Split, Croatia farmers market – Travel Photo Mondays #38


Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Colorful flowers for sale at the Split morning market

Split, Croatia farmers market – Travel Photo Mondays

Every time I’m in a new destination, one of my first visits always end up at a local farmers market. I’m so attracted to seeing what is growing locally, watching the farmers and other producers gather in one spot and see them interacting with their customers, friends and fellow vendors. It’s a fascinating way to discover the culture, history and especially the foods and ingredients that are purchased daily by locals who want only the freshest picks for the day. The farmers market in Split is located just off the East or silver gate and it is huge. Large areas are sectioned off for produce, prepared products or cooked foods, meat products, clothing and tourist related items, a gorgeous floral market and another area for local delicacies and snacks – it’s quite expansive. The market starts relatively early and lasts for most of the day and it is well attended by locals and tourists alike who end up walking through the east gate below and visit the areas for cheap souvenirs and snacks. I must say though many of the clothing, souvenirs and cheap products sold at the markets seemed to be made of poor quality materials and mostly imported from Asian countries.



Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Split silver gate



The outdoor markets are lively, crowded and a very colorful affair.  Even though the majority of vendors are older women –  the colorful umbrellas, stalls and produce create such a vivid tapestry, it’s a perfect spot to photograph the market from any angle and include a lot of local flavor.


Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Local produce for sale

Fresh regional produce from Split


Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Fresh pomegranates for sale




Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Selling fresh produce from the farm




I’m usually attracted to the flower vendors, it seemed like today’s market had every type of flower and foliage available for sale. I can imagine all the amazing flower gardens and greenhouses supplying all these lovely varieties for sale at the market and everything looked fresh and almost too perfect.


Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Talking with regular





Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

A colorful display



For some reason, the meat butchers and other meat vendors did not like having pictures of their products or their shops taken which was strange considering how sanitary and appetizing many of the prepared food stalls were. I was able to take a quick picture of this yummy pig head before the vendor shooed me away.


Split, Croatia farmers market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Crispy pig heads for sale



In any case, you will not be lacking for any type of produce or souvenirs offered to the public at the Split farmers market.  So if you do want to see more locals doing their daily chores and socializing, head on over to the morning farmers market in the old city center – it’s worth spending the morning wandering around and enjoying the scenes unfold and try some local specialties or snacks. Did you enjoy visiting  the Split seafood market for Travel Photo Mondays? Thank you for visiting us today, please do check out these other bloggers below by clicking on their links.

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  2. Judith Doyle July 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I was amused at your comment that “Even though the majority of vendors are older women – the colorful umbrellas, stalls and produce create such a vivid tapestry, it’s a perfect spot to photograph the market……”

    At what age do women become a negative to you, photographically? I love the interesting faces of older women (and men, for that matter). Faces that have been lived in and have experienced the ups and downs of life yet retain the feistiness to give as good as they get in a lively market.

    Signed: an older woman

    • Noel July 28, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      I actually love to photography people of any age as long as they are also okay with that 🙂

  3. Corinne April 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Noel, I love Split and I love a market…two goodies in one! Great photos.

  4. Marcia April 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    Interesting, Noel. I wonder why the meat vendors didn’t want photos taken.
    I’m glad the women didn’t mind. They have such expressive faces, their stalls so beautiful.
    Thanks for linking up with FoodieTuesday this week.

  5. Doreen Pendgracs April 2, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Have never been to Croatia, but your shots make it look intriguing. I, too, love exploring the local outdoor markets wherever I travel. It really gives insight into the people and culture of a place.

  6. Paul (@luxury__travel) April 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    There’s nothing like buying local! Farmers markets are a great way to do that… shame the butchers were so much less compliant – I’d have been interested to see more shots of their wares.

  7. Linda Bibb April 1, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    We’re suckers for Farmers’ Markets and had a great time checking out the produce there when we visited Split. If we were to live there, that’s where I’d do all my shopping, for sure!

  8. Kristin Henning April 1, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    p.s. Is there an easy way to see the date you posted this? I can only assume from the comments it was this week.

    • Noel April 1, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Yes it was posted this week, thanks for connecting Kristin

  9. Kristin Henning April 1, 2014 at 4:54 am #

    Thanks for posting this, Noel. Really nice photos, and I appreciate you included people with the produce:) We’ll get there one of these days…probably later this year.

  10. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo April 1, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    I’m like you, I love exploring markets as a way of getting under the skin of a place. Your photo of the pomegranates is stupendous! Something about it just really got to me, I LOVE it!

