The perfect 2 days in Split itinerary

Looking for an amazing 2 days in Split itinerary? I’ll share all the best things to do in Split, including Game of Thrones sites and the Blue Cave!

Diocletians Palace, Croatia

Split is one of those places I just instantly liked.

Whether it’s the sunshine, palm trees, jetset vibe or Game of Thrones locations, I’m not sure. All I know is that I was happy and felt relaxed and energised the whole time during my two days in Split.

Split is an amazing place where you can spend days exploring the ancient history or base yourself while discovering the islands or the rest of Dalmatia.

Are you ready to see what the perfect Split itinerary for 2 days looks like?

Here are the top things to do in Split!

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Is 2 days in Split enough?

Yes, 2 days in Split is enough time to explore the city and its highlights.

With this 2 day Split itinerary, you’ll be able to experience the best of what Split has to offer without feeling like you missed out on anything major.

However, there are nearby towns, national parks and islands that are definitely worth a visit, and you might need a few more days to see everything. If you’re keen to explore more of the area, consider extending your trip by a day or two.

RIVA, Croatia

What is Split like?

Split is more posh than other Croatian cities.

Yes, it is a bit touristy and it’s definitely the go-to place if you’re looking for a party. But you can still have a good time here if you want to relax.

I didn’t go there to party or do touristy things – I went to Split to kick back, to stay at a super classy hotel, see the Game of Thrones film locations and stuff my face with local peka (ok, a bit touristy, but you get the point).

And boy did Split deliver!

The weather was perfect, not too chilly and not too hot, the people were nice, and the vibe was relaxed, luxurious and very stylish.

No one was moving faster than a stroll, and jetsetters were sipping cocktails at the cafés. If you ask me, it’s one of the hottest places in Croatia.


How to get to Split

Getting to Split is easy!

You can fly into Split International Airport or take a bus or train from several cities in Croatia, Slovenia or Montenegro.

If you want to fully experience how amazing Croatia is, I highly recommend renting a car and road trip your way to Split!

I’ve done many road trips in Croatia and it’s super easy to get around – roads are well-signed and in excellent condition.

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When booking your car rental online, I recommend Discover Cars. They compare prices at car rental agencies all over the country to get you the best deal.

Where to stay in Split

Hotel Luxe (⭐ 9.7) While I was in Split, I stayed at Hotel Luxe, which is one of the best hotels I’ve been to, ever! It’s not particularly large, but the interior design is so charming and stylish. With its high gloss white furniture and pop colours, I felt right at home —> it’s literally how my home looks like.

The staff was really helpful, and they even packed me a basket with breakfast and snacks for my trip to Dubrovnik the next morning. Check availability and rates here.

Luxe Hotel, Croatia
Luxe Hotel, Croatia
The view from my room

Best time to visit Split

The best time to visit Split is from September to October when the crowds have thinned out, and the Adriatic Sea is still warm enough for swimming.

November sees temperatures drop into the 40s and 50s, which lasts throughout the winter.

From April to June, the weather is warm, and visitors flock to the city. The peak season is in July and August, with perfect beach weather, but be prepared to pay higher hotel prices during these months.

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Things to do in Split in 2 days

Day 1

Walking tour of Split

The perfect way to experience Split old town and learn about its history is on a walking tour with a local. I love walking tours. They’re a fun way to explore and get the inside tips and views.

This 5-star walking tour is the best rated on Viator with 475 positive reviews. Check rates and availability here.

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A capella singers at the palace

Wander around the old town

Split’s Old Town is one of the main highlights of the city.

This is where you should go first to find the 1700-year old Palace of Diocletian (from Game of Thrones), local markets and take a stroll along the picturesque promenade at the harbour.


Diocletians Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is a massive palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. It’s now half of the old town of Split and a top attraction in Croatia. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see.

This place is not only a cool historic place; it’s also the filming location of many scenes in Game of Thrones.

Behind these thousand-year old walls, I found Daenerys’ throne room and the narrow corridors of the city of Meereen that Daenarys conquered, freeing the slaves and killing the slave masters.

👉🏼 Take a 1.5-hour guided tour (⭐5.0) to see the whole palace, including the Peristyle, Vestibulum, and Golden Gate. You’ll get to see the Vestibulum’s unique shape and the well-preserved Diocletian’s basement (where Daenarys kept her dragons). Check availability here.

