It’s been a few weeks now since I got back from Croatia, and honestly I don’t know where that time has gone! It has flown by. That’s why I still haven’t gotten all my Croatia travels written down, but hey, the Split photos are here! I loved exploring the city of Split and I didn’t even get round to doing half of what I originally wanted to do. Was a little optimistic there.
Here’s just a snapshot of the 6 reasons why I think you should visit Split. The list would definitely get longer if another visit was on the cards – I can say that for sure!
#1 – Diocletians Palace & The Old Town
One of the most amazing things is that the Palace is all around you. Like it isn’t just a building you walk into. The Palace forms a lot of the Old Town and is just so beautiful to see. Wikipedia describes it as a fortress, and yeah I’d go for that. Walking around, it really feels like you are just walking through history. The buildings are beautiful. I just kept thinking, my dad would really love this. They also had *real* centurions walking about and doing performances.
Something I found quite interesting is that there were signs saying that you couldn’t walk around with no top on. Apparently the police would fine you if spotted. I get it, because at the end of the day it’s a city, a place with restaurants and you’re in and around the Palace, but it’s different to my experiences in other countries! Topless people everywhere usually.
It’s a very beige city, there’s no denying that. The majority of the buildings are this same colour, but each one did have it’s own character. It’s kind of sad really that such a beautiful place like this is so touristy now (and I know, I added to that!) because I can just imagine how lovely it would be when quiet. If I’d have stayed in the centre of Split, I would have gotten up early to do some exploring whilst it was (hopefully) quiet.
#2 – Bell Tower view
I don’t know if I’m remembering correctly, but I’m sure it was 20hrk to go up this tower. That equates to around £2.45 apparently. Well worth it. The tower is high, and you have to climb up on these really rickety feeling metal stairs that can just about fit two people on to allow others down as you go up. It was a bit of a squeeze.
Once at the top, it’s so worth the slightly scary climb. You could see for miles, and get those much-wanted view-from-the-top shots of Split. Those lovely orange rooftops. There may be better views (feel free to give suggestions!) but honestly I was just so blown away by this, it was probably the best part of my trip. I could have stayed up there enjoying the view for hours.
#3 – To Explore The Winding & Hidden Paths
Split reminded me a lot of Venice, in that it was very maze-like. A lot of the alleyways/paths looked similar and you could easily take a turn and be somewhere completely new. Independent shops were dotted about, and we even spotted a Game of Thrones merch shop! Dubrovnik is the main area for Game of Thrones related things, but it was great to at least see something here. I bought my brother a Stark tankard because I’d missed his birthday by being away…
What I like the most about these maze like walkways is that bars, restaurants and shops are just everywhere, and there’s always something new to see. And then you get buildings which are clearly homes, with pretty decorations and doorways up staircases to take them ‘off the street’. There were a few hotels around here, easy access for everything!
#4 – Being by the Coast, and Boats.
Yep. Quite simply, boats. Split is apparently a ‘hub’ in Croatia, and you’ll get a lot of trips or connections going out from the Split harbour. This means there are a lot of super pretty (and MASSIVE) boats about, as well as the option of many trips. We didn’t get the chance to go on any trips, but a boat trip to the blue caves is on my list for next time! I think there’s just something really great about being able to sit by the coast and watch boats coming in and out.
There are some beaches along the coast of Split, but we weren’t close enough to any of them. Plus, I love the idea of beaches but I hate sand so it wasn’t really high on my list of things to do. The best idea seems to be to take a boat to one of the many little islands, like Hvar or Brač.
#5 – Ultra Festival Europe & Boat Party
I’m not into dance music. Or so, I never thought I was. I really enjoyed Ultra. It was so cool to be in a huge stadium, in another country, listening to music and seeing hundreds and thousands of people all from other countries too. There were people from Korea, Australia, Sweden, America – you name the country, there was probably someone there!
It was just a great night, and I really did have fun. We also attended one of the boat parties, and that was great too. A little too long for myself personally, but I enjoyed the views! I’m not a dancer, and well, there was more of that on the boat than there was in the stadium. Glad I did it though!
#6 – The Little Bits of Green
Split and Croatia had more green than I was expecting, what with the temperatures. In fact, they have Marjan Hill in Split, which looks gorgeous but is also somewhere I didn’t get chance to visit. I originally thought we were staying in Split, but we were in fact staying in Solin, so it wasn’t as easy to get out to places like this! But Marjan Hill is a wonderfully green looking area. And there were also a few mini parks/grassy areas around the Old Town too.