3 Day Split Solo Travel Itinerary (2023)
Ready for an unforgettable solo travel adventure in Split, Croatia? Look no further. This 3 day Split solo travel itinerary not only covers everything from ancient Roman ruins to pristine beaches, and fun water activities to delicious local cuisine and wine in, but it also does it in a budget-friendly way.
I enjoyed my 3 days in Split so much on this perfect Split itinerary I had to share it with you so you, too, can explore the best of Split and make the most of your short time in this stunning coastal city on the Adriatic (without breaking the bank).
As you’ll notice from the tips throughout, this perfect Split Croatia itinerary is intentionally written for the first time Split solo traveler and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been traveling solo FOREVER). Yet, anyone can use this travel itinerary it to plan and book 3 days in Split.
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All You Need for This Split 3 Day Itinerary
Here are all of the sites you need to successfully book these perfect 3 days in Split, Croatia.
I even give you my suggested Split hotel as a budget friendly and centrally-located stay in Split city center, an ideal location for Split Croatia solo travel on foot.
I recommend you bookmark and use these sites early to lock in your Split 3 days itinerary and get the best Split Croatia travel deals.
The Ultimate Split Croatia Travel Guide
Don’t forget to use the Ultimate Split Solo Travel Guide to plan your three days in Split, Croatia. It is the ultimate one-stop-shop guide for all you need to know to plan your Split solo travel itinerary with:
- Best Time to Visit Split
- Getting to Split
- How to Get Around Split
- Split Solo Travel Safety
- Packing Essentials for Split
- Best Places to Stay in Split Solo
- Best Things to See and Do in Split Croatia
- Split Dining, Nightlife and Shopping
- Best Booking Sites for Split Travel
- Top Split Budget and Ecotourism Travel Tips
If you’re a first-time traveler to Croatia, also use my Ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan Croatia solo travel.
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5 MUST DOs in Split
Yes, you will get to do all of these top Split things to do in this 3 days in Split itinerary. Inspired yet?
3 Day Split Solo Travel Itinerary
This Split solo travel itinerary provides some of best and free things to do in Split in 3 days. This uniquely well-preserved and historical city on the Adriatic is has just about everything you can think of to do, indoors and out. Better yet, you don’t have to break you bank on Split solo travel.
From the stunning coastline to the rich history and culture, Split has it all, including a UNESCO World Heritage site, further lending to its cache as a top Croatia travel destination.
Get ready for making unforgettable memories in this ultimate, budget travel 3 day Split getaway.
After this Split solo travel, you’ll be wanting to go back again (if you ever left at all).
Split 3 Day Itinerary Tips
- This itinerary assumes staying in the Split city center, such as my suggested Split hotel, or at any of the best hotels or hostels noted above. You can also refer to the ‘Best Area to Stay’ accommodations in the Split Solo Travel Guide.
- This itinerary starts the day after arrival to Split assuming to allow for a full 3 days in Split.
- Travel in the shoulder season for good weather, long daylight hours, less tourists, and lower costs. Consult the Split Solo Travel Guide for events in Split you may wish to attend (or avoid).
- This Split itinerary is covered mostly by walking.
- Walking, sunshine, water sports, and drinking wine in Split definitely calls for sunscreen and staying hydrated. Be eco-friendly and bring your own collapsible travel water bottle, recylcled plastic water bottle sling for easy carry, and environmentally safe sunscreen.
Arriving Split City Center
Afternoon / Evening
After your Split Airport transfer has dropped you off at your city center hotel after check-in time, you’ll be excited to just drop off your bags and explore some of the old town and, of course, catch the sunset on the waterfront.
Along the Riva waterfront you’ll find multiple options for dinner and drinks and lively spots for late night imbibing and dancing.
Explore to your heart’s content. It’s a good idea to get a layout of the city center as you’ll be spending more time here for sightseeing and dining.
For more tips on where to dine, travel essentials, and more, use the Split Solo Travel Guide.
Day 1 – Split Old Town, Art & Beach
Enjoy a somewhat leisurely start on this first full day in Split, which also happens to be a budget-friendly day.
You’ll find how much you can’t stop wandering around this historic city and absorb the sounds and light glistening off the stone buildings. You can try to get lost in the maze of narrow pedestrian streets lined with shops, restaurants and bars.
You’ll also find beaches within walking distance that are free to access. Many, if not all, beaches in and around Split have lounge chairs and umbrellas to rent and bars on the beach ideal for having that afternoon cocktail in the sun.
Take your time on a lazy day in Split with this suggested itinerary.
- 8:30am – Hotel breakfast
- 9am – Wander Old Town. Make sure to see Marmont Street, Pjaca Square, and Fruits Square.
- 11:30am – Have an early lunch in Old Town at any outdoor spot of your choosing.
- 1pm – Take in some art at the Ivan Meštrović Gallery.
- 2pm – Sunbathe on Ježinac Beach and swim to your heart’s content.
- 5pm – Before dark, walk back to your hotel to freshen up for a night out.
