Back in July, Marc and I took a one week trip to Croatia. We chose to spend a few days in Split, and most of the week in Hvar which is an island about an hour away from Split by ferry. I’m so glad we did it this way, as both places were completely new to us, it felt like we were away for much longer than a week. Being in serious need of some down-time as we were, we decided not to jam back our days with boat trips (as enticing as the Blue Lagoon is). I get seasick easily, I also burn easily and frankly, I just wanted to wander around the city, taking it all in and eating and drinking as much as possible.
Split is an incredibly beautiful place, brimming with history. Since we only had two and a half days, we barely scratched the surface. For what it’s worth, here’s what we did get up to:
- Hiked in Marjan National park which is a large, steep hill to the west of the city. The views are worth the sweating.
- Hiked down to Kasjuni Beach. Beautiful clear waters and incredible views of the lush green islands.
- Got drunk and lost wandering around the tiny cobbled corridors of the Palace one evening after stumbling across the best wine bars Bokeria and Diocletian’s.
- Sought out neighbourhood restaurants where we could get huge prawns, grilled seabream and tomato salads- our staple diet for our week in Croatia. Highly recommend Deep Shade and Sperun for delicious local food, and not so crazy prices (although we found everything in Croatia to be reasonably priced).
- Sat for hours in the main square, people watching.
- Did as the locals do, and bought a few beers from the shop, and sat on the harbour in the early evening. The bars along the front are beautiful tourist traps.
- Joined in with the Pride parade through the city.
- We had delicious peach and coconut ice creams from Gelateria Spalato.
- The beaches in Split are mainly pebbly, but they do have some decent beach clubs. We went to one a short walk to the east of the city called Bačvice which I would recommend for a half day. It’s nothing fancy but easy to get to if you’re staying central like we did, and fancy a day of sun drenching.
There’s so much more of Split to see and I hope to be back there again soon. Next time, Hvar!
Ph. by me and Marc Webb
Using Panasonic Lumix GF6 or iPhone 6.