Catching the bus* from Zadar Bus Station, we were on our way to Split. The views were absolutely stunning (I stayed awake this time), and we passed the Fortress of Klis which was used as the location for the City of Meereen on Game of Thrones. We hoped to visit here but the bus system wasn't the most straight forward and due to limited time in Split we decided to not go, but recommend it as a place to visit if you have more time in the area.
Pulling our suitcases behind us and starting the incline along the cobbles to our B&B, we eventually arrived to our adorable little apartment with the most spectacular view of the distant mountains.
With a quick swig of water and a top up of factor 30, we went to explore the city of Split. Set on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast, Split is the second largest city of Croatia. We headed straight for the Old Town which was almost fortress-like.
We immediately came across Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient palace which today forms half of the Old Town and resembles an old fortress. It was also used as a location for Game of Thrones. A number of scenes have been filmed here, perhaps the most rememberable being Tyrion approaching Daenarys' dragons. This particular area is home to a market selling various crafts and souvenirs.
Having a soft spot for slightly dilapidated buildings in disrepair (anyone else ?!), we really enjoyed looking around the ruins within the walls of the Palace. I loved how homes emerged from the ruins, remaining part of them and living together with the nature that creeps into the gaps.
There is something very atmospheric and beautiful about these sort of crumbling buildings that hold so much history within them. Split has kept all of the character within it's Old City Walls and maintains the charm within.
Zoi, a restaurant and cocktail bar, has built its rooftop bar against the old walls, a perfect spot to look out at the Adriatic Sea whilst feeling you are still within the fortress. We enjoyed a cocktail here to cool off.
The streets are so reminiscent of Game of Thrones. A labyrinth that we spent the rest of the day getting lost within, finding our way around the cobbles and discovering new nooks and crannies.
Because the streets are so narrow, tiny vehicles are used to transport shop goods as shown below.
We passed a beautiful restaurant called Mazzgoon Food, and decided to book for that night. With delicious food and tables surrounded by greenery, it is a spot I highly recommend!
The next morning we started the day with a hike up Marjan Hill which was near to where we were staying and has the best views of Split. It was quite the incline, so I recommend heading here earlier in the day before the temperatures really heat up and take plenty of water. We reached a viewpoint which had a solar bench with ports for all your charging needs! Carrying on our walk, we were surrounded by huge cacti and an amazing view over the city.
We cooled down with some ice cream from Luka Ice Cream and Cakes before more sightseeing.
With a view of the sea, we took a seat at The Olive Tree which we spotted due to it's stand out decor, flowers in test tubes and wonderful light fittings.
A change of clothes and camera re-charge later, we headed back into the Old Town for some food at a little mexican restaurant a stone's throw away from the Palace called To Je Tako which at night has crowds gathering to listen to live music.
Split had been a magical place to discover, and I only wish we had longer here!
*We arranged all of our bus transport in Croatia through the website below.https://getbybus.com/en/