A Day In Split From The White House Lumbarda

Split in a day

Whether you are arriving by plane in Split before your journey to The White House Lumbarda, travelling through  Split on your drive to us, or fancy seeing Croatia’s second largest city on a day trip from The White House, Lumbarda we cover the most important attractions and sights to help you make the most of a one day trip to Croatia’s second largest city, Split.

About Split:

Nestled along the Adriatic coast, Split is Croatia’s second-largest city, offering a rich tapestry of history, culture, and modern charm. Founded as a Greek colony, it rose to prominence with the construction of Diocletian’s Palace in the 4th century AD, a testament to the city’s Roman heritage and the core of the city.

Today, Split is a lively metropolis that harmoniously blends ancient architecture with contemporary living, making it an interesting day out on your Croatian Holiday.

Top Attractions in Split

1. Diocletian’s Palace:

The heart of Split, Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a marvel of Roman architecture. Built by Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century around 300bc, this sprawling complex is a city within a city, with its maze of narrow streets, ancient ruins, and vibrant squares. Within and surrounding the Palace you will find:-

  • St. Domnius Cathedral and Bell Tower

Originally Diocletian’s mausoleum, the cathedral stands as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world still in use in its original structure. Climb the bell tower for panoramic views of Split and the Adriatic Sea.

  • Jupiter’s Temple:

A small yet significant temple built in honor of the Roman god Jupiter, showcasing Split’s rich religious history.

  • Basement of Diocletian’s Palace:

These remarkably well-preserved substructures offer a glimpse into the engineering prowess of the ancient Romans and serve as a venue for various exhibitions and events.

  • Vestibule of Diocletian’s Palace:

The grand entrance to the Emperor’s residential quarters, the Vestibule is known for its impressive acoustics and occasional a cappella performances.

  • Peristil Square (Peristyle):

The central square of Diocletian’s Palace, surrounded by ancient columns and the cathedral, where history comes alive through various cultural events and performances durng the summer.

  •  Pazar Market:

Located to the east of Diocletian’s Palace, Pazar Market is a bustling hub where you can find everything from fresh produce to souvenirs, offering a taste of Croatian life. Our advice if you are buying a souvenir from here is to negotiate the price, and also check out the Fruit Square mentioned below if you are coming to Split for a dedicated shopping day!

2. Pjaca Square:

Known locally as Narodni Trg, this charming square is in the centre of the Old Town and a particularly good spot to stop for lunch! It features Renaissance and Gothic buildings, lively cafés, and a clock tower that dates back to the 15th century.

3. Marjan Hill:

A green oasis offering hiking trails and spectacular views over Split and its surroundings.  To reach it walk through the old Varos Quarter, the staircase to start your climb is found at the end of Trubiceva Obala Street, while the terrace in front of Teraca Vidilica restaurant / cafe  provides a perfect spot for a scenic break and much needed refreshment after the climb. Look out for St Jerome Church on the hill too.

*Top Tip* If you decide to opt for a taxi instead of doing the climb make sure to take a taxi from the same side of the harbour as the hill, otherwise you will find your way weaving through the traffic and the cost a lot more expensive! A taxi is worth it if you think you will be short of time on your day trip!

4. Riva Promenade:

Stroll through the vibrant waterfront promenade lined with palm trees, cafés, and restaurants, on you way back to the ferry. Sit and enjoy the view and people-watch while you wait for your ferry to Korcula Town.

 Museums in Split

There are a variety of museums in Split to enjoy, some fun, some cultural and some historic. There is bound to be a museum that entertains in this vibrant city. We have listed them here :

Fun Museums in Split:

  • Game of Thrones Museum:

Step into the fantastical world of Game of Thrones, featuring replicas of props, intricate models of Westeros, and authentic costumes, set to the iconic music of the show.

  • Museum of Illusions

A realm of optical illusions and interactive exhibits that challenge your perception and provide endless entertainment.

