As soon as you step into the old town you can see the Roman influence, the buildings are incredible and the marble walls and floor add a real character to this place. The alley ways are cute and are filled with (mainly) Italian restaurants. The al fresco dining in the evening is to die for as you are surrounded by stunning arches and lit up buildings.
We spent two days here with friends, most of it was spent eating, drinking the local vino and walking through the old town. We did venture to the beach twice as it was just too hot to spend all day in the old town. The walk was around 15 minutes and very straight forward. On the first day we went there at sunset which was beautiful (you know I love my sunsets) and the second day we went during the day and hired one of those paddle boats with a slide on it which turned out to be a great idea as we got to go out to the nice water as by the shore it was very rocky and had a lot of seaweed. This option was also very cheap, £6 an hour between the five of us, what a bargain!
The waterfront area in Split is filled with bars and restaurants and was a great place to sit and people watch, on the Friday night it was particularly busy as boats had just arrived in and the place was pumping with people. We stayed just a two minute walk from the Roman gate at Elena Rooms, Elena our host was a lovely lady and was always willing to help us, she even drove us to the Marina on the last day because the taxi didn’t arrive.
I would highly recommend a couple of days in Split before or after a sailing trip as it truly is a beautiful and quite unique little old town.