Things to do in Split

Forget about Zagreb; move over, Split!

Today, it’s all about Split. As Croatia’s second-largest city and the focal point of the stunning Dalmatia region, this Adriatic gem is climbing the tourist charts with every passing year. Still, despite its increasing popularity, compared to the overrun tourist hubs of Western Europe, Split remains serene, relatively quiet, and rarely crowded.

Known as the second largest city in Croatia, Split is also known for its Venetian architecture, fantastic cuisine, and relatively low-cost attractions. Another bonus? It has almost 2,500 hours of sun per year, making it a perfect destination to travel to all year round.

If you’re on the hunt for the most fun things to do in Split (or the best things to do in Croatia, in general), then look no further.

From adrenaline-pumping rafting, hiking, and canyoning activities to an Old City exploding with cultural and architectural history, not to mention all the nightclubs and Game of Thrones fanfare, the sun-kissed city of Split boasts something for every kind of traveler.

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1 – Stroll through the historic Old Town

Split Old Town

Walk along cobblestoned streets; explore the 1700-year-old Diocletian’s palace, and step inside the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world (Cathedral of Saint Domnius), all within the confines of Split’s charming Old Town.

In between visiting the landmarks, take a break at one of many tourist-adored restaurants, cafes, and bars.

2 – Step back in time at the Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian's Palace, Split

Dating back to 293 AD, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most historically significant buildings in Croatia, and therefore a non-negotiable addition to any history or architecture buff’s list of things to do in Split.

The Roman icon can be explored as a standalone attraction, however, many visitors choose to combine it with a guided Old Town walking tour.

3 – Witness the sparkling hues of the Blue Cave

Blue Cave boat tour from Split

Cameras at the ready, people!

Over on the east side of the tiny island of Biševo, the unequivocally stunning Blue Cave awaits — its radiant tones making for the perfect backdrop of any Dalmatian coast selfie.

While the most popular grotto in the area, it’s far from the only; 25 additional caves scatter Biševo, and the majority of tours will admire at least a handful of them.

The Blue Cave is also included in jet boat tours.

4 – Walk in the shoes of Daenerys Targaryen in the Diocletian’s cellars

Diocletian's cellars, Split

Game of Thrones fans, this one’s for you!

While the walled city of Dubrovnik might get all the GOT attention, Split also boasts a number of immediately recognizable locations.

Remember when Daenerys was locked up in the cellar? And remember where she trained her dragons?

All that took place in the historic Diocletian’s Palace, which doubles in the show as the former slave city of Meereen.

5 – Spend an afternoon at the city’s best beaches

Firule Beach near Split

Being a coastal city blessed by sunshine over 300 days of the year, it should come as no surprise that Split plays host to some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

From white-sand shores with hidden coves, to pebble beaches and popular city beaches lined with bars and restaurants, you’re bound to find the perfect spot to soak up some sun in Split. – there’s something for everyone!

But where to begin? Firule Beach and Kasjuni Beach are two of the most popular spots – for good reason.

The smaller sister of Bacvice Beach (arguably the most popular in the area), Firule Beach is a classic spot that lies just south of Split’s city center, known for its stunning views, shallow and calm crystal-clear waters (ideal for families) and plenty of space for sunbathing.

Kasjuni Beach, Croatia

Then there’s Kasjuni Beach — nested on the southern side of Park Šuma Marjan (a lovely green space when you’re in need of a break from the city), this beautiful spot is known to be rather peaceful, with a beach bar on site if you want to grab a bite or a refreshing drink.

Hunting for something more secluded? Žnjan Beach, the largest beach in Split, is big enough to never be crowded, while Beach Trstenik next door is equally peaceful, with sun loungers to rent and plenty of spots to grab a drink.

Beach Ježinac is considered one of the best swimming spots in Split, and Kaštelet Beach is regarded as one of the area’s prime snorkeling and kayaking spots (but make sure to wear water shoes).

On the sizzling summer days, any of these spots promises a much-needed dose of relaxation.

6 – Take a walk around Republic Square

Republic Square, Split

Also known as Prokurative, Republic Square is a beautiful public gathering space surrounded by stunning neo-Renaissance arches, boasting beautiful views of the sea.

Situated in the heart of Old Town, the square buzzes to life with the many different restaurants and bars located there, as well as the square doubling as a center for public concerts and other shows.

Walk down the steps, and admire the fountain and gardens nearby.

7 – Admire the Saint Domnius Cathedral & Bell Tower

Saint Domnius Cathedral, Split

While its bell tower was added in the 12th century, the main structure of Saint Domnius Cathedral dates back all the way to the year 3 AD, making it the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use.

Tickets to this Croatian icon offer access to the Cathedral, Bell Tower, Crypt, Treasury, Baptistery, and more, usually keeping visitors intrigued a good hour or two.

