Split is Croatia’s second largest city and was our penultimate stop on our tour of this beautiful country. Much like the the other cities on our journey, Split is a fortified city divided into an ‘Old Town’ and ‘New Town’ with the port a main feature.
I have to say Split was a beautiful place to visit and the people were unbelievably beautiful too, with some of the world’s top supermodels hailing from here. I even noticed myself paying more attention to what I wore every day in paranoia of our beautiful surroundings!
The very nature of Split lends itself perfectly to Game of Thrones and there are indeed several filming locations, you can find a full blog post of the locations here.
Things to do in Split
The most famous of Split’s filming locations is in the very walls of Diocletain’s Palace – the gateway into the Old Town. You’ll find several Game of Thrones filming locations in here including where Daenerys keeps her dragons and most famously her Throne Room in the Great Pyramid.
Diocletain’s Palace will be your main area for sightseeing in Split. Upon entering you will see a market of locals selling wares from jewellry to pottery. Beyond here you will find a square with the great Cathedral. Alternatively walk the walls of the palace for beautiful views and lose yourself in the ruins.
Be sure to hang around and see Diocletain salute his guards and visitors every day at noon. The re-enactment lasts around 10-15 minutes and is worth the wait. Roman Guards will then stay behind to take photos with tourists for a small tip.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
A crypt, cathedral and bell tower, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius has much to offer including stunning views if you can make it to the top of the tower without losing your nerve!
The hub of Split, the promenade runs the length of the walls and at night becomes a beautiful catwalk for the locals and tourists alike. There is never a shortage of somewhere to eat or drink and this place gets incredibly busy.
Grgur Ninski Statue
Gregory of Nin was a medieval Croatian Bishop of Nin who brought Croatian language to the church and has since been immortalised with a 28 foot statue sitting just outside the Golden Gate. Apparently rubbing his toe will bring visitors good luck… I strongly suggest washing your hands after, it’s a pretty busy area!
Fortress of Klis
A few miles outside of Split is Kliss Fortress, or as you may recognise it, Mereen where Daenerys famously crucified 163 Slave Masters in retribution for their crucifixion of the same number of children to warn her away from the city. You’ll need a car to get here but it’s worth a visit.
Krka National Park
About an hour outside of Split is Krka National Park. Similar to Plitvice, it is famed for beautiful clear water and extreme natural beauty. However unlike Plitvice, visitors can take a dip in its main lake though don’t let the waterfall pictures fool you, you can’t swim up to them. The walk to the waterfall is a mere 20-30 minutes so may be more suitable to those looking a relaxing day out but I highly recommend it. Bring bug spray, a towel and your own lunch.
Where to Eat in Split
Sexy Cow is a great easy eaterie located just on the outskirts of Split. In the morning you’ll be able to get granola bowls and fruit juice and in the evening you’ll have some seriously tasty flatbread style burgers. Everything is freshly made and really great quality. We went for dinner on the first night and breakfast the following morning and definitely recommend it.
Hidden amongst the tiny city streets is this great little pizzeria. You can eat indoors or under a gazebo of ivy on a beautiful terrace. We were hard pushed to find a bad pizza in Croatia and this was no exception. Tasty, fresh and cheap, this place was pretty bang on.
PARADOX Wine & Cheese Bar
OK, so we didn’t actually eat here but it received great reviews and they had run out of half their menu by 8.30pm so that’s a pretty good sign. Check it out and book if you can.