  • Diocletian’s Dream: ( and one of our favourite)

Croatia’s first VR experience that transports you back to 305 AD, guided by Severin, Diocletian’s slave, through a captivating animated film that brings ancient Split to life.

  • Froggyland Museum:

Discover over 500 taxidermied frogs meticulously posed in amusing everyday scenes, showcasing the quirky charm and artistry of these amphibians.

Historical and Cultural Museums in Split:

  • Homeland War Museum:
    Delve into Croatia’s recent history with exhibits that detail the Homeland War and the country’s fight for independence.
  • Split Archaeological Museum:
    Home to a vast collection of artifacts from prehistoric to medieval times, offering insights into the region’s rich archaeological heritage.
  • Split City Museum:
    Chronicles the history of Split from its ancient origins to the modern day through a variety of exhibits.
  • Museum of Fine Arts:
    Features a diverse collection of Croatian and international artworks, spanning several centuries.
  • Croatian Maritime Museum:
    Explore Croatia’s maritime history with displays of ship models, navigational instruments, and historical documents.
  • Cathedral Treasury:
    Houses a collection of religious artifacts, including relics, manuscripts, and ceremonial items.
  • Ethnographic Museum:
    Showcases traditional Croatian costumes, tools, and everyday objects, highlighting the region’s cultural heritage.
  • Ivan Meštrović Gallery:
    Dedicated to the works of Croatia’s renowned sculptor, Ivan Meštrović, featuring his sculptures, drawings, and architectural designs.
  • Natural History Museum:
    Offers exhibits on the region’s flora and fauna, including a fascinating collection of fossils and minerals.
  • Emanuel Vidović Gallery
    Displays the works of Emanuel Vidović, one of Croatia’s most celebrated artists, providing a glimpse into his creative world.
  • Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments:
    A treasure trove of Croatia’s ancient legacy, with artifacts, inscriptions, and sculptures that narrate the country’s rich history.

 Shopping in Split

Trg braće Radić (Fruit Square):
Despite its name, Fruit Square is now home to a variety of shops and businesses. It’s a vibrant area where you can shop until you drop, finding everything from designer clothing to unique local souvenirs.

 Itinerary for a Day in Split From The White House Lumbarda

*This itinery uses the Krilo Line Ferry Service  (Split-Hvar-Prigadica-Korcula) – for more information on the ferry timetables see our blog post here

  1. Catch the 6.00am ferry to Split ( arriving at 8.30am). 
  2. Diocletian’s Palace:
    From the ferry terminal, a short 10 minute stroll takes you across the promenade to the heart of Split with a visit to Diocletian’s Palace. Wander through the palace’s ancient streets, and don’t miss the Vestibule and the Peristil Square. On the outside of the Palace there are many stalls offering a guided tour, and to ensure you don’t miss any of the key landmarks we do recommend booking a tour on arrival.
  3. Within the Palace you will be able to visit St Domnius Cathedral and climb the Bell Tower for a helicopter view of the city, and Jupiter’s Temple and the Palace Basement.
  4. Pazar Market  – Head east of the palace to experience the bustling Pazar Market and grab some local souvenirs, or continue to the Fruit Square if shopping is your thing!
  5. Pjaca Square – Stroll through People’s Square, enjoy a coffee at one of the outdoor cafés, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere. An ideal spot for lunch!
  6. Marjan Hill – Take a leisurely hike up Marjan Hill and enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace in front of Teraca Vidilica, or, if short on time call a cab!
  7. Museum Visit – Depending on your interests, visit one of the museums mentioned, such as the Game of Thrones Museum for fans of the series or the Split Archaeological Museum for history enthusiasts.
  8. Riva Promenade: End your trip with a walk along the Riva Promenade, and a drink while waiting for your ferry back to your holiday apartment at The White House Lumbarda.
  9. Catch the return ferry at either 4pm or 5pm , to be back at The White House for around 7pm or 8pm.

With this itinerary, you’ll experience the best of Split, from its ancient roots to its modern-day charm, ensuring a memorable and enriching day trip!

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