8 – Go rafting on the Cetina River

rafting on the Cetina River

Combine picturesque scenery with high-octane thrills and non-stop action by cannoning down the Cetina River‘s whitewater.

The Class 2 and Class 3 rapids provide the perfect balance of intensity and relaxation, making this outdoor activity ideal for the whole family.

After tackling the rapids, riders are greeted with a delicious lunch to recharge the batteries.

9 – Hike through the beautiful Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls and forestry in Europe, Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s best-kept secrets.

Ditch the crowds of the city — hike, raft, cruise, swim, or jump into Krka’s crystal clear waters instead!

For the final cherry on top, tours often include a free wine or spirit tasting, sourced from local vineyards.

Check out more fun day trips from Split, many of which make a bonus stop in Sibenik.

10 – Learn about bygone centuries at the Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum, Split

Dating back to 1820, Split’s Archeological Museum proudly boasts the title of the oldest museum institution in Croatia — impressively, its artifacts date back long before then, focusing on local culture during the Middle Ages, between the 7th and 15th centuries.

The educational exhibitions sit within a looming estate-like building, complemented by a charming garden.

11 – Surround yourself with nature in Marjan Forest Park

Marjan Forest Park

Dubbed the “lungs of the city”, the 123-meter-high Marjan hill is a beautiful natural preserve overgrown with trees and entirely surrounded by built-up city life.

Explore its waterways by kayak or paddleboard, and its trails by eco-car or electric bike — for the most popular, calorie-burning option, tackle one of the many scenic hiking routes.

12 – Explore the island of Hvar

Hvar Island boat tour from Split

A popular summer resort home to pristine beaches, lavender fields, 13th-century history, a hilltop fortress, and endless more, there are no shortage of fun things to do in Hvar.

Some tourists prefer to take the ferry and explore at their own pace, however, the most efficient way to tick off multiple attractions is a locally-led tour that also visits Trogir and the Blue Cave.

13 – Get trippy inside Muzej lluzija

Muzej lluzija, Split
Credit to Muzej lluzija

A perfect rainy day activity is a trip to Muzej lluzija (Museum of Illusions), where you’ll be doing double takes as you enter the funky-themed room of fears, walking through the tricky Vortex Tunnel, and looking closely at holograms.

Let your eyes adjust to the optical illusions, and watch your step as you enter the tilted room, and so much more.

Tickets start at 70,000 kn, and opening hours are from 10 am-10 pm.

14 – Snorkel in the Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon boat tour from Split

As the divider between three small islands, the Blue Lagoon is a marine haven regarded as Split’s ultimate swimming and snorkeling location.

Most journeys out to its bright waters also include a stop at the medieval town of Trogir — the perfect back-to-back itinerary for a day outside of mainland Split.

Rent a private speedboat or combine the trip with an onboard wine-tasting experience for that extra special touch.

15 – Put the pedal to the metal at Karting Arena Split

karting in Split

Petrolheads, this one has your name all over it. Officially the biggest go-kart track in the Dalmatia region, stretched across 1500 square meters, the Karting Arena Split is the perfect place for a bit of adrenaline-fuelled indoor fun.

Featuring 16 turns and the advanced AMB MyLaps timing, drift around corners and track your lap times for bragging rights. Open daily until 10 PM in City Center One mall, it’s a must-visit. Starting at €20 for an adult session, it’s also budget-friendly compared to other Split adventures.

Traveling as a large group? For €500 an hour, you can actually rent out the whole track – a great option for bachelor parties.

While you’re there: Thanks to its location inside the City Center One shopping mall, you’re within easy reach of a cinema, a kids’ playroom, and no less than 190 different stores – so it’s best to reserve an entire afternoon.

16 – Visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, Plitvice is a slice of nature beckoning tourists towards its enchanting waters and vast greenery.

For photographers, nature lovers, and hikers, it’s heaven on Earth — for everyone else, it’s still one of the best things to do near Split, without a doubt.

17 – Sunbake on Brač Island

Brač Island

While less popular than the likes of Hvar and Korcula, the peaceful, beautiful island of Brac is not to be underestimated.

Make sure to spend a couple of hours sunbaking at the horseshoe-shaped Supetar beach, next to the island’s vibrant main town.

Hikers, don’t miss Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Adriatic islands.

18 – Take a luxury catamaran cruise

catamaran cruise in Split

For one of the most fun things to do in Split, it’s hard to go past a relaxing day on the Adriatic’s warm waters, wading between islands on a luxury catamaran.

Choose from a standalone cruise, focusing on tanning and rejuvenating, or make a day of it with stops at places like Hvar, the Blue Cave, Bol, Brac, or Solta — there’s a customizable itinerary for everyone.

19 – Feel the ultimate thrill: go skydiving!

skydiving in Split

Twisting its way along the Adriatic Sea, the Croatian coastline is a postcard-perfect scene of cliffy shorelines, blue waters, rugged island mountains and stunning islands.

