In 1979, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Monument.
Galija Pizzeria. This is the one place we visited on the whole trip that I’m going to tell you where to eat. If you have the chance, visit this pizzeria. Funny, we just stumbled on it, but the NY Times says it’s some of the best pizza in Split. It’s a tiny bit away from the main tourist areas, but it’s well worth the short walk. I had the 4 cheese pizza, and I’ve been trying to find it’s match ever since. So far, no dice. My husband had the gnocci, and it was fantastic as well.
Bacvice Beach. Bacvice is the main beach in Split. It’s definitely a city beach. It has all the ameneties – lifeguards, first aid, showers, lockers, bathrooms, cafes, bars, etc. – and it also has the general public that thinks it’s okay to litter and instruct their children to go to the bathroom in 2 feet of ocean water. It’s pretty from a distance, but I’d skip it unless you’re desperate for a beach. To get there, keep the city at your back and the water at your right. You’ll also pass the building where you can get a passport stamp if you’d like one.
Krka National Park. “Situated in the Krka National Park, the Krka falls has 17 natural cascades. The Krka River is a unique phenomenon due to its gypsum formations that have created the unique landscape of the falls. This entire area has been preserved in its original form. Next, see the extraordinary Skrandinski Buk Waterfalls, the highest falls in Europe. Above the falls is large plateau that affords spectacular views. A path wanders around the falls for those who wish to explore the falls further. Also, see the old mill that is still used for grinding.” -RoyalCaribbean My mom and aunt went on this excursion and had a great time.
Hvar and Brac. There are a couple of islands nearby if you haven’t gotten enough of that by the time you get to Split. Hvar is home to a 17th century theatre, an arsenal dating from the 13th – 14th century, and a Franciscan monastery. On Brac, you’ll find a Dominican monastery and Zlatni Rat, a famous sandy beach. You can visit Hvar through a ship excursion or check out both islands through Split Vision (click on the island names for more details) if you have more time.