Seven days in Split, Croatia.
I feel as though this is the sort of post that I could write forever, as I’ve got so much to say. Let me start by saying that if you haven’t been to Croatia, you’ll be booking your flights by the end of this blog. It’s absolutely stunning and it’s safe to say that I’ve fallen completely head over heels in love with it. So grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and be prepared to fall in love with Split...
I always thought Croatia was a cooler country, much like Russia or Iceland (don’t ask me why!) but I was SO wrong. If you want a destination that you can visit historical monuments rich in culture, sights that take your breath away from every angle or simply to catch some rays on many of their idyllic beaches - Croatia really does have it all.
I recently went away for seven days at the end of September but I would recommend ten days if you can afford it, there’s so much to do and whilst seven days was great, there is still so much to do and see that we simply didn’t have time for.
I stayed in the historic town of Split, just a thirty minute bus ride from the airport. My brother and his other half went in June and raved about it so much that when it came to booking my holiday this year there was no question about where I wanted to go - despite my brother’s envy that I was going back! Split is home to Diocletian's Palace - an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. A place you must visit if you go.
My top three things to do in Split
Among many of the places to visit whilst in Split, one of my favourites would have to be going for a walk along the promenade. The strip is buzzing with locals, tourists and holiday-makers all enjoy the stunning views and soaking up the atmosphere of the seaside location. The promenade is equally as beautiful at night as it is during the day, the bars, restaurants and streets come alive and there is always something going on.
Known for their exceptional beauty and history, the Krka waterfalls in the town of Skradin really are a sight you must see when visiting Croatia. The waterfalls are only just over one hour on a coach from Split. We booked our excursion with Go Adventure, a tour company recommended to me by my brother when he visited in June. the tour was incredibly well orgnaised with plenty of time and opportunities to take photos and even swim in the waterfalls - although not for the faint hearted as the water was freezing! Our tour guide spoke fantastic English and was highly knowledgeable about the history of the waterfalls and really made the trip enjoyable and educational.
My third top thing to do in Split would without doubt have to be a tour with family run business, Split Sea Tours. The ship is a hand-built replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship which took the family that own the business 10 years to build. We chose the ‘Panoramic Tour’ which lasted for 1.5 hours and included an alcoholic drink on board and a stop off to jump off the boat and swim. It was great to see the coastline from the sea and was the perfect thing to do on our last afternoon in Split.
My top three places to eat in Split
Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my food and Split did not disappoint in the food department! We had many, and I mean many, amazing meals but after walking up and down the strip browsing every menu in sight - as us holiday-goers do - we were drawn in by the steak and chips option on the menu at Hotel Adriana (how very British of us!). The service and the wait staff were very friendly and efficient and our meal was delicious. Hands down one of the best Tiramisus I’ve had.
I could rave on forever about how AMAZING the food was at Brasserie on 7. We walked passed the restaurant many times on our first few days and kept saying that we must go back there. We eventually did and were blown away by our meals. We loved the place so much that we went back there another two times for breakfast before we left and that was equally as delicious!
We decided that for our meal for our final night we would go all out. After walking around for a while pondering a few different options we decided on Chops Grille. We had THE most amazing cocktails and our meals were second to none. Being a steak and seafood restaurant I order a shrimp tail and salmon pasta which came with a king prawn on the top and was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten.
My top three places to drink in Split
For coffee in Split the views and ambiance of Roof 68 are unbeatable (see images below!). Set up on a roof terrace overlooking the promenade, the boats and the port, it was the perfect spot for our morning coffee fix. At night it turned into a trendy bar where candles were lit and a DJ played chillout remixes of well-known songs. The atmosphere was buzzing with couples, groups of friends and colleagues enjoy expensive looking drinks from posh glasses. This was by far one of my favourite places in Split to drink.
For more of a ‘club’ vibe I would recommend checking out St Riva on the strip. Simple yet just what you would expect from a bar; there was club music playing, a great cocktail list and an outdoor terrace looking over the water. The drinks were fairly priced and it was a great place to grab a cocktail at the end of the night.
De Mar was somewhere we stumbled upon as a happy accident. On our way to Marjan hill we stopped of for a cappuccino and ended up ordering some lunch too. The ‘summer salad’ was hands down the best beef I’ve ever eaten. It was so juicy and fell apart in your mouth, we loved it so much that we went back a second time on our last day before we flew home! It was a trendy spot right next to all the superyachts and the marina and it had a great outdoor patio for evening cocktails.
So, have you booked your flights yet?