Want to spend 3 days in Croatia alone but not sure where to go? Put Split at the top of your Croatia travel list. I enjoyed my 3 days in Split so much, I created this 3 day Split solo travel itinerary and Split travel guide to help you plan your solo trip to Croatia so you fall in love with Split like I did.
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- Split Solo Travel Planning Resources
- Split Solo Travel Packing Essentials
- What is Split Croatia Known For?
- Best Time to Visit Split Croatia
- Getting to Split Croatia
- Getting Around Split
- Is Split Croatia Safe to Visit Alone?
- Where to Stay in Split on Solo Travel
- Best Things To Do in Split Croatia Alone
- 3 Day Split Solo Travel Itinerary
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Split Solo Travel Packing Essentials
What is Split Croatia Known For?
Croatia’s second largest city, Split is the largest city in Croatia’s Dalmatia region and situated nicely between mountains and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and lovely Dalmatian Coast islands.
Split offers history, colorful architecture and Roman ruins, spectacular wine tasting and cuisine, outdoor land and water activities, and some of the best beaches in Europe, if not the world.
Split is best known for being the home of the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must see in Split. Built for the Roman emperor Diocletian, the palace consumes most of the Old Town. It was built in the fourth century AD, which also marks the establishment of the city of Split itself.
Is Split Croatia worth visiting?
Considering the history of Split Croatia alone begs visiting Split. Ask any local, young or old, a question about Split, and they will proudly regale you with historical facts and stories, as well as provide recommendations on what to see in Split. Their knowledge and enthusiasm of their hometown and country is infectious.
Croatia had been on my bucket list for many years before I actually had time to carve out 3 days in Croatia. I had wrestled between Dubrovnik and Split for my first Croatia solo travel adventure.
However, I couldn’t escape the lure of the history and thoughts of visiting the surrounding islands for beach time and wine tasting, so Split solo travel it was. The bigger problem was making my solo travel itinerary for just 3 days in Split.
There is much to see and do in Split. Yet, Split is a place in Croatia to take it slow, like lounging on the beach. If you have 4 days in Split, or a week in Split, even better.
Still, any time to visit Split is better than none. If you have 3 days in Split like I did, I know you’ll enjoy using my Split three day itinerary and Split guide. The only disappointing thing you’ll find about visiting Split will be leaving.
Best Time to Visit Split Croatia
The best time to travel to Split, Croatia depends on weather, costs, activities and events offered.
Split Croatia Weather & Costs
Like many European countries, peak tourist season in Croatia is June through August. The weather in Split Croatia is also at its hottest with an average of low 80F degrees and the least amount precipitation. These are, however, the most expensive months to visit Split.
After peak season may be considered the best time to go to Split Croatia. September and October offer warm weather and water, fewer tourists, and slightly lower travel costs.
April and May are lovely months to visit Split as well, but the water may be cooler.
November through March, Split’s winter, has an average temperature of 45F degrees but also fewer tourists and lowest costs. Split in winter would be when to solo travel on a budget.
My 3 days in Split solo travel were in September, and it was lovely. To get the best Split solo travel experience, May to October would be when to visit Split.
Festivals in Split Croatia
I always suggest checking the local events calendar when planning solo travel.
There are festivals in Split Croatia year round. Consult them to know how they may impact or enhance your Croatia travel.
Is Split Croatia Expensive?
For example, an inexpensive meal in a restaurant could cost 60 kuna, a bottle of import beer 18 kuna, or a cappuccino 12 kuna. Buying food in a store would cost less and make your single travel budget stretch further.
Split also has budget accommodations and Split activities can be done inexpensively or even free. Of course, luxury accommodations in Split and high-end activities, like taking a private boat trip to Blue Lagoon, also exist.
The point is, Split can be enjoyed across different budgets. Don’t worry. This 3 days in Split solo travel itinerary covers top Split attractions that won’t break your bank.
Croatia Solo Travel Tips
Croatia’s currency is the Kuna (HRK), not the Euro. Croatia is not yet a part of the European Union (at time of this writing). Manage your currency exchange wisely on your solo trip to Croatia.
There are ATM’s a plenty in Split for you to extract local currency, if need be.
Getting to Split Croatia
Flying into Split
The airport is about 23 kilometers from the Split city center. If your hotel does not offer airport shuttle service, there are several other Split Airport transport options to get from Split Airport to the city centre, the easiest of which is to take a Split airport transfer.
Croatia Covid Travel Tips
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Split Airport Transfers, Taxis and Rideshares
You could get a Split Airport rental car, but I advise against it on trips for singles. Why deal with city center parking and additional petrol expenses? Besides, a Split Airport car rental is not needed on this 3 day Split itinerary.
An easy option is to take a Split Airport taxi or hire an Uber or Bolt rideshare, all available at the Split Airport. My Uber from Split Airport to Old Town cost 258 Kunas with tip, which is about the same cost as a taxi.
Catch your airport rideshare on the main street at the public bus stop. Taxi and rideshares from Split Airport to city center take 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic.
