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A woman in Old Town Split during a Balkan's Trip

During a Croatia trip, you must spend at least 2 days in Split! Known as the capital and largest city of Croatia’s Dalmatia region, Split is a coastal city that includes a fascinating, medieval and Roman past that is shown through its Old Town. Between all of the ancient sites in Old Town Split, its beautiful beaches and renowned culinary culture, discover what to do in Split, Croatia.

In August 2021, I did a memorable Balkans trip with Ashley of World to Wander. We started our journey in Venice, Italy before enjoying a weekend in Slovenia. From there, we made our way back to Trieste, Italy before heading into Croatia where we spent two nights in Istria, two nights in Split, one night in Hvar and four nights in Dubrovnik.

Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (it was a little out of the way) as well as day trips to Mostar (from Split) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kotor (from Dubrovnik) in Montenegro. We also enjoyed a lovely day on the island of Korčula from Hvar to Dubrovnik. No matter how you plan your trip and what your itinerary entails, all these spots in Croatia and the surrounding countries are wonderful to explore!

A woman enjoying 2 days in Split, Croatia

Overall, Croatia is a beautiful country surrounded by Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia and it includes 1246 islands, eight National Parks, historical cities and beautiful coastal villages and towns.

After spending 2 days in Pula, which is in the Istria region of Croatia, Ashley and I spent our next 2 days in Split. In this blog post, discover what to do in Split in 2 days.

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2 days in Split, Croatia - what to do and day trips

Visiting Split:

2 days in Split, Croatia

The easiest and most convenient ways to get to Croatia in general is by taking a flight, renting a car or taking public transportation. Split Airport, also known as Resnik Airport, is the main international airport in the Split area. The airport is around a half hour drive north of Split Old Town. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Prior to being in Split, Ashley and I had spent time in Pula and Rovinj in Istria. From Pula, we went a little out of our way to Plitvice Lakes National Park before we ended up in Split.

The waterfront in Split, Croatia

Overall, it takes around five and a half hours to drive from Pula to Split and vice versa. Other ways to get from the Istria Peninsula to Split is by taking the ferry or flying from Pula Airport to Split Airport.

Since we were going to the National Park on the way, it made the most sense for Ashley and I to rent a car and drive to Split. The only thing to note about renting a car in Croatia is that you are not allowed to enter most fortified old towns with a vehicle, so you will need to find street parking outside. Depending on the day, it is either easy or rather difficult to find parking in the cities.

One thing to note about renting a car in Croatia (or anywhere in the European Union) is that you will need to have an international diver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.  

Just in general though, if you’re really looking to explore around Croatia, it is best and most cost efficient to rent a car.

Best Place to Stay in Split:

2 days in Old Town Split, Croatia

During 2 days in Split, I recommend staying right in the Old Town. The reason why you should stay in Split’s Old Town is because you are conveniently situated within the city walls and you have everything right there for you – restaurants, bakeries, convenient stores, currency exchange counters, tourism offices and more.

Ashley and I stayed in an Airbnb in Old Town Split. We loved it because it was situated right near the city walls by a lot of great restaurants and bars. Even though the apartment is small, it was perfect for two people. It was a studio apartment and included a bathroom, small kitchen and living area. Click here to book this Airbnb. You can also choose from a variety of Vrbo options in Split too.

A charming building in Split, Croatia

Split also has great hotels to choose from, ranging from all budgets. Below are my hotel recommendations for Split, Croatia:

Luxury Accommodation: Piazza Heritage Hotel

Boutique Accommodation: Jupiter Luxury Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Split

Budget Accommodation: Hostel Dioklecijan

2 Days in Split Itinerary:

A woman walking the alleyways of Old Town Split

Wander through Split Old Town:

Split is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and it is home to one of the top preserved Roman ruins in the world. The Old Town of Split is fortified and is surrounded by stone walls. When you first enter Old Town Split, you will be brought back in time.

A woman spending 2 days in Split, Croatia

The moment I first walked through the city walls of Split, I fell in love with it. You are surrounded by medieval buildings, stone walls, enchanting alleyways, bustling restaurants and vibrant wine bars. It is truly a place to experience during a Croatia trip.

