Split, Croatia: The good-to-know, concise guide to Split

This article covers the very start of my Summer 2019 trip around Europe, where I landed in Split.

Why I visited Split?

The main reason I decided to start my Europe trip at Split was not only due to its many attractions, but because of its close proximity to some of Croatia’s hidden gem islands of Brac and Hvar. Islands which are easily accessible by regular daily boat crossings and more than enough hostels.


  • Stadion Poljud, Hadjuk Split Stadium tour
  • Marjan Park
  • Diocletian Palace and Riva – the promenade
  • The best beaches in Split (and the worst)

How to get from Split Airport to Split?

After getting through security the job was to find the bus that gets you from the airport to the main city centre.

After leaving the exit doors, I turn left, walk a few hundred yards, it turns out the first bus I see is destined for Split. I ask the conductor for a ticket, which costs me 30 Croatian Kuna, which equates to around £4. So far, so good.

After around 40 mins I arrived in the city centre.

Arrival in Split

The task was now to find the hostel in pitch black. Luckily I had the Hostel World app which had my booking and directions to the hostel.

Arrival at the hostel

After around 20 mins up hill, I had arrived at my digs for the next 3 nights, Hostel Cicada.

I was greeted by Marin, the host, who was very accommodating. He showed me to my room and then gave me and in-depth guide of what to do in Split. The overall feel, cleanliness and comfort of the hostel was second to none. Great start.

A quick night-time tour of Split

I took a shower and then decided to have a mooch around town to soak up the Capital city’s atmosphere. As soon as I got down to the main part of town, I felt an instant buzz.

I explored the Old Town, it’s cobbled streets, the Diocletian Palace briefly and walked along the Riva (Promenade) which was lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. A perfect people watching spot, but stopping for food and beer here was out of my budget unfortunately!

I grabbed a slice of pizza for 15KN (£1.82) – still getting used to the currency – I realised I had been stitched up a little, not to worry though. Back to bed and onto tomorrow!

One thing to note is that Split is Croatia’s second largest city, so a little pricey if you’re travelling on a budget like I was.

My first morning in Split

I had a quick look on Trip Advisor for good breakfast places, I decided to go to the UPCafe, which turned out to be vegan when I arrived. It was actually really good and set me up for the day.

Having had a good chat with Marin about things to do and having done prior research myself, it was now time to cram all these ideas into my next few days in Split.

I had my map and phone ready to plan the day ahead.

Being a big football fan, first on the list was to do the Hadjuk Split stadium tour.

Stadion Poljud, Hadjuk Split Stadium

We were taking around the inside of the stadium, around all the trophy cabinets and changing rooms, then led outside to view the pitch and stands. This cost me just 35 Croatian Kuna (£4.25).

The stadium itself is a little inland from where all the life and soul of Split is and is probably a 20-30 minute walk away from the Split city centre.

Stadion Poljud, Hajduk Split
Stadion Poljud, Hajduk Split Stadium

Marjan Park

After that it was onto Marjan Park, where I was told I was sure to see the best views of Split, that certainly was the case. Not only that but on my way around, I bumped into a group of Scottish guys who I ended up spending time with for an evening meal and bar crawl.

kastelet beach
Kastelet Beach. The view from Marjan Park.

The best beaches in Split (and the worst)

After that I mentioned to the lads if they fancied the beach. Marin told me the best beaches were to the west of the city and close to Marjan Park.

He mentioned these were much nicer than the popular Bacvice Beach in the main Split centre (where I later got told by somebody that they had their phone stolen on this beach whilst they went out for a swim.)

The two beaches he mentioned were Kastelet Beach or Kasjuni Beach.

After a long 45 mins walk, we arrived at Kasjuni Beach. What a beautiful beach. As with most Croatian beaches, there was no sand, it was rocky but the sea was a beautiful, turquoise blue.

After a few hours, we decided to get the taxi back (70KN) and then out to a restaurant before the bar crawl.

Although this was my first full day in Split, I had pretty much covered all the key sites in Split now. So the next few days were just spent exploring Diocletian Palace and the Riva in daylight and chilling at the nice beaches of Kasjuni and Kastelet to the west of the main city.

riva split promenade
The Riva. The main street/promenade which is full of bars, cafes and restaurants, perfect for people watching.

After Split, my plan was to sail to the beautiful islands of Bol and Hvar before coming back to the mainland to continue my trip.

To read about my trip to Bol, follow this link.

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