Split is an amazing choice for a weekend as its small enough to do on foot, big enough to have plenty to see and do, accessible by air and close to the Dalmatian Islands and many other areas of Croatia….and doesn’t cost the earth!
Day 1 – Arrived in Split from Belfast by Easyjet, flight arrived after 10pm so we headed to our hotel by pre booked private taxi and enjoyed a night cap on our balcony. We stayed at the brand new Amphora Hotel on the outskirts of the city…. beach front and just stunning! The hotel was immaculate, super modern and in a good location to beat the crowds. To book just email email@example.com and I cane get you a great rate!
Day 2 – Up early, grabbed breakfast from the buffet which had a great selection and then walked into Split. The walk did take around 45 mins, though it was beautiful along the coast and we took it at a leisurely pace, walking through beaches as we went.
We had lunch in the main plaza and then ambled through the old town, taking in the atmosphere, the boutique shops and the ruins of the Diocletian Palace. So much history that it probably worth doing one of the organised walking tours.
Next stop was the marina and time to check out the Super Yachts … we chilled out at Madura Bar and did a bit of people watching … definitely worth walking round to this part of the bay. If you continue there is a public park, outdoor swimming pool and beach bar .
The highlight was dinner at the AMAZING ‘The Olive Tree’… we had spotted this as we walked along the front in the afternoon and were lucky to get the best table inside, but right on the street. The interior was quirky, super cool atmosphere as the DJ spilled out laid back ‘House’ tunes….this really made it more like a ‘night out’ than just dinner. The food was beautiful, affordable and something for everyone, not pretentious at all! Though I have to say we were spoilt for choice along the front for good quality restaurants – another reason to return!!
The hottest place in town has to be Roof 68 (owned by The Olive Tree), it overlooks the waterfront and has an eclectic mix of people, music and also serves food … VIP section available (bottle service only which might set you back 400 Euro plus). Totally loved it here and it really is one of a kind in Split.
Worth noting currently ALL bars close at midnight (including hotel bars).
Day 3 – Time to hit the islands! We debated doing a full day boat trip, but decided on a passenger ferry to Hvar. This allowed us time to explore Hvar town …… and a chance to visit the famous Carpe Diem Beach for lunch and bubbles! Fabulous day … so easy to get a water taxi to the Pakleni Islands and (in my opinion) no trip to Hvar is complete without a visiting at least one of the beach clubs.
If you would prefer a bit of island hopping you can book a range of excurions on the link below:
We went to Carpe Diem Beach on the last week of the season, so it was lovely and quiet. This was perfect as again we avoided the crowds and got fantastic service. This really is a little bit of heaven ……
Tip – plan your day and ensure you have the ferry times right! Check out the timetable https://www.jadrolinija.hr/
Back on the mainland we stopped for a couple of pre-dinner drinks at Terminal F … another great spot, close to the ferry terminals.
Dinner was booked for The Bokerie, which had been recommended. Let’s just say we were not disappointed! The restaurant was authentic, stunning, food unreal – as for the service, it was literally first class.
Day 4 – Sadly home time, our hotel accommodated a late check out of 2pm which was great! So we had a bit of pool time! As our flight was a late one, so we squeezed in another exquisite lunch and Mazzgoona! We were really struck how many quality bars and restaurants there were. All unique and with their own charm.
Split is simply stunning, worth a trip! I hope you have enjoyed this blog… please comment if you have visited any of these spots of have other recommendations.
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