Planning a solo trip to Split? Here’s everything you need to know for your visit:
- With a population of 170,000, Split is the second largest city in Croatia.
- Split enjoys 2,800 hours of sunlight each year.
- The city of Split is painted in the blue and white colors of its much loved football team, Hajduk.
- Nickname: Mediterranean Flower
- Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK).
- Spoken languages: Croatian (English spoken by those in the tourism industry).
- Best time to visit: from June to September (the summer months).
- Arriving via airport: a taxi to the city centre of Split costs 270 HRK. Alternatively, bus number 37 runs regularly throughout the day and costs 30 HRK.
WHERE TO STAY
- Best hostel for solo travelers in Split: Hurricane Hostel. A small, comfortable, and cozy establishment in a perfect location – right in the old town. Friendly & welcoming staff. Not a party hostel, but great for meeting fellow travelers.
- Most of the must-see sights of Split are located within walking distance of the city centre.
- There are many budget hotels and hostels nestled amongst the back streets as well as some midrange and pricier options down towards the Harbour.
- You may be able to find a cheap home-stay room at the bus or ferry terminal from locals offering their rooms!
- As most of Split’s major attractions are located within walking distance of each other, walking is the most practical way of getting around Split.
- A bus network runs across the entire city throughout the day. Tickets can be purchased directly from the driver and start from 11 HRK (single fare).
- There are a number of rental places that offer scooters and bicycles for rent. Prices start from 250 HRK for the day.
- Drinking age is 18, and last call is 1 AM (some establishments are open all night).
- Split has a vibrant nightlife all year round, however it is heaving during the summer months when many events and festivals draw the crowds.
- Riva is home to many bars and restaurants (given the prices, locals may classify Riva promenade as a “tourist trap”).
- Head to Bačvice Beach for the nightclubs.
- Looking for a cozy bar to stop for a drink? Try Sanctuary Cantina or Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar (live music).
UNIQUE LANDMARKS TO VISIT
- Diocletian’s Palace: marvel at the impressive ancient ruins (built in 350 AD) and get lost in the markets hidden in the palace cellar.
- St. Duje’s Cathedral: built in 305 AD, this is the oldest cathedral in the world. Climb the bell tower for a fabulous view of Split.
- Riva, main city promenade: visit the many shops, cafes, restaurants and markets that line the waterfront of this stunning port.
- Check out the city’s two sphinxes, originally brought from Egypt to Split by Diocletian.
- Statue of Gregory of Nin: adjust your hidden money belt, and put your camera to one side as you rub Gregory’s toe. It screams tourist, but rubbing the tow is said to bring good luck!
- Take a stroll up Marjan hill, admiring the view of Split and the surrounding islands. Wander through the St. Jeronimus Caves.
- Varos is one of the oldest parts of town, once home to peasants and fishermen. Stroll through this fascinating part of town, and take in the unique architecture.
- Avoid the striptease bars – these are a tourist trap.
- Bačvice beach is the home of Picugin, a traditional beach game that is played using a small bat. Each summer, the world championship is played in Split.
- Want to drink craft beer with the locals? Do as they do – buy it at the Little Beer Shop and drink by the sea on Matejuska.
- Great restaurants that locals love (strong emphasis on seafood): Konoba Varoš ($$), Lučica ($$), Ćiri Biri Bela, Nevera Tavern, Adriatic Grašo, and Konoba Fetivi.
- Where to find good cheap eats: anywhere between Old Town and the bus station.
- Dangerous areas: Split is a safe place to visit. As with any place that attracts a lot of visitors, it pays to keep your belongings close by at all times.
Recommended trip duration: 1-2 days