Split, Croatia – the morning fish market


Split, Croatia fish market - Travel Photo Mondays #38

Split, Croatia – the morning fish market

The morning fish market in Split is quiet lively and loud – everyone is yelling out the specialties of the day, some are animated, even comical in their zeal. You almost have to stand out if you want to sell out of the days catch since there is a lot of competition for the best and freshest seafood you can find in Dalmatia.

Taking photographs of markets, especially seafood markets are fun as long as you don’t get in the way and you are observant of the traffic and stay out of the pathways. There’s nothing worse than being a clumsy tourist getting in the way or disturbing vendors who are trying to make their livelihood selling their seafood. But if you do act quick, you can go right in and zoom on some amazing shots and detail at the morning market. And who knows, maybe you can occasionally get some funny or interesting shots of some of the vendors in action and touting their specials of the day.

Here are some of the wonderful highlights exploring the seafood market in Split:



Split, Croatia fish market, a vendor is showing the different cuts



It’s amazing, the variety of fish and seafood available at this market – there are a whole rainbow of colors, sizes and assortment available for sale and just caught the night before. The seafood market has a very strong influence to the local economy and has a substantial role in Split’s history, tradition and cuisine.


Different varieties of fish on display





Split, Croatia fish market - local fish on display
So many local fish to choose from


It’s amazing to watch and see how these fish vendors can quickly filet an entire tuna in just a few minutes and come up with perfect fish filets for sale.


Split, Croatia fish market - Travel Photo Mondays #38
Making the filets




Split, Croatia fish market - local fish on display


The fish market is housed in an ornate and beautiful building with slab limestone counters and floors, it’s so wonderful seeing seafood presented this way, so fresh in a very clean environment. The outdoor section is also an overflow of the inside market with many more selections of fish and shell brought in daily for sale.




Split, Croatia fish market - local fish on display
Interior shot of the fish market




An unknown ugly flatfish at the market

A strong odor


So many different types of local shell-fish were on display at the fish market, it’s amazing the different varieties that are gathered locally. From the image above, not everyone enjoys the fresh smell of seafood on display at the markets. The shell fish selection is extensive, with so many different varieties of shellfish in every size, color and shape for sale today.


Split, Croatia fish market shell fish on display




Split, Croatia - the morning fish market

An unknown ugly flatfish at the market



This video shows the fish monger expertly skinning that really ugly fish above into some edible pieces of fish steaks for the customer patiently waiting below.





If your up early in Split, take a walk over to the seafood market on the western side of the old city and follow your nose. The lively indoor/outdoor market is a must visit spot for seafood lovers especially with all the amazing varieties available for sale every day at the Split market – a wonderful place to photograph and enjoy a slice of food and local culture.


For more  posts on visiting the fascinating city of Split,  Croatia – check out my other stories below

The best places to visit and photograph Split

Farmers market in Split’s old town

A free Split city tour of the Diocletian Palace

Local foods of the Dalmatian coastline

Enjoying a day in Trojir, Croatia

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16 Responses to Split, Croatia – the morning fish market

  1. alison April 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Noel-Great capture of so many different aspects of the fish market. Although I love going to markets when I travel, the fish is never my favorite. Give me the flower stalls anyday! I could especially relate to the woman covering her nose-it made me laugh. They always say the freshest catch shouldn’t have that much of an odor, and I noticed you didn’t mention the subject. Was it strong and fishy?

  2. The Crowded Planet April 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Hey Niel, great work! I love markets too, I visited Hamburg’s fish market just this morning. Love your shots of fish lying on the counter, especially the ‘ugly flat’ one, and the video was great too! Thanks for sharing

  3. Paul (@luxury__travel) April 6, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    What was the hygiene like, Noel? Like Phoebe, I notice in the fifth picture down that the guy is smoking with cigarette ash looking like it could fall at any moment on the fish he’s preparing below… doesn’t strike me as a very good way to be doing things!

    • Noel April 6, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      Hygiene was extremely clean except for the one guy and I’m sure it’s just his bad habit. I don’t think I would have bought fish from him personally, but boy he was a barker!

  4. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 6, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    We love the markets here in Croatia, have not yet been to this one, gotta try asap. That flat fish sure is ugly, poor thing, I bet he made a wicked tasting soup!

  5. Kathryn April 5, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    I love photographing food and food markets and I like eating fish but I’m never pleased with my photographs in fish markets. I guess I find them very unphotogenic to say the least but I enjoyed your post never-the-less and I have to laugh at myself for being so squeamish!

  6. Tam @ TravellingBookJunkie April 5, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Great photos. I can only imagine the smell and quite possibly would have been very similar to the young girl you photo’d. I almost feel sorry for the unknown ugly flatfish, I am not sure, seeing him, that I would want to eat him – although I am sure he would be very tasty. 🙂

  7. Chris Boothman April 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    You really have captured these images well. It’s interesting reading this post soon after I just wrote a post on Japan (coming soon!) and included a short extract about the Tsukiji Market which is the largest fish market in the world. I can’t say that I frequent fish markets but I am sure they are an interesting experience watching how the pros go through all the phases of preparing and ultimately selling their products.

  8. Marisol@TravelingSolemates April 4, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Noel, I enjoyed all the scenes you photographed. I like how you captured the energy of the market as well as the local vibe – and the smell! My favorite shot is that of the girl covering her nose. It can’t be a seafood market without someone not loving the odor:) I also like your tip about how to photograph without being obstructive.

    • Noel April 4, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      Hi Marisol, thanks for connecting – as you can see I love markets and the energy, excitement and the visuals you can get from being in such an authentic space…have you been to Split? If not you should visit this area in Damatia.

  9. Lee Briggs April 4, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Fish markets are usually good places to visit in most cities. I think that the “unknown ugly flatfish” is a monkfish. Quite ugly but very tasty.

  10. Linda Bibb April 4, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    The unknown ugly flatfish is called monkfish. Good eats. 🙂

  11. TravelDoIt April 4, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Loving the picture of the girl covering her face, it really made me giggle! I think I’d be the same.

  12. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo April 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    I love markets (and wrote about my local one this week). Fish markets can be some of the best as there’s usually a lot of shouting going on (in France the process of the fish arriving at the quay and being bought by the dealers is even called “la criée” – the shout -) I love the shot of the guy with his cigarette ash about to fall on to the lovely fesh fish!!

  13. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse April 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    That reminded me of going to the fish market in Sète, south of France, during my childhood.


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