As you stroll through Split, you will come across ancient Roman ruins, stunning medieval gates, hidden staircases, beautiful courtyards and more.

A woman exploring Split during a 2 day trip

One of the best ways to discover Old Town Split, or Diocletian Palace, is by doing a walking tour. There are also great museums to check out as well such as the Split City Museum, where you can learn about the founding and development of Split; Split Ethnographic Museum that showcases traditional costumes, art and culture of both Split and the Dalmatian Coast; Game of Thrones Museum, which is an exhibit where you can see the different weapons and outfits used in the television series; Jaman Art Center that showcases local pop art, and I can go on.

Overall, you will be amazed by the beauty that Split Old Town has to offer. If you’re wondering how many days you need to visit Split and explore the surrounding Dalmatia Coast, I recommend spending at least 2 days.

Savor Delicious Food of Dalmatia:

2 days in Split, Croatia is not complete with trying the local foods. Dalmatian cuisine mainly consists of shellfish and fresh fish, olive oil, locally grown herbs and vegetables. Just like the rest of the country, you can also find a lot of delicious Italian food and international cuisine in Split!

Below are the spots we ate at during our 2 days in Split:

Squid ink risotto from Bistro No Stress in Split

Café Bar – Bistro No Stress: Located in the People’s Square of Pjaca in Split, Bistro No Stress is a family-owned restaurant that includes pasta and risotto plates, appetizers, salads, seafood, meat dishes and desserts. I savored the traditional squid ink risotto and Ashley got the cacio e pepe dish. For dessert, we shared the apple strudel.

Sushi from Adriatic Sushi in Split

Adriatic Sushi & Oyster Bar: I will admit that I’ve never had Asian food in Europe prior to my Croatia trip. During our time in Split, Ashley and I were craving something a little different than Croatian or Italian food, so we made reservations at Adriatic Sushi & Oyster Bar located in the heart of Old Town. We both savored oysters, spring rolls and sushi rolls. Everything was amazing!

Pastries from Split, Croatia

Pekara Bobis: 2 days in Split is not complete without grabbing some Croatian baked goodies at a local bakery! One of the best spots to grab a pastry with a cappuccino is at Pekara Bobis. This quaint bakery opened in 1949 and you can find puff pastry treats, cream cakes, pies, baguettes, croissants and more! I savored a delicious berry strudel.

Explore the Ancient Sites of Diocletian’s Palace:

A woman exploring Diocletian's Palace during 2 days in Split

During the 2 days when you visit Split, you must learn about the history and admire the fascinating Roman architecture at Diocletian’s Palace. It was the Emperor’s Palace that was built as a complex. Today, it is Old Town Split!

Some of the epic medieval spots and landmarks to see as you explore Diocletian’s Palace are the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, The Golden Gate, The Silver Gate, The Iron Gate, The Brass Gate, the Vestibule, the Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle, The Substructures and more.

Relax at the Beach in Split:

Bacvice Beach during 2 days in Split

Since Split is on the Dalmatia Coast, you should save some time to relax and enjoy one of the city’s beaches during your 2 days there.

After our day trip to Mostar, Ashley and I got back in time to enjoy Bačvice beach. I will admit that Bačvice is one of the most popular beaches in Split, so it is fairly crowded during the summer.

Bačvice has a sandy beach section along with a concrete beach where you can enter the Adriatic Sea by either jumping in or taking a ladder into the water. Please note that if you want a sun bed, you will need to pay for it.

Overall, Bačvice beach is the best place to go if you’re looking for a fun time. There are plenty of beach bars and nightclubs to grab a drink, dance and have a good time with friends! In fact, Split is known to have some of the best nightlife.

A capriosca from Split beach

During our time at Bačvice, we enjoyed capriosca’s, which are mint and lime cocktails at Beach Bar History. They are very refreshing, but can be a bit strong.

Other great beaches that you can add to your Split itinerary are Trstenik beach, which is maintained by Radisson Blu Resort Split; Kaštelet beach that draws a 20-something crowd; Kašjuni, which is a scenic beach that features pine forests, a church, rocks, views of the iconic Marjan Hill and more and Bene beach, which is a recreational center that is great for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities.

