Split, Croatia: What To Do & See

European Travel Destination: Split, Croatia

So Split is the second largest city in Croatia and I have to say I thought it was infinitely cooler than Zagreb. Sue me. There’s just something about being near the water in the summertime that makes a place seem magical.

The port city of Split, Croatia

Everything was literally as blue as it seems in these photos. The water, the sky, everything! When people ask me the most beautiful place I have ever traveled to, I always say Croatia. It’s unlike any other place on Earth and the people are so friendly and helpful.

We were only in Split for a few hours because this is where you catch the ferry to Hvar Island. We were here for about half of a day and got to explore some of the major landmarks but there is SO much more to do than what is outlined in this post.

I was really happy that we got to visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius (below), it’s an amazing building from ancient Roman times. Split actually used to be a walled-in city but now it is all in ruins. If you’re interested in the history of the place, it’s certainly worth the read. As an American, I feel like I missed out on the rich history of most foreign countries and being able to travel to these places really sparks curiosity in me to get to know the places I’ve traveled.

Cathedral of St. Domnius in Split, Croatia
Cathedral of St. Domnius in Split, Croatia

The port city of Split, Croatia

The port city of Split, Croatia

The port city of Split, Croatia

ALL of the buildings have these amazing red roofs that look so vibrant from up above the city.

The port city of Split, Croatia

And there are sailboats EVERYWHERE. Although we didn’t get to do a lot of these activities in Split due to lack of time, below are some cool sights to see and places to visit:

The port city of Split, Croatia
Part of the Eastern Gate
The port city of Split, Croatia
Clock Tower
The port city of Split, Croatia
Clock Tower again, you can climb the stairs to the top and get an AMAZING view of the city and the sea.

The port city of Split, Croatia

The port city of Split, Croatia

Ugh, such amazing architecture all around. Like I said, we were in Split just a few hours before taking a ferry to Hvar Island (post coming soon!). Here’s a few things to note if you are planning on taking a ferry to any of the islands:

  • The Port Authority is actually very helpful and made sure that we were on the correct ferry to get to the island we were looking for.
  • If you have a car, there are some guys at the Port who seem very sketchy and as if they will take your car and sell it for parts while you are gone. THEY WILL NOT. These men work for the city and are there to ensure that your car is actually in a designated spot. They work quickly and don’t know much English and I think that’s why it seems unsafe to some travelers, but I assure you that your car will be fine. See this site for more details and pictures on the area that is safe to park in.

The port city of Split, Croatia

I wish we would have had more time in Split but we did see some beautiful sights while we were there. This concludes post #3 of my Croatian adventures…Krka National Park and Hvar Island to come! If you haven’t had the chance to take a peek at my posts on Plitvice National Park or Zagreb, you definitely should!

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