The stunning Croatian seaside city of Split is the perfect destination for couples wishing to enjoy a romantic getaway. The beautiful and increasingly popular resort has a unique vibe, 1700 years of history, and unlimited recreational options for lovers to explore and enjoy.
Most Romantic Things To Do In Split
Step Back In Time
Croatia’s second largest city is situated on the Dalmatian coastline. Although it boasts an urban area, Split is primarily known for its wealth of stunning architecture and antiquities. The abundance of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic-style palaces, medieval forts and 12th century Romanesque churches instantly transports you back in time.
As you stroll hand in hand through the historic heart of Split’s charming Old Town you’ll eventually reach its most iconic landmark. Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the elegant courtyards and maze-like alleyways, admiring the impressive architecture and retracting the steps of Croatia’s historic nobility. Enter the open-air central area of the palatial grounds to discover the Cathedral of St Domnius.
Locally known as Sveti Dujam, St Domnius is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world, and flaunts an octagonal structure. It was originally built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Diocletian. Admire the colonnade of 24 columns that encircle the cathedral’s exterior, before climbing to the top of the ancient Romanesque bell tower for breathtaking panoramic views across the Old Town’s rooftops, and Marjan hill, and a special romantic moment.
Enjoy A Romantic Picnic
Marjan Forest Park has long been a favourite weekend haunt of the locals and visitors to the coastal city. The sprawling nature reserve is covered with a dense Mediterranean pine forest, and looms 178m high on Marjan hill. The entire city and neighbouring idyllic islands can be admired from the unique vantage points that are studded with beautiful endemic flora and fauna.
If you’re feeling active, there are hiking and jogging trails that wind around the scenic landscape, and also tennis courts where you can challenge your lover from love to thirty. The park also features a zoo and a botanical garden.
Pack up a delicious picnic and hike your way to the top of the hill (this takes around two hours) to find the perfect spot for an intimate lunch with an exceptional view.
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Escape The Crowds
A gorgeous beach is the ideal spot for relaxation and romance. Whilst the locals tend to favour the urban Bačvice Beach, couples wishing to escape the crowds prefer to head for Kastelet Beach, situated on the south side of the hilly Marjan peninsula.
Kastelet Beach is expansive and finely pebbled, and features shallow banks where you can easily wade in to cool off. The sun-kissed beach offers minimal shading, making it ideal for topping up your tan. Although it’s possible to rent sun loungers, you’ll need to bring your own parasol if you prefer to relax in the shade. There are however changing rooms, showers and toilets available, and an on-site beach bar.
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Explore The Treasures Of Meštrović Gallery
Yugoslavian and Croatian native Ivan Meštrović is widely considered to be one the most prominent sculptors and architects of the 20th century. The son of peasants was born in 1883, and became an apprentice marble cutter at the age of 13. He went on to study at the Vienna Academy, and later displayed his work at the Austrian exhibition at Earl’s Court, and had a solo exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The celebrated artist even designed his Split abode, which today houses the Meštrović Gallery. The Gallery displays many of the artist’s marble masterpieces, including sculptures of Psyche and Contemplation, and also bronze, wood and plaster creations. Take your partner on a tour of the extensive museum artefacts to inspire the stirrings of amour. Or for good luck, make a wish and rub the big toe of the towering monument of Gregory of Nin, which is located outside the walled city’s Golden Gate. The imposing giant bronze sculpture of the former bishop of the medieval capital of Nin stands 28 feet tall, and is one of Ivan Meštrović most famous designs. Croatians believe that rubbing Gregory’s big toe will grant them their wish for wedded bliss, a plethora of happy children, and financial riches!
Share A Tasting Experience
A wine tasting experience in Split offers couples an opportunity to indulge their senses and taste buds. A professional sommelier will introduce you to a selection of the finest wines produced in the Dalmatian region. As you sip a glass of delicious robust red or crisp white wine, while gazing into the eyes of your beloved, you’ll learn all about the history of Croatian’s wine culture and the wine production processes. You’ll also sample a variety of tasty snacks that are perfect food pairings.
On a culinary tour of Split, visit the colourful Peskarija (fish market) and Pazar (green market), and purchase fresh produce and groceries for a gourmet lunch.
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Experience A Sunset Seduction
As the clear sky alters its beautiful soft blue tones in favour of a warm golden orange and red hue, the sun slowly dips across the shimmering turquoise horizon of the Adriatic Sea. This sensational view can be enjoyed from a unique vantage point. Join a kayaking sunset tour with your partner, and savour the spectacular view from the water’s edge, as you navigate your way along the rugged coastline of the walled seaside city.
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Live It Up On The Riva Promenade
Split’s harbourside Riva promenade is one of the city’s most important public spaces. Situated on the south facade of the Diocletian Palace, the pedestrian zone of the Riva promenade is lined with chic little cafes and stylish restaurants, where couples can relax and soak up the romantic ambience. The vibrant cultural hub is also a prime venue for entertainment events and seasonal festivals and carnivals.
After a day spent exploring the delights and sights of Split with your darling, it’s a good idea to reserve the evening for some intimacy. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two in one of the welcoming local restaurants that serve traditional Croatian and Dalmatian cuisine. Share a platter of tasty regional delicacies and a glass or two of the local wine. On the menu of most restaurants in the city, you’ll also find dishes that are inspired by classic Mediterranean, Viennese, Hungarian and Turkish food.
End the perfect evening sipping colourful cocktails in a swanky bar on the promenade. If you don’t want your romantic interlude to end, you can always live it up, and show off your best moves on the dance floor, at one of the local pulsating nightclubs, into the early hours of the next day.
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