Note, when I take a ride share or taxi, I like to pick the driver’s brain for information on the location, get good activity or dining tips, or tips or what to do or avoid. Locals are the best source of travel information. In Split, they are a wealth of information and love to share.
A budget friendly, more eco-friendly, and quick option is to hire group transfers from Split Airport. Trips are 45 minutes to Old Town and cost a fraction of the cost for a taxi or rideshare. I would definitely book in advance.
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The following are eco-friendly transportation options, however, will save you money if you are traveling Split on a budget.
Split Airport Train and Bus
There are public Split Airport buses available to take you to the Kastel Stari train station where you catch the train to the Split main railway station next to the Port of Split.
The public Split Airport bus ride is about 10 minutes, with the total trip taking about 35 minutes and costing 25 Kunas.
Split Airport Bus
For 40 Kunas, you can catch the #37 Split Airport bus directly from the main terminal with a ride to the main Split bus station, next to the main railway station, taking about 35-40 minutes. You pay the driver on the bus.
Split Airport Catamaran
If you decide to not stay within the city center, per my recommendation for this Split 3 day solo itinerary, and opt for staying on Brac or Hvar instead, there is the option to take a catamaran from Split Airport to the either island.
Bus to Split
Many buses arrive at the main Split bus station which are quick, inexpensive, and eco-friendly ways to get to Split from other countries or Croatian cities.
Train to Split
Ferry to Split
If you’re already in Croatia or coming from Italy, a Croatia Ferry may be an option for you on your solo travel to Split.
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Getting Around Split
Is Split walkable?
Yes, Split is very walkable. In fact, many of the top things to do in Split are accessible by foot.
Old Town and the palace are only comprised of narrow, stone pedestrian streets packed with restaurants and cafes, hotels, boutique shopping, and never ending history.
Don’t forget there are walking tours of Split also available. You could learn a lot.
Split Public Transport
The Split bus is another way to explore Split beyond Old Town.
Looking for exercise while seeing more of Split? Try a bike rental or a bike tour of Split.
Is Split Croatia Safe to Visit Alone?
Crime in Split is very low. Split is also considered very safe to walk alone day or night, so you don’t need to worry about safety in Split as solo female traveler. I never felt unsafe walking alone in Split on my over 50 single travel.
As always, practice general safety measures, such as walking on well-lit streets and keeping your belongings on you at all times, especially in crowded or touristy areas.
Other than that, you should consider Split one of the best places to go by yourself.
Where to Stay in Split on Solo Travel
The Split city center, including the Old Town, is where it’s at for first time solo travel to Split, as indicated on the map below.
Many of the must do Split activities and attractions, including access to Split nightlife, are within minutes of walking or a quick bus ride away from the bus stops close by.
Of course, you can stay outside this section of the Split city center, but it may just add a little time to this Split solo travel itinerary, depending on what you ultimately decide to see and do on your 3 days in Split.
Solo Travel Tips
Have WhatsApp on your mobile device(s). Many smaller establishments and activities offices use this as a method of communication making it easier to make inquiries or booking and learn, or notify, of any scheduling changes.
Get the T-Mobile International Plan or something similar in price and features. I no longer work on WiFi only on international travel. I’ll use it when it’s there, but having access to roaming when needed for GPS and Google Maps is a game changer.
Split Hotels and More
There are many accommodations in Split city center across all budget types to choose from. Going in the off season, or booking well in advance, will get you the best Split prices.
Book a Travel Sustainable-rated property, or at least employs these methods into their business to reduce your travel carbon footprint.
Hotels in Split range from budget to luxury.
For location, price, breakfast, amenities (including free-cancellation), eco-friendly and sustainable operations, and customer reviews and ratings, here are my best hotels in Split recommendations in or around Split Old Town ideal for over 50 solo travel on a Split 3 day itinerary (i.e., where I would stay):
I last stayed at Starlight Luxury Rooms conveniently located around the corner from Diocletian’s Palace. My room and bed were large and comfortable, the breakfast was incredible, and the hotel staff friendly and helpful.
In fact, ask for Mario. He was the bomb. He had such great information, helped me with activities, and was accessible by a quick WhatsApp message.
Although Starlight Luxury Rooms is not a “Travel Sustainable” property, look at all of the sustainable initiatives the establishment employs below. Why it is not labeled a “Travel Sustainable” property, I don’t know.
Hostels in Split can be a budget accommodation for over 50 single travel. Using the same conditions above, with the ability to get a private room, my Split hostel for solo travel recommendation is Hostel Dvor.
It is in a good location and also employs some sustainability initiatives.
Best Things To Do in Split Croatia Alone
You would think that with Split’s smaller size it would be easier to fit in all of the top things to so in Split in 3 days compared to, say, spending 3 days in Barcelona or 3 days in Rome, right? Wrong.
You have to keep in mind Split’s ideal location, beaches and proximity to parks and islands that can keep you hopping, pardon the pun.
