We are completely enamored by the historic cities along the Adriatic Coast. While they are each unique in their architecture and culture, they are – to a degree – similar in their setting: cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and wide squares…and not a whole lot of green space. Split, Croatia, however, boasts historic lanes and parks. Just steps from Old Town Split, Croatia is Marjan Hill, an expansive nature retreat.

The Marjan Bene Beach is the most popular Marjan beach in Split. Again, follow the main path to the parking lot and intersection (map coordinates). Don’t go through the parking lot; instead, turn right onto Marjanski Put. Look on your left for Bene signs. Follow the Bene signs onto trails through the forest that lead down to the water. Tip: There are many Marjan Split beaches, not just Bene! Rather than climbing up Marjan Hill, hikers can follow the coastline of the Marjan Peninsula to a multitude of beaches!

There are many trails that crisscross Marjan Hill Park; outlined below are a few of our favorites. If you are planning on spending an entire day in Marjan Park Split, there is no need to rush to the top. Explore the many trails of the nature reserve and enjoy your Marjan Hill walk!

To get to the Weather Tower Viewpoint, follow the main path toward the end of Marjan peninsula. Although there are options to break off onto other paths along the way, stay on the main path to an intersection with a small parking lot. Continue walking straight (through the lot and straight ahead). Just past the parking lot there is an inclined trail to the left (which passes a house). Follow the trail to the top and you will find a secluded lookout point just below the weather tower.

To get to the Marjan Park dwellings, follow the main trail in the park to the intersection and parking lot; after passing through the parking lot, turn left onto the path. The trail leads down to a couple of churches and rock cave dwellings, called Karepić’s Tower. The rock dwelling was built in the 1500s. The sheer cliff wall next to the cave dwellings is a popular spot for rock climbing Split, Croatia.

At the informal entrance to Marjan Park at the top of the Varos Neighