You only have one day in Split / Croatia and still don’t want to miss any things to do and highlights during your city trip? No problem at all with the travel tips and BIG5 checklists from JOURNICATION! This Split travel guide shows you with maps the route to the best places within the beautiful city on the Dalmatian Coast. In addition to my personal experience report, you will receive recommendations on the best hotels, restaurants and photo spots in Split and an overview of the costs. You will see, in 24 hours in Split, there are more sights to discover than just the Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral. Let’s go for a perfect day in Split in 2021!
What are the best Things to do in Split?
The highlights of Split at a glance
I have summarized the Split sights and the circular route for you in addition to the BIG5 in an overview map:
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If you don’t want to take care of everything yourself, just enjoy your vacation and still don’t want to miss any sights in Split and its surroundings, great tours are offered locally:
The BIG5 Things to do in Split for one day
Split is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast. After the capital Zagreb, Split is the second largest city in the country and the most important city in Dalmatia. Find out here why a trip to the metropolis on the Adriatic is worthwhile. We have summarized the highlights and most popular attractions as BIG5 for you!
Start your perfect day in Split in the beautiful old town. Bright houses, palm trees, the Mediterranean climate, winding streets and historically significant buildings on every corner: a dream! Like Dubrovnik, the very well-preserved Old Town is completely listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Split: Visit the Diocletian’s Palace
Diocletian’s Palace is one of Split’s oldest buildings – and still exudes imperial splendor!
He came, saw, and fell in love with the city! The Roman emperor Diocletian chose Split as his retirement home and decided to spend the rest of his life right here – still today absolutely understandable decision, right? For this purpose he had one of the most beautiful palaces of that time and today built. Since 1979 Diocletian’s Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The palace is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world – a highlight that you should not miss!
Marvel at the Cathedral of St. Domnius
In the immediate vicinity of Diocletian’s Palace is the Cathedral of St. Dominius.
In the past, the cathedral served as the mausoleum for Emperor Diocletian and his wife. The imposing tower still dominates the cityscape of Split.
Things to do in Split: The Golden Gate
Enter the old town of Split through the large Golden Gate.
Like many other buildings, the Golden Gate dates back to the Roman times, when the “Porta Aurea” (Latin for Golden Gate, you could have thought of it by yourself ;-)) was one of the most important, if not THE most important city gate of the Croatian coastal city.
If you need a little more luck in your life – and surely somehow every one of us does, right? – then you should definitely stroke the big toe of the 8-meter tall statue of Gregory of Nin. This masterpiece is owed to one of the most famous Croatian sculptors, Ivan Meštrović, and is located right in front of the imposing Golden Gate.
Stroll along the seaside promenade Riva
What would a visit to a coastal city be without a walk along the sea? Split is famous for its seaside promenade Riva. Take a relaxed stroll in front of the walls of the old town, unwind with a cup of coffee and look at the impressive sailboats in the harbor. The impressive Old Town may be the center and heart of Split, but the Riva promenade is its soul.
Climb the hill of the forest park Marjan
Looking for a green oasis away from the hustle and bustle and crowds in the old town? And a great view over Split and the Adriatic Sea? Then the Marjan Forest Park is the right place for you! Here you can really relax and work off those delicious scoops of ice cream – or make room for the delicious Croatian cuisine in the evening.
You are already thinking about how nice it would be to live here? Then you should definitely take a look at this website. Get inspired by Emperor Diocletian: Split as a permanent residence? Surely not a bad idea…
Other destinations in Croatia and the Balkans
Split is a perfect starting point for exciting day trips:
You want to discover more dream destinations for a city break on the coast of Croatia? Then I recommend you the following articles:
Interested in a Balkan road trip? Check here: Balkans Road trip – Incredibly versatile adventure