Following on from our stay in Dubrovnik we went onto Split. The drive from Dubrovnik to spit took about 4 hours and that’s with stop offs for snacks and pictures. The roads are mostly new and large so the drive was quite comfortable. One thing to be aware of is that Croatia is actually divided and if you wish to drive from Dubrovnik to Split or anywhere north you will have to drive through Bosnia and Herzegovina. The passport control is very quick, no need to get out of the car and you are in and out within 5mins. When we rented the car we were told to pay an extra 60eu for the passage through Bosnia, which was a completely lie since no paperwork was requested other than our passports.
Split itself is coastal surrounded by mountains. The city centre is a palace completely walled in without any roofs. The city is known for its promenade and its beaches. We had only stayed in Split for one night but did spend an extra day before heading back to Dubrovnik at the end of our holiday.
The palace makes up most of the old town of Split. Inside you will find a number of different museums, roman structures and plenty of shops and café’s. You can also explore the underground basement levels of the palace as a paid tour. The palace and its basement is well known for being the filming location of game of thrones and many of the market stalls contain souvenirs related to the show. The palace grounds are full of small streets and amazing architecture such as towers. One of the most popular is the bell tower of St.Dominus where you can climb to the top for a birds eye view of the city. You can Outside the walls of the palace you can find more markets and café’s. The main promenade is just outside the walls facing the water.
Marjan Forest Park
Just north of the palace is the park Marjan. Even if you don’t have the time to explore the full park and all its sites I would recommend taking a walk up the hill and stopping for some lunch at Vidilica. You will get a beautiful view of the whole city and the port.
Overall split is a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of beautiful views and ancient architecture. I enjoyed the time I spent in the city. The prices were much lower than those of Dubrovnik or Hvar and if you are looking for a beach holiday this is definitely a place to go. There are constant ferries that leave Split, day trips to different islands, krka waterfalls only an hour away and loads of other day trips. Although we did not visit the Krka waterfalls since we went to much bigger Plitzvic lakes, the Krka waterfalls are the ones were you can swim unlike the Plitzvic which are a national park.