Diocletians Palace, Croatia

Old palace basement (Podrumi)

The cellars of Diocletian’s Palace, known as Podrumi, are the most significant part of the palace complex. Today, they host a museum and art exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical performances.

There’s also a jewellery and craft market where you can find beautiful souvenirs, some of them handmade, at the stalls. It’s free to visit.

In Game of Thrones, Podumi is used in the scene where the slaves conspired with Grey Worm and the Unsullied Army to overthrow the slave masters.

Diocletians Palace, Croatia

The Vestibule

Another interesting sights in the Diocletian’s Palace is the Vestibule. It’s the antechamber to the imperial apartments and a monumental building.

Although the imperial rooms are no longer preserved, you can still walk through this passage to get to the peristyle square.

Diocletians Palace, Croatia
The palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian 1,700 years ago

Climb to the bell tower at St. Domnius Cathedral

Make sure to check out St. Domnius Cathedral while you’re in Diocletian’s Palace.

Originally built as a mausoleum for Diocletian, it’s now a cathedral with a famous Bell Tower that offers epic views of Split Old Town and beyond.

The colonnade of 24 columns surrounding the Cathedral is stunning. The Bell Tower is almost 195 feet tall, making it one of Europe’s tallest.

You’ll need to climb over 180 steps to reach the top, and the steps are narrow and dizzying. But if you’re up for it, the view is worth it!

Diocletians Palace, Croatia
St. Domnius cathedral

Hang out at People’s Square (Pjaca Square)

Once you’re done exploring Diocletian’s Palace and taking in the sights from St. Domnius Cathedral’s Bell Tower, head over to People’s Square.

It’s a popular spot in Split and just a short walk from the main attractions. Take a break, rest your feet, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants in the area. If you’re looking to try some local food, this is the place to do it.

I’ve written this post about the amazing Croatian food you’ll find here, so check it out for inspiration on what to eat.

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Time for a glass of white wine

Republic Square

The Republic Square is another beautiful place in Split that’s worth visiting. It’s located west of the Old Town near the waterfront.

Enjoy a glass of wine at one of the cafes while you admire the red neo-Renaissance buildings and Venetian colonnades.

The square is open to the sea, so there’s an incredible backdrop.

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I loved the architecture!

The lovely Riva

Beyond the old town’s walls is the famed seafront promenade, Riva, where you can stroll along the water or simply sit and relax.

Split has long been a jumping-off point for island-hoppers to Brac and Hvar. If only I had the time, I would be on a boat to one of those islands!

RIVA, Croatia
The perfect place for a stroll
RIVA, Croatia

Go to the beach

Last stop on the itinerary for today is the beach.

The best beach in Split is Bačvice beach, so I suggest you head there. It has beautiful crystal-clear water, a sandy beach and there are water sports like jet skiing and sailing you can try.

You can also just chill in a sun lounger. It’s the perfect way to end the day in Split.

2 days in Split itinerary - Bacvice Beach
Bacvice beach

Things to do in SPlit in 2 days

Day 2

Blue cave

Begin your second day with a half day trip to one of the most beautiful places in Dalmatia.

The Blue Lagoon is located in Krknjaši Bay just outside Trogir and known for its crystal-clear blue waters and stunning beaches.

Besides the lagoon, you’ll get to visit five islands, including Hvar during your trip. Take a dip or chill on the beach and soak up the view. Snorkeling is a must-do since the ocean is home to tons of colourful marine life.

Book a half-day boat trip from Split to the Blue Lagoon to avoid any logistics hassles. It’s definitely worth it!

2 days in Split itinerary - Blue cave Split

Game of Thrones tour

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If you are, you’re in for a treat in Split!

You can visit some of the show’s filming locations, like Diocletian’s Palace (where they filmed the slave city and the slaves of Meereen) and Klis Fortress (featured in key scenes).

If you’re a diehard fan like me, consider taking a Game of Thrones tour to get the full experience. On this tour, you’ll visit all the important spots and learn about the show’s history. Check rates here.

Diocletians Palace, Croatia

Marjan hill

On your second day, you should also check out Marjan Hill! It’s just outside the city centre and has the best viewpoint in the city.

