Split is a popular town, known mostly for its beaches and ancient history. The Romans erected the palace in its centre in the 4th-century. Now, the town is home to a host of fascinating ruins. Dotted throughout the courtyards inside are shops, cafes and bars along with an impressive cathedral. If you’re looking for a family holiday that has it all, you should seriously consider this Croatian hotspot.
One of the family favourites in Split is the walking tours. These tours will take you to the Diocletian palace in the centre and around the town, which is centuries old. You may even recognise this location from some scenes of Game of Thrones!
If the children are not young, they may like to visit the top of the Cathedral of St Duje bell tower. You may consider ditching the guide and downloading audio guides or even taking a map and navigating the town that way if you’re feeling adventurous. Just make sure when you explore the town that you stop off at Grgur Ninski statue where legend says if you rub his thumb, your wish will come true!
Cycling & Segway Tours
When you’ve had enough of walking, you may want to adorn a bike and explore Split this way. Take your bikes to Marjan hill, or even take the three-hour biking tour here for as little as 48 euros. Alternatively, bike to one of the beaches. Renting bikes couldn’t be easier; you can also ask for children seats so you can do this even with younger children. You may also consider renting out an electric bike, so you are not exhausted when you reach your next destination.
Of course, the kids will love nothing more than jumping aboard a Segway and using this fun way to explore. We can imagine there will be some adults that will love this too! This, however, is reserved for families with teenagers as Segway tour operators require riders to be at least fifteen years old to partake in this activity. Different types of tours can be arranged, so be sure to select one that best suits the group.
Klis Fortress is a fun and interesting place to visit for all the family. This historic site comes with its own museum where visitors can see a number of items including arms, armour and uniforms. What’s more, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, this is another filming location production used to bring the fictional series to life. The fortress is located just outside of Split toward the town of Sinj. This can be accessible by taxi, rented car or local transport. Outside the fort, you are rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of Split and the adjacent islands. A small entrance fee is expected on the door for both adults and children. The attraction is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm, except for Mondays when it is closed.
Marjan Hill Park
As aforementioned, Marjan Hill is a great place to visit. Away from the bustling town, you will see rolling green hills known as Marjan hills. This park has a host of things to see and do, from views, promenades, nature paths and playgrounds. Make sure to organise which way you will make it up the hill as signposts can sometimes be misleading. Some families may love to take the train which departs every hour from the National Theatre of Split (only in the summer). Running from 8 am to 8 pm it can be a fun, enjoyable and relaxing way to enjoy this attraction.
The Magical City Playrooms
Carobni Grad (also known as the magical city) is a huge indoor playroom which can be a welcome respite from the sun! Kids have their choice from activities with each playroom decorated in themes. Options include pirates, football, dolls house, kitchen, Lego or the climbing house.
What kid doesn’t love chocolate? Make sure to visit the Nadaline shop located by the Diocletian palace where you can try a handful of exotic chocolate. The dark chocolates are combined with Mediterranean ingredients such as figs, almonds, cinnamon, lavender and more. The tough choice will be deciding which one to go for! Interestingly, the owner Marinko Biskic was the first punk rocker to live in Split. A visit to his shop combines music and chocolate to create a unique experience.
Top pick for beaches here include the sandy Znjan beach which the whole family will love. This is a newly built beach which is the largest beach in Split. Located just 5km from the centre, you can reach this spot by public transport via the number 15. Trampolines, bouncy castles, arcades, paddle boats and slide and electric scooters await you here, along with small sand pits with plenty of toys. What more could you want from a family beach?
For a boost of adrenaline, why not take your hand to rafting? You can try this at River Cetina just outside of central Split. This activity is great for beginners who have always wanted to have a go. The activity is best suited for adults and children aged over six and offers you all a thrilling way to marvel nature.
The Blue Caves
The famous blue caves is a must for anyone holidaying in Split. There are only organised boat excursion to this attraction, so it’s best to book ahead in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. These caves are not to be missed!
The blue caves are located on Bisevo island just south of Vis island. The island boasts pine forests as well as several caves. Trips here include visiting the Blue Cave, swimming in the cove and a fish lunch.
Hiking on Biokovo Mountain
Another way to explore nature is by hiking through the Biokovo Nature Park, which is only 61 km from Split. These mountain ridges dominate over Split when you look at the city from the sea, it would be a shame not to visit them while you are here. Not to mention, Biokovo is the largest and highest mountain in the entire Dalmatia. As you can expect, the views from here are breath-taking. On a clear day, you can see out to the many islands in the surrounding area on the coast.
Explore Marine Life with Submarine Tours and Aquarium
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to checking out the marine life of Split, Croatia. Recent additions include the semi-submarine tour which offers both day and night tours, lasting around 40 minutes each. It is a safe and enjoyable experience for family members of all ages. The submarine actually remains above sea level at all times, while the hull doubles as an underwater observatory which is around 5 feet below the surface. Through your own viewing windows, you can watch the variety of marine life swim past you.
If this has captured your imagination, you may want to take a trip to the aquarium as well. Here a wonderful array of flora and fauna await to be discovered by your little explorers! This newly-opened aquarium is one of the largest in the region and is home to sharks, stingrays, eels, lobsters and more. The aquarium has generous opening times, ranging from 10 am to 10 pm. More information can be obtained from their website.
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