25 Awesome Things To Do In Split, Croatia Now

Having never been to Croatia before, we seen and heard stories of how beautiful it is. And, the first place we went to in Crotia was Brac Island. We fell in love with this place. Then, our next destination was Split. 

Having been in Split for about 1 month during Winter… we did find that there were lots of things we could do. So, we’ve put together a list of 25 awesome things to do in Split Croatia. Let’s start with an ancient and incredible UNESCO complex…

Diocletian Palace

OK, first up is the most popular attraction in Split, the Diocletian Palace. This amazing Roman structure is one of the few buildings of its type… where locals go about their normal daily life. So, remember this when you’re exploring… as we believe it truly is an honor to experience it! 

It was built by the order of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who expected it to be complete by AD 305… as this Palace was to be his retirement home. Not bad for a retirement home, hey! The Diocletian Palace has many parts to it, and we suggest you check them out…

Iron Gate

The Iron Gate is the Western gate of the Diocletian Palace… and although small, it exudes charming characteristics. Well, that’s what we think anyway! And, as part of the Iron Gate is the Church of Our Lady of the Belfry, with a beautiful Romanesque bell tower. Plus, there’s a clock tower. Back in the day, the area past this gate was used as a courthouse. Yet, now there are shops and other businesses. Also, when you get to the clock tower take a closer look… as you’ll notice that the clock has 24 numbers instead of 12.

Silver Gate

The Silver Gate, for the want of a better word, is the most “rugged” of them all. And, for us, this is what makes this gate a picturesque one to photograph. This gate is on the Eastern side of the Diocletian Palace. And, you can see from the structure that it did suffer enormous damage after bombings. Yet, for the remaining part of the gate that still stands today, it sure looks ancient and incredible. When we were leaving Split to go to our next destination… we saw that they were uncovering a new section of the Sliver Gate!

Golden Gate

The Golden Gate is the northern gate of the Diocletian Palace… and is the biggest of the 4 gates. If you want to get a gauge on how big this gate is, get someone to take a photo of you standing in the doorway! And no, this gate doesn’t have gold through it as the name would suggest (well, not that we know of anyway)! This gate was the main one used by the Emperor, his family and for guests. Oh, and before you walk through the archway, remember to look up. As you’ll see sculpted faces of 4 different tetrarchs… being Maximian, Galerius, Constantius Chlrous, and Diocletian.

Bronze Gate

We weren’t sure if we should include this as one of the things to do in Split. Yet, as it makes up part of the UNESCO Diocletian Palace, we felt we should. The Bronze Gate of the Diocletan Palace is the Southern Gate, and the smallest of them all. Its use was primarily as a pathway from the Palace to the sea. Hence, why its location is close to the Riva. For us, the Bronze Gate is the less spectacular looking of all 4 gates. So, if you want to look at the gates one by one, we suggest starting with this one first… as the others look more remarkable. 

Saint Domnius Cathedral

You can’t miss seeing this amazing cathedral… which is so striking when you look at it close and from afar. The Saint Domnius Cathedral has 2 other sections… which includes the Mausoleum of Diocletian, built in AD 305. Plus, there’s the incredible bell tower, which was originally built in AD 1100. The tower stands at 57 meters. And, if you pay a fee you can walk up the stairs for wide sweeping views of Split.

Peristil Square

There are several Squares in Split to explore, yet one of the most impressive is Peristil Square. This was the central square of the Diocletian Palace. On two sides of the square are Romanesque style colonnades. And, many of the walls and columns forming Peristil Square… come from the beautiful Brac Island Croatia. If you love the view and want to spend time enjoying the atmosphere… there are little cafes dotted in the area.

Vestibulo

When you’re in the Diocletan Palace and start exploring, you’ll come across this… And, this circular structure is the Vestibulo, which is old imperial court… and the first corridor that would lead to the residential area of the Palace.

The Substruture

Back in the days the Substructure, otherwise known as the basement halls… is said to have built to raise the Emperor’s chambers. Plus, it had practical uses such as storage and making produce. Yet, nowadays the substructure is lined with stall owners, selling souvenirs and trinkets.

Explore The Alleyways Of Split Old Town 

When we were walking through Split Old Town… there were so many alleyways that we could explore. And, because we purposely didn’t have a map, it was fun to make impromptu decisions as to which alleyway to go down. It was really cool. And, we did discover some quaint cafes… that you wouldn’t see if you didn’t wander through the streets of the Old Town.

Statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory Nin)

When you’re heading towards Diocletian’s Palace at the Golden Gate entrance… you must’ve had your eyes shut if you didn’t see this statue…

This massive, 8.5 meter tall statue is of Grgur Ninski, was designed by Ivan Meštrović in 1929. Not only was he a bishop in the town of Nin, he was instrumental for many Croatians… as he fought to include their language into religious services in the 900’s. And, it’s said that if you rub his big toe, it will bring you good luck!

Right next to the Statue of Gregory Nin is this…

The Bell Tower Chapel of the Holy Arnir

This is a huge bell tower, standing tall outside the Golden Gate of the Diocletian’s Palace. This bell tower did have a Benedictine monastery next to it… yet, it didn’t survive a massive fire, which decimated it. So, what you see today are the remains, the bell tower and chapel.

Split Riva

There are plenty of options on the Riva in Split if you feel like a feed or drinks. On the weekends the waterfront restaurants in Split and the cafes are flooded with people… especially when the sun’s out.

Plus, the promenade has many seats and is spacious. So, alternatively you can just take a seat on the waterfront, people watch, and enjoy the views.

Bacvice Beach

From the center of the Split Old Town… if you take a 15 minute walk past the harbour and train station, you can reach Bacvice Beach. Now, when you first get there it might look a little underwhelming. Yet, if you keep walking around further for about another 5 minutes… the surrounding area is much more pleasant.

Green Market

For a bustling farmers market with lots of stalls selling local produce, head on over to the Green Market. This market is next to The Silver Gate. Here, you can find an array of fresh fruits, vegetables… through to home-made olive oils, honey, cheeses, meats, and more. And, surrounding the market stalls are small shops and bakeries… selling bureks of course amongst other things!

People’s Square (Pjaca)

For a charming little enclosed area with monumental buildings is People’s Square. A quaint place to watch the world go by. And, within this Pjaca are several restaurants, cafes and shops. It’s said that this Square was the first area in Split, outside the Diocletian Palace… that was inhabited. So, that makes this Square a very significant part of Split’s history.

Republic Square Split – Trg Republike (Prokurative)

Now, if you’re looking for an impressive surrounding to have a coffee, drink or food… head on over to Republic Square. This was established in the mid-19th century, and was built to resemble St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The area in the Prokurative has been a place… where events, festivals, stalls, and other cultural events are held.

Fruit Square

So, after reading the words Fruit Square, most of you will have visions of a square… lined with market stalls selling fresh fruit and fruit products. Well, back in the days that’s what it would’ve been! Yet, nowadays it has important landmarks that are still standing there… including the 15th century Venetian tower, the remains of a former fortress. As well as the 17th century Palace of the Milesi family, with its magnificent Baroque façade. Plus, you can’t miss the statue in front of it, which is a monument to Marko Marulić… an important figure in the 15th century for all of Croatia, yet was a philosopher and poet from Split.

St Francis Church and Monastery (Crkva i samostan sv. Frane)

If you’re strolling along the Riva near Republic Square… you’ll see this commanding church and monastery. 

The Franciscan monastery has a cloister dating back to the 13th century… as well as a library with about 3,000 books. That’s a lot of reading! This church and monastery also contain the tombs of notable Split legends… including Marko Marulić.

Marmontova Ulica (Street)

From the Riva, take a stroll down the main pedestrian only street of Marmontova. Here, there are shops and eateries that you can enjoy. Now, if you smell something fishy then, you’ll be right. As, off to the side of Marmontova Street is the daily fresh fish market. Yet, if you want some cheap, quick and tasty snack… head on over to Pizza Cut Planet for a big slice of pizza around 1.5 Euros. 

Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera

If you’re wanting somewhere amongst the greenery away from the hustle and bustle of Split… go to Park Josipa Jurja Strossmayera. This is nearby the Golden Gate entrance, and a quiet sanctuary to relax and unwind. Just keep an eye out for the pigeons if you have food!

Vrh Telegrin

If you’re keen for a walk to see amazing views of Split… then make your way up to Vrh Telegrin. As far as walks or hikes go to see incredible landscapes… we’ve had our fair share of some tough ones. Yet, we found the walk up to Vrh Telegrin quite easy in comparison to others. And, you’ll know when your almost at the top, as you’ll see the huge white cross.

Marjan 

Now, if you’re keen for more walks or hikes, there are plenty more in Split. And, one of the most popular areas for locals and tourists alike is Marjan Hill. And, we actually went up there a few times during our stay… as it gave us different beautiful landscape views of Split, and beyond.

Crkva Sveti Nikola

For a quaint little church that seems in the middle of nowhere, go and see St Nikola Church. When you’re going for a walk through Marjan, you’re likely to come across it. As, this is nearby one of the main pathways that leads to Vrh Telegrin. This 13th century church sure is cute… with a beautiful little bell tower. Plus, we found out that there are about a dozen little churches on Marjan Hill!

