Split for a Day
We were traveling to the island of Vis in Croatia and the only path there leads through the beautiful city of Split. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and lies in Central Dalmatia, right on the coast. It is a transport hub with many ferries departing from the harbor to the surrounding islands. We were eager to hit the beaches in Vis so only planned one full day in Split but we could have easily spent more time there.
We booked a cheap easyjet flight from Berlin to Split and landed in the evening. We were able to redeem a free night through hotels.com at Guesthouse Pjaceta for our accommodation and arranged a transfer service from the airport to hotel. The guesthouse had a great location right in the old town and very friendly service from the staff. The building was very old so the rooms were on the smaller side but the location couldn’t be beat. They also own a café on the first floor where we enjoyed a nice glass of cold white wine to start our vacation.
We set out the next morning to see what the city had to offer. We enjoyed walking around the old town and seeing the old buildings and the beautiful central square. It was a hot day outside but there were many narrow alleys providing shade and all the stone houses gave a cooling effect.
The old city is built around Diocletian palace, an old roman palace. We walked around the ruins and admired the bell tower.
We stumbled across a little street market filled with locals buying very fresh looking fruits and vegetables. We had to sample a peach and were not disappointed. It was delicious!
The main seafront promenade is called the Riva and is lined with restaurants and bars although they mostly seemed to be catering to tourists so we didn’t stop. We walked along the promenade to the marina. We had never seen so many impressive yachts congregated together in one place. One yacht even had a private helicopter!
The marina also had many places to eat or drink. Of course since it was so warm, we had to sit down and enjoy a cold beer while looking out at the boats and the Adriatic Sea.
We left the next morning on a 2-hour ferry ride to Vis. We enjoyed our time in Split and would definitely return to explore some more of the city and the region. If you are planning on visiting some Croatian islands and have to pass through Split, try and stay at least a day…you won’t regret it!