And if you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, then there’s no better way to experience it than from the air — skydiving in Split promises to deliver an unforgettable experience.

For the ultimate thrill, choose a tandem jump, where you’ll be attached to a professional skydiver and tossed out of the Cessna from close to 10,000 feet. Not only do you get some incredible views of Split and its surrounding islands, but you also get almost a minute of pure freefall prior to gliding your way safely back down to the ground.

Not ready to take the plunge? Then consider one of the scenic flights over the Split region instead

20 – Admire sculptures at the Mestrovic Gallery

Mestrovic Gallery, Split

Dedicated to the collections of the famous 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, the Mestrovic Gallery consistently ranks as one of the top five things to do in Split.

Besides its indoor exhibitions, the sculpture-lined gardens are a work of art in their own right.

Make sure to head to the gallery’s terrace — the incredible ocean views won’t disappoint.

21 – Enjoy tasty Croatian delicacies on a Food tour

food tours in Split

Take a tour around the city, and learn about the history through food like nowhere else on a food tour of Split.

Devour snacks, dishes, and other treats typical of Split, from Pasticada to the traditional Fritule pastry, on a 3-hour walking tour of the city where you’ll also meet the restaurant owners.

Step inside local restaurants, markets, and pastry shops where you’ll try a variety of dishes, desserts, and wine to give you energy for the day.

22 – Explore Split’s scenic waterways by canoe

canoeing in Split

Managing to relax as well as a good workout, canoeing on the rivers around Split is a wonderful way to see the region from a different perspective, away from the run-of-the-mill tourists.

Unless you decide to rent your own kayak and paddle around the beaches, most canoeing experiences will head down the Cetina River — one of the region’s main waterways. As you float your way along, you’ll be greeted by limestone cliffs, blue-green waters and plenty of chances to spot birds and wildlife on the river banks.

While most of the Cetina is calm and peaceful, it’s not without its thrills either. During the summer months, some organized canoe tours will include a few rapids (usually grade II whitewater) and short drops that are guaranteed to get your heart racing!

Why choose an official tour? Besides not having to worry about any of the logistics, these adventures typically also visit the charming village of Šestanovac, allowing you to experience a little slice of the local culture too.

23 – Zip through Split on a tuk-tuk or rickshaw

tuk tuk city tours in Split

Did you know that you could rent a Tuk Tuk to take you leisurely around Split? For $80 USD, you and your friends can be driven around on a Tuk Tuk to see the sights, from the architecture, nature, and notable sights throughout.

Starting at just €40, Tuk-Tuk city tours are incredibly affordable and provide a unique view of the city from the streets. You can expect to roll through Split’s narrow alleys and main squares, checking off quintessential attractions like the Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral, Marjan Hill and Bacvice Beach – all in a fraction of the time it would take to explore the city on foot.

A more eco-friendly option, electric rickshaw tours in Split follow a similar route, giving you a chance to see spots like the Croatian National Theater and the Marjan Forest Park, passing by buzzing bars and restaurants along the way.

Plus, all tours are operated by local guides who will be more than happy to share their knowledge and personal tips about the city. It’s definitely one of the most fun things to do in Split!

24 – Feel the rumble on an ATV safari

ATV tour in Split

Adventure isn’t typically the first word that comes to mind when we picture Split, which is exactly why so many adrenaline junkies jump for joy when they discover the city’s phenomenal off-roading opportunities.

The thrilling, guided ATV tours explore the valleys, hills, and hidden trails of places like Dalmatia Island and Ciovo Island, regularly leaving guests chuffed.

Continue the thrills by booking a buggy tour, traversing through Split’s stunning nature where lunch may be provided.

25 – Soak up the sun at the city’s top beach clubs

best beach clubs Split

You’re on vacation, after all, so why not give yourself a break, knock back a couple of drinks, and soak up the sun on one of Split’s gorgeous beaches? Adored by international partygoers, there are several beach clubs dotted across the coastline that combine music with strong cocktails and delicious snacks.

So, where do we start? A recent addition to the area, Joe’s Beach Lounge & Bar at Kašjuni Beach is easy to get to, with a ton of sunbeds, cabanas, and activities.

Down at Split’s most famous beach, Bačvice, the appropriately named Beach & Booze boasts live DJs, a diverse cocktail menu, and plenty of pub-style grub to tie you over.

Prefer something more relaxed? Over at the Radisson Blu Hotel, the Mistral Beach Bar at Trstenik Beach offers a calmer atmosphere, with an excellent restaurant on-site. But definitely keep an eye on the calendar, because when Mistral decides to throw a proper beach party, things can get pretty wild!

Keep in mind: most of the beach clubs are only open during the summer, from roughly mid-May to the end of October. If you’re visiting outside of these months, check out some of Split’s best bars instead.