If you plan to spend 3 days in Split or more, I recommend visiting a few beaches in the area or even doing a boat tour.

Walk around the Riva Promenade:

Strolling around Riva Promenade during 2 days in Split

One of the most bustling parts of Split that you must check out during your 2 days there is the Riva Promenade. It boasts awesome restaurants, stores of all kinds, fun bars, gelato shops, charming bakeries and more. In fact, it is considered the most popular and most important place in Split.

Riva Promenade is also a spot where numerous cultural and entertainment events take place like Split’s carnival, numerous parades, sport ceremonies and political rallies.

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius:

A woman admiring Split's cathedral

If you have read some of my other articles from my travels, then you know that I enjoy visiting places of worship.

During a trip to Split, Croatia, I recommend checking out and walking through Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is a Catholic church that features Romanesque and Ancient Roman architecture. It was built in the 4th Century and is considered the oldest building within the fortified Old Town of Split.

Find Game of Thrones Filming Spots in Split:

Visiting Game of Thrones Locations during 2 days in Split

In addition to Dubrovnik, the popular television series, Game of Thrones, was also filmed in Split. If you are a fan of GoT, then I highly recommend either visiting the Game of Thrones Museum or doing a Game of Thrones tour!

Other popular GoT spots to check out in the Split area are all of the historical places I talk about in Diocletian’s Palace above; Klis Fortress, which is a 20-minute drive from the Old Town and Zrnovnica, which is a village located just outside of the city of Split.

Enjoy a Night Out in Split:

An Aperol Spritz in Croatia at night

Croatia has some of the best nightlife in Europe! During your 2 days in Split, I highly recommend checking out the party scene by visiting a live music bar, nightclub or pub. If you’re unsure on where to go and would like to get a taste of different party spots in Split, I recommend participating in a bar or pub crawl!

Below are a list of some awesome places to enjoy a fun night out in Split, Croatia:

Venture to Plitvice Lakes National Park:

A woman visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split

A great day trip from Split is Plitvice Lakes National Park. It takes around 2.5 hours to drive to and from the park to the heart of the city. Like I mentioned above, we drove from Istria, stopped at Plitvice Lakes National Park along the way and then went to Split from there. You can do it that way as well, if that is how your trip is planned out! (The closest cities to Plitvice Lakes is the capital of Zagreb and Zadar.)

Beautiful views of Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts 16 aqua blue lakes, numerous waterfalls, a limestone canyon and 360-degree views from all around! There are also hiking trails, walking paths, an electric boat that takes visitors to different parts of the park as well as places to eat and drink.

The lower lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park

The lakes are what this National Park is iconic for and you can find 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes. These series of lakes were formed by natural tufa barriers. Overall, Plitvice Lakes is amazing and even though it draws a lot of crowds, it is still peaceful.

Day trip to Plitvice Lakes with 2 days in Split

Another thing to note about visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park is that the climate is much different than it is on the coast of Croatia because it is situated in the Dinaric Alps. Even though the weather was beautiful during our 2 days in Split, Plitvice Lakes was chilly and rainy. If you plan to come here, which you should, I recommend bringing a rain jacket, hiking or workout clothes, comfortable sneakers or hiking boots and a backpack. (I wasn’t prepared as you can see from my photos.)

A woman at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

We started our adventures at Plitvice Lakes National Park by first visiting the Upper Lakes, which includes a boardwalk, walking trails, hiking trails to waterfalls and stunning hidden gems. Afterwards, we then took the boat to the lower lakes where you can see the Big Waterfall and hike up to an overlook where you can admire breathtaking views of the park. There is also a third section to Plitvice Lakes where you can find Proscansko Lake. There are different routes (called programs) you can take throughout the park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip from Split, Croatia

Overall, Plitvice Lakes National Park is open from 7am to 8pm during the summer months; 8am to 6pm in the spring and fall months and 8am to 3pm during the winter months. The cost for adults to enter is 300 Kuna during the summer months before 4pm and 200 Kuna after 4pm; it is 180 Kuna during the autumn and spring months and it’s 80 Kuna during the winter months.

