Do you love visiting markets when you travel?
This is our guide on what to see, what time of the day to visit, what can you buy and what else is close to the market, restaurants and where to stay in Split.
Split Market – where the market day is every day! A visit to the ‘green market’ Split Croatia is highly recommended for everyone. Split Market is known as the outdoor market – Pazar.
We just love fresh daily green markets with locally grown and in-season fruit and vegetables. We also love the banter between the store owners with the locals.
Split is one of the best places to visit in Croatia. So come with us as we explore the best of Split.
Split Croatia Map
Where is the Split marketplace? Check out the location marked Green Market – Pazar.
Opening Time for Split Green Market
The market is open daily from 6.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Tips for Visiting Split Market
If you want the freshest ingredients get there as soon as it opens.
If you are on a budget head there after 12 pm for reduced produce.
As we were there in early July there was an abundance of fresh summer fruits and flowers. The smells were heavenly and the atmosphere was electric with locals and tourists haggling over their produce buys for the day. Cruise ships use Split as a port so ensure you get to the market early.
The market is located close to the entrance gates of the Diocletian Palace Split fronting the harbour and close to the Bus Station. The market is very much the supplier to the local Croatian community. You will find that the local supermarkets will be devoid of fresh products and certainly more expensive for convenient purchase.
The products are fresh daily, typically the local producers will set up stalls early in the morning and soon after lunchtime, the market becomes quiet and empty, although the market will remain open for the opportunity buyer and seller servicing the many cruise ships.
The product choices are the same, we soon found that we had a favourite stall vendor. Much of the products are sold by weight and you can simply choose the products and the vendor will sell according to the total weight giving you a total in local Croatian currency Kuna. Many times the stall vendor will with a smile add a few other products for you to sample and tempt for the next daily purchase.
We would typically spend between US$ 5-10 per day on fresh fruit and vegetables, varying our choice as per our weekly menu and by the choices supplied to us by the stall owners.
Each day became an adventure in walking home with our bags filled to the brim and later enjoying the preparation for our meals, savoured over local wine and beer.
The Split market is also a great source of local products, especially for meat, cheese and local delicatessen products.
When you visit be sure to take along your own Eco-friendly bags, be adventurous, and look, feel and smell the products.
Some of the vendors sell clothes, hats, bags and of course local souvenirs.
Other Things To Do in Split Croatia
A Walking Tour of Split takes you for a 75-minute walk around the town and inside the city walls as you explore Split’s 1700 years of history.
- Unlock the secrets of Split with a local guide
- See the remains of the impressive Diocletian Palace
- Walk along the Riva promenade
- Learn about the Bishopric of Gregory of Nin
- Travel through time as you explore 1,700 years of history
For Games of Thrones fans, you can experience a 2-hour tour of the locations in Split that were used in the filming.
- Discover many of the location sites in Split used in the TV series “Game of Thrones”
- Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters
- Enter the cellars of Diocletian’s Palace
- Hear fun facts about the film-making process
Sunset Cruise from Split with Live Music
- Enjoy beautiful views in a relaxing atmosphere with live music and unlimited drinks on this 2-hour cruise
- Marvel as the sun sets behind the town
- Enjoy the panorama of the mountains that surround Split
- Sail along breathtaking views of Marjan Hill
There are many things to do in Split from sailing to visiting the Plitvice Lakes.
Visit the Plitvice Lakes from Split.
- Admire the largest waterfall in Croatia, caused by flow of the stream Plitvice down the steep cliff
- See Kozjak, the largest and deepest lake in the park
- Check out the naturally occurring phenomenon of travertine, which are limestone deposits
- Walk through the largest national park in all of Croatia, Plitvice Lakes
Where To Stay in Split
There are many options to stay in Split Old Town or outside the walls.
Here are some of our recommendations:
Apartments Gajeta (rated 9): Domilijina 2 Split Centre
Located 50 m from the centre of Split.
Diocletian’s Palace and the Riva waterfront are only about 80 m away. Free WiFi access is available in all the units.
All Apartments Gajeta have a kitchen or a kitchenette, dining area, flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player.
Latest guest review: A nice, spacious, modern place. Top floor. Very clean. The bathroom was modern, with a washing machine. The location was very good, walking distance everywhere. Awesome fast food right next door. Surprisingly not loud at night, even though it is next to a busy street with a lot of people.
Radisson Blu Resort (rated 8.3): Put Trstenika 19 Split
Located 2.5 km from the Diocletian Palace. Most rooms include a balcony with views overlooking the islands of Brač and Šolta. There is an indoor pool and the beach which is accessed by 100 steps. The spa offers various amenities such as saunas, massages and steam baths and a Finnish sauna. There is also a gym.
Latest guest review: Out of the crowded city centre, with good facilities and private beach included in the room rate. Private parking is also available at 17€ per night extra. Recommended for a comfortable 1+ night stay in Split
Jupiter Luxury Hotel (rated 8.3): Grabovceva Sirina 1 Split
Located inside the Diocletian Palace near the Temple of Jupiter.
The hotel’s historic building is newly restored, with preserved details and located in the very heart of Split, surrounded by the narrow Old Town streets filled with shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
Latest guest review: Great location, amazing views from our terrace. The room was clean and nicely decorated. Extremely friendly and helpful staff who not only met us from the taxi and walked us to the hotel but also walked us to the local restaurant they had recommended as they said it could be tricky to find if you’ve only just arrived in the old town area. Good choice of food at breakfast. My only complaint is that the showers weren’t always very hot.
Further Options of Where to stay in Split:
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Getting In – Split
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