I went to Marjan hill just after sunset. The walk to the top is a bit demanding, but you’ll be rewarded with a fabulous view of Split, the Adriatic Sea, and the nearby islands.

There’s also a park with walking trails, restaurants, and cafes at the top. Plus, you can’t miss the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Croatia.

Marjan hill

Go out

If you want to go out, Split it the perfect place. Inside the old town, you should head down to the Riva and grab a drink at one of the many bars.

I recommend ST – Riva or Antique Bar for travelers. And if you want to continue the party, the Central Club is the only nightclub in the city center. It’s spacious and popular.

Outside the old town, I recommend Vanilla Club, which is located behind the Poljud Stadium, just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride away.

It gets packed during the summer, but you can always find a spot on the large terrace to enjoy a cocktail.

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More time in Split?

If you’ve got more time in Split, I recommend taking day trips to some of the nearby towns and islands on the Dalmatian coast and to visit the national parks. Split is located perfectly to explore Dalmatia and beyond.

Krka National Park

Krka National Park is a must-visit spot just over an hour’s drive from Split.

You’ll be blown away by the stunning waterfalls that are some of Croatia’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Take a dip in the refreshing waters or hop on a boat ride to get up close and personal with the falls. It’s a great way to spend a day outside of the city!

Book this 5-star rated tour to get started.

2 days in Split itinerary - Krka National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

You can also go to Plitvice National Park, Croatia’s largest national park, which is further away. It’s about 2,5 hours drive, but totally worth it!

The park has 16 interconnected lakes, waterfalls, and hiking trails, and it’s by far the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe! No wonder it’s one of Croatia’s most popular destinations! Book your tour here.

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Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Island hopping

The beautiful island of Hvar is just a short ferry ride away from Split.

Hvar Town is a stunning medieval town with Venetian-style architecture, while the island’s interior has picturesque villages, lavender fields, and vineyards. It’s definitely worth a visit!

This highly rated tour (⭐ 5.0) with Viator takes you to Hvar island and Blue lagoon and back.

2 days in Split itinerary - Hvar island

2 days in Split FAQ

How many days do I need in Split?

1-2 days in Split is enough to see the city’s highlights.

If you want to explore neighbouring towns, islands and attractions (like Hvar or Krka national park), you’ll need to add more days to your Split itinerary.

Is Split or Dubrovnik better?

It really depends on what you’re looking for in a vacation. Both cities have their own unique charm and attractions.

Split is known for its ancient history, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, while Dubrovnik is famous for its well-preserved medieval architecture, breathtaking views, and Game of Thrones filming locations.

What is a great Split itinerary?

A great Split itinerary includes visiting Diocletian’s Palace, hiking up Marjan Hill, swimming in the Blue Lagoon, and exploring Split Old Town and Riva.

I also recommend taking a Game of Thrones tour.

Is it worth spending a day in Split?

Yes, it’s worth spending one day in Split! The city has a rich history and culture dating back to ancient Roman times, and there are many interesting things to see and do.

You can explore the stunning Diocletian’s Palace, hike up Marjan Hill for breathtaking views, or take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

The Old Town is also a must-visit with its charming streets, shops, and restaurants.

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  1. To me, Split seems to be not only adventurous and inspiring, but also so romantic! I can just portray myself admiring this geat view from Marjan hill with my boyfriend! Do you think that Split could be a good romantic destination? 🙂

    1. Hi Adam, if you’re in the area, I definitely recommend to go further north. Split and Zadar are amazing, and Plitvice lakes are not to be missed either.

  2. We stayed at the Hotel Luxe when we were in Split too! I really liked that hotel.
    I’m really glad that I read this post. My impression of Split during our 24-hour stay there was definitely more on the party-nightlife end of the spectrum and it’s great to hear that the city has so much more to offer. If we’re lucky enough to return, I’ll definitely reference this post to find some activities and sights that are more our speed!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Bailey! It’s always great to see a different side of a city, and I truly think that Split has much more to offer than parties. Good to hear that you also enjoyed your stay at Hotel Luxe – what a lovely place that is!

  3. I really enjoyed reading your article and the photos are just amazing. Looking forward to my trip there this summer.

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