Plitvice Lakes also charges for parking. It is 10 Kuna per hour, per vehicle and 100 Kuna per day for a camper.

Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park with 2 days in Split

If you want to explore all that Plitvice Lakes has to offer, I recommend getting accommodations near the park and visiting more than one day. Just like every other National Park in the world, you will need more than one day there. Discover more details on how to visit Plitvice Lakes.

Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park

In addition to the boat that takes you around the Plitvice Lakes, there is also a shuttle bus that transports visitors to and from the trails and park entrances to the visitor’s center and parking lots. The boat and shuttles are included with the price you pay to get into the National Park.

Click here to book a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split.

A chicken dinner from Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

If you’re hungry and don’t want to eat at Plitvice Lakes National Park, I recommend grabbing a hearty meal at Bistro Vila Velebita. It is a cozy bistro that serves heartwarming Croatian mountain food. (They also have other international dishes as well.) I had chicken in a mushroom cream sauce with fries and grilled veggies with an ajvar sauce to the side, which is a Serbian red pepper sauce that is great for dipping. I also had my meal with a fruity cider. Ashley had a pasta dish with wine.

(Another great day trip to take from Split, Croatia is to Krka National Park. It is situated in Southern Croatia, around an hour drive from Split. Overall, Krka National Park is known for a series of seven waterfalls and the cool part about it is that you can actually swim there. Click here to book a day trip to Krka from Split.)

Day Trip to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina from Split:

A woman on a day trip to Mostar, Bosnia from Split, Croatia

During your 2 days in Split, you can either stay in the city or do a day trip. Another great place to visit from the city is Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is around a 2-hour drive southwest from Split.

Below is a list of the best things to do during a day trip to Mostar from Split:

A woman on the Crooked Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia
  • Learn about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its history. (There was a lot of international conflict that took place in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia not too long ago.)
  • Stroll around and shop through the Čaršija, which is the Old Town market where you can purchase Arabic lamps, plates, jewelry, tea sets, fabrics, pillows/blankets and more.
  • Walk over the Stari Most, which is the most popular and iconic bridge in Mostar.
  • Check out the Crooked Bridge in Mostar.
  • Enjoy a traditional Bosnian lunch and local wine at Restoran Kaldrma.

Click here to book a day trip to Mostar from Split.


2 days in Old Town Split

I hope you all enjoyed discovering what to do in Split in 2 days and learning about what you should add to your itinerary when you’re visiting. If you have any questions about my time in Split, Croatia, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Croatia:

Currency: Croatian Kuna, Capital: Zagreb, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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8 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on October 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Split, Croatia is absolutely breathtaking! Love all the architecture, gorgeous lakes and beautiful stone bridges! I like the old world vibes with the stone colored buildings, structures and ruins. Such beautiful photography. Love all the stunning photos of you ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩♥️⚘

    • Taylor Deer on October 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

      It really is such a gorgeous city! I loved it so much! Thank you mom and love you too. <3

  2. Amanda on October 20, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I can’t decide which is more beautiful – the beaches, the architecture, or the food! Plitvice Lakes have been on my bucket list for a long time, but slowly more and more of Croatia are getting added too. Thanks for a great detailed itinerary for Split!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      It was absolutely amazing Amanda! Plitvice Lakes was so breathtaking. You would love it all! 🙂

  3. Mithali on October 22, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Very interesting article and good information. Split looks like such a beautiful place. Thank you for the itinerary.

    • Taylor Deer on October 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂

  4. Toba on April 18, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Your trip seems really amazing, all the photos are so well-taken. also learned alot through your post. thanks alot for sharing Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Toba! Split was absolutely beautiful.

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A woman in Old Town Split during a Balkan's Trip

During a Croatia trip, you must spend at least 2 days in Split! Known as the capital and largest city of Croatia’s Dalmatia region, Split is a coastal city that includes a fascinating, medieval and Roman past that is shown through its Old Town. Between all of the ancient sites in Old Town Split, its beautiful beaches and renowned culinary culture, discover what to do in Split, Croatia.