  11. Jackie De Burca March 31, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Indeed a rich and vivid tapestry of colours and lives. Those women’s faces are wonderful, so full of character and stories. Each woman is a study unto herself and a fascinating subject. Wonderful photos Noel.

  12. Suzanne Fluhr March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    I’ve never been to “eastern Europe” and the countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain. Your photos and others I’ve seen certainly make it seem worth the trip — not to mention the fact that I think most of my family came from that part of the world to the US at some point. The gate near the top of your post looks like it might have been built by the Romans. Do you know if it was?

    • Noel March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      The city of Split is built on the ruins of emperor Diocletians retirement palace in Croatia where he rule before he died so the entire historic city is a roman Unesco site

  13. Debbie March 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I absolutely LOVED visiting Spliit last fall. It is actually one of my next weeks blogs. Such a beautiful country.

  14. Chris Boothman March 31, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    I always feel very honored to be able to share my photo gallery posts on this link-up because not only do you have such exceptional images in your collection, there are a whole bunch of other great photographers that are sharing their work here – what a great idea you came up with, so kudos to you on this one!

    I think my favorite image has to be the old dear who is selling her fresh produce. You have captured such a vivid shot here that leads us all to imagine what she must be feeling as she stands their hour after hour trying to make ends meat so to speak. Great photo collection Noel!

  15. Heather Cowper March 31, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I’m a sucker for all those beautiful flowers in the market – wish I could take them home with me. It’s good to see the faces of those older women too, so much character in their faces.

  16. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it March 31, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Oh, yah – that’s one yummy pig’s head. Seriously, this is a very colorful market and worth spending many hours walking around the vendors. So what else did you buy besides that pig head?

    • Noel March 31, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      we bought a bunch of cut meats, cheeses and other picnic stuff with bread and ate a seaside park overlooking the bay and coastline, gorgeous!

  17. Patti March 31, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I think I’ll pass on the crispy pig head, but I absolutely love the picture of the pomegranate. There is something magical about pomegranates, isn’t there? The beautiful red, sweet, juicy little pearls of goodness all cling together, just one of Mother Nature’s small wonders.

  18. Michelle March 31, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Your photos are incredible – so much color and detail! I felt like I was there 🙂
    I suubmitted my post on Tanzania to travel photo Monday. Thanks for the idea.

  19. anna parker March 31, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    gorgeous photos, I always shy away from taking people pictures if I don’t know the person, but with all the colour and atmosphere of the market, the people really make the shots complete. Croatia is still on the must visit list – hopefully bareboat charter one day with a bit of Montenegro as well – we’d be healthy, with all that gorgeous fruit and veg!! Thank you for letting me know about the link up!

  20. Catherine March 31, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Such lovely images Noel! The produce and flowers look so delectable and vibrant in all their splendid colors. I wish more market vendors allowed photographs…

  21. Molly S March 31, 2014 at 1:38 am #

    Beautiful photos. I’ve never been to Croatia, but I love visiting markets wherever I go – they’re always so colourful and vibrant!

  22. Jen March 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    It looks lovely! Its one of the things I love most about European cities is the farmers markets. I can still remember the most amazing peaches I have ever had, bought from a small market in the lanes of Rome.

  23. jesh StG March 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    They seem to make much more use of the outdoor markets abroad than here – and there is more of a variety of things one can purchase there. That’s one thing I miss in California. The captures of the flower booths are wonderful!

    • Noel March 31, 2014 at 7:11 am #

      Yes, I was amazed by the market and how large it was and the space it covered in the old city – well used by the locals

  24. muzachan March 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

  25. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse March 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    The picture of the pomagrenates is amazing. And that’s something I don’t find at my farmers’ market!

  26. Life Images by Jill March 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I love markets – such wonderful places to explore, sights, sounds, smells, and great places to take photos! Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

  27. Dennis Kopp March 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    The farmers market looks lovely Noel, apart from the last photo actually. I too end up always on local markets while travelling, especially in South America and Asia. This one in Split I must have missed on my visit, but I will make sure to check it out next time when in Croatia… 🙂

  28. Mary {The World Is A Book} March 30, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Beautiful series of photos, Noel. I love visiting markets too especially the ones in Europe. How strange that they don’t want picture taken of the meat. I’m not quite sure about that pig’s head though.

  29. Corinne March 30, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Noel, Love these. I’m heading to Croatia next week, so I’m sure to find a few markets myself. Love the colors!


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