What To Do In Split In 3 Days? – The Ultimate Itinerary

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If you’re looking for an amazing city in the Balkans to visit, Split in Croatia is definitely worth considering! I recently spent three days there and loved every minute of my stay. Split is a beautiful coastal city in Croatia with plenty to do. In this blog post, I will share my top recommendations for what to do in Split in 3 days.

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In just three days, you can explore everything that this beautiful city has to offer. From exploring ancient ruins to indulging in traditional Croatian dishes and relaxing at the beach, your trip to Split will be one that you’ll never forget! So let’s dive right in and find out what this beautiful coastal city has to offer.

Day 1: Exploring Split’s Old Town

Split is a city full of history and culture, with plenty to explore in just three days. The first day though will all be about getting an overview of the city by visiting some of its biggest attractions. From the ancient Diocletian’s Palace to the beautiful Riva Promenade, there’s something here that will make your trip unforgettable already on your first day. So come along and let’s explore what Split has to offer on this first day!

Diocletian’s Palace (Morning) 

Start your day off with a bang and visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia. This is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD that now forms about half the old town of Split. The complex was built on a peninsula six kilometers southwest of Salona, and it is amazing to walk through this living museum where history meets modern life.

If you want to understand this unique site better, take a 90-minute walking tour or just wander around aimlessly and admire the white limestone walls and its maze of streets filled with trendy boutiques and eateries.Built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the Turn of the Fourth Century AD

For those who are interested in religious sites, there is also Saint Dominus Cathedral which has combined tickets available at 45 Kuna (about 6 USD) granting access to the Cathedral itself, its Crypt, Treasury, and Jupiter’s Temple.

In summer, at noon each day, you’ll even be greeted by Croatian students dressed as Roman centurions performing an elaborate reenactment of the Roman changing of the guards with Diocletian and his wife Priska flanked by their Praetorian Guard, a spectacle you shouldn’t miss!

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Riva Promenade (Afternoon)

After a pleasant morning of exploring Diocletian’s Palace in Split, there are plenty of things to do in the afternoon. If you’re looking for some relaxation, I highly recommend you take a stroll along the Riva Promenade.

The promenade is lined with cafes, bars, and restaurants, all offering beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. Here you can just sit back, relax, and soak in the beautiful surroundings. It’s the perfect spot to grab a refreshing beverage, people-watch, and perhaps even enjoy the delicious local cuisine in one of the many cafes and restaurants.What to Do in Split in 3 Day - Take a Stroll Along the Riva Promenade

As the afternoon continues, it’s also worth visiting the Green Market, locally known as “Pazar”, for a glimpse into local culture. Here you will find an array of stalls offering fresh produce, aromatic herbs, handmade crafts, and unique souvenirs. Take your time to browse through the stalls, interact with the friendly vendors, and perhaps pick up some fresh fruits or a charming memento to remember your time in Split.

In case you feel more like experiencing some more culture on your first in Split, be sure to visit the Gallery of Fine Arts. It is located inside the grand palace of the Milesi family and contains a collection of Croatian art from the 19th and 20th centuries – an absolute must-see!



Croatian Cuisine and Night Life (Evening)

After a long day exploring Split, I suggest you head to a local restaurant to get a taste of the delicious Croatian cuisine. The city is home to some of the best restaurants serving up traditional Dalmatian dishes like Peka, a signature dish of Dalmatia that consists of meat (usually lamb or veal) and vegetables cooked in an open wood-fired brick oven under a cast iron lid. Other famous Dalmatian dishes are Black Risotto (Crni Rižot), a flavorful dish that is made with squid or cuttlefish ink, which gives it a distinctive black color, and Pašticada, a slow-cooked beef dish marinated in a red wine sauce. Is Home to Some of the Best Restaurants Serving up Traditional Dalmatian Dishes

Recommended by my Airbnb host, I tried these exact dishes in three of the best restaurants in the city (so he said), namely Konoba Laganini, FANTAZIJA kitchen & wine, and Portofino. And what can I say, they were all excellent places to sample these classic dishes. and I couldn’t have been happier with the food, the ambiance, and the overall experience!

After dinner, you take a leisurely walk down the promenade to admire the stunning views and listen to live music from street performers. Alternatively, I you would like to have a bit more action, you can choose to venture into one of Split’s many clubs and experience its renowned nightlife scene. From beach bars that offer cool drinks on hot summer nights to bustling nightclubs with plenty of dancing opportunities, Split has something for everyone.

