Split is Croatia’s second largest city and offers an abundance of exploration opportunities within easy reach of the city. It’s not just a base for heading out into the surrounding areas though; Split has quite a lot on offer itself. The awe-inspiring Old Town of Split and buildings like the Palace of Diocletian, the Archeological Museum and the whimsical Waterfront Promenade come together with Split’s other great attractions to make it a destination filled with excellent dining, entertainment and cultural experiences.
Top Attractions in Split
This well preserved structure with its Roma military camp style building, Diocletian’s Palace has a rich and intriguing history lurking inside its walls. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its fascinating attractions like the Temple of Jupiter, the Cathedral of St. Domnius and medieval Brace Radica Square with its 15th-century Marina Tower, the Milesi Palace, and a statue of Marko Marulic. Make sure you see the Cathedral of St. Domnius that was originally Diocletian’s mausoleum.
The Ivan Meštrović Gallery
If you’re keen on exploring Croatia’s most revered artist’s work, the best place to head to would be the gallery named after him. The artists was considered to be one of the 20th century’s most important sculptors and today you can see an impressive collection of 86 statues ranging from marble to stone, bronze to wood and gypsum along with numerous drawings and the 8 huge statues that guard the gallery’s gardens.
Marjan Forest Park
The Marjan Forest Park dates back to the 4th century and occupies a peninsula that overlooks the city. The park boasts an abundance of benches and picnic sites, but it’s most notable for its tall pine trees that shelter the peaceful walking trails. The Marjan Stairway is another popular sight that provides visitors with a unique vantage point of Telegrin. The views from here are spectacular and allow you to see the Kastela Guld, Salona and Klis, Trogir and Giovo as well as the islands of Solta, Brac, Hvar and Vis.
The People’s Square
With an abundance of Renaissance, Venetian and Gothic buildings, the People’s Square is an interesting destination in Split. Do make a point of seeing the Venetian-Gothic Cambi Palace, the Renaissance style Town Hall building for the Ethnographic Museum of Split, and the nearby statue of Grgur Ninski.
The Museum of Croatian Archeological Monuments
As one of Split’s best must see attractions, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments is rich in collections of artifacts that date back to the 7th century ranging to the 15th century. It’s one of Croatia’s oldest museums and boasts more than 20,000 items in its collection, displaying roughly 25% of it at a time.
Split Archeological Museum
If you’re a history buff, the archeological museum of Split is a definite must see. The museum was founded in 1820 and highlights of its 150,000 items include Croatia’s largest collection of gems, stone carvings from Salona, Greco Hellenistic ceramics, Roman glass, roughly 1,600 ancient clay lamps and an abundance of bone and metal objects.
The Church of St. Dominic
Split’s Church of St. Dominic is located on the site of the former Oratory of St. Catherine and was originally constructed in the middle ages. The nearby marketplace with its fresh produce from all over Croatia is another interesting place to visit to ensure you get some of the best views of Diocletian’s Palace.
The Dominican Monastery
When the Dominican Monastery was built during the 1300’s, construction was on such as scale that parts of the city wall had to be moved just to accommodate the massive building. After the 1667 earthquake, the monastery was rebuilt to its present form. The monastery’s museum boasts an abundance of 15th and 16th century religious paintings, gold and silverware and other relics. Equally as impressive is Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery.
The Rector’s Palace
The Rector’s Palace is where you’ll find the city’s Cultural Historical Museum that provides visitors with a stunning mix of Gothic and early Renaissance styles and a central courtyard that’s absolutely delightful to explore.