The best 5 beaches in Split
Updated: Jun 11, 2019
When you ask someone where the best beach in Split is, they will give you one of the 2 answers:
Anywhere where the sea is except the port and the industrial zone.
A city with 200 000 inhabitants has dozens of options for swimming with the sea as clean as if you were on the islands.
It's easy enough to find a beach as, wherever you go, the sea follows but there are some hidden gems that only the locals know. Sand, rocks or pebble - Split has it all, you just have to know where to look. Here are the top 5 beaches, from the east to the west of the city:
Trstenik is managed by the Radisson Blu hotel that is nearby so it is kept in pristine condition all year around. The beach is open to the public with just a section of it reserved for VIP guests. There are bars, sunbeds and parasols to rent. It's more quiet than its neighbour Znjan so if you are looking for bigger crows and more bars - that is the place to go (just around the corner).
Perhaps not as beautiful as the others, Bacvice is a legendary beach in the city centre so it must be mentioned! Nightclubs, bars, restaurants - this beach is alive 24/7 during summer. You might notice people playing a game in the shallow waters - it's called picigin and the most important part is not to drop the ball! Bacvice are a hotspot for both locals and tourists, it is never boring and if you are looking for some peace and quiet - avoid it at all cost.
About a 20 minute walk from the city centre, this beach is located right under the Mestrovic Gallery on the south side of Marjan. Kastelet is popular with the 20s and 30s crowd and there are a few bars around the beach.
Another beach that is beneath Marjan - you can walk here but during the summer heat it's best to take the bus (number 12), bike or a car. The beach is clean, secluded and quiet but the best part? The view. Swim a few meters from the shore, turn around and admire the view of the Marjan hill with its pine trees, small stone churches and the authentic Mediterranean landscape. Close by is an unofficial nudist beach if you are looking for one.
Perhaps the most hidden one of all, Bene is located on the other side of Marjan within a small pine alcove. It is a part of the local sports centre so you will find tennis fields, bikes to rent, outdoor gym and a lot of activities for kids. There are kayak tours that start from Bene. You can get here by bus or, as the locals prefer it, walking over through Marjan, following the coast or taking a bike. The sea is a bit murky but rest assured, it is not due to filth but the sand that is at the bottom on this side of the hill. There is also a small train from Riva that takes you to Bene, it is a popular spot for families with children.