Let’s review some of what to do in Split, and around Split, for a single traveler.
Churches & Cathedrals
- Saint Duje’s Cathedral (St. Domnius Cathedral)
- Crkva Gospe od Prizidnice
- Katedrala sv. Lovre (St. Lawrence Cathedral)
- Katedrala sv. Stjepana I. (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
- Zupna Crkva Gospe Od Karmela, Bol
- Katedrala sv. Marko (St. Mark’s Cathedral)
Architectural Buildings & Historic Sites
- Diocletian’s Palace
- Peristil Square
- Jupiter’s Temple
- Saint Domnius Bell Tower
- Porta Caesarea, Salona
- Roman Ruins of Salona
- Tvrđava Fortica (Spanish Fortress), Hvar
- Klis Fortress, Klis
Split Landmarks, Points of Interest & Monuments
- Narodni trg (Pjaca Square)
- Trg Brace Radic (Fruit’s Square)
- Marmontova ulica (Marmont Street)
- Riva Harbor
- Statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin)
Museums & Aquariums
Parks and Gardens
Get out and enjoy some incredible nature and hiking around Split.
Split is not short of spectacular beaches. Here are but some of the best Europe beaches you can find in Split accessible by foot, Split public transportation or a ferry.
Relax and sunbathe, or swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, parasail, paddle board, cliff jump or more.
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Many beaches have lounge bars with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some are even nude beaches. Heads up.
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A must do in Split is taking a ride out to one of the following islands from Split. Here are some that are available to see:
Each island offers its own charm, special beaches and activities. It may be hard to decide on just one. If you want to go to more than one island, there are island hopping tours from Split.
If you have more than 3 days in Split, I suggest going to as many as you can. Definitely go to at least one.
Split Croatia Dining & Entertainment
Dining in Split can be hard only because of trying to choose from one of the kanobas (restaurants) and bars galore in Old Town and on the Riva. Wander the streets to find one or get a recommendation from a local.
Definitely have the gelato at Gelateria Emiliana. Don’t be surprised if there is a line. It’s worth the wait.
What to eat in Split? Croatia’s long history is truly reflected in its cuisine that has Italian, Turkish, Hungarian and other influences.
Situated on the Adriatic, the Italian influence is heavy in Split’s cuisine. Popular are dishes of cheeses, prosciutto, bread with olive oil, and olives.
Seafood is also a large staple in Split dining, such as skampi, mussels, crabs, octopus, and the like. Dishes may be served with sides of spaghetti, njoki (gnocchi), or risotto. Beef and fish stews are also popular.
For dessert, try a fritula (traditional pastry like a powdered sugar donut) or rozata (pudding with caramel sauce).
By all means, do not lose out on tasting the local wines, like whites made from the Pošip white wine grape native to Korčula or luscious zinfandels. Croatia has amazing wines, and wine tasting, or taking a wine tasting tour in Split, is another Split must do.
Old Town, Marmont Street and the Riva is where it is at for bars and restaurants. Split nightclubs can also be found on the Riva and port area.
It’s safe to walk Split at night, even as a female traveler, so feel free to wander to find the right place.
3 Day Split Solo Travel Itinerary
Now that you are oriented with my guide to Split, and know what to do in Split, here’s make take on how to do Split in 3 days.
Note, I took advantage of the ample breakfast served in my hotel, but you can do otherwise if you wish.
Day 1 – Split Old Town, Art & Beach
- 8:30am – Hotel breakfast
- 9am – Wander Old Town (Marmont Street, Pjaca Square, Fruits Square, Riva)
- 11:30am – Early lunch in Old Town
- 1pm – Ivan Meštrović Gallery
- 2pm – Sunbathe on Ježinac Beach
- 5pm – Walk back to hotel
- 8pm – Dinner at Corto Maltese / gelato dessert at Gelateria Emiliana
- 9:30pm – Wander Old Town / drinks on the Riva waterfront
Day 2 – Beaches and Kayaking
- 8:30am – Hotel breakfast
- 9am – ½ day guided sea kayak with beaches and cliff jumping
- 1:15pm – Back in Old Town
- 1:30pm – Lunch in Old Town
- 2:30pm – Hotel
- 3:30pm – Tour Diocletian Palace (all entries)
- 5:30pm – Sunset from Saint Domnius
- 7pm – Dinner at Bistro Skalinda
- 8pm – Riva waterfront
Day 3 – Brac Beaches and Wine
- 8am – Hotel breakfast
- 9:10am – Split Port, ferry to Bol
- 10am – Arrive Bol / walk Bol Port and promenade / shop food stands for fresh figs and grapes for the beach
- 11am – Crkva Gospa Karmelska
- 12pm – Sunbathing on Golden Horn beach
- 2pm – Ferry taxi to Bol
- 2:30pm – Wine tasting and tour of Stina Winery
- 6pm – Ferry back to Split
- 7pm – Arrive Split
- 8pm – Dinner at Bepa!
- 9pm – Wander Split / hotel
Let Me Hear From You
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