26 – Go canyoning on the Cetina River

canyoning on the Cetina River

The canyon walls of the Cetina River soar up to 180 meters high and continue to be shaped by millions of years of crashing whitewater.

But this is no outdoor museum, folks — this is a thrill-seeker’s paradise.

Visitors with nerves of hardened steel abseil down the cliffs and wade through the rapids on the almost 3-kilometer-long crusade. Adventure enthusiasts, lock this one in!

27 – Zipline in the Kozjak Mountains

zipline in the Kozjak Mountains

Boasting six ziplines combining for over 2500 meters worth of high-speed thrills, plus a 90-meter-long suspension bridge (hold on tight!), the Kozjak Mountains are an outdoor adventure utopia!

Besides the obvious adventure draws, the mountains also dish up stellar views of Split and the sparkling sea beyond.

28 – Take a day trip to the beautiful Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Explore a full-day trip to the city of Dubrovnik from Split, where you’ll get to step through the 16th-century fortifications to explore the beautiful coastal city, indulge in the Mediterranean-inspired food, and see sights like the Sponza Palace and Dominican Monastery.

Take a 3-hour journey on an air-conditioned bus, as you take in sights from the breathtaking coastal drive.

29 – Hop between the Pakleni Islands

Pakleni Islands boat tour from Split

Just below Hvar, the Pakleni Islands are picture-perfect destinations booming with fantastic restaurants, secluded beaches, and eclectic beach bars.

However, jumping between them independently can be tricky (unless you’re willing to hire a private boat).

Most travelers choose to simplify the adventure by joining a tour and relaxing on the bow of a smooth-sailing catamaran instead.

30 – Check out giant torpedoes at the Croatian Maritime Museum

Croatian Maritime Museum, Split

Sitting within a 17th-century fort, the Croatian Maritime Museum presents centuries worth of Adriatic marine heritage, with exhibits and artifacts spanning the prehistoric era to WW2, all the way up to modern times.

The submarine section is notably impressive, likewise the torpedo display and the sublime views of Split from the deck.

31 – Embark on a bike tour

bike tours in Split

Ditch the crowds of tourists!

Explore the history, nature, and culture of the Mediterranean pearl on two wheels instead, traversing through lesser-known locales with stops at underrated landmarks.

Slow-paced tours operate throughout the city’s islands, historic mainland, and along the picturesque coasts, often including tastings at a winery, ice creamery, or brewery too.

32 – Rent a boat and sail around the Adriatic at your own pace

boat rentals in Split

When people think Croatia, nine out of ten picture sun-soaked boat parties (the other probably pictures King’s Landing). And while you’ve got no shortage of high-energy, boozy boat tours leaving from Split, there’s nothing wrong with something a little more relaxed.

If you’re looking to take things at your own pace, why not rent your own boat for the day? You can take your pick from luxury speedboats or sailboats, or even a vessel that comes with your own private crew and captain.

With all the provided, all you have to do is pack your snacks and drinks for the day, decide on an itinerary, and enjoy that glorious sun!

Not sure where to go? Each of the nearby islands (Brac, Drvenik, Hvar, Solta and Vis) presents as relaxing spot away from the crowds, all full of hidden bays and beaches. Or, check out some of the more notable landmarks like the Golden Horn, Pakleni Islands, Blue Cave, Green Cave, or Blue Lagoon.

33 – Scale the Perun Cliff face on Split’s Via Ferrata

via ferrata in Split

If you’re on the hunt for a unique and spectacular adventure in Split, look no further than its Via Ferrata. Explore mountain trails and wild forests and strap on your harness and helmet for a fun-packed climbing experience.

Join a professional instructor and ascend the 300 meters to the top of the Perun cliff face where you’ll see impressive views of the Adriatic Sea and the historic church of St Jure.

34 – Taste the region’s wide variety of homegrown wines

wine tasting tours in Split

Croatia’s wine history, spanning centuries, may not match Italy or France’s fame, but its quality is impeccable. Crisp white lovers should try Pošip, Maraština, and Debit, while red aficionados will enjoy Babić or Plavac Mali grapes.

Just a short drive from the city reveals myriad wineries, including standout options like Bedalov, Matela, Vuina, and Mimica. If venturing to Krka National Park, don’t miss Bibich Winery.

Pro tip: Avoid the hassle of driving back from a winery with a few too many tastings, and opt for one of the numerous wine tours that depart daily from Split. These excursions showcase the region’s finest vineyards, offering a deep dive into Croatian wine culture.

35 – Sample authentic Croatian fare at the city’s top restaurants

Zinfandel Food and Wine bar, Split
Credit to Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar

Foodies, this one is for you. Boasting everything from fine dining establishments to hole-in-the-wall eateries, street food vendors and a smattering of food and wine tours, Split is a gastronomic heaven on earth.

