Best Beaches in Split, Croatia
Split is the Dalmatian Coast’s largest and most notable city.
The ancient port city is an all-round destination that has something for everyone. It’s perhaps best known for its UNESCO World Heritage Diocletian’s Palace; as well as beautiful and historic architecture, the city is also known for its buzzing nightlife, and excellent seafood, fine local wines…and its many fine beaches.
There’s a great diversity of beaches in the vicinity: popular or isolated; pebbled, rocky, or sandy. With so many excellent options to choose from, in this guide we run through the best beaches around Split.
Bačvice beach & Ovčice beach
Bačvice beach is the closest to Split city center. A sandy beach with an easy shallow rake, it’s popular with all-comers. The attractiveness of the beach, and its proximity to the city, mean that it is definitely the busiest in this list.
Located just around the corner and slightly further out from the city is Ovčice beach. It is a pebbled beach with no sun loungers and few facilities. As such it is much quieter – great for those looking for a more serene afternoon sunbathe.
Trstenik beach & Žnjan beach
Split’s most attractive and popular beaches are located to the east of the city. The beautiful, sandy Trstenik beach is maintained by the Radisson Blu Hotel and is considered the most well-kept beach near the city.
Continuing east, Žnjan beach is equally attractive but more exposed to the wind. Its blustery setting has seen it become very popular with wind- and kitesurfers. As with all beaches around Split, it’s well served by public transport, with several bus lines heading out from the city center.
Jezinac beach & Kaštelet beach
On the other side of the city, immediately to the west you’ll find the breezy, forest park of Marjan peninsula. Amongst the cool pine trees are several walking and cycling trails; a strenuous hike takes you to the peak of Marjan Hill, from where you can enjoy fabulous views back to Split and across to the islands of Brač, Hvar, and Šolta.
Head down from the peak and you’ll find a series of gorgeous, little-visited beaches such as Jezinac, and Kaštelet. A pleasant walk of around 20 minutes from the city, these thin sand beaches which are popular with a younger crowd, with a handful of cafes and beach bars ensuring you’ll stay well refreshed.
Kašjuni beach & Firule beach
Located slightly further from the city, Kašjuni Beach is arguably the most picturesque in the Split area. A backdrop of rocky, pine-coated hillside and Caribbean-esque turquoise waters complete the scene.
Finally, for a family focus, we return to Firule Beach, just to the east of the city and neighboring Ovčice. With fine sand and a sheltered bay, it’s great for the youngest children to play. For sports fans, look out for the next-door tennis courts which were training grounds for some of Croatia’s most famous players.
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