In August 2021, I did a memorable Balkans trip with Ashley of World to Wander. We started our journey in Venice, Italy before enjoying a weekend in Slovenia. From there, we made our way back to Trieste, Italy before heading into Croatia where we spent two nights in Istria, two nights in Split, one night in Hvar and four nights in Dubrovnik.

Ashley and I also did a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Pula to Split (it was a little out of the way) as well as day trips to Mostar (from Split) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kotor (from Dubrovnik) in Montenegro. We also enjoyed a lovely day on the island of Korčula from Hvar to Dubrovnik. No matter how you plan your trip and what your itinerary entails, all these spots in Croatia and the surrounding countries are wonderful to explore!

A woman enjoying 2 days in Split, Croatia

Overall, Croatia is a beautiful country surrounded by Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia and it includes 1246 islands, eight National Parks, historical cities and beautiful coastal villages and towns.

After spending 2 days in Pula, which is in the Istria region of Croatia, Ashley and I spent our next 2 days in Split. In this blog post, discover what to do in Split in 2 days.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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2 days in Split, Croatia - what to do and day trips

Visiting Split:

2 days in Split, Croatia

The easiest and most convenient ways to get to Croatia in general is by taking a flight, renting a car or taking public transportation. Split Airport, also known as Resnik Airport, is the main international airport in the Split area. The airport is around a half hour drive north of Split Old Town. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Prior to being in Split, Ashley and I had spent time in Pula and Rovinj in Istria. From Pula, we went a little out of our way to Plitvice Lakes National Park before we ended up in Split.

The waterfront in Split, Croatia

Overall, it takes around five and a half hours to drive from Pula to Split and vice versa. Other ways to get from the Istria Peninsula to Split is by taking the ferry or flying from Pula Airport to Split Airport.

Since we were going to the National Park on the way, it made the most sense for Ashley and I to rent a car and drive to Split. The only thing to note about renting a car in Croatia is that you are not allowed to enter most fortified old towns with a vehicle, so you will need to find street parking outside. Depending on the day, it is either easy or rather difficult to find parking in the cities.

One thing to note about renting a car in Croatia (or anywhere in the European Union) is that you will need to have an international diver’s permit in addition to your regular license. I don’t know how the process works for every single country out there, but for U.S. residents, you could easily obtain one by going to your local AAA office.  

Just in general though, if you’re really looking to explore around Croatia, it is best and most cost efficient to rent a car.

Best Place to Stay in Split:

2 days in Old Town Split, Croatia

During 2 days in Split, I recommend staying right in the Old Town. The reason why you should stay in Split’s Old Town is because you are conveniently situated within the city walls and you have everything right there for you – restaurants, bakeries, convenient stores, currency exchange counters, tourism offices and more.

Ashley and I stayed in an Airbnb in Old Town Split. We loved it because it was situated right near the city walls by a lot of great restaurants and bars. Even though the apartment is small, it was perfect for two people. It was a studio apartment and included a bathroom, small kitchen and living area. Click here to book this Airbnb. You can also choose from a variety of Vrbo options in Split too.

A charming building in Split, Croatia

Split also has great hotels to choose from, ranging from all budgets. Below are my hotel recommendations for Split, Croatia:

Luxury Accommodation: Piazza Heritage Hotel

Boutique Accommodation: Jupiter Luxury Hotel

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Split

Budget Accommodation: Hostel Dioklecijan

2 Days in Split Itinerary:

A woman walking the alleyways of Old Town Split

Wander through Split Old Town:

Split is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and it is home to one of the top preserved Roman ruins in the world. The Old Town of Split is fortified and is surrounded by stone walls. When you first enter Old Town Split, you will be brought back in time.

A woman spending 2 days in Split, Croatia

The moment I first walked through the city walls of Split, I fell in love with it. You are surrounded by medieval buildings, stone walls, enchanting alleyways, bustling restaurants and vibrant wine bars. It is truly a place to experience during a Croatia trip.

