Friday, 10 April 2015

Guide to Doing Nothing in Split

My very first blog about the city of Split on the site was Top 5 Things to Do in Split and I may have surprised some when my number one suggestion was to do nothing. For those of you who found that tongue in cheek tip less than helpful, I am here now to present a few details on how and where to accomplish this with a short Guide to Doing Nothing in Split. Just in case you didn’t read between the lines by now, by doing nothing I really mean relaxing and you’ll fit right in doing it in Split as some would argue that Dalmatians invented or at least perfected the life of leisure. So here are some of my favorite places and ways to live it up while doing nothing in Split. 


On the Riva 

The picturesque waterfront promenade along the sparkling Adriatic Sea is quite possibly the most relaxing setting within the city. Besides the stunning blue water and idyllic islands sprinkled in the distance to set your gaze upon, the riva is where people watching is taken to another level as it transforms into a catwalk of impeccable style, sky high stilettos and expensive stollers often displayed by the same person. There’s no shortage of front row seats to the show with cafe bars lining the promenade from beginning to no end. Coffee is known to boost energy, but on the riva it relaxes so pull up a chair at F-Caffe, which may be the first one you see, stroll to St. Riva for an upstairs birds-eye view or steal a seat at Brasserie on 7 restaurant, cafe bar and patisserie all in one. Not thirsty? Then grab a peaceful bench under the palms across from bustling cafes to enjoy a good book, soak up the sun or simply sit and stare. 




On the New Riva

Because one riva in Split simply wasn’t enough space for Dalmatians to relax they renovated the strip along the west side all the way to the marina providing a closer look at those fabulous yachts and sailboats as well as a spectacular view of Diocletian’s Palace and the old city. Aside from the nautical themed cafe bars and restaurants such as F Marine and F de Mar, the new riva offers a gas station for boats to refuel and a walk of fame where 73 Olympic medalists left their marks with name plaques installed in the stone walkway. Oversized benches and lounge chairs even make sunbathing by day and stargazing by night a possibility on the new riva. Although they share the same name, these separate stretches of the riva provide a unique experience of nothing in Split.




At the Beach

The city of Split is surrounded by countless beautiful beaches to do absolutely nothing on other than catch those relaxing rays. There’s the sandy Bacvice beach or pebbly Obojena within a short walk or rocky Bene along Marjan park is a short bus ride among others. There’s something universally relaxing about the combination of sun and sea and there’s no cleaner sea or warmer sun than in Dalmatia. So bake in the sizzling sunshine for as long as you can stand it before diving down into the clear, blue darkness where you’ll sense the outside world slip away if only for a few blissful seconds. The absence of waves makes even swimming seem relaxing, but if not just sprawl out on an inflatable raft without the fear of drifting out to sea in this giant salty swimming pool. Take a magazine, some snacks and floaty because nothing beats an entire day of doing nothing at the beach in Split.




At the Radisson Blu 

Sometimes there’s no better way to do nothing than stay in bed all day, but relax because you don’t have to be a guest to do nothing at Split’s best resort. The resort boasts panoramic views of the stunning Adriatic and nearby islands, spa amenities with indoor and outdoor pools and arguably the best beach in Split. They provide a sprawling deck with sun beds, umbrellas and a refreshment bar directly on the water for their guests and visitors can pay a daily fee to use the facilities and/or the spa amenities inside the hotel. Indulge in a massage or body treatment, sweat it out in the saunas or do nothing with the best of them in the relaxation zone. The restaurant and bar deck overlooking the sea is one of the most serene spots to sip on a morning coffee with the early birds or an evening cocktail while witnessing the spectacular Croatian sunset. 




So there you have it, a whole lot of nothing to be done while in Split and plenty of places to do it! No matter how long you have in Split be sure to set some time aside for nothing on the old or new rivas, one of the many breathtaking beaches or treat yourself to a spa day or at the very least a sunset cocktail at the Radisson Blu resort.     


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Summer Is Coming: Top Five Beaches In Split

When we look through the window, it seems like it's a long time till the swimming season. However, it will come faster than we think. Knowing that most of the people are already booking accommodation, it's never too early for the top 5 beaches in Split list. All five of them are available on this map. This is not the list of all the beaches locals love for some particular reason, but of those which can provide something more than just sun and sea. Besides, there are always some places which are well kept secrets.

1 Trstenik beach

Last summer we brought a verdict about this beach as the best kept in Split. And it is, really. This beach is not natural, but smooth pebbles make it very pleasant. Beach is well equipped with sunbeds and parasols, but in the same time not over-crowded with them, so there is plenty of space for simple spreading of your towel. Also, there is a VIP platform operated by Radisson Blu hotel. Sea is, like at most places in Split, crystal clear, and when you had enough of sun and sea, there are plenty of bars around.


2 Bačvice

For anyone looking for some privacy, Bačvice will be the last choice. On the other hand, it's a central city beach, where many locals are coming, and thus very popular among younger tourists looking for some more authentic experience. Bačvice is a home of picigin, probably the only beach game protected as the cultural heritage. Rental of sunbeds and parasols is available, bars are all over the place, and proximity to a city centre makes it extremely popular. Also, two summer DJ parties are taking place there, and clubs at the beach provide wild and loud nightlife. Surprisingly for such crowded beach, water is very clear, especially in the morning.

Bačvice - jesen 3

3 Kašjuni

First, basics: it's pronounced "kahshyounee". Difficult, but possible. Second, the biggest value of this beach is its position. It would be hard to find similar beach, so close to a city of 200,000 people, with such enchanting view while swimming. Get in the water, look up, and you will see Marjan hill in its full beauty. Water is fine, but there could be some more of usual beach amenities. However, for those looking for different experience, very close is the only - semi-official - nude beach in Split.


4 Kaštelet

This is another beach on Marjan hill shores, mostly populated with younger crowd. In the past, there were even more bars and clubs around, even open-air concerts, now there are two bars close enough to the water so you won't need to suffer of being thirsty. It's easily accessible from the city, even on foot, with pleasant walk by the sea. Also, there are public buses going there.


5 Bene

Again, Marjan. This beach is part of recreational centre in the pine forest at the western part of the park hill, with several tennis courts, football field, and even open-air gym. You can reach it by bus, but also walk through the woods, or rent a bike and go there like most locals do. Water is not as clear like on other beaches in this selection, but mostly because of the sandy sea-bed, not because it's polluted in any way. There is a bar and a restaurant right next to the beach, and in case you like some privacy, area around Bene - named after church of Saint Benedict that once stood there - is full of solitary spots.

Bene - panorama 1

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