Split is the second largest city in Croatia and is a buzzing place place the sea and surrounded by amazing hills and countrsyide. The heart of the city is the Diocletian’s Palace (a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments) where you’ll find dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving tucked away in tiny streets in the Palace walls with an atmosphere of life that has been going on for thousands of years. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
We use CrossFit Split as they are fantastic. The gym is bright and airy (it has air conditioning in the summer!) with a fantastic welcoming and friendly atmosphere. See the video below to get a feel of who they are.
Head Coach at CrossFit Split and the guy that will “make everything perfect.” Mirko is an experienced and CrossFit certified instructor with a number of years coaching experience. He is also a qualified yacht master and is probably one of the most enthusiastic and positive people you are going to meet.
Tina is considered to be the Croatia’s most successful international gymnast. She is also the first, and to date the only, female gymnast ever to represent independent Croatia at the Olympic Games. She is so good that she even has a skill named after her on balance beam, a
round-off Arabian salto mount! Tina will be leading on our gymnastic sessions. Check out her career bests here.
CrossFit, weightlifting and gymnastics
CrossFit sessions will be supplied by CrossFit Split. We will either be in the box or on the beach depending on the weather and the programme. Gymnastics and weightlifting seminars will be held at CrossFit Split.
This tour begins at a small place called Jakiruša – Brela about 45mins from Split. The beautiful Jakiruša bay is surrounded with the spectacular mountain of Biokovo. There is a sandy beach in Jakiruša, popular with the locals and tourists for swimming and on the west side there is a rocky coast and one of the last untouched bays in this part of the Riviera – bay Vrulja. The sea kayaks are launched on the beach and paddle lightly towards the deserted sandy beaches of the Vrulja bay. There will be a stop to observe the submarine groundwater source that brings 50 m3 of drinking water per second to this place even in the summer. Our paddle takes us to the Vrulja beach where we pause to swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters. After the kayaking adventure, we will have a delicious meal in a local restaurant.
Bring with you: swimming kit, water, hat, towel, sun cream, t-shirt, beach shoes or sandals, cash.
Canyoning on the Cetina River.
The. Most. Fun. You. Can. Have!! Canyoning is ace! The crystal clear water and a river suitable for swimming offers a true experience of untouched nature with its cliffs up to 180 meters high, waterfalls, lakes, subterranean tunnels and a 50 meters high waterfall Gubavica. The guide will give you a life-jacket, a helmet, neoprene pants and shirt and the small expedition is ready to set off. The sound of the river becomes louder as you descend into the canyon. Ten minutes later you will find yourself in the middle of the Cetina canyon. Walking through the river and the rapids, going through the subterranean tunnels, swimming in natural pools, going around waterfalls and lakes – all of this is canyoning.
Bring with you: swimming kit, water, hat, towel, sun cream, t-shirt, beach shoes or sandals, cash.
Zip lining is fantastic! If you are looking for a true adrenaline rush, imagine zipping your way across the magnificent Cetina River 150 meters above the canyon suspended by a wire! We have 8 wires running a total of 2100 meters. The highest one is 150 meters above the river canyon. The views from up here are incredible—a bird’s eye experience of some of the most magnificent nature in Croatia! A full 3 hours of pure fun and a healthy dose of adrenalin to satisfiy even the most demanding thrill junkies.
Bring with you: comfortable clothes, trainers or boots, sun cream, cash.
The weather in Split is fantastic and a great reason for going. We go from May through to October with the hottest months being in July and August when the temperature can get into the mid 30s Celsius. May to June and September and October are perfect to get summer heat without getting too hot. Temperatures are in the mid to late to 20s Celsius with very little rain and clear blue skies.
Facing the harbour, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence and where you could spend most of your time while in Split. Don’t expect a palace though, nor a museum – this is the city’s living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. A military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace measures 215m from east to west and is 181m wide at the southernmost point, altogether covering 31,000 sq metres.
There are 220 buildings within the palace boundaries, home to about 3000 people. The narrow streets hide passageways and courtyards, some deserted and eerie, others thumping with music from bars and cafes, while the local residents hang out their washing overhead, kids play football amid the ancient walls, and grannies sit in their windows watching the action below. Each street has small signs at its beginning and end marking what you’ll find upon it: bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, and museums. It makes moving around much easier, though one of the best things you can do is get lost in the palace – it’s small enough that you’ll always find your way out easily.
Although mostly empty, save an exhibit or two, the rooms and corridors underneath Diocletian’s Palace exude a haunting timelessness that is well worth the price of a ticket. The cellars, filled with stands selling souvenirs and handicrafts, open onto the southern gate.
