We took a bus ride from Dubrovnik to Split. It took about 4 .5 hours with a few stops along the way to pick some people up. It was inexpensive, comfortable, had bathrooms, and free wifi.
We arrived in Split at the port. It was very convenient as it is right where all the ferries, water taxis, travel agencies are. It is also just a 5 minute walk to the old town! From here, if you plan staying a few days and driving around, go ahead and reserve your rental car now, even if you just plan on using it for one day later in your trip. You can also go ahead and book excursions from this side of the port along the marina at the Old town.
We stayed at La Porta Luxury apartments. It was an easy 5 minute walk from the port. Unfortunately, they are in an older building so there are no elevators and the rooms are on the 5th floor. I would not suggest this place if you are older and have issues going up a lot of stairs. If you notify the staff of your arrival via email or phone call, they can pick you up at the port with their small truck that looks like a golf cart and also bring up your luggage up the stairs. The guys are friendly and happy to assist so tip them well! The rooms are all located on one floor and they are modern, spacious, clean and comfortable.
After unpacking get ready to explore the city! As soon as you exit the building the market is right outside your door. Perfect if you needed to buy a beach towel, a hat, clothes and souvenirs. Also, the market is open in that same area where all of the towns people come to sell fresh produce: fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, meats, herbs, honey, and olive oils! Best time to go is early morning!
After exploring the market go inside of the old city. The most prominent building you will see is Diocletian’s Tower in what used to be Diocletian’s Palace.
Staying at La Porta Luxury Apartments will give free breakfasts Cafe Luxor in the square at Diocletian’s Palace.You can sit outside cushions on the steps or sit inside. Breakfast is simple and delicious. Just tell them how you want your eggs and coffee. For me it was a cafe latte everyday!
After a good meal. Head up the tower and get beautiful views of the city.
You can see the port, marina, Marjan Hill, and the island of Brac in the distance.
Did you know that Split was also used in the filming of Game of Thrones? If you go down to the bottom of the palace there is a small market place in what seems to look like a basement. In here they have closed off two sections that you will have to pay for to visit. Here you can read about the history of the palace and city and you see the room that was used to be the dragon’s dungeon in the show.
After that short tour, we just walked around the waterfront and looked for a stand to book an excursion for the next day.
We decided to rent a car for one day and drive up to Krka National Park and Klis Fortress.
Krka is a great alternative if you can’t make all the way to Plitvice National Park and still want to see waterfalls. It a great area to hike around. You can spend a few hours here or an entire day. We chose to just walk around the big waterfall Stradinski Buk. It’s the one you see in all the pictures if you look up Krka. If you bring your bathing suits, theres a section at the bottom of the falls where you can swim in. There are restrooms, an eating area and souvenir shops in that same area too if you don’t feel like taking a dip.
Beautiful isn’t it?!!!
After the park we made our way back to Split but made a short stop in Klis. What’s there? For all you Game of Thrones fans they used Klis fortress as the city called Meereen. Where Princess Daenarys rules.
The next day, we took an excursion out to Trogir and the “Blue Lagoon”. Seems like every country has a blue lagoon…. Anyways, this one is nice too. We took a speedboat out of the marina and spent a few hours in a lagoon between the Drvenik and Krknjasi islands. You can swim, sunbathe and grab a bite to eat at the cafe there.
After a swim, We dried up and headed to Trogir. It’s a small city on the Adriatic Coast and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We didn’t spend too much time there. We stayed along the waterfront and visited Kamerlengo Fortress, picked up some snacks and expired a few alleyways.
Back in Split it was already evening we grabbed some street food from the waterfront and enjoyed some live music at Cafe Luxor at Diocletian’s Palace.
The next day, we took the time to explore more of the city along the water front. We walked along the riviera and then headed toward Marjan Hill where you can get a great view of the old city of Split. We hiked up it and there are many steps, so be prepared. Once you reach the view point there is a nice cafe with covered seating to let you relax and enjoy the view.
Then back down we decided to get a refreshment on the riviera.
It was a short stay, but we loved it!