Croatia Travel Tips: Camping in Split

As a child, I associated the name Split with a fruity-sweet stick of passion fruit flavor and a vanilla core. This ice cream sweetened many of the summer months in my Black Forest homeland. Decades later, the city of the same name drives away the winter blues. I packed my things in the motor home and followed the heat like a migratory bird. Now I’m sitting in the sun on the Dalmatian coast at 15 degrees and get a sunburn on my nose. What a delightfully sweet life they have here in Split!

The otherwise overcrowded city beach of Baˇcvice has been swept empty. A few locals walk their dogs. Thickly wrapped up in down jackets and bobble hats. I’m sitting there in my t-shirt because spring has begun for me. In summer, Croatian beach life rages here on Bacvice, and picigin is played. A water polo sport that was invented in Split in the early 20th century and is still very popular in the region today. The game is played in shallow water without a racket. The game features acrobatics, jumps and ball skills. (10 important tips for camping holidays)
Camping Split

An ideal starting point for exploring the city: the Stobreˇc campsite, which is open all year round.

Apart from the shallow sandy beach Baˇcvice, Split has other bays, and those to the west are better suited for swimming.
If you really want to drive your vehicle towards the city centre, we recommend the large car park at the train station. Once you’ve made it through the narrow curve of the entrance, you’re safe here, but also expensive.

By bus to the old town

More convenient is the Stobreˇc campsite, which is open all year round and is the closest camper van pitch to the town, and it also has its own beach. For 15 kuna (about two euros) the bus takes you from here to the old town. This is the most comfortable and cheapest way to explore Split by motorhome. It is best to get off at the Pazar stop. There you are greeted by the scent of sweet clementines and loud screams. There is a market here every day from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Numerous local farmers sell fruit, vegetables, olives, bread and meat. The bustling market life is ideal for exploring the old town with its checkered history. The best tip for discovering Split: just drift through the small streets without a plan.
Camping Split

City life takes place behind the mighty walls of Diocletian’s palace from the Roman period.

Today’s Old Town life takes place within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. This reflects Split’s complex role in history. In the year 305, a magnificent complex including a mausoleum was built within just ten years, which served as a retirement home for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. To this day you can guess how stately the property must have been with thermal baths, two freshwater springs and underfloor heating (!).

World Heritage Diocletian’s Palace

Even after the death of Diocletian, Roman emperors lived in the building until it was later expanded as a fortress and served the population as a place of refuge from the Avars and Slavs in the 7th century. Over the course of history, the Roman mausoleum became today’s cathedral. In 1979 UNESCO declared Diocletian’s Palace a World Heritage Site. Even if the palace’s heyday is long gone and the use of the rooms and buildings is constantly changing, it is still full of life today. The people of Split say themselves that where Roman soldiers used to guard the palace, now well-fed cats are the secret rulers of the sacred walls.

Camping Split

Camping Stobreˇc with beach, sauna, wellness, restaurant and much more. Pitches with mature trees.

The four city gates, which are simply called the Golden, Silver, Bronze and Iron Gates, help with orientation in the old town. The Golden Gate with the soldiers’ corridors and the guard room above the archway is the best preserved to this day. If you happen to be there, just walk the few steps in the direction of the park. A monumental statue catches the eye from afar. This shows Gregory of Nin, who plays a special role in Croatian history as a bishop and cleric. According to legend, stroking the statue’s big toe brings good luck and health.

Relax with a Croatian Veliki Macchiato

After so many first impressions, you should do what most Croatians do in the morning: take a leisurely break in a café. For example, opposite the Cathedral and the vestibule at Cafe Lvxor. It’s worth taking a look inside, as the restaurant is located in the middle of the Roman Temple of Venus. But I want to enjoy the sun, so I sit outside and drink a Croatian Veliki Macchiato (a kind of stronger cappuccino).

Camping Split

Sunset at the harbor overlooking the old town and the alpenglow from Mount Mosor.

As I sip the specialty coffee, I notice how harmoniously tourists and locals work together in Split. There are hardly any restaurants or cafés where only one or the other goes. A black sphinx sits majestically opposite Café Lvxor. A total of twelve of these Egyptian figures stand in the old town, with only the Sphinx next to the cathedral still having a head.

In the evening, we recommend a walk towards the marina. Because when the sun goes down, a unique spectacle of colors takes place there. Split then enchants with alpenglow on Mount Mosor. On particularly windless days, the skyline with Diocletian’s palace is also reflected in the sea. The sweet reward for an eventful day. What more do you want?

Camping Split

In the valley of the river Cetina you can go rafting or hiking.

Worth seeing

There is a lot to discover in the city of Split and in the region around it.

TROGIR About 30 kilometers from Split, historic port city
CETINA Agencies offer guided rafting tours or rental kayaks
STADIUM HAJDUK Internationally famous football club
CITY BEACH BAˇ CVICE Flat sandy beach near the old town
DIOCLETIAN PALACE Historical complex from Roman times
CATHEDRAL Imposing church with an eventful history
TEMPLE OF JUPITER Well-preserved structure from the Roman period
MEŠTROVI´C GALLERY Art museum in honor of the sculptor
KAŠJUNE BEACH Picture-perfect beach at Marjan Park
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM Exhibitions on the prehistoric, ancient and medieval periods
PROMENADE AND PORT RIVA Numerous cafes and restaurants
VESTIBULE Dome-shaped anteroom to the former imperial rooms
MARJAN PARK Green lung and recreational forest of the city
GREGORY OF NIN Famous statue near the Golden Gate
CITY MUSEUM Exciting museum on the history of Split
ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM Exhibition on the culture of Dalmatia

You can camp here

Zvonimira 62, 21218 Seget Vranjica
Open from April 14th to October 31st

Hrvatskih žrtava 121, 21219 Seget Donji
Open from April 1st to October 31st

Šetalište Stjepana Radi´ca 56, 21223 Okrug Gornji
Open from March 26th to November 4th

Uvala Duboka bb, 21223 Okrug Gornji
Open from May 1st to October 15th

Sv. Lovre 6, 21311 Stobreˇc
Open all year

Vukovarska 7, 21310 Omis
Open all year

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