Gorgeous Split, Croatia and the most photo worthy spots to visit now (updated 2021)
It seems like every where you turn in Split, Croatia is so photogenic that you can take so many beautiful pictures. 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 but let me share the best spots in Split, Croatia – the most photo worthy spots to visit.
What to see in Split, Croatia
There are so many things to do and see in Split, Croatia. To save you some time finding the most scenic spots, I’ve put together 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 to visit in Split and the most photo worthy spots to visit around the city.
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. One of the fun things to do in Split, the outdoor markets are 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.
The Split fish market
One of the most unusual and ornate places to visit in split is the local fish market. It is a lively and busy 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.
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 and scenic places to see of Split with spectacular views of the harbor, coastline and the surrounding mountains. 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.
Exploring Split’s 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.
Touring Split’s 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.
Views from 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.
Walking through Split’s port and harbor
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.
Visiting 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.
Where 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
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