Postcard from Split

July 12, 2012 in Croatia,Europe,Places,Postcards

As a popular starting or ending point for many Croatian sailing trips and a major transport hub in Dalmatia, Split is tough to miss on most tourists’ itineraries, even if it’s just for one night.

Sunny morning and blue skies over the Split port, Croatia

Even just as a “layover city,” Split is a wonderful introduction to Dalmatia: red roofs, blue sea, beaches close enough to walk to, a promenade lined with palm trees. It’s also an excellent option for city breaks by rail: I took an overnight train from Zagreb, woke up to rolling green countryside and walked straight out to the glittering turquoise Adriatic Sea. I was only able to stay for one night, but I wish that I had been able to explore more: Split seems like the perfect combination of laid-back Croatian calm and friendliness, with incredible beaches and sunny weather as a bonus.

Sunset over the Adriatic Sea and port in Split, Croatia

While silent and serene at night, the coastline fills up with kayakers, cruise ships and even a few wayward swimmers during the day. Head down to the port to watch the sun set over the sea, with church steeples and bell towers casually breaking the steady silhouette of the hill that overlooks the city.

View over Split and the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

Hike up Marjan for incredible panoramic views of the city and sea: the hill is also home to parks, tennis courts, a zoo and several beaches. Make sure to take plenty of water–there are lots of stairs and slopes, and the sun is intense!

Facade of a building in Split, Croatia

Split is also home to beautifully classic buildings, opera, theatre and dance performances.

Telescope and view over the Split port in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia

Abandoned building in Split, Croatia against a blue sky

I loved the crumbling buildings as I climbed up Marjan: many stone facades

View of Split, the port and the Adriatic Sea in Croatia

What’s your favorite photo of Split? 

  • The sunset photo is gorgeous!!

  • So pretty! I see on your road trip itinerary that you’re scheduled to be in Santa Fe soon; I hope you love it! 🙂

  • Choco_mademoiselle

    love them all! :)) here’s a :hug: for your straight from Split! 🙂

  • camorose

    Best last night of 23–such a beautiful sunset 🙂

  • camorose

    We’ll be there on Sunday–any can’t-miss place (on a budget) for dinner?!

  • camorose

    Hvala!!! 🙂

  • Welcome to Croatia! 😀

  • camorose

    Had a brilliant time–thank you!

  • choco_mademoiselle

    I just saw this, haha 😀 poljubac!

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