What to see in Split


Consisting of an imperial Roman palace that was taken over by the plebs and turned into a thronging city, central Split is an attraction in itself. There’s no single must-see attraction here: it’s really a question of taking time to stroll the palace’s narrow, tunnel-like streets, where Roman, medieval and Renaissance buildings jostle together to form a unique urban jumble. And you shouldn’t just restrict your wanderings to the city centre: residential neighbourhoods such as Veli Varoš, Lučac and Manuš are filled with the kind of picturesque alleys and stone houses that are so typical of traditional Dalmatian towns. Rising above the city to the west, Marjan hill presents an easily accessible expanse of woodland park, with some fine views back towards the centre.

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Essential Split

Do you know what is so eloquent about Split? The possibility to stroll through the Diocletian palace for free, to drink coffee inside the palace, to enjoy the sunshine, listen to the tender sounds of klape singing, to walk through this place where ancient people used to live.


All the culture.


Where and what to see.

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As you stroll through Split, it’s hard to miss the monasteries, chapels and churches which are a major part of the city’s history. Our little IYP tourist guide simply has to mention some of the grand holy sites that inexplicably reverberate the message ‘take out your camera and start snapping’. And with every snapshot, comes a story.

The gothic church of The Holy Spirit is located on Trogirska Street and further on is the renaissance church of Saint Rocco which dates back from 1516; it’s situated on Peristil. Here you can get loads of tourist advice and information. Venture down to the south of Peristil where there are two chapels, Gospa od Pojasa (Our Lady of the Belt) from 1544 and Gospa od Začeća (Our Lady of Conception) from 1650. In Veli Varoš on the Marjan down hills, you can see the Church of Saint Nicholas built from the 12th century and on its right, there is the Church of the Holy Cross with its baroque bell tower.


A must for camera junkies.

Streets and Squares

Marjan Forest Park

Your first impressions of Split may well be the immense stone buildings that surround the city and its orange terracotta roofs clashing with the serene blue sea in the foreground. Yet there is a greener side to the city that deserves a mention.
The Marjan Forest Park is the so called ‘lung’ of the city. Located west, the hill is 178 metres high and at its highest point is 3.5 km long. Its forestation process began in 1852 and over time has seen the park become a haven for locals and visitors.
Few inhabitants can resist the peace and tranquillity the park offers, the great little getaway from the rushes of life. The biodiversity of species is vast from small mammals and bird inhabitants as well as the reintroduction of game (rabbit, partridge, roe deer…). Aleppo pine dominates the area along with the dispersal of flora and fauna.
When strolling through the park the churches, galleries, museums and monuments recount the glory of Split. Highlights include the 15th century Church of Saint Jere with the relief of Saint Geronimo and close by there is the Ascetic Cave where Saint Geronimo supposedly resided. There is the Meštrović Gallery, the Karepića Tower used for shelter against invaders and the famous Marjan Steps offer amazing photo snapshots.
Almost the entire area of the Marjan is a network of stone drywalls, a construction made of natural stone which has been a part of the Croatian coast and the Mediterranean since the prehistoric times.
Jogging and cycling tracks attract many fitness goers and the St. Benedict Bay, also known as Bene, has a Sports and Recreation Centre great for young and old. The beachside facilities are second to none.
Come for a picnic, take in some fresh air or simply discover the alluring Marjan Forest Park in all its glory, a park which has enchanted generations of Split residents.
Public Institution for the Marjan Forest Park, Cattanijin put 2, phone (+385-21) 38 40 97, tajnica@marjan-parksuma.hr, www.marjan-parksuma.hr.

City tours

The Vranjača cave

The Vranjača cave is made up of two chambers. The first, the existence of which was already known in the 19th century, has no stalactites. The second was discovered in 1903 by Stipe Punda, who was the owner of this plot of land. This part consists of a system of nine smaller chambers in colours ranging from green through blue, some of which shimmer due to the presence of crystals. The cave is about 360m long and is at a constant temperature of 15ºC all year round. Vranjača is suitable for visits by tourists, with steps, rope handrails, walkways and lighting. It is supervised and has a car park. The cave is well visited by day trippers from Split and nature lovers from all over.
The cave, Vranjača, is located in the foothills of the central part of Mosor, on the northern side. If you are coming from Split then take the paved road through Dugopolje to the village Kotlenica in the hamlet Punde (25km) and finally follow another 300m path to the entrance of the cave.
The cave is open from 15th March to 1st November, 09:00 - 20:00 (June, July, August), 09:00 - 19:00 (May, September), 10:00 - 18:00 (April, October) and by prior arrangement (November - March). Guided tours, which last about 1 hour, are available in English, and cost 40kn for adults and 20kn for children. Please call (+385-) 098 74 90 00 for more information.

A Master of Lighting

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla. Born July 10th, 1856 in the village of Smiljan, Gospić, in what was then the Austrian Empire. His affinity for mathematics as well as an eidetic memory led him to flourish in school. Although he failed to graduate from university, Tesla eventually moved to New York City in 1884 and was hired by Thomas Edison, a relationship which could provide tomes of anecdotes by itself. This summer, the first ever Tesla Film Festival will be celebrating the life and contributions of Nikola Tesla. The festival will feature film and other works inspired by the inventor and will be presented in cities around the globe. The Tesla Science Foundation will be present as well, awarding the best in show films or other works made about Tesla. The Festival will travel throughout the United States and Europe. With a name now immortalised by his contribution to the world, Nikola Tesla will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest scientists the human race has ever seen.

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