While there are numerous Michelin-recommended restaurants like ZOI and Konoba Fetivi, start at Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar in Split’s heart. It boasts Croatian wines, delectable homemade pasta, and vegan choices.

Regarded as the city’s top pizza spot, Basta Bar wows with its cliffside ocean views. Locals and tourists flock here not only for the pizza but the ambiance as well (tip: reserve early).

Dvor restaurant, Split

For quality meals at good prices, Dvor is your destination. A short walk from Old Town, this eatery offers Mediterranean dishes and delicious desserts, all with a picturesque sea backdrop.

Pinching pennies? Rizzo Sandwiches, Tavern Tri Volta and Kantun Paulina are all excellent value for money. On the flipside, if you’re happy to splurge, then Konoba Nikola Stobrec, Sug and Zrno Soli, with their fresh seafood and fine wines, are some of the best upscale restaurants in town.

And if there’s still room for dessert, then make your way over to Luka’s Ice Cream and Cakes – a beloved joint just behind the Croatian National Theater.

36 – Spend a day at Mostar and the Kravice Waterfalls

Kravica waterfalls day trip from Split

Just a two-hour drive from Split sits one of Central Europe’s most underrated small cities: Mostar, home to the iconic Old Bridge and the gateway to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s breathtaking Kravice Waterfalls.

Resembling a condensed version of Plitvice, without all the obnoxious crowds, Kravica remains one of the continent’s best-kept natural secrets.

On the way there, you may stop by the Catholic holy site of Medjugorje to see Apparition Hill.

37 – Visit the Klis Fortress (‘Meereen’ in Game of Thrones)

Klis Fortress

Another intriguing Game of Thrones location (Meereen), this medieval fortress towers 360 meters above the town of Klis, boasting a breathtaking contrast of city and sea.

A number of GOT-themed tours operate throughout the Split region, allowing keen fans to tick off all of the film sets in just one hassle-free afternoon.

38 – Get back to nature while windsurfing at Omiš

windsurfing in Split

The clear verdant waters of the Omiš Coastline offer some of the best windsurfing in Croatia. The coastline is blessed with shallow waters, sandy bays and the powerful Mistral winds that blow throughout the summer months.

Take a windsurfing lesson and try out this unique and action-packed sport for yourself. Just a short trip from Split, Omiš is a windsurfing paradise for first-timers and fanatics alike.

39 – Go sea kayaking on the Adriatic!

kayaking on the Adriatic sea

With allocated time for cliff jumping, snorkeling, and unwinding along the way, a kayaking adventure between the Adriatic Islands promises to be a wonderful day in the sun for travelers of all ages.

Explore the world within the Adriatic Sea on a scuba diving experience, swimming 6 meters below sea level.

Whether your journey takes you through the Marjan forest, Bacina lakes, Cetina River, or along the Makarska Riviera, expect nothing but amazing memories!

40 – Watch a movie under the stars at Open Air Cinema

Open Air Cinema, Split

Select through a variety of films, from national to international at the Open Air Cinemas, located right beside the sea in the city center.

Spend an evening with your friends or partner watching a movie, many of which are offered in Croatian and in English either dubbed or with subtitles.

Tickets are available for purchase online, as well as the movie selections currently playing. If bad weather ruins the evening plans, the cinema will reschedule or refund you.

41 – Dive into underwater wonders with an exciting scuba diving adventure

scuba diving in Split

Split boasts narrow streets, a rich history and a vibrant cafe culture. However, beneath the Adriatic’s surface, just off the coast, lies a whole other world teeming with marine life, attracting divers worldwide, thanks to its 30+ nearby dive sites.

From intriguing wrecks like Wreck Poja to mesmerizing caves such as the Blue Cave, there’s a myriad of underwater adventures.

Never dived before? There are plenty of beginner-friendly sites in the area, as well as courses and dive shops that will help you get up to speed, making sure you learn breathing techniques, underwater hand signals and safety processes before you get in the open water.

On the flipside, if you’re a seasoned diver looking for something more advanced, then the Lucice Cave or RT Kabal sites should be high on the list.

42 – See ancient ruins at Salona

The Roman ruins of Salona, Solin

Overflowing with Roman and Medieval history, ancient ruins, and remarkable stories of creation and destruction, Salona is an easy, worthwhile day trip from Split.

The Amphitheater, which was rumored to formerly host 20,000 spectators, plus the Hollow Church, are merely two of the countless ancient landmarks spread across this notable city.

43 – Discover the Adriatic coast on a jet ski

jet skiing in Split

Take a jet ski tour from Split and get to know the Adriatic coastline in a unique, action-packed way. Explore the clear crystal waters at your own pace, and visit the Split Archipelago’s nearby islands and their picturesque secluded bays. Enjoy a full-day or half-day tour or opt for a romantic sunset cruise. Jetski tours in Split are an unforgettable way to beat the summer heat!