- 8pm – Arrive early to make sure you get outdoor seat at Corto Maltese for fresh seafood dinner with local Croatian wine (they have been known to have a waiting list). If it calls for rain ensure you’re under an awning. For all things holy, don’t forget to have a gelato at Gelateria Emiliana after dinner. You might find a line, but it’s worth it.
- 9:30pm – Wander Old Town to the Riva waterfront for more music, drinks and people watching.
Day 2 – Beaches and Kayaking
Your second day in Split is more active and involves group activities that are completely unforgettable. You’ll have such a wonderful time with these activities, you’ll be wondering how you enjoy so much of Split’s natural beauty and history and not be worn out.
Now, you may be saying, “I’ve never kayaked”. This is where I tell you, “Of all places to start kayaking, Split is it!” It’s easy, you’ll meet some fun people and learn alot from your informative guide. Plus, it’s a chance to hang out on more of the area’s epic beaches. People don’t give this Split kayaking excursion a 5-star rating for nothing.
I was the oldest person (early 50’s) in my kayaking group of 8 people and had a blast. Did you see the video above?
- 8am – Hotel breakfast
- 8:45am – meet your group near Riva
- 9am – Head out on your half day guided sea kayak with beaches and cliff jumping. Bring some money with you if you want to buy a snack or drink at the beach.
- 1:15pm – You’ll be back in Old Town.
- 1:30pm – Lunch in Old Town at a place of your choosing.
- 2:30pm – You have time to go back to your hotel and rinse off the salt water and ready up for the afternoon and evening out.
- 3:30pm – Do a self-guided tour of Diocletian Palace. Get your tickets onsite for all entries.
- 5:30pm – Walk up Saint Domnius bell tower for spectacular sunset and golden views of Split. Alternatively, you could partake in an early evening 45-minute guided walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace or a 1.5 hour Old Town and Diocletian Palace walking tour. Just don’t miss the sunset from the bell tower (see the banner image of this post for inspiration).
- 8pm – Skampi is a traditional dish in Split. Try it for dinner at Bistro Skalinda or Konoba Varoš. Again, try to get an outdoor seat it is the best way to dine in Split.
- 9pm – After dinner listen to live music and sip some local Croatian zinfandel wine (zinfandel does come from Croatia, not California, after all), at the Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar in Old Town.
Day 3 – Brač Beaches and Wine
Having thoroughly enjoyed Split and its natural wonders on the coast, day 3 in Split is your chance to go beyond and do a little island exploration on Brač, just off the coast of Split.
You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll get in on this self-guided day trip to Brač in such an inexpensive way.
- 8:30am – Wrap up your hotel breakfast so you’re not rushed to make your way to the Split Port.
- 9am – The Split to Bol ferry leaves promptly at 9am. I recommend buying your roundtrip Split – Bol ticket in advance. Ride up top so you can enjoy the view of Split from the water and the coast line of Brač and its imposing mountains. You can’t miss the iconic Golden Horn beach.
- 10am – Arriving in the port town of Bol, stroll through the Boll promenade and buy some fresh figs and grapes to snack on the beach from the local food vendors.
- 11am – Pop into Crkva Gospa Karmelska (Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) before arriving at the boat ferries that take you to Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach) for less than 60 Kuna. You can walk the path from Bol to Zlatni Rat, but that could take 30 minutes. The boat taxies take just a few minutes and leave periodically.
- 12pm – Arrive the famous Golden Horn beach and walk to find your spot on the extensive pebble beach coastline. You can rent a lounge chair and umbrella if you want, but it’s not necessary. Yes, there are even bars on the beach for enjoying music and drinks.
- 2pm – After a couple of hours of soaking up the sun, catch a ferry taxi back to Bol in time for the afternoon wine tasting and tour at Stina Winery. If you don’t like wine, just hang at the beach longer and try some windsurfing, jet-skiing, or stand-up paddle boarding. Zlatni Rat has it all.
- 2:30pm – Sip some amazing wine and tour Stina Winery to learn more about Croatian wine making. The staff is very friendly and informative.
- 6pm – Don’t be late because the ferry back to Split leaves promptly as well, and it’s the last ferry to Split of the day.
- 7pm – Dock in the Split harbor with time to get back to your hotel and clean up for dinner.
- 8pm – On this last night in Split, try dinner at Bepa!. Then do whatever else you like. I’m sure some other establishments in Split have caught your eye.
4 Days in Split Itinerary Option
Split in 3 days allows you to capture much of what Split has to offer. If you have time to spend 4 days in Split, however, I would recommend getting out to see more of Croatia on day 4 by way of a day trip from Split.
As I say in my Split Solo Travel Guide, Split is an ideal jumping off point to see more islands – like Hvar and Korčula, more cities – like Trogir, and UNESCO World Heritage sites – like Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Here are what I would consider the top day trips from Split to choose from to round out your 4 days in Croatia.
Best Day Trips from Split for Day 4
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