I just had the most magical weekend in Split, Croatia, and I’m super excited to share all about it because I had so many questions about where I was, where I stayed, and everything I did! Croatia was never actually on my bucket list until I moved to Italy. My friend showed me photos from Split, and we decided then and there we had to see it for ourselves! The mountains, the ocean, the beautiful coastal towns, all are aspects of Croatia that I’ve fallen in love with. Split is the second biggest city in Croatia, and the largest city in the Dalmatia region. With it situated in the middle of beautiful mountains and bright blue water, the locals have taken it upon themselves to nickname Split “The most beautiful city in the world” and I can’t disagree! We had about 2 days here, and it was a good amount of time to see a majority of the city!
Where We Stayed
For this trip, we decided to get an Airbnb. Stefani found the most adorable apartment for only $42 a night, so we immediately jumped on it! It fit two people perfectly, and had a darling sun room off the living space that made for the perfect breakfast nook! Our host was amazing, and responded promptly if we ever had questions/concerns. I highly recommend this Airbnb! Keep in mind that we went during the off season, so the price will most likely go up during the summer!
To book this Airbnb go here: www.airbnb.com/rooms/25860197?guests=1&adults=1
We arrived in Split in the late afternoon on Friday, so we went straight to our Airbnb to freshen up so we could set out and explore. Our first stop was The Riva. The Riva is a stunning waterfront promenade that has created a hub for both locals and tourists! Since our Airbnb was at such a great location, we were able to get to The Riva in about 5 minutes. We decided to sit down and dangle our feet over the water to relax and take it all in!
Dinner at Olive Tree
Of course we had to eat, so might as well enjoy a tasty dinner at a gorgeous waterfront restaurant am I right?! We came across the Olive Tree. It had a beautiful outside patio with a relaxing ambiance, so we grabbed a table. We started off with a yummy drink and ordered the delicious baby beef bites. (It doesn’t sound very appetizing but I swear it’s so good)!
GNO at Bar Basta
We heard that Split has great nightlife and bars, so we wanted to check it out. We stumbled upon this restaurant/bar that was right on the water so we thought we’d give it a shot. We both ordered Moscow Mules and they were great! If you want a cute, eclectic bar on the water, this is the place for you!
Marjan Forest Park
The first order of business was finding a look out to get an incredible view of Split. Our Airbnb host was extremely helpful and told us how to reach the Marjan Forest Park look out. It was only about a 10 minute walk away from our Airbnb so it was absolutely perfect. There are other great views throughout the city, however this was the closest one to us!
There were other hiking/walking trails that led you to other lookout points, so we took advantage and started to explore. The trails are easily navigatable, so don’t worry about bringing actual hiking shoes. Tennis shoes work just fine!
After walking and exploring a couple trails, we wanted to grab a snack/drink at the Café on top of the lookout. You can have a glass of wine while looking out at the city of Split, and it’s gorgeous! Definitely take some time to grab a bite because the view is spectacular.
Boat Ride on the Adriatic
After our break at Cafe Vidilica, we wanted to go back
to the Promenade to enjoy the beautiful weather. (The forecast for the weekend was rainy and high 50’s, and it ended up being clear and 65 degrees)!
After walking around the Riva a bit, we came across a boat ride that was set to depart in 30 minutes that was only 20 euros. We both love being on the water so it was perfect! Don’t worry about booking a spot in advance, the boat is right on The Riva, so you won’t miss it! The ride came with a drink of your choice while sailing along the coast of Split for an hour and a half - well worth it to me! It was the perfect way to end the afternoon before we found dinner.
Old Town Split/Underground Market
Once the boat ride was completed, we wanted to explore “Old Town”. Here you find Ancient Greek ruins from when it was built for the Roman emperor in AD 305. Split was founded as the Greek Colony of Aspálathos (Aσπάλαθος) in the 3rd or 2nd century BC! So as you explore Old Town, you’re easily able to detect the Roman architecture.
The Palace of Diocletian
The underground market is simply what it sounds like! It’s an amazing, unique, market that runs underground underneath Old Town. It has several booths selling everything from art to beautiful jewelry! It’s the perfect place to grab souvenirs for loved ones.
Live Music at The Macallan
To conclude the night we went back to the Palace of Diocletian to enjoy some live music. It wasn’t overly crowded, and the guitarist/singer was amazing! The restaurant is inside, however they have pillows sat up on the steps around the square so you can enjoy a drink and some music outside! It was a great way to end our night and I highly recommend it.
And there you have it! The most perfect weekend Croatian Vacation! (I love how that rhymes). If Croatia wasn’t on your bucket list, I really hope it is now. It’s a beautiful country with so much to see, and so much to do. If I could give one word of advice, go when the weather warm, to be able to fully take advantage of everything Croatia has to offer. As always, if you have any travel questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message, I’m always happy to help. Happy traveling friends!
I'm Emma Kay
A girl from Kentucky with high hopes and big dreams. I love all things fashion, travel, and long sessions of retail therapy.