As you stroll through Split, you will come across ancient Roman ruins, stunning medieval gates, hidden staircases, beautiful courtyards and more.

A woman exploring Split during a 2 day trip

One of the best ways to discover Old Town Split, or Diocletian Palace, is by doing a walking tour. There are also great museums to check out as well such as the Split City Museum, where you can learn about the founding and development of Split; Split Ethnographic Museum that showcases traditional costumes, art and culture of both Split and the Dalmatian Coast; Game of Thrones Museum, which is an exhibit where you can see the different weapons and outfits used in the television series; Jaman Art Center that showcases local pop art, and I can go on.

Overall, you will be amazed by the beauty that Split Old Town has to offer. If you’re wondering how many days you need to visit Split and explore the surrounding Dalmatia Coast, I recommend spending at least 2 days.

Savor Delicious Food of Dalmatia:

2 days in Split, Croatia is not complete with trying the local foods. Dalmatian cuisine mainly consists of shellfish and fresh fish, olive oil, locally grown herbs and vegetables. Just like the rest of the country, you can also find a lot of delicious Italian food and international cuisine in Split!

Below are the spots we ate at during our 2 days in Split:

Squid ink risotto from Bistro No Stress in Split

Café Bar – Bistro No Stress: Located in the People’s Square of Pjaca in Split, Bistro No Stress is a family-owned restaurant that includes pasta and risotto plates, appetizers, salads, seafood, meat dishes and desserts. I savored the traditional squid ink risotto and Ashley got the cacio e pepe dish. For dessert, we shared the apple strudel.

Sushi from Adriatic Sushi in Split

Adriatic Sushi & Oyster Bar: I will admit that I’ve never had Asian food in Europe prior to my Croatia trip. During our time in Split, Ashley and I were craving something a little different than Croatian or Italian food, so we made reservations at Adriatic Sushi & Oyster Bar located in the heart of Old Town. We both savored oysters, spring rolls and sushi rolls. Everything was amazing!

Pastries from Split, Croatia

Pekara Bobis: 2 days in Split is not complete without grabbing some Croatian baked goodies at a local bakery! One of the best spots to grab a pastry with a cappuccino is at Pekara Bobis. This quaint bakery opened in 1949 and you can find puff pastry treats, cream cakes, pies, baguettes, croissants and more! I savored a delicious berry strudel.

Explore the Ancient Sites of Diocletian’s Palace:

A woman exploring Diocletian's Palace during 2 days in Split

During the 2 days when you visit Split, you must learn about the history and admire the fascinating Roman architecture at Diocletian’s Palace. It was the Emperor’s Palace that was built as a complex. Today, it is Old Town Split!

Some of the epic medieval spots and landmarks to see as you explore Diocletian’s Palace are the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, The Golden Gate, The Silver Gate, The Iron Gate, The Brass Gate, the Vestibule, the Temple of Jupiter, Peristyle, The Substructures and more.

Relax at the Beach in Split:

Bacvice Beach during 2 days in Split

Since Split is on the Dalmatia Coast, you should save some time to relax and enjoy one of the city’s beaches during your 2 days there.

After our day trip to Mostar, Ashley and I got back in time to enjoy Bačvice beach. I will admit that Bačvice is one of the most popular beaches in Split, so it is fairly crowded during the summer.

Bačvice has a sandy beach section along with a concrete beach where you can enter the Adriatic Sea by either jumping in or taking a ladder into the water. Please note that if you want a sun bed, you will need to pay for it.

Overall, Bačvice beach is the best place to go if you’re looking for a fun time. There are plenty of beach bars and nightclubs to grab a drink, dance and have a good time with friends! In fact, Split is known to have some of the best nightlife.

A capriosca from Split beach

During our time at Bačvice, we enjoyed capriosca’s, which are mint and lime cocktails at Beach Bar History. They are very refreshing, but can be a bit strong.

Other great beaches that you can add to your Split itinerary are Trstenik beach, which is maintained by Radisson Blu Resort Split; Kaštelet beach that draws a 20-something crowd; Kašjuni, which is a scenic beach that features pine forests, a church, rocks, views of the iconic Marjan Hill and more and Bene beach, which is a recreational center that is great for those looking to enjoy outdoor activities.

