Split, Croatia

Dobra večer (good evening)! We just split Split, Croatia, and Natalie and I had an incredible full day. So far Split is our favorite port of this cruise. For starters, the Adriatic Sea has been so smooth we were able to spot dolphins from our balcony at 6:30am. We pulled into port around 8am and we were off the ship for the day 30 minutes later.

Lela Jelena Delic

Again, my friend and Croatian TV star Ashley Colburn hooked us up with her favorite Split travel guide, Lela Jelena Delic (damale3 AT hotmail.com). Lela met us by our ship and we walked through the busy port to Split’s Old Town.

The first thing we learned is that Split is Europe’s third busiest port behind Naples and Piraeus (Athens). She also told us the city of Split has about 250,000 people. Instead of boring you with loads of information, here are 12 things you must do in Split, Croatia, according to Lela.

Substructures of Diocletian’s Palace

1. Tour the substructures of Diocletian’s Palace. They were built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD and are so incredible for the time, it’s difficult to fathom how they were made.

Cathedral St. Duje

2. Climb the spire in Cathedral St. Duje — it’s 250 steps.

Split fish market

3. Visit the fish market in the morning to see the day’s catch. It doesn’t smell like most fish markets since it’s built on sulphur beds.

Split fruit market (365 days a year)

4. Tour the local farmers’ market; it’s now one of my favorites. All the fruits and vegetables are so colorful and fresh. And the locals were friendly. When I tried to buy a single apple the owner smiled and said, “Take it.

Marjan Mountain

5. Climb up Marjan Mountain. It takes about 20 minutes and the walk is beautiful and peaceful. At the top we saw a peacock; I’m not sure if it was part of the zoo that’s up there or not. On the way down you will see a café that has the best views in the city.

Teak Caffe

6. Enjoy a coffee and a slice of homemade cherry pie in Luxor café. Lela says this place is like her living room and she goes to enjoy the constant change of scenery. Another café she recommends is Teak Caffe.

Tradicija Bakery

7. Go to Tradicija Bakery for some traditional Croatian cookies and other sweet specialties.

Lunch at Fife

8. For lunch, Lela recommends Vidakovi restaurant – the oldest in Split. She also recommends Villa Spiza and Fife restaurants. Natalie and I ate at the latter which was good and cheap but they don’t take credit cards so make sure you have some cash (kuna or euros) on you!

Riva

9. Walk along Riva, the esplanade along the water, in the evening.

10. Mestrovic Gallery – Ivan Mestrovic Museums is a must, according to Lela. Just the mention of it gives her goosebumps.

Red coral necklace

11. Buy gifts and souvenirs in the Old Town. The best things to spend your kunas on are red coral, gold, and shoes. Split is very fashion forward.

Bacvice beach party

12. On a hot summer day, walk to Bacvice beach. It’s a five-minute walk from the port. It’s the perfect spot for swimming, attending the daily beach parties, or playing Picigin, which is a traditional ball game from Split. It’s played in waist-high water and the players try to keep the small ball from touching the water.

Jumping off the cliffs at Bacvice beach

As you can see there’s so much to do and see in Split, Croatia. We were out for the whole day and still only able do 9 of the 12 things on this list, which means we will just have to come back. What a bummer, eh?

Useful links:

Seabourn

Split, Croatia – Wikipedia

Croatian phrases

More Yacht Cruises in Croatia

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Day 2: Sea Day

Day 3: Kotor, Montenegro

Day 4: Corfu, Greece

Day 5: Brindisi, Italy

Day 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Day 8: Sali, Croatia

Day 9: Rovinj, Croatia

How I was feeling
How I was feeling
7 Kuna (1 euro)
7 Kuna (1 euro)
Jumping off the cliffs
Jumping off the cliffs
Dancing in the water
Dancing in the water
Beach party
Beach party
Rave party in Split
Rave party in Split
Snorkeling in Croatia
Snorkeling in Croatia
Bacvice beach
Bacvice beach
Split Railroad
Split Railroad
Funny Australians
Funny Australians
Cathedral St. Duje
Cathedral St. Duje
Stara Ura (the Old Town Clock)
Stara Ura (the Old Town Clock)
Relax n Go Fish Spa (10 euro)
Relax n Go Fish Spa (10 euro)
Marmontova Ulica (famous shopping street)
Marmontova Ulica (famous shopping street)
Prokurative - Trg Republike
Prokurative - Trg Republike
Sausage and fries (65 Kuna)
Sausage and fries (65 Kuna)
Lunch at Fife
Lunch at Fife
What a view
What a view
Peaceful bridge
Peaceful bridge
Still walking
Still walking
Walking up
Walking up
Riva
Riva
Marjan mountain
Marjan mountain
Local treats
Local treats
Fresh veggies
Fresh veggies
Wild blueberries
Wild blueberries
Nuts and dried fruit
Nuts and dried fruit
Split fruit market (365 days a year)
Split fruit market (365 days a year)
Good place for a coffee
Good place for a coffee
www.splitgraphic.hr
www.splitgraphic.hr
Tradicija Bakery
Tradicija Bakery
NoStre for breakfast
NoStre for breakfast
Split fish market
Split fish market
Salted sardines
Salted sardines
Split fish market
Split fish market
Villa Spiza for local food
Villa Spiza for local food
Rub his toe for good luck
Rub his toe for good luck
Poljana Grgura Ninskog
Poljana Grgura Ninskog
Red coral necklace
Red coral necklace
Do you love Croatia?
Do you love Croatia?
Luxor Cafe
Luxor Cafe
Look up to see spire
Look up to see spire
That's right
That's right "Love"
Inside the palace
Inside the palace
Substructures design
Substructures design
Substructures
Substructures
Model of Split
Model of Split
Riva
Riva
Lela Jelena Delic
Lela Jelena Delic
Nice private yacht
Nice private yacht
Split's 3rd busiest port in Europe
Split's 3rd busiest port in Europe
Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia
Seabourn Spirit
Seabourn Spirit
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3 Comments On "Seabourn Spirit Adriatic Cruise: Day 7 (Split, Croatia)"
  1. Kim Kelly - Liv Life (@LivLifeToo)|

    Red Coral, gold and shoes… I am a happy girl!! Looks like a fabulous day!

  2. Kim Kelly - Liv Life (@LivLifeToo)|

    One quick question… did you bring the local currency with you or use ATM?

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Use ATM

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