Split, Croatia – the most photo worthy spots to visit
It seems like every where you turn in Split, Croatia is a photo worthy moment that you can capture on your visit there. Be careful though, before you know it, you’ll have a ton of pictures to sort through in capturing the best of the best. I sometimes found myself taking too many pictures while visiting many of the popular spots in the historic district, instead of striking a balance of being present and enjoying the moment. There are just too many things to look at and photograph in this ancient palace that has been converted into a tourist focused city. To save you some time finding the most scenic spots, I’ve documented some of the nicest locations to visit and photograph. This includes the many facets of this colorful city from old to new, gorgeous vistas, harbor views, historic landmarks and the natural beauty of the Dalmatian coastline.
Here are some of the photo highlights in no particular order:
Split farmers market
It happens every morning beyond the east or silver gate of the city, the farmers market is a lively and colorful venue to visit. It’s a perfect spot to photography and capture fresh produce and products, vendors and locals shopping, attractive flower stalls and every day activities focused on shopping within the historic center. It’s worth checking out and even picking up some picnic food or local snacks for your day.
Split fish market
The local fish market is also a lively place to photograph and capture the busy market, loud vendors and some amazing seafood on display in a gorgeous old building that has been the market venue for many generations. It’s a must do place to see, smell and photograph the markets in the early morning hours when the locals go shopping for evenings meal.
The bell tower of Saint Domnius cathedral
Climbing the main bell tower of the cathedra is a real adventure, and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the entire city below including spectacular views of the harbor, coastline and the mountains surrounding Split. It’s a relatively easy climb but a little scary since the tower is open air with a windy uphill climb – so do take precaution especially when both climbing and descending stairs are the same.
Central historic district
The entire historic district used to be the remains of the Diocletian Palace and now houses the various plazas, markets and small streets filled with tourist and curio shops. Some of the most picturesque portions include the four main entrance gates, the Peristil square (the main square of Diocletian’s palace), and Jupiter’s temple which faces Peristil Square.
Split bay front area
The waterfront area around the harbor of Split is a fantastic scene for capturing many scenes including the entire city skyline, mountains surrounding the city, harbor views and scenic coastline views past the harbor. Even finding a spot along the cement platforms at Riva harbor is an excellent place to enjoy people watching, and then capturing some beautiful sunset photographs looking out to the harbor and ocean.
Just to the west of Split is an oasis of green and a popular spot for long walks and great panoramic vistas of the city from the top of Marjan Hill. It is a relatively quiet area that mostly locals take for a nice walk or even some alpine climbing on the south side area of the hill. If your looking for quiet green spaces away from the maddening day trippers in town, go and climb up to the top of Marjan Hill and you will be rewarded with beautiful views, some ruins and smaller churches to visit along the park areas of Marjan.
Port of Split
Along the port and a short walk uphill is a peninsula and small park- another scenic spot to capture some nice panoramas of the harbor and the entire city beyond the harbor. A relatively short walk from the central district, the area around the harbor and park are worth the effort and quiet from the bustling crowds in the tourist areas of the historic district.
A short bus or taxi ride from the central district is the home and now converted gallery/museum to Croatia’s most famous artist and sculptor Mestrovic. The galleries all contain many of his masterpieces which fit perfectly in each gallery space. From the upper levels, beautiful vistas and views of the Dalmatian coastline are perfect spots to capture at the gallery. If you are more energetic the walk back along the coastline is also stunning and a wonderful way to see some of the small inlets, beaches and coastal views around Split.
These are some of the ideal photo worthy spots around Split for those interested in taking pictures with fine views and interesting subject. Hope you do visit some of these locations to round out your photo captures of the Diocletian palace and areas surrounding Split.
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