I recently went on a trip to Croatia for 2 weeks and it was AMAZING.
I’ve got a fair few posts lined up to show you my photos and share my travel tips, so look out for all of these. I went to Plitvice Lakes, and sailed my way along the coast to Dubrovnik stopping off at islands and sampling the food and drink of Croatia so there will most likely be a post to suit you!
Today I have some photos of Split and what I recommend doing there, I have just over 1 day so I had to see and do as much as I could in a small space of time. My flight landed at 9.30am so I made the most of the day.
As I’d just arrived I went to my hotel to drop off my bag. I stayed at the Nirvana Luxury Rooms (Trip Advisor site here) which I would definitely recommend. Vana sent me her number so I could text her on my arrival to drop my bags off, but actually my room was ready too. She was there on time and showed my around my room giving me a map of Split with handy hints of where to go for food and what to see. She was great and I will be leaving a review when I get 5 minutes spare!
My room was exactly as the pictures described on the site I booked it on and it was really clean. There was even a little gift on my pillow and I had a balcony (which I used for a total of 5 minutes before I fell asleep!)
The bathroom was great too, the shower cubicle was massive and had a waterfall shower as well as a normal one.
So without further dawdling I left with my map and went straight to old town. I wandered for a few hours, picking up some food from the MANY bakeries. I think over the course of a few days I ate from 5 different bakeries, they make so much good food and for cheap prices that it was perfect for me.
I went straight to the bell tower of St Domnius, it’s hard to miss as it’s the tallest building in the area. I queued for a little while to get my ticket but it was worth the wait, and just about worth the walk up the steps.
The steps are something else. It’s not how many there are, or because they are in a tight space. These steps literally defy any logic and as a logical person they terrified me!
I’m not even scared of heights but I was shaking by the time I made it to the top and I was grateful for the people walking down the steps that I had to wait for before continuing upwards. The steps look like they aren’t even fixed to the walls and I felt like I was walking on air, so my stomach was doing backflips the entire time!
Apart from that I tried to distract myself with the fabulous views!
You can see everything from the bell tower even on the way up. I wish I could have taken more photos along my way (without the blurring from my shaky hands) but with everyone around me there wasn’t enough time or space.
And the views at the top were amazing! Split is beautiful and you get views from this bell tower that aren’t seen anywhere else. I haven’t shared too many photos but loooooooooooooooook at these!
The roofs are so bright! I love seeing the orange colours contrasted against the blue sky and sea, it’s so pretty. At this point I also found ‘the hill’ my brother told me to walk up for city views and panoramics so I knew that was where Iwas going later on.
After this I wandered to Diocletian’s Palace which was part of the same square. I didn’t go into the museum but there was still plenty to look at outside and underground.
The underground of Diocletian’s Palace was like an Aladdin’s Cave – it was a massive cave full of little stalls where you could buy jewellery, souvenirs and all sorts of goodies.
It was very busy when I walked through thanks to tour guides and groups but there were other times when it was very quiet and it was open at 6.30am when I walked through to get my bus to Plitvice Lakes the next day.
After this was time to wander the old town and all the side streets, all of them are beautiful and my biggest tip is to look up!
There are beautiful windows and shutters, flowers, and even displays occasionally like these shoes hung up along one street!
After a quick pit stop for some caffeine it was time to tackle the hill. I knew it would be worth going up but didn’t realise my views would be this good.
It took around 20 minutes to get from Old Town to the top but I didn’t pause at any point. There are steps and they are shaded by trees but I can imagine doing this in the middle of the day wouldn’t be easy! I’d recommend going in the morning when it’s still cool or for sunset time – I went at 6pm so was too early for sunrise but I couldn’t wait any longer!
I managed to do all of this in one day and walked the whole thing, only paying for food/drinks and my ticket to the Bell Tower so you can see Split pretty cheaply.
On my last day in Split I had a few hours before I got on my boat so I went to one of the local beaches just passed the harbour where the cruise ships dock. It was beautifully clean and I enjoyed my 2 hours of beach time as I wasn’t sure when I would get it again!
Whilst in Split I also took a day out to go to Plitvice Lakes National Park to see the waterfalls so I will share this with you in a separate post as I have so many photos to share!
Have you been to Croatia? Have you wandered the Old Town in Split?
What did you think of the Bell Tower and the views??
Let me know!