Day 2: From History to Hilltops

Welcome to Day 2 of your Split adventure, where you will explore the city and its surroundings. You will check out museums full of history and art, take a stroll up Marjan Hill for stunning views, and relax on the beaches around Split. It’s a day that combines exploration with relaxation – so grab your walking shoes and discover all that Split has to offer!

Archaeological Museum / Mestrovic Gallery (Morning)

The second morning of your trip to Split is an opportunity to explore the city’s art and culture. Start your day by visiting the Archaeological Museum of Split, which is a must-see for anyone interested in history and the ancient past of the region. Just a stone’s throw away from the city center, this museum is home to an incredible collection of artifacts that bring to life Split’s rich archaeological heritage. Take a step inside and you’ll be transported on a journey through time as you explore its diverse exhibits.Mestrovic Gallery Is Dedicated to the Works of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s Most Celebrated Sculptor

A highlight of the museum has to be its remarkable array of Roman sculptures. Be captivated by these masterpieces which have been crafted with such skill and precision, depicting gods, goddesses, and famous figures from Roman mythology and history. You’ll also find a selection of ancient ceramics that provide insight into the daily lives and customs of those who once lived here. I really admired their intricate designs and patterns and especially the stories those pieces tell about Split’s moving history!

If you’re looking to indulge your artistic senses differently, an alternative morning option is to visit the Mestrovic Gallery. Dedicated to the works of Ivan Mestrovic, Croatia’s most celebrated sculptor this museum showcases his extraordinary craftsmanship and deep emotional expression. The gallery also houses a collection of architectural designs which offer an even more comprehensive view into this artist’s creative genius. Soak up the serene atmosphere as you wander through the galleries and gardens around it for a truly unforgettable experience on the morning of Day 2 in Split!

Marjan Hill (Afternoon)

After a morning of discovering Split’s culture, it’s time to dive into its natural beauty and explore Marjan Hill. This forested park is tucked away on the peninsula near the old town and provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. So slip on your walking shoes and prepare for a tranquil hike or stroll through some beautiful trails.

To begin your journey, you can either take a taxi from the Old Town or make a 15-minute walk from Riva Promenade as it is just a short distance away. As you get closer to Marjan Hill, be prepared for some elevation gain – but don’t worry if you’re not feeling too adventurous as there are plenty of great views along the way.What to Do in Split in 3 Days - Walk up Marjan Hill Which Is Tucked Away on the Peninsula Near the Old Town

Once you have arrived at the base of Marjan Hill, head towards St Nicholas Church before turning right onto a staircase that will lead you directly to the viewpoint itself. As you ascend, you’ll be greeted with stunning panoramic views of Split, the Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding islands. And the higher you get, the better the views become! 

Once you conquered the Marjan Hill you either just enjoy the stunning views and head back or pick one of the many trails and keep exploring. There are routes for easy-going walks as well as more adventurous hikes. So whether you’re looking to just relax and capture beautiful photographs from unique perspectives from the top of Marjan Hill or get a bit more action and explore one of the many trails, this place will not disappoint you!



The Beaches of Split (Evening)

As the sun sets on your second day in Split, I suggest you head to the stunning beaches in the city. Bačvice Beach is famous for its lively atmosphere and inviting shallow waters, which are perfect for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea. If you’re looking for something more serene, Kašjuni Beach is located in a tranquil bay surrounded by lush greenery. Dip your toes into the soft golden sand, take a deep breath, and relax as the peaceful ambiance washes away your stress, that’s at least what I did!Bačvice Beach Is Famous for Its Lively Atmosphere and Inviting Shallow Waters

And when night falls, head towards Bačvice beach again where you can find bars and nightclubs offering great music and atmosphere until late. Or for a more relaxed option, visit one of the many waterfront restaurants along Riva Promenade for some delicious food that also offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea by moonlight. There you can wrap up your evening with drinks at an open-air bar or café in the old town center while watching musicians showcasing their talents right on the streets.

Day 3: From Waterfalls to Historic Treasures

On your third and last day in Split, you should take the chance to visit the beautiful surroundings of Split. Two places you shouldn’t miss are the stunning waterfalls of Krka National Park and the medieval town of Trogir. Spend a day uncovering all that this area has to offer and you’re sure to be amazed and finish your trip to Split with unforgettable memories.

Krka National Park (Morning)

On the morning of your third day in Split, you should definitely plan a trip to Krka National Park. This park is one of the natural jewels of Croatia, and it’s only an hour away from Split. Krka National Park is home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. You can find numerous species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals, and more throughout its grounds. But famous is Krka National Park especially for its stunning waterfalls!