44 – Go slow on Šolta Island

Solta Island near Split

A relatively untouched island so close to Split that it’s basically considered a suburb, Solta  — a coastal oasis packed with a handful of charming villages — provides a go-slow approach to Mediterranean life and a visible change of pace compared to the mainland.

Maslinica is a sailing town worthy of a postcard, while Stomorska boasts a promenade full of restaurants, cafes, and shops.

45 – Hop between the city’s lively bars

best bars in split

While the beaches and the food attract most of the international spotlight, dive below the surface and you’ll find that Split has a thriving entertainment scene as well. Nowhere is that more evident than its wide spread of bars – speakeasies, jazz bars, Irish pubs, and everything in between.

For something a little more sophisticated (think: handcrafted cocktails and low-lit interiors), make sure to check out the Bar Veneranda, where you can enjoy a range of Croatian and international flavors.

Take your pick from Teraca Vidilica, a Marjan Park crowd favorite that dishes up great views and food to boot; Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar, which boasts one of the largest selections of beer in all of Split; the bohemian Academia Ghetto Club, the rakija-full Split Circus, and the café-club Clo Bar are all great options to wet your whistle.

Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar, Split

For some smooth grooves and a relaxed atmosphere, head on over to Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar. Located in the heart of the old town inside the famous Diocletian’s Palace, this cozy bar is well-known for its live music, sublime cocktails, specialty Croatian liqueurs, and shelves of unusual books to peruse.

Also found in the Diocletian’s Palace, Charlie’s Bar welcomes hordes of international tourists looking to let their hair down, with extended happy hours, live music, and an unbeatable atmosphere.

46 – Walk in the footsteps of pro athletes at Poljud Stadium

Poljud Stadium, Split

Built back in 1979, this 34,000-seat stadium has long been considered one of Split’s top landmarks.

Tucked away on the northern side of the Split peninsula, just over 20 minutes walk (or a 10-minute drive) from the historic town center, the stadium primarily hosts Hajduk Split football matches, but also international games, festivals, and concerts.

Even off-season (August-May), visitors can partake in stadium tours, exploring trophy rooms and learning its history. For a thrill, try the Skywalk and Rope Swing experience.

Nearby is the Archaeological Museum, offering a glimpse into ancient history within a picturesque setting.

47 – Make your way over to Vis Island

Vis Island near Split

If you’re planning an island-hopping adventure in Split (which you absolutely should), Vis — a little-known natural paradise for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking — is an essential addition to the itinerary.

Choose a tour that combines Vis with Hvar and the Blue Cave for a truly unforgettable day.

48 – Take a day trip from Split to Trogir

Trogir day trip from Split

An always-popular day trip from Split, the medieval town of Trogir blends oceanside beauty with intriguing architectural history.

With so many of its original buildings still standing — including Hellenistic structures, Romanesque churches, and the stone city walls — it’s no surprise that Trogir’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

parasailing in Split

Visit the beautiful beaches on the Trogir Riviera – just 30 minutes away from Split – and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins. Alternatively, glide high above the shimmering Adriatic Sea and glimpse the best that the Dalmatian Coast has to offer.

The perfect adventure sport for chilled-out thrills, parasailing offers an exhilarating experience like no other. Enjoy parasailing alone, or with up to two of your friends for the ultimate group experience!

49 – Walk along the Riva Waterfront

Riva Waterfront, Split

One of the best things to do in Split, especially on a toasty summer’s day, is to stroll down the vibrant and lively Riva promenade.

The walkway — which offers up never-ending views of Croatia’s idyllic coastline — runs the entire length of Old Town, lined with some of Split’s most celebrated restaurants, cafes, and nightlife destinations.

50 – Check out Froggyland, one of the wackiest museums on Earth

Froggyland Museum, Split

Amphibians, meet humans. Humans, meet amphibians. Of all the fun things to do in Split, Froggyland is categorically the most bizarre.

The fascinating attraction displays a collection of over 500 stuffed, weirdly-cute frogs living their lives as pretend humans, attending courtrooms, ribbitting into musical instruments, and so much more.

And that’s it folks! We hope you have enjoyed our list of fun things to do in Split. Please comment below if you have any other recommendations.

51 – Fight dragons at the Game of Thrones Museum

Game of Thrones Museum, Split

For film and TV fans, a visit to the Game of Thrones Museum should be high atop any bucket list of things to do in Split.

Stroll through the exhibits admiring real costumes, genuine props, and even a giant dragon’s head!

Far from your regular museum, this one uses lighting, music, and scents to create an eerie, unique atmosphere — you’ll feel like you’ve been transported straight to Westeros.

52 – See more of Split in a short amount of time on a segway tour

segway tours in Split

Explore the beautiful sites of Split on a 2-hour long segway tour, rolling through the historic center of Split. Take in the architecture of St. Duje’s Cathedral, learn about the statue of Grgur Ninski, and see more of the city in a relatively short amount of time.