Try Some Bureks

If you’ve been reading our travel blog posts, then you’ll know what we love our bureks. And, every place we go to that has them… without fail we try some. So, we tried several bureks… with one big burek costing around 14-16 Kuna (about 2 Euros / USD). 

And, out of all the places we tried, our favorite was at a tiny bakery, Pekara Solin. Now, there’s a couple of places by the name of Pekara Solin. We did try both, but the one we recommend is at at, Ul. Antuna Gustava Matoša 1A. And, right next to it is a local farmers market, Tržnica Matoševa. 

Once we got our fresh from the oven, piping hot cheese bureks… we wandered over to take a seat in the sun in a different square in Split, by the name of Trg Gaje Bulata.

And here, we had a lovely view whilst eating a super tasty burek, in front of another landmarket in Split….

Croatian National Theater (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište – HNK)

The Croatian National Theater in Split is a striking building built in 1893. Its bright yellow paintwork stands out. Plus, take a look at the architecture of the theater… magnificent, right? So, at the HNK it hosts Croatian language performances… as well as operas and ballets. Plus, this venue is a major destination for the Split Summer Festival. So, get cultured in Split and attend an event!

Phew, so there you have it… 25 awesome things to do in Split, Croatia. As you can see, you won’t get bored in Split. From taking in the incredible UNESCO site of the Diocletian’s Palace, through to dining on the Riva… or taking walks for breathtaking views, or basking in the sun. There’s plenty to do, so ENJOY!

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Amazing Vidova Gora Hike On Beautiful Brac Island Croatia

When we were on Brac Island Croatia for about 1 month… we had some amazing weather despite being there in Winter. In fact, we had only a few rainy days which was great for us. Plus, we even got a tan during Winter – BONUS! 

Yet, the fact that we had lovely weather most days… meant we could do lots of sightseeing.

And, there’s actually lots of things to do on Brac Island. So, if you haven’t seen our travel blog post about Brac Island Croatia yet… you can check it out HERE.

We grew to love Brac Island, with its laidback atmosphere… and gorgeous towns with amazing scenery. Plus, if you love the outdoors, you’ll be glad to hear that there are plenty of activities… from water sports to mountain biking, horseback riding through to boat cruises. 

Yet, one of the things to do on Brac Island that was high on our list… was to hike Vidova Gora. 

We do enjoy walking as part of our sightseeing itinerary… as opposed to taking wheeled transport. And, that’s because we can get to places that vehicles can’t… allowing us to explore more.

Now, hiking is somewhat different to walking! And, if the truth be told, I’m scared of heights. So, for me to go hiking up mountains is a serious feat… and it can scare the hell out of me. Yet, at the same time it gives me a huge sense of achievement… once I’ve made it to the top. 

One example, is a hike in Berat, Albania. This was truly an amazing hike… that gave us absolutely incredible sweeping views of this UNESCO town.

Anyway, back to hiking Vidova Gora! Vidova Gora is the highest mountain on Brac Island Croatia… as well as out of all the islands in this country. And, Vidova Gora’s peak reaches a height of about 780 metres.

And, as part of our research we learnt that the views were amazing at the summit. So, onwards we go to Vidova Gora!

How To Get To Vidova Gora On Brac Island

Now, depending on where you are on Brac Island… there are various ways to get to Vidova Gora. This mountain is in the town of Bol, which is on the south side of Brac. Bol itself is a pretty town… which you can check out before or after your Vidova Gora hike. 

Plus, if you want to see a breathtaking beach… about 2km west of Bol is Zlatni Rat Beach (otherwise known as Golden Horn). So, just a couple of other things to do if you’re in Bol, and have some time.

As far as transport goes, you can hire a car, take a bus, or catch a ferry… depending on which part of the island you’re coming from. If you feel brave, you could even cycle there. Yet, we’re not sure how safe that’d be during the height of Summer… especially considering some of the people drive like maniacs!

Now, the starting point of the Vidova Gora hike is near the corner of Novi Put and Bracka Cesta… close to the main town centre of Bol. At the time of writing this travel blog… there was a Studenac Supermarket near the intersection of these streets.

And, once you’re here, there’s a sign like the one below… to show the start of the Vidova Gora hiking trail.

Starting The Walk Up The Vidova Gora Hiking Trail

We set off on the hike up the mountain around 1pm. 

It was a beautiful, clear, bright sunny day without a cloud in the sky. In Bol, the temperature was about 15 degrees celsius (about 60 degrees farenheit). So, we did have jackets, and we did need to wear them… especially towards the end of our journey. Plus, the good thing was by hiking in Winter… we weren’t sweating like pigs!

