Day 1 - 20 Jul 2021
Content: We arrived at Zigi apartments around 16:00 where lovely owner Lila welcomed us in. The apartment is newly renovated, with new furniture, amenities and has a central air conditioning which is great for those warm summer days! The apartment is located on the 3rd and the last floor of the building, which does not have an elevator. The apartment consists of an open space kitchen with living room and dining room, one bedroom with a single and a double bed, and a bathroom. Also if you are coming by car, there is a free and private parking. The location is great, close to the city centre, beautiful beaches, restaurants and a forest park. Also if you need anything, Lila is always available. She will tell you a bit about the area and will give you a little booklet with all the restaurants, museums, attractions and beaches worthwhile visiting.
Content: Before our dinner, we had some time to spare so we took a short walk through the Diocletian's Palace. It is one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures where you will spend most of your time in Split. It is full of labyrinth streets full of bars, restaurants and shops. And since it has all that, and it's absolutely beautiful, it is always packed with people.
Content: The quality of food and service at Portofino is just outstanding! Lovely staff will make your dinner experience here according to your wishes. Our waitress for the evening was Nina and we couldn’t be more happy with her service. We loved it so much there, that we made a reservation for our last day as well! You should really have a nice and fancy dinner at this lovely spot in the old city centre of Split.
Day 2 - 21 Jul 2021
Content: One of the best views of Split can be seen from the Marjan Vidilica. Our apartment was just a short walk away from this amazing viewpoint, but you can also approach it by stairs which are located on the western coast. I do have to warn you, there are a lot of stairs until this viewpoint, but believe me when you finally reach it, you will be rewarded by this breathtaking view! You can also see some of the neighbouring islands if the sky is clear enough. Also next to the viewpoint there is a restaurant called Teraca Vidilica where you can have a cup of coffee or a quick lunch with an overview of the whole Split!
Content: Cathedral of St Dominus is one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings and was firstly built as a mausoleum for Diocletian, who was interred here in the late AD 311. The bell tower was constructed between the 13th and 16th century. The Temple of Jupiter, the building with a black sphinx and green door, was quite hard to find! Like I sad before, the Palace is full of small labyrinth streets and you can easily miss some things. We were walking in circles a bit until we finally found it! The Temple was dedicated to the King of the gods and it still has its original barrel vaulted ceiling and decorative frieze. By purchasing the tickets for the cathedral, you will also be able to enter the Temple of Jupiter. For those who would like to climb the bell tower, the tickets are sold separately.
Content: If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you know that Diocletian's cellars are the place where Daenerys kept her dragons in the city of Meereen. Even though there are no dragons there in real life, you will find a well preserved basement which retains the floor plan where the emperor Diocletian walked himself. As you walk through these cellars and gardens, you will find several ancient artefacts and some areas that are still under construction.
Content: The Republic Square, or as it is known by locals, Prokurative are a great resemblance to the St Mark Square in Venice, don't you think? They are located west of the Riva and are open only on the south side, giving you a beautiful view of the port and waterfront. Prokurative were named after the arches on the neo-renaissance buildings which are surrounding the square. The square has been an excellent stage for cultural events, especially the pop music festival. Also there are a lot of local restaurants which made it a popular venue for the citizens of Split.
Content: The most important and the most popular place in Split is the Riva. It is a promenade next to the sea, with a lot of restaurants and cafés where you can just sit for the whole day and watch people walking by. Also these palm trees are giving you the feeling like you are in some tropical place! But I do have to warn you, Riva can be quite crowded. Nevertheless, I would still recommend seeing this promenade because it's just a place to be when in Split!
Content: This beach is located just under the Marjan Hill, which is about 2,5 km away from the city centre. To this beach you can get by car or walking, if you feel like it! We took an Uber from our apartment which was only around 10 minutes away. It can be crowded as well, so just have some patience and you will find your perfect spot. The sea is incredibly clear and clean. There are also several beach bars where you can have a cold drink and also a very nice dinner! We ate at Joe's Beach Lounge & Bar. It offers a big selection of food and drinks, great music and loads of activities to keep you entertained.
Day 3 - 22 Jul 2021
Content: We spent our 3rd day in Trogir, a city just 25 km north from Split. History of this beautiful city is almost 2000 years old. Throughout the history Trogir was under the rule of Greeks, Romans, Venice and France, which all left some mark. St Lawrence Cathedral is the most famous monuments in the city Trogir and is also an UNESCO world heritage sight. It is a Roman Catholic triple-naved basilica and its construction lasted several centuries. Today it serves as the most imposing monument in Trogir.
Content: Locatedon the main town square, Town Loggia was built in the 14th century and it was first mentioned in 1311 and got its final shape in the 15th century during the Renaissance period. During the centuries it was used as a courtroom, shelter and a meeting place. The most iconic thing is the relief of St Lawrence and the allegory of Justice with scales.
Content: Stroll down through the historic and gorgeous streets of the centre of Trogir. In 1997 the old town of Trogir was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. No wonder the city was packed with tourists when we visited it in the end of July!
Content: Trogir, as many other cities on the coast of Croatia, has a Riva as well which is full of bars and restaurants. I would recommend choosing to sit at some of these places since it's not so crowded as the old centre. We made a small break at Cocktail Bar Padre, overlooking the nearby island Čiovo.
