Time to Split, Croatia

Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Advice + Tips, Beaches, Brac, Coast, Croatia, Excursions, Islands, Local Color, Markets, Split, Uncategorized | 4 comments


Split is a vibrant town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, which is known for Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress-like structure erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Now it’s full of restaurants, shops, cathedrals, hotels, and tourists.


Note that the cruise ships dump huge crowds here, but if you see the tour guides holding up a flag followed by the masses, just head the other direction. They usually go for the area with the most souvenir shops.


If you’re in the old town at the right time, you might bump into some men in metal…


…or possibly even Santa Claus or Dumbledore.


You’ll notice many interesting architectural details…


…both on the ground as well as up in the air if you climb the bell tower, which I have to say is a really high one!


Inside the walls, you’ll find the beautiful Croatian National Theatre…


…and just outside the walls, a colorful market.

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Speaking of walls, there is a fair amount of graffiti, but most of it is artistic and interesting…even the cat thinks so.


Oftentimes in Split, you’ll stumble on a flea market, and you never know what you might find…


And after the sun goes down, the colorful lights come on, if you’re into late nights with food festivals and free concerts…


…free unless you care to donate some spare Kuna.


If you tire of old town Split, there are many day trip opportunities…


…like taking a ferry to the island of Brac (pronounced “Brach”), which is known for it’s very famous beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). This beach is a protected nature park and it changes shape under the influence of tides and waves.


That spit you see off in the distance is quite the beach close up.


Sure, you can do the usual swimming and sunbathing, or just stare into its clear blue green depths…

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…but you can also scuba dive, sail, windsurf, snorkel, or go play on one of the biggest, craziest water slide playgrounds I’ve ever seen!


If water and beaches aren’t your thing, there’s Trogir, another walled village a short bus ride away from Split. It has the usual fortress you can climb for a view…


…as well as canals, shops, restaurants, churches and the like for you to explore. Or you can set up office with a pizza and free wifi, if you need to get a little travel blogging done.


Now, after a month in Croatia, it’s time for me to split Split and head to Slovenia. But looking back, what’s not to love about Croatia?!! I’d go back in a heartbeat, and highly recommend it for a beautiful, affordable, fun and sun-filled holiday for you!




  1. It’s almost too beautiful…almost.

    • Croatia is definitely one of the most beautiful countries I’ve visited, Beth! So glad you got to share part of it with me 🙂

  2. Your photos are amazing! I took a similar walk about in Europe when I was your age and I have never regretted it. The smell of rosemary in my garden still transports me to the Pyrenees in southern France…

    • Thanks Linda! Isn’t it amazing the memories a single smell can evoke? I too love rosemary. Glad you enjoyed your journey as well. I think not many regret their travels…

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