Guide to Split, Croatia

 

Wow, oh wow. I came home from Split, Croatia yesterday and I am so tired but so happy. Vinn, Copley and I visited the coast with my sister and her boyfriend for five days of fun in the sun. And it was just that…and more.

We did some incredible things and I thought I’d put together a guide of our trip to Split as a way to document our vacation and hopefully help anyone else who wants to visit Croatia, which you should. I’m going to do a specific post on visiting the Krka National Park because it was so amazing and deserves its own post/guide because there is a lot to know. But without further ado, here are A LOT of pictures of beautiful water.

One of the most incredible things about Croatia and Europe in general is how dog friendly it is. Copley goes absolutely everywhere with me and Split was no different. We visited Kasjuni Beach west of Split (1 hour by walking or a ten minute bus ride, bus 12, at the end of promenade) because it is dog-friendly.

Tip: If you are at a beach, you will see a blue sign with a dog swimming. This means dogs are permitted.

Another tip: you will need to bring your own beach towels with you.

The beach was small and only made from rocks. We put down towels and just let Copley find her spot. She was super tired from the walk and just laid in the shade most of the time. She would bark at some other dogs but that’s about it. Vinn and I both got in the water, but Copley stayed on shore. I wouldn’t say it was relaxing, but it was a cool experience to go somewhere like this with our dog. That’s Vinn in the water, by the way.

 

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Once my sister and her boyfriend arrived the next day, we hung out for a little bit and then headed to dinner at Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar. The atmosphere of the restaurant is amazing. There’s live music and the staff is so knowledgeable about wine and even brought us several glasses to taste before we bought a bottle. We had an amazing charcuterie board, Croatian wine and champagne and I had some lamb that was to die for.

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Hello, meat and cheese! Apparently, Split is known for charcuterie boards and we downed this one in no time. There was even salami with truffles, a personal fav. I highly recommend getting reservations for this restaurant if you visit because they were turning people away.

While we had dinner, we talked about what we wanted to do during our trip. We all agreed that we wanted to get on a boat and decided to check out one of the many places where you can reserve a boat on the promenade. We made reservations for the next day with a private tour of the Blue Lagoon and a few other islands surrounding Split. We all went to bed happy and ready for the next day!

Tip: all along the promenade are stands for boat tours. There are probably 15. We talked to three and they all did the same tour and were the same price. We chose to do a private tour because then we could choose the time and locations and was only 25 Euro more per person.

Saturday was boat day! We decided to only do a half day so we wouldn’t be leaving the dog all day and ran to the store beforehand for some water, beer and snacks to enjoy on the boat. Around 1 PM, we embarked on our journey with a tour guide and a skipper and headed off to the Blue Lagoon.

Here’s the view of Split Old Town from the water. It is gorgeous.

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The ride was super bumpy but once we made it to the lagoon, it was all worth it. I mean, look at this!

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We anchored here for over an hour. We jumped in the water, drank beer, had some snacks and even tried stand up paddle boarding. Vinn did a great job and I…did not. I found it easy on my knees but once I tried to stand up, yikes! The wind and current were rough and the wind took me pretty far from the boat and I really had to work to get back. It’s definitely a hard work out and I’d love to try it again.

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There really isn’t a better place to try stand up paddle boarding.

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Then we went to another island with a beach bar and all ordered some mojitos! Yum. Word to the wise, it is hot, hot, hot in Split, so drinking water is extra important.

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Our last stop brought us to Trigor, which is an older city than Split by several thousand years. it is even UNESCO protected. We grabbed a snack and walked around. It’s a beautiful city and definitely worth a visit.

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We all crashed after our boat day and had a small dinner that we brought back to our rented apartment (we used AirBnB!) and hung out with the dog in the air conditioning. It was an amazing day.

The next day brought us to the Krka National Park, which will be shared in a different post. Once we made it back from the waterfalls, we all showered and got ready for an amazing dinner at 7 Palms in the Le Meridien. My sister and her boyfriend stayed there Sunday and Monday nights, so we took advantage of it!

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The restaurant is right on the water, has an amazing terrace and we had delicious food. I ordered the sea bass and we had a bottle of white wine (as seen above). It was another great meal, this time with the waves crashing in the background.

Our final full day brought us back to the Le Meridien for some relaxing in the sun. We hung out at the beach and the pool all day. We jumped in the water, which is super salty by the way, ordered food and enjoyed the pool.

Tip: Rinse off after getting into the water because it is so salty. I had salt at the base of my neck for hours after jumping in the sea. My coverup even had a salt rim like a margarita at the end of the day.

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This iced coffee was amazing. It was more like a frappe but I gulped it down in about 5 seconds. Isn’t the view from the Le Meridien amazing? The beach is private, but non-hotel guests can visit for a fee, as well. We jumped between the beach chairs and the pool and was just the relaxing day we all needed.

After we all showered and got ready, we grabbed a drink in the champagne bar before dinner at Conlemani, the Italian restaurant in the resort. But first, a family pic!

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Dinner was so delicious! The layout is amazing, the decor is minimalistic and we all actually really liked the serving ware. We had great conversation for our last night and this restaurant was the perfect choice for our final dinner.

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Our last few hours in Split, Vinn, Copley and I went to the Marjan Hill, which is just on the other side of the promenade. My sister and her boyfriend had an earlier flight and we said our goodbyes the night before. It is quite steep but the views are definitely worth it. The perfect way to tire out a puppy before a flight, though.

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And we needed just one more charcuterie board, so we headed to Paradox for wine, cheese and meat. I have to say that this was my favorite one and all because it included jam for the cheese. I’ve never thought to put jam on cheese but it was life changing. I can’t wait to recreate this at home. Plus, look at these bar stools! They are champagne corks!

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We then headed to the airport to catch our flight. It was a little nerve wracking because the gate agent kept calling about us traveling with our dog, but all was fine. The airport is small and not too many places to eat so you do not need a lot of time pre-flight.

And that was our trip to Split, Croatia. I’ve wanted to visit for a while because it seems to be popping up everywhere on lists of places to visit in Europe. If you are looking for a beach vacation that had gorgeous water and isn’t going to break the bank, I recommend Split highly.

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Where’s your favorite place to take a beach vacation?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Claire B. | 12th Jul 17

    Those beaches are absolutely gorgeous! Wow! My favorite beach vacation I’ve ever taken was to Hawaii last summer–I fell in love with snorkeling and can’t wait to go back.

    • Jessica | 13th Jul 17

      Oh Hawaii. Sounds amazing. Snorkeling is one of my favorite things to do on vacation, too. Thanks for reading!

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