At this stellar art museum, you’ll see a comprehensive, well-arranged collection of works by Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s premier modern sculptor, who built the gallery as a personal residence from 1931 to 1939. Although Meštrović intended to retire here, he emigrated to the USA soon after WWII. Don’t miss the nearby Kaštelet , a fortress that Meštrović bought and restored to house his powerful Life of Christ wood reliefs. Address: Šetalište Ivana Meštrovića 46.
This beachfront cafe is like the locals’ open-air living room, a cult hang-out with great sea views, swimming day and night, “picigin” games and occasional concerts.
Address: Šetalište Petra Preradovića 1b
Locals’ favourite within the palace walls, this low-key joint offers great-quality Dalmatian mainstays that change daily – think calamari, risotto, stuffed peppers – at low prices. It’s fresh home cooking served at the bar inside, or at a couple of benches outside. Service is slow but the food is prepared with care. Address: Kružićeva 3
Split has all the normal global brands and shops and lays claim to having a crazy number of shoe shops. Head to the Palace and you will be able to get your holiday treats. Locally produced olive oil, wine and gourmet cheese can be found at Izvorno, Ule, Judita and other specialty shops in and around the Palace.
For a true local experience visit the open-air market just outside the Palace as well as the adjacent green market selling everything from clothing and jewellery to local foods and hand crafted items. The Podrum, the basement of the Palace, which you can enter directly from the Riva is another place where you can find stalls selling all types of local goods and crafts including paintings and stoneware from Brac, where facing of the White House came from.
Joker, the city’s most upscale mall just behind the Atrium Hotel has lots of boutique and brand name shops, a movie theatre complex (first run films in English!) and the Sky restaurant on the top floor.
The Green Market (Stari Pazar): is situated between the Diocletian palace and the main bus station for city buses, at the market you find fresh vegetables and fruits according to the season, on the market you can also buy products like cheese, Rakija, wine, olive oil, but that not all, in the small street allocated around the green market you have shops full of souvenirs, “cheap clothes”, bags, sunglasses etc. Here you can read more about the green market in Split
Split is unusually rich in art and culture. Naranca, Zitnik, Botteri and other galleries in the Palace have a rich array of everything from high quality graphics and hand-made jewellery to paintings. The new Gallery of Art, just outside the Palace near the main post office, should have a museum shop open this year, another good place to bring home some memories.
Split’s only megaclub overlooks the harbour from the 1st floor of the ferry terminal, with two large dance floors and an outdoor terrace with a bar. It’s quiet on weekdays but fills up with a mixed crowd for concerts and DJ events on weekends. Not cheap. Address: Gat Sv Duje bb
Academia Club Ghetto
House, techno and disco. It’s a club and it goes boom. Good bar with a few cocktails and great place to hang out with locals and tourists. Address: Dosud 10, Split
Split is full of bars to go and drink in. If you can’t find one then you are not in Split!
Split is blessed with being surrounded by beaches and even has one just off the city centre. If you want the definitive list of where the beaches are and how to get there then the link below is the one for you:
Split’s most popular beach is Bačvice which is situated around 1 km from the centre in direction ferry harbour, this sand beach can get very crowded, not only on the beach it selves, but also in the low water where you will find bunches of local and foreign people playing ball games, a very popular game here is picigin, which is a game where you have to keep a small ball in the air using your hands.
Marjan Forest Park covers the westernmost tip of Split Peninsula. It is a green oasis, which has been cherished by the citizens of Split for generations and is considered the ‘lungs of the city.’ It covers a vast area, the size of New York’s Central Park and offers a myriad of activities and sites. There are countless paths which wind through the forests and along the coast, revealing a well-tendered landscape, jagged beaches, vista points, ancient chapels, and even a zoo.
You can take an easy stroll or jog to the peak of Marjan hill, Telegrin, marked by the Croatian flag at 178m above sea level offering breathtaking views over Split and the Adriatic horizon. Alternatively, conduct your Marjan discovery on bike, which you can rent from the Northern Entrance to the park (a.k.a. Marjanska Vrata) for 15KN per hour; there are plenty paved roads and off-road routes to chose from.
Other than endless greenery, some hot spots to discover include:
Sustipan: A peninsula that closes off the city harbour to the west is an old cemetery nestled on a cliff face. It is a popular rock climbing spot for if you have the gear.
Sv. Jere Church: This magnificent little church was constructed into the rock face in 1500; a Croatian version of the Petra of Jordan if you will.
Vidilica Café: Found at the summit of a flight of stairs from taken from the Varoš neighbourhood, here you can sip your coffee while taking in the best city panoramas.
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