Split, Croatia – the most photo worthy spots to visit

 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 most photo worthy spots to visit in Split and the surrounding countryside. 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.  Following are my top places in Split and the most photo worthy spots to visit around the city.


Split, Croatia - the most photo worthy spots to visit

Scenic view of Split and harbor area


Best Photo spots to visit around Split, Croatia


Scenic view of Split and harbor area

Farmers market in Central Split

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. Early in the morning is when the vendors are busy setting up so there is not as many shoppers and more time to take pictures as long as you aren’t in the way of them setting up, you should find some great photo opportunities.


Scenic view of Split and harbor area

Morning fish market in Split

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 market and outside stalls are all perfect places to photograph what is being caught, prepped and sold to buyers so you will definitely find something good to capture.


Scenic view of Split and harbor area

Views from the Bell Tower of Saint Domnius

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. Once your on top, you can walk around all the different sides with 360 degree views below and around Split.


Scenic view of Split and harbor area

Peristil Square – the main plaza of historic Split

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. You’ll find some wonderful architectural studies, people photography and even musicians or performers that are perfect subjects while visiting these attractions.



Split, Croatia - the most photo worthy spots to visit

Split bay front

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. Late afternoon to sunset is an ideal time to get great light and sunset to evening views along the scenic waterfront area.

 Marjan Hill

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.


Split, Croatia - the most photo worthy spots to visit





Split, Croatia - the most photo worthy spots to visit

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.


Split, Croatia - the most photo worthy spots to visit

Galerija Meštrović

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.


Places to stay in Split

There are many places to stay in the historic center inside the palace area, on the waterfront or some of the more quiet outlying areas and neighborhoods. Here are some suggestions of where to stay in Split.


Piazza Heritage Hotel – located close to the Palace grounds in one of the main squares in a beautiful classic style building, the hotel is well maintained, friendly service, spotless rooms and exceptional breakfast service

Hotel Luxe – Modern and clean with large sized rooms, many with harbor views, great breakfast buffet and good customer service

Hotel Marul – Centrally located, this boutique hotel within walking distance of the historic district, great front desk service, good breakfast service and comfortable and elegant bedrooms.

Palace Augubio – Located in the historic district this small boutique inn has only three rooms and is very quaint and exudes sense of place in the historic area, beautifully furnished with excellent breakfast service

For more reviews and price updates on the TripAdvisor in Split, you can check the link for updates and calendar availability.


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Best places to photograph Split, Croatia


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

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Early morning fish market in Split


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29 Responses to Split, Croatia – the most photo worthy spots to visit

  1. Monika October 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Great place to enjoy the holiday! I have thought of visiting Croatia a few times and after reading this amazing article really makes me want to go there. I really want to visit the beaches in Croatia! By the way, Thanks for all good images and resources.

  2. Jacky Lau January 30, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    Hi Noel,
    I will be going to Split and Dubrovnik this June. I only have two full days there. I am thinking of spending one day on a boat cruise to Vis, and a second day seeing the Dolcletian Palace and Galerija Mestrovic. Do you think I can fit it all in? I was wanting to walk back along the coast from the gallery like you suggest, would I have enough time (how long does it take? ) and is it worth doing if I am pressed for time?

    Which of those two land based sites is better to do in the morning and afternoon (the question that is always on a photographer’s mind)?

    I look forward to your reply and thanks in advance.


    • Noel January 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

      Yes it can be done in a full day. I would start off the day early to do this and maybe take a city walking tour and take the bus one direction and walk back the other direction so you can catch sunset in the city looking out through the bay.

  3. Matt Wiesman January 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    Besides the sightseeing in Split, the town makes an excellent base for exploring the wonders of Split-Dalmatia county not to mention the many islands that lie just offshore. From Split, you can easily visit Hvar and Brac by ferry all year round.

  4. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 6, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Ahhhhhh my new home country! Fab fab place to visit, so nice to see it from your lens Noel.

  5. Mary {The World Is A Book} April 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Stunning photos of such a photogenic city. I want to go! I love how you captured its beauty and its people.

  6. Chris Boothman March 31, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    Thanks for sharing this photo gallery on Croatia. I have actually been doing some research over the last few days on different spots in Croatia for a post I am working on for the A to Z Challenge on Dream Destinations. Clearly Croatia is up there in terms of beautiful European countries but rarely gets the credit it deserves. I am glad that you focused on Split because the majority of my research focused on other cities such as Zagreb, the Istrian region and Dubrovnik.

    The Port of Split looks like a really cool spot to just wander around, viewing all of the beautiful boats and stop for a quick bite to eat!

  7. Zori March 31, 2014 at 4:41 am #

    Great photos Noel! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Paul (@luxury__travel) March 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    I haven’t yet made it to Croatia but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time. Split sounds great, plus I like the sound of the Plitvice National Park… did you make it there, Noel?

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

      Yes, Plitvice is less than a two hour drive and definitely an amazing place to visit and photograph Paul

  9. Heather March 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful place to explore and photograph! Croatia is on the list for next year but I don’t know if I can wait that long!

  10. Jen March 30, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Great tips Noel! I’m hoping to get to Croatia in the next year or two so this will definitely come in very handy. Split looks like a beautiful place and there seems to be plenty to see and do.

  11. Suzanne (Travelbunny) March 30, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    Beautiful shots – it’s a while since I visited Split so your photos were a lovely reminder.

  12. Kathryn Burrington March 30, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Split looks like a really beautiful city that I could spend many hours, if not days, wandering around taking far too many photos, as you say! Thanks for these great suggestions of where to snap away. I really do hope I get to visit Splt for myself some day.

  13. Raphael Alexander Zoren March 30, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Was this where Game of Thrones was filmed? It looks so beautiful!!! Can’t wait to visit Croatia! 😀

    • Noel March 30, 2014 at 6:16 am #

      Not exactly here but in the country yes

    • SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 6, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      YUP! GoT was filmed in a bunch of locations here in Split (and other places). If you want you can go to the Klis Fortress where loads of scenes were shot. Lots of GoT tours popping now also.

  14. Tara March 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Fantastic Photos! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Jackie De Burca March 29, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Split is a city that has always interested me and I adore these photos. I particularly like the way you’ve started off with the early morning markets and then we have so many wonderful photos of the city. Isn’t that bell tower amazing?

  16. Taylor March 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    I really wanted to visit Croatia on my upcoming trip to Europe, but it was expensive getting there no matter how I switched around my route. I know I’ll get there one day but until then, I’ll have to settle on drooling over these gorgeous photos 🙂

    • Noel March 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

      I agree, for some reason flying into Croatia is very limited with mostly the National carriers and just a few regional lines so prices are pretty steep but it’s definitely worth the effort to visit.

  17. Calvin Chaney March 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    Awesome pictures from a magnificent town

  18. Lee Briggs March 28, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I had never considered Croatia as a holiday destination until recently. It was posts like this that began to allow me to see places like this in a different light.
    Thank you.

  19. Travels with Tam March 28, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    These photos are wonderful. So crisp they jump off the page!

  20. Leigh March 28, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit. Looks like a very livable city with such a bustling waterfront.

  21. Sand In My Suitcase March 28, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Split – such a lovely city! So fun that it’s built around Diocletian’s Palace. We know tourists often ask “Which way to Diocletian’s Palace”? Then they’re told “You’re in it.”


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