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Split first Impressions: Finding my Bearings


The first thing Bear Grylls (Ultimate Survival, Discovery Channel) does after he is dropped off in some remote spot in the middle of no-where is “getting his bearings.”

This is exactly what I do when I arrive in a new city, like today in Split, Croatia. I want to know where I am, how the city is set up and what the surroundings look like. No better way to do this then to find a good vantage point!

Right next to my hotel in the center of the city, I noticed a small alleyway leading up a hill. After a few minutes walk, the road turned into a stairway.

Stairways in Split

With the temperature well above 30 degrees, climbing stairs isn’t exactly my favorite activity. Fortunately, it turned out to be well worth it. On the top of the hill I found a small bar with a patio and a great view! Exactly what I was looking for :).

Split bar on hill

After a refreshing drink, I took some pictures of the city:

Split boulevard

This is the main boulevard in Split where you can find plenty bars and restaurants.

Split Harbour

The harbour, must be a popular stop for cruise ships as there was another waiting in line.

Split city view

Most building in Split seem to be pretty old, which gives the city a nice cozy feel to it.

Can’t wait to explore the city, more to follow soon!

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6 thoughts on “Split first Impressions: Finding my Bearings

By Eva on 13 July 2013

The place you went is called Marjan, there is also a nice park on that hill that you should check out 🙂

By Jasper Ribbers on 21 July 2013

Hi Eva, I did walk around the park briefly, nice place!

By Heather Irvine on 14 July 2013

I did island hopping in Croatia last year, for me the islands, such as Brac, Korcula and Hvar have a lot more to offer than Split, have fun!

By Jasper Ribbers on 21 July 2013

Yeah the islands are great, I actually went sailing for a week and visited Hvar, Vis and Solta island 🙂

By Coco Zhao on 17 July 2013

Hi, the alleyway and stone houses along the stairs look like South China stone gate houses…

By on 6 April 2014

The “Riva”, a marble-white and palm-lined connection of Split and the Adriatic is everyone’s favorite spot for socializing, coffee-drinking or just idle sitting on one of the comfy benches which face the sea. Riva is full of life throughout the day, especially during the summer, and you’ll always find people strolling along or sitting in one of the cafes. So, if you want to get a feeling of the local everyday ”buzz” be sure to grab your spot and you’ll soon experience first hand how important and irresistible is the coffee culture in Croatia.

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