The city of Split is the second biggest city in Croatia, being home to approximately 200,000 people in the urban centers alone. It is on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea, making it one of the most popular attraction sites in Croatia.
Split Croatia is dotted with numerous places to see, from historical sites to natural landmarks that will blow you away. While you can explore the area on your own, it’s advisable to seek the services of a tour guide. Walking with one of the locals will give you a deeper understanding of the sites and even the local history that can’t be found in books or the internet.
Here are some of the activities found on Pelican Tours that you should consider taking part in during your visit to Split.
This is the most famous site in Split. The square is found in front of the cathedral of St.
Duje. If you’re looking to enjoy the raw culture of Croatia, this is the place to be. The
best time to visit this square is during the summer when locals hold cultural events
including musicals. You will get to enjoy the traditional music played with the added bonus of the acoustics. One of the events to look out for is the Split Summer Festival.
Grgur Ninski Statue
The name of this magnificent statue translates to Gregory of Nin. If you are a fan of art,
then you must have come across Ivan Mestrovic who was one of the most talented
sculptors in Croatia. This monument remains as one of his best works ever. It stands at
an impressive 28 feet. The locals say that when you touch the toe of the statue, you will
realize happiness and your desires will be fulfilled. Whether you believe in luck or not, it
wouldn’t hurt to touch his toe and make a wish or two.
Cathedral of St. Duje
According to Croatian history, Salona’s first Bishop was Sv. Dujam. His image is the
landmark that defines the city of Split. Hence, this cathedral was built to honor his life
and the impact he had on the people of Split. The cathedral is huge with a tall bell tower
that stands at 57 meters. Although the church was built in the 13th century, it is still
intact. You may have seen the church in most postcards from Split. To get the most
from the site, you can climb up the bell tower and enjoy the view of Split as well as an
exclusive peak of the islands of Dalmatia.
Piazza People’s Square
This is a famous square among the locals of Split. It is placed at the center, making it a
strategic meeting place for many events. Around the center, you will see beautiful
buildings with brilliant architecture that adds to the aesthetic value of the square. Atop
the Roman tower is the magnificent renaissance clock. You will also see the palace of the highly esteemed Karepic family that is known for the coat of arms on it. Make sure
you check out the city café as well before you leave this square.
You have not experienced Split until you witness the art portrayed at the national
theaters. You will find yourself spoilt for choices as the theater is open for opera and
drama. You will also get a chance to enjoy various concerts and even some ballet.
Awhile back, this was one of the largest theaters in Southern Europe. Although other
theaters have opened up, this theater has not lost its glamour and charm for creative
At Kresimirova Street, near the Iron Gate and Narodni Square is the Cindro Palace.
This palace was built using the baroque architecture, which is prevalent in Croatia.
History narrates that the Cindro family was among the ancient families in Croatia who
led most wars against the Turks. What’s noteworthy is that in the early 19th century,
Marshall Marmoset chose this palace as his dwelling place during his stay in Split. You
will not only enjoy the rich history that this place holds, but you will also enjoy the
beautiful architecture that makes for a great photography spot.
If you are worried about where to take your children, then check out this unique place.
The area resembles a museum but it is the stuffed frogs that make all the difference.
You can be sure the children will be excited to see frogs that mimic humans
carrying out the daily activities. A brain child of Ferenc Mere, the frogs seek to
emphasize that there is no major difference between the human race and these
amphibians. Going through the hall will be a fun experience for you and your children.
To top it all up, the entry is absolutely free for your children and only £2.90 (25 kuna) for
As you plan for your summer vacation, make sure you visit Split and experience these
and other breathtaking sites.
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