If you plan to spend 3 days in Split or more, I recommend visiting a few beaches in the area or even doing a boat tour.

Walk around the Riva Promenade:

Strolling around Riva Promenade during 2 days in Split

One of the most bustling parts of Split that you must check out during your 2 days there is the Riva Promenade. It boasts awesome restaurants, stores of all kinds, fun bars, gelato shops, charming bakeries and more. In fact, it is considered the most popular and most important place in Split.

Riva Promenade is also a spot where numerous cultural and entertainment events take place like Split’s carnival, numerous parades, sport ceremonies and political rallies.

Visit the Cathedral of Saint Domnius:

A woman admiring Split's cathedral

If you have read some of my other articles from my travels, then you know that I enjoy visiting places of worship.

During a trip to Split, Croatia, I recommend checking out and walking through Saint Domnius Cathedral, which is a Catholic church that features Romanesque and Ancient Roman architecture. It was built in the 4th Century and is considered the oldest building within the fortified Old Town of Split.

Find Game of Thrones Filming Spots in Split:

Visiting Game of Thrones Locations during 2 days in Split

In addition to Dubrovnik, the popular television series, Game of Thrones, was also filmed in Split. If you are a fan of GoT, then I highly recommend either visiting the Game of Thrones Museum or doing a Game of Thrones tour!

Other popular GoT spots to check out in the Split area are all of the historical places I talk about in Diocletian’s Palace above; Klis Fortress, which is a 20-minute drive from the Old Town and Zrnovnica, which is a village located just outside of the city of Split.

Enjoy a Night Out in Split:

An Aperol Spritz in Croatia at night

Croatia has some of the best nightlife in Europe! During your 2 days in Split, I highly recommend checking out the party scene by visiting a live music bar, nightclub or pub. If you’re unsure on where to go and would like to get a taste of different party spots in Split, I recommend participating in a bar or pub crawl!

Below are a list of some awesome places to enjoy a fun night out in Split, Croatia:

Venture to Plitvice Lakes National Park:

A woman visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split

A great day trip from Split is Plitvice Lakes National Park. It takes around 2.5 hours to drive to and from the park to the heart of the city. Like I mentioned above, we drove from Istria, stopped at Plitvice Lakes National Park along the way and then went to Split from there. You can do it that way as well, if that is how your trip is planned out! (The closest cities to Plitvice Lakes is the capital of Zagreb and Zadar.)

Beautiful views of Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s largest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts 16 aqua blue lakes, numerous waterfalls, a limestone canyon and 360-degree views from all around! There are also hiking trails, walking paths, an electric boat that takes visitors to different parts of the park as well as places to eat and drink.

The lower lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park

The lakes are what this National Park is iconic for and you can find 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes. These series of lakes were formed by natural tufa barriers. Overall, Plitvice Lakes is amazing and even though it draws a lot of crowds, it is still peaceful.

Day trip to Plitvice Lakes with 2 days in Split

Another thing to note about visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park is that the climate is much different than it is on the coast of Croatia because it is situated in the Dinaric Alps. Even though the weather was beautiful during our 2 days in Split, Plitvice Lakes was chilly and rainy. If you plan to come here, which you should, I recommend bringing a rain jacket, hiking or workout clothes, comfortable sneakers or hiking boots and a backpack. (I wasn’t prepared as you can see from my photos.)

A woman at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

We started our adventures at Plitvice Lakes National Park by first visiting the Upper Lakes, which includes a boardwalk, walking trails, hiking trails to waterfalls and stunning hidden gems. Afterwards, we then took the boat to the lower lakes where you can see the Big Waterfall and hike up to an overlook where you can admire breathtaking views of the park. There is also a third section to Plitvice Lakes where you can find Proscansko Lake. There are different routes (called programs) you can take throughout the park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park day trip from Split, Croatia

Overall, Plitvice Lakes National Park is open from 7am to 8pm during the summer months; 8am to 6pm in the spring and fall months and 8am to 3pm during the winter months. The cost for adults to enter is 300 Kuna during the summer months before 4pm and 200 Kuna after 4pm; it is 180 Kuna during the autumn and spring months and it’s 80 Kuna during the winter months.