In between sightseeing, you’ll stop for a coffee at a local cafe to refuel, and ask questions to your knowledgeable tour guide.

53 – Level up your wakeboarding at Split’s scenic beaches

wakeboarding in Split

Wakeboard straight from the beach at Split’s purpose-built wakeboarding park, just 20 minutes outside the city. The five-tower towing system means you don’t need a boat to pull you and the park’s location on a private beach offers the most fun and natural wakeboarding experience.

There’s a selection of jumps and kickers to try making it fun for first-timers and experienced riders alike.

If you love wet and wild watersports, Split has all the bases covered.

54 – Wet your whistle with a beer-tasting experience

beer tastings in Split

Feeling thirsty? Home to an underrated beer scene, Split welcomes thirsty tourists with a bounty of craft breweries and bars — Tap B Craft Brewery & Brewpub, The Daltonist Craft Bar, LAB Pivo, Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar, and Mandrill Nano Brewing, to name a few.

And while you can easily hop between some of the city’s revered bars, why not take things to the next level with an official beer-tasting tour? Led by local craft beer experts, these boozy tours take you on a journey around some of the best-hidden pubs, breweries and (occasionally) clubs places in Split.

Not only will you get to taste a handful of local specialties, but you’ll also learn all about the brewing techniques and the history of Croatian beer culture along the way!

Hot tip: if you only have a short amount of time in the city, consider booking one of the bike and beer combo tours – you’ll get to ride all over the city, checking off plenty of things on the bucket list, and sample some delicious local craft beers in the process. Cheers!

55 – Do shots of Rakija on a bar-hopping extravaganza

pub crawl in Split

You’re on vacation, after all, so why not let out your wild side and spend a night out on the town?

With so many unique bars, pubs, and clubs, choosing the best spots can be a little tricky (especially when you’re three beers down).

Take the easy route: let the experts plan your party, with VIP access and unlimited drinks sure to liven up any night!

It’s one of the easiest ways to meet fellow travelers and step outside your comfort zone.

56 – Ride glowing stand-up paddleboards at night

night glow stand up paddle tour in Split
credit to Adriatic Sup

Stand-up paddleboarding during the day is calming; stand-up paddleboarding under the moonlight is magical!

Thanks to the board-mounted LED lights, not only is your path illuminated by enchanting colors, but you’ll also be able to spot vibrant fish skirting beneath the surface as you slowly glide across the Split’s charming waterfront.

57 – Embark on a romantic sunset cruise

sunset cruises in Split

The Adriatic coast is stunning any time of day; but in Split, where the orange-topped buildings contrast against the deep blue sea, dusk only manages to amplify the beauty.

Seriously romantic, a sunset cruise is the perfect way to take it all in, combining breathtaking views of the city and Mount Marjan with the golden-hour sky.

And with a handful of different companies offering different sunset vibes, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. For something relaxing, opt for a sunset sail with live music, or (if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks) a private sail.

Alternatively, for something a little more adventurous, you’ve got sunset snorkeling tours on the menu too. If sightseeing is the aim of the game, it’s hard to go past a Brac Island and Sutivan Village sunset sail; and if you’re after a more high-energy boat party, you’ll find no shortage of open-bar night cruises.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll have a crew and captain on hand to take care of all the logistics – all you need to do is sit back and soak up the late afternoon glow.

58 – Party it up at the city’s top nightclubs

Vanilla Club party in Split

Once you’ve explored Split’s bars, it’s time to take the party up a notch at the city’s clubs. Scattered mostly throughout Bacvice, Old Town, and Poljud, these venues offer diverse vibes and music genres, from top-40 to EDM. Whatever your preference, Split’s nightlife has you covered.

Easily one of the most popular clubs in town is Vanilla. With a huge terrace ideal for summer nights, (relatively) cheap drinks, and a mix of both locals and tourists, there’s arguably no better venue for dancing into the wee hours of the morning.

Just a few minutes away from Diocletian’s Palace, Central Club (an electro-house hotspot housed inside a former cinema) can hold over 1,000 people – all of whom are always in awe of the go-go dancers and acrobats strutting down the catwalks.

Academia Club Ghetto, Split

Velvet, open from 11 PM to 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays, is another of the city’s swankiest and most famous nightclubs. The elegant spot has a big dance floor; a live DJ playing all sorts of music, and regular themed parties.

Somewhat of a hidden gem, tucked away on the second floor of an office block, the Quasimodo Club is known for its indie gigs and DJ nights, regularly welcoming Croat and Balkan bands – arguably, it’s the best place to soak up the local music scene.

And while many consider it a bar, we can’t forget about the artistic Academia Club Ghetto on Dosud Street, a bohemian watering hole with a distinctly underground club feel.

How to get to Split?

There are various ways that you can get to Split, whether it’s by plane, ferry, train, or car. The main airport in Split is called Split Airport (Resnik Airport – SPU).