Now, we did plan to start our Vidova Gora hike earlier. Yet, we took a wander around Bol first… trying to find a bakery to get some goodies for our walk and give us some energy! Unfortunately, we had no luck. 

The local bakeries were shut for Winter, or because it was a Sunday. And, we did discover that this was common on Brac Island during Winter. Yet, we did manage to find some supplies at one of the supermarkets in Bol, that would suit us fine. Back to the hike…

After seeing that first Viodva Gora sign for the hike, you’ll walk past several houses. Then, you’ll see another Vidova Gora trail sign…

So, at the time of our walk, which was in January 2022, this is what the path was looking like…

There was a quarry with several trucks at the site. It was a little confusing, but keep to the right side of the trail and keep following it. Then, eventually you’ll see a gate. Now, don’t worry, simply open the gate and keep walking on the Vidova Gora trail. 

In case you were wondering, the trail to the top of Vidova Gora is like this…

It is rocky for most of the hike up.

Now, we didn’t have hiking boots or shoes, just normal sneakers with a thicker sole. So, in some spots it was a little uncomfortable under foot… yet, overall it was fine. If you have hiking gear, then I recommend you wear it for more comfort. 

The Vidova Gora Hiking Trail – Freaking Out!

So, as we were walking up the mountain, we could see the trail markers, like this…

For most of the journey there were plenty of markers to keep us on track. Yet, when we got to the top of Vidova Gora, we had to keep our eyes open. More on that later.

As you’d expect, there were some steeper areas along the Vidova Gora trail. Yet, there were some areas that we could have a rest if need be. However, as we were hiking up, instead of sitting down… there were some beautiful views along the way. So, we stopped for a breather and were admiring the view. 

We thought that if we could see amazing landscape like this… we could imagine how incredible it’d be at the top. 

We saw about a dozen people on our walk, who were all coming down the mountain… so it was quiet. And, there wasn’t anyone else walking up. We didn’t see any goats either. 

We did come across 2 mountain bikers who I thought were dare devils… especially as they were coming down a precarious section of the mountain.

Now, for me, who’s scared of heights… there were some spots when hiking Vidova Gora that made me freak out. And, to me it felt worse when going down the mountain… as I could see the big drops on the side of the trail!

Plus, it didn’t help when I lost my footing a few times and my feet would slip. I didn’t fall down though, thankfully.

So, to “help” keep me on track, Paul was saying to me, “We’re almost there!” Yet, after he said this several times… I knew he was bluffing, and I chose to ignore him. Whilst he was trying to motivate me and keep my mind off the height thing… he was frustrating me. Ha ha ha!

We Made It To The Top Of Vidova Gora

So, our Vidova Gora hike up took about 1 hour and 45 minutes… and it was about the same amount of time going downhill too. It should’ve been quicker, though.

Yet, as I was panicking a few times I had to stop to calm down. Now, for those of you who aren’t scared of heights… you’ll have no idea how it feels. Otherwise, you’ll know exactly what I mean!

Yet, once we got to the top the hike was well worth it. The views were amazing!

We could see Bol, which was looking so tiny from the top… as well as Zlatni Rat. Plus, seeing the islands with the clear blue backdrop made the view look even more beautiful.

BUT WAIT, There’s More…

Now, if you recall me saying earlier, when you get to the top you AREN’T at the summit yet. And, this is where you need to look out for the trail markers on the rocks. You need to get to where the tower is for even better views. Here’s a photo of the tower.

Keep following the markers for the Vidova Gora trail… and, eventually there’s a gate that looks like this.

Simply open the gate and go through. Then, not long after that is the car park… for those who want the easy way to get to the top of Vidova Gora.

So, once we got to the first viewing point… it took us about another 15 minutes to walk to the summit. Thus, all up about 2 hours.

And here, the views were breathtaking.

We now had an amazing view of the Dalmatian coast… and some of the Croatian islands including Hvar, Lastovo and Korcula. 

In hindsight, we should’ve started the hike earlier. Because as you can see in our photos… they weren’t the best due to the angle of the sun. Yet, it still was beautiful though.

There is a table with chairs if you want to have a picnic. Yet, I suspect in Summer it’d be difficult to secure as there’d be heaps more people. So, when we got to the top there were only 6 other people admiring the views.

It was so peaceful and well worth the effort of hiking up and down. And, as we were hiking Vidova Gora in Winter, the sun was setting before 6pm. So, as we were going down the mountain… we saw the beautiful scenery as the sun was setting.

And, of course, to reward ourselves and quench our thirst… we had to have some beers!

So, for breathtaking landscape views from Brac Island Croatia… we recommend you make the effort to hike Vidova Gora.

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