This post may contain affiliate links that help support my business in creating content like this. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you. Read my disclosure for more information.

For our final stop on our trip up the Dalmatian Coast, we chose to spend 48 hours in Split, Croatia. We had worked our way from Dubrovnik and onto the island Hvar, and decided to get into Split for a weekend.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

We often heard that if you wanted to get a taste of the “non-touristy” Croatia then Split was the place to be. Upon arrival by way of ferry, we were really excited to hit the ground running and see just what made this city special. Split may have its fair share of visitors but it still have that local, neighborhood feel that we were eager to experience.

Split is the second largest city in Croatia. There is this perfect blend of historic architecture and modern life — the roads intersect beautifully. Within the Old Walls, life is buzzing. And of course, just outside lies a world of adventure and a ton of options for time in the sun. Here’s what we go up to during our 48 hours in Split, Croatia.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia


How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia


Where to Stay in Split, Croatia:

We opted for an Airbnb within the city walls of Old Town. It had it’s perks as far as location goes though trekking suitcases was a bit of a headache. I would still opt to stay in the city walls as you can’t beat it for the energy and atmosphere. (pack light!)

If you do opt for an Airbnb, be sure to read about how to book a successful Airbnb. (P.s. use this link for $40 off your first stay!)

The hotels I had my eye on in town were Hotel Vestibul and Heritage Hotel 19 just outside the walls.


Where to Eat in Split, Croatia:

  • Bokeria Kitchen & Wine Bar: This one tops the list for many reasons — the food, the space, and well, the food. It’s certainly the busiest restaurant and for good reason. Come here for a modern take on Croatian food. Be sure to book a table in advance.
  • D16 Coffee: If you’re looking for craft coffee, this is your spot in Split. We came here multiple times during our stay.
  • Uje Oil Bar: These guys are amazing and they seem to own this littler corner with three different spots. One of them is a lunch spot and you can get charcuterie and salads and try their delicious local olive oil!
  • Pizzeria Portas: One night we opted for pizza (we had over done it with seafood!) and we stumbled upon this place and loved it!
  • Tradicija Bakery: A local pastry shop that is delicious!!
  • Konoba Hvaranin: A local tavern with an array of dishes with seafood.
  • La Bodega Split: Come here for a cocktail!

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia


What to Do in Split, Croatia:

Depending on how much time you have in Split, you can opt to use it as a base to explore the coast and other national parks. We were meant to go to Plitvice but on the day we had chosen to, it was raining. Here’s a few things to do in Split:

  • Explore the Old Town.
  • Visit Diocletian’s Palace. (I’d opt to get there first thing in the morning to beat the crowds).
  • Go for a hike in Marjan Forest Park. We came here and found an incredible secluded beach to jump into the water as well.
  • Take a day trip to a nearby island like Hvar or Brac.
  • Go see the Meštrović Gallery.
  • Go to Krka National Park or Plitvice National Park. You could opt for a guided tour or self-drive from Split easily.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia


Save this post for later on Pinterest:

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

How to Spend 48 Hours in Split, Croatia

PS — Are You Booking a Trip Soon? Use My Booking Checklist!

These are the sites I use most to book my own trips. Using the links below is a great way to support Bon Traveler’s travel journalism at no extra cost to you. If you need help organizing your itinerary, get my free travel itinerary template here.

1. Book Your Flights

Use Skyscanner to find the best flights. It searches 100s of airlines and websites across the globe to ensure you’re not missing out on any route options or deals.

2. Book Your Accommodations

Use Booking.com for hotels and guest houses. They have the biggest inventory and consistently offer the best rates.

3. Book Your Tours & Experiences

Use Viator or Get Your Guide to find the best tours and experiences. They are my favorite tour search engines. I always check both as their inventory varies depending on the destination.

4. Book Your Car

Use Discover Cars or Rentalcars.com to find the best car rental deals. I recommend comparing rental agency reviews on Google to ensure you are booking with the best company in that destination, as the reviews are often more accurate than the car rental search engines.

5. Don’t Forget Airport Lounge Access

Get a Priority Pass membership to gain access to 1,400+ VIP lounges and airport experiences worldwide. The Priority Pass app is the first thing I check when I have a layover. I’ve been a member for over a decade, and having a comfortable place to relax before and between flights makes air travel so much more enjoyable.

6. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

I never leave the country without travel insurance. It provides comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong (ie. illness, injury, theft, and cancelations, etc.). I use it frequently for my travels to stay protected.

My favorite companies that offer the best coverage and rates are:


Xx,
Jessica

Write A Comment