Once you arrive at the park, you should spend at least two to three hours exploring and sightseeing. I suggest you take the ferry from Skradin and visit the Skradinski Buk area, which is the most famous spot in the park. These waterfalls tumble into a vast emerald pool and there are trails and viewpoints all around the famous Krka waterfalls. There you can just wander around the paths of the national park, admire the beautiful views and immerse yourself in nature.Krka National Park Is One of the Natural Jewels of Croatia

On your journey, you’ll be able to explore many different trails varying in length and difficulty level so everyone from beginners to experienced hikers can enjoy themselves here without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by their surroundings. 

The best way to get to Krka National Park is by booking a tour, like this top-rated tour which also includes a boat cruise, or you can rent a car and explore the national park all but yourself. If you do so, then you should also make sure to make a stop at this place in the afternoon:

Trogir (Afternoon)

After visiting Krka National Park in the morning, you can head to Trogir in the afternoon, which is a small UNESCO World Heritage town. Take a step back in time and explore the historic old town which is an ideal spot for experiencing Venetian architecture and charming cobblestone streets.

One of the best ways to see Trogir is by taking a guided walking tour. You can learn about the town’s rich history, culture, and architecture from a knowledgeable guide. Alternatively, you can explore the town on your own and discover its hidden gems and local markets.What to Do in Split in 3 Days - Visit Trogir, a Small UNESCO World Heritage Town

I loved just strolling through the city’s narrow alleys which are lined with beautiful buildings, some of them even displaying gorgeous Gothic-style gargoyles!

One of these buildings is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a stunning example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture where you can climb up the bell tower to take in panoramic views of Trogir and its surroundings. You should also visit Kamerlengo Fortress, a 15th-century fortress overlooking the town and sea that features towers, walls, and courtyards to explore.



Relax, Enjoy, Explore (Evening)

On the evening of the third day, you can return to Split and relax or explore any attractions you might have missed during the previous days. If you for example missed visiting the Split City Museum (which, as of May 2023 is still closed but should be re-opened soon), you can stop by on your way back to Split, as it is housed in an impressive Gothic townhouse in the heart of Old Town Split. It’s the best place to visit to get an overall impression of the city and learn about its history in a short space of time (an hour is sufficient).Enjoy a Sunset Cruise to Admire the Beautiful Coastline of Split

If you want to enjoy a unique experience, you can go stand-up paddleboarding during sunset. The tour begins at sunset, and you’ll paddle out and witness a spectacle of orange and pink hues as the sun dips below the horizon. After night falls, you also get to see Split from a different perspective as you take in the panorama of the city’s twinkling lights at dusk.

Alternatively, you can consider enjoying a sunset cruise to admire the beautiful coastline and watch the sun dip below the horizon. Or take a kayak tour while the sun sets, which is what I did and I absolutely loved it!

Where to Stay in Split

Split offers a wide range of accommodations to suit every budget and taste. Here are three highly-rated hotels on Booking.com that I recommend for your stay:

The Old Town Hostel Split is the perfect place you are looking to explore Split without breaking the bank. Located in Diocletian’s Palace, it offers non-smoking rooms and free WiFi, as well as easy access to the People’s Square – Pjaca and Znjan Beach. With prices ranging from 60$ for a bed in a dormitory to 160$ for a room, Old Town Hostel Split offers an ideal solution both for those seeking budget accommodation and an unforgettable experience in Split.

Rooms Base is the best medium-priced accommodation, offering a unique stay in the heart of Split and situated within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access, a computer, flat-screen cable TV, and a fridge. The owners provide sightseeing tours and daily excursions to surrounding towns and islands as well as cycling tours for visitors to explore the area. For convenience, there are numerous bars and restaurants nearby, as well as a grocery store located 150 meters away from Rooms Base.

If money is no issue, then there are plenty of luxury hotels to suit your needs. Palace Judita for example is a luxurious accommodation situated in the heart of Split, next to the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace. Its grandiose rooms feature exposed stone walls, parquet flooring, and elegant furniture, plus an impressive balcony with panoramic views over the square. You can take advantage of free WiFi access, a 24-hour front desk service, onsite room service, and a bar to end your days in style. Rates range from 500$ for the Deluxe Double Room to 1200$ for the Deluxe Suite per night during the holiday season.

Conclusion

If you are planning to visit Split for 3 days, there are many things to do and see. Whether you enjoy history and sightseeing or just looking for a relaxing vacation, you won’t be disappointed with your time spent in this Mediterranean gem.

With its rich historical and cultural heritage, there is plenty to explore. From the Diocletian’s Palace and the beautiful beaches of Bačvice to Marjan Hill Park or the city’s nightlife scene, Split has something for everyone!

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