45D’s Top FIVE Things to do in Split, Croatia

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This year, COVID has given us plenty more time to get out and about on the land. So we’ve made the most of it and have been exploring Split to check out what it has to offer when you’re not out sailing.  With way less crowds than most summers and the weather being absolutely amazing, here is our first in a series of “45D’s Top FIVE Things To Do” that you might not find in the normal travel books or blogs.

Grab a coffee with a view at Teraca Vidilica

If you love coffee as much as we do here at 45 Degrees Sailing, then this is a must.

Teraca Vidilica is located at the city end of Marjan, a 178 m high hill set at the small peninsula, northwest of the old town. Marjan is the locals’ favourite recreational spot close to the city centre and if you are able to brave the heat to walk up the hill, it’s not hard to see why! With numerous footpaths and jogging trails, it has always been a popular area for walking, jogging, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking.

And at the summit, there is a very special café bar called Vidilica perched atop the hill, where you can kick back, catch your breath and enjoy the spectacular view over Split town and the Adriatic over a coffee. Just like a local!  Check out their link here.

Spend quality beach time with shelter dogs

What better way to enjoy the beach than to run around and splash through the water with a new furry friend?!

The Animal Protective Foundation Split (Zaklada za zaštitu životinja Split) works in collaboration with the local NO KILL animal shelter located in Kaštela to bring dogs in their care to Split’s official dog beach at Duilovo and, through Airbnb Experiences, offers visitors to Split the opportunity to join in for a nominal charge. Not only is this a chance to fill up on puppy love, it’s also an amazing opportunity for the shelter dogs to frolic in the Adriatic and get lots and lots of delicious attention!!!

Based on our own work with these organisations, we can say with total faith and confidence that this is a social impact experience where 100% of funds received through Airbnb goes to the Animal protective foundation Split and their work with animals in the local area.

Climb the bell tower

If you want the best panoramic view of Split old town, then you really need to climb the Split bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.  The bell tower of the Cathedral is the most original Dalmatian Medieval architecture started in the 13th century.

Built between the 13th and 16th centuries and later reconstructed in 1908, the tower is 57m high, which is about 200 stairs to climb up.  And, the view is absolutely worth the 20 kuna that it costs you to climb the stairs. Note, the stairs start as steep stone stairs that are narrow at certain places and quickly pass into suspended metal stairs .  Today you can climb the steps all the way to the top of the bell tower, where a spectacular view of the entire Split awaits you.

The bell tower opens at 8am and we recommend going there as soon as it opens to avoid the crowds.

Thank you to our friends from Break Time for two amazing photographs.

Buy a nautical bracelet handmade in Split

If craftsmanship and supporting small, family-run businesses are important to you, then you definitely need to visit one of the two Break Time stores in Split old town. Their unique nautical bracelet ranges are designed in house, meticulously made by hand and select ranges can even be custom engraved!

The 45 Degrees Sailing team are big fans. We recommend them. We wear them. We love them!

With plenty of colour-ways and sizes to choose from, including some ranges which are adjustable, there is something for everyone at Break Time. Treat yourself to a beautiful handcrafted reminder of your time in Croatia, and while you’re there, why not stock up on awesome gifts for everyone back home to?!

Go rock climbing

Marjan was one of the first sites in Dalmatia where organized sport climbing took place back in 1986. It’s not very common to find such a great climbing site right in the heart of the city and here you are spoiled for choice. The sport climbing area, known as Santine Stine, has 77 mostly vertical routes, with difficulty level from 4c to 8a, with incredible views for those game enough to look around.

There are also few sites to try deep water soloing, a great alternative to sport climbing on hot Croatian summer days.

Check out Nick’s video on one of his favourite spots to take our visiting friends climbing on Marjan.

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