Plitvice Lakes also charges for parking. It is 10 Kuna per hour, per vehicle and 100 Kuna per day for a camper.

Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park with 2 days in Split

If you want to explore all that Plitvice Lakes has to offer, I recommend getting accommodations near the park and visiting more than one day. Just like every other National Park in the world, you will need more than one day there. Discover more details on how to visit Plitvice Lakes.

Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park

In addition to the boat that takes you around the Plitvice Lakes, there is also a shuttle bus that transports visitors to and from the trails and park entrances to the visitor’s center and parking lots. The boat and shuttles are included with the price you pay to get into the National Park.

Click here to book a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park from Split.

A chicken dinner from Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

If you’re hungry and don’t want to eat at Plitvice Lakes National Park, I recommend grabbing a hearty meal at Bistro Vila Velebita. It is a cozy bistro that serves heartwarming Croatian mountain food. (They also have other international dishes as well.) I had chicken in a mushroom cream sauce with fries and grilled veggies with an ajvar sauce to the side, which is a Serbian red pepper sauce that is great for dipping. I also had my meal with a fruity cider. Ashley had a pasta dish with wine.

(Another great day trip to take from Split, Croatia is to Krka National Park. It is situated in Southern Croatia, around an hour drive from Split. Overall, Krka National Park is known for a series of seven waterfalls and the cool part about it is that you can actually swim there. Click here to book a day trip to Krka from Split.)

Day Trip to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina from Split:

A woman on a day trip to Mostar, Bosnia from Split, Croatia

During your 2 days in Split, you can either stay in the city or do a day trip. Another great place to visit from the city is Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is around a 2-hour drive southwest from Split.

Below is a list of the best things to do during a day trip to Mostar from Split:

A woman on the Crooked Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia
  • Learn about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its history. (There was a lot of international conflict that took place in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia not too long ago.)
  • Stroll around and shop through the Čaršija, which is the Old Town market where you can purchase Arabic lamps, plates, jewelry, tea sets, fabrics, pillows/blankets and more.
  • Walk over the Stari Most, which is the most popular and iconic bridge in Mostar.
  • Check out the Crooked Bridge in Mostar.
  • Enjoy a traditional Bosnian lunch and local wine at Restoran Kaldrma.

Click here to book a day trip to Mostar from Split.


2 days in Old Town Split

I hope you all enjoyed discovering what to do in Split in 2 days and learning about what you should add to your itinerary when you’re visiting. If you have any questions about my time in Split, Croatia, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Croatia:

Currency: Croatian Kuna, Capital: Zagreb, Time Zone: Central European Standard Time

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8 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on October 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Split, Croatia is absolutely breathtaking! Love all the architecture, gorgeous lakes and beautiful stone bridges! I like the old world vibes with the stone colored buildings, structures and ruins. Such beautiful photography. Love all the stunning photos of you ~ love you, mom xoxo 👩♥️⚘

    • Taylor Deer on October 19, 2021 at 11:36 pm

      It really is such a gorgeous city! I loved it so much! Thank you mom and love you too. <3

  2. Amanda on October 20, 2021 at 7:10 am

    I can’t decide which is more beautiful – the beaches, the architecture, or the food! Plitvice Lakes have been on my bucket list for a long time, but slowly more and more of Croatia are getting added too. Thanks for a great detailed itinerary for Split!

    • Taylor Deer on October 20, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      It was absolutely amazing Amanda! Plitvice Lakes was so breathtaking. You would love it all! 🙂

  3. Mithali on October 22, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Very interesting article and good information. Split looks like such a beautiful place. Thank you for the itinerary.

    • Taylor Deer on October 22, 2021 at 11:54 am

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂

  4. Toba on April 18, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Your trip seems really amazing, all the photos are so well-taken. also learned alot through your post. thanks alot for sharing Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on April 18, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Toba! Split was absolutely beautiful.

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