To get to Split city center from the airport, you can get a shuttle bus, which takes 30 minutes to arrive, or you can book an airport transfer in Split which takes around 20 minutes and starts around $15 USD one way.

Where to stay in Split?

Located in the heart of Split is the historic and beautiful Hotel Vestibul Palace & Villa, offering guests elegance and top hospitality. Enjoy the mix of modern amenities with historic details like exposed rock walls and even inquire about their exclusive shuttle bus services.

Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence offers a perfect stay for couples looking for a peaceful escape near the Adriatic Sea. Feel the refreshing and healing ambiance in the bright interiors of the hotel, and welcome every morning with a cup of coffee on your terrace. Make sure to stop by the rooftop pool, showing an expansive view of the beaches nearby.

Plan to stay at Hotel Agava Split, only a few feet away from the beautiful Republic Square, as well as the stunning Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy the Italian-inspired continental breakfast every morning, and the sea or mountain views from your room. Split airport is only 27 kilometers away from this hotel.

Visiting Split on a budget?

Looking for a way to enjoy the city for free? Consider booking a free walking tour in Split, where you’ll walk alongside a local guide and other curious travelers, learning about the historic significance of the city center, as well as learning the streets of the city for your own adventures.

Additionally, you can ask your guide questions and recommendations on the best restaurants which is a bonus!

Where to go next?

After ticking off all of the diverse activities Split has to offer, why not make your way down the Adriatic coast and explore some of Croatia’s other incredible destinations? So long as you have a few days spare, there’s plenty to see and do down here – both on the coast and inland.

If you’re short on time, it’s only 40 minutes by car to the charming UNESCO-listed town of Trogir. Nestled on a small island between mainland Croatia and Čiovo, this charming ancient city spans centuries of history, boasting a well-preserved Old Town with quaint Roman and Renaissance architecture scattered throughout its winding alleys. If you’re looking for things to do in Trogir, then the St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower, The Chapel of Ivan Orsini, and the handful of Game of Thrones (Qarth) locations should be high on the list.

A little further afield, accessible only by a lovely boat ride (about 70 minutes by ferry), the beautiful island of Hvar is another spot definitely deserving of a visit. Besides some of the most stunning beaches in the region (case in point: Plaža Dubovica and Beach Mina), when it comes to things to do in Hvar, the Hvar Lavender Fields and Fortica Fortress are quintessential.

If you drive 2 hours north from Split, you’ll reach Zadar, a seaside city renowned for its Roman and medieval ruins. The city’s most iconic feature (and the most popular of the things to do in Zadar) is the world-famous Sea Organ – a musical instrument that produces ambient tunes activated by the movement of ocean waves. At night, make sure to stroll the People’s Square, brimming with life, food, music, and top street entertainment.

Of course, we can’t forget about Dubrovnik. From nature to city life and incredible food, there are a ton of things to do in Dubrovnik. The Game of Thrones filming locations are an obvious highlight, including the Red Keep and the Pile Gate, but if you’re after adventure, be sure to take in the sweeping views of the city from the Mount Srd cable car.

Finally, if you plan on venturing inland, there’s no shortage of things to do in Zagreb either. About 4 hours drive from Split, the nation’s capital offers a delightful blend of rich Croatian history, stunning architecture, and a bustling city atmosphere.

Collecting passport stamps? Cross the border with a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, starting with the bustling capital of Sarajevo. Wander down the historic Ferhadija Street, walk through the Sarajevo War Tunnel, and grab a cup of famous Bosnian coffee – just a handful of the most popular things to do in Sarajevo.

Be sure to consider other possibilities by checking out the multi-day trips from Split, a hassle-free and comfortable way to see more of the country.

Final thoughts

From the stunning Diocletian’s Palace to the natural marvels of the Blue Caves on the east side of the island of Biševo, and scrumptious Mediterranean classics at the seaside restaurant of Dvor, we can guess that you’re ready to “split” and visit Split once and for all.

We hope that you enjoyed our list of the fun things to do in Split and that you’ve gotten a few more ideas to add to your bucket list.

Happy travels!

Evan Bryce Riddle is a versatile and ambitious content producer whose passion for globetrotting runs deep. When he’s not crafting travel content, Evan is the Content Executive at Australia’s leading digital marketing agency, managing end-to-end video production and written content to build brands to 7 and 8 figures. Evan has also spearheaded content for world-leading digital media channels (TheRichest, TheTravel), written multiple published books, photographed weddings, and hosts the coveted MegaMinds podcast – a handful of highlights from his 10+ year content and marketing career. Where does the love for travel come from? Born in Melbourne, Australia but having grown up in Hollywood, Evan fell in love with international jetsetting from a young age. Fast forward to today and he’s visited 30+ countries, highlighted by a 4-year stint in vibrant Montreal.