Content: Just at the end of Riva, you can spot this magnificent fortress called Kamerlengo. It was built by Venetians between the 13th and 15th century as a naval base for their navy forces in this part of the Adriatic coast. Today this fortress is used as a multimedia center with an open air cinema and stage for various cultural events. You can also see the inside of it by purchasing a ticket for 15 kunas, which is about € 2,00.
Day 3 - 22 Jul 2021
Content: If you are staying in Trogir, you will probably be exploring the nearby island Čiovo for some beautiful beaches. Most beaches in Croatia are packed with people, especially during the high summer season. We went to Čiovo from Trogir by car, and honestly it wasn't so easy to find a parking spot at this time of day. It was extremely hot that day, which means everyone is at the beach! But when we finally found the parking spot, we managed to find a place on the beach just by the sea and with not so many people. It was a perfect way to end our day.
Day 4 - 23 Jul 2021
Content: Split is great for island hopping. You can choose to go to islands Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Lastovo. It is very important to buy your tickets at least a few days before to avoid the long queue. Especially if you are taking a car, because as I said, Croatia can be quite crowded during the high summer season. We arrived around 10:20 to the port where we left our car in the queue and went for a coffee until it was time for boarding. We were going to island Hvar, which is an hour and a half long ferry ride.
Day 4 - 23 Jul 2021
Content: This cute Airbnb apartment is located in the heart of the old town of Stari Grad, within the UNESCO heritage zone. The apartment is newly furnished, on the ground floor with the street access. It does not have a parking spot, but you can park next to the Churcn of St Nicholas for free. From there, it's about 5 min walk to the apartment. *The photos were taken from the Airbnb and are very accurate. I couldn't find the address of it here, so if you search in the Airbnb app C'est la vie - Stari Grad centar, you should be to find it.
Content: Wander through the narrow cobbled stone streets and discover some great historic sights, the harbour and some hip restaurants. Stari Grad is actually 2404 years old and because of that it looks absolutely charming.
Content: Tvrdalj of Petar Hektorović is the most famous building in Stari Grad. Peter Hektorović was a Croatian renaissance poet who built this throughout his entire life, which also had the same importance for him as his literary work. Tvrdalj also made him realise the idea of micronism - a small enclosed world where all divine creatures, such as fish, birds, plants and people, can live together. Even though this was high on my list of sights I wanted to visit, we unfortunately missed our chance. It is open in 2 shifts: morning one from 10:00 - 13:30, and the afternoon one from 16:00 - 19:00. We only spent 2 days on island Hvar, so we had quite a busy and tight schedule. *These photos were taken from the Facebook page: Tvrdalj Castle / Tvrdalj Petra Hektorovića
Day 4 - 23 Jul 2021
Content: Dubovica beach is located on the southwest side of island Hvar. You can get this beach by car, motorcycle or by a boat (sailing boat, speedboat). It contains of fine and medium pebbles and the sea is incredibly clear and clean! We stayed until 18:30 because the sun already came down behind the hill. So I would advise you to go here at least around 16:00. There is also a beach bar in the palm shadows where you can hide from the sun for a while.
Day 4 - 23 Jul 2021
Content: Jurin Podrum is a lovely bistro with the local food and wine. Since you are on a island, fish is something you just have to try. And if you are a wine lover, island Hvar is a perfect place for you! Hvar is the sunniest island in Croatia which makes it extremely suitable for vineyard cultivation. Some of Croatia's best wines originated from this island. Jurin Podrum is in the same street as the apartment we stayed in and it was our host's recommendation. We certainly weren't disappointed, the service was nice and friendly, they explained in detail our order and the origin of wines. When you are in Stari Grad, I highly recommend you to eat at this restaurant.
Day 5 - 24 Jul 2021
Content: The cathedral is dedicated to St Stephen who was the pope, martyr and patron saint of Hvar. It became the cathedral in the 13th when the bishopric moved from Stari Grad to Hvar. The new cathedral building was constructed between the 16th and 18th century, and the bell tower was built by local builders in 1549 - 1550.
Content: The town fortress, or how it's commonly known as Fortica and Španjola, is located on a hill around hundred metres above the northern part of town Hvar. Throughout the centuries, this fortress with its town walls, protected the town and its port from various threats. It dates back from the 16th century. If you decide to visit this fortress, you will be rewarded by the mesmerising view of the bay and neighbouring islands. You can enter this well preserved fortress for 50 kunas ( ~ € 6,61 ). There is also a small caffe inside the fortress, so you can refresh yourself a bit after a long climb. Also, due to the high temperatures in July and August, I advise you to visit Fortica later in the afternoon. There is a lot of stairs and a small hill which you have to climb, so makesureto have enough water with you!
Content: Wander around the beautiful old cobbled streets of Hvar. Give yourself sometime and make sure you see as many of these narrow streets as you can. Every street has some lovely detail which makes it so unique!
Content: Just a short drive away from the centre of Hvar, you can find Pokonji dol beach. It is a magnificent bay with a plenty of sunshine and crystal clear sea. The nearby restaurant Mustačo offers some great bites in case you will get hungry at the beach. The beach is also equipped with canoes and pedal boats with which you can explore the nearby bays. You can reach this beach by foot or car. There is a parking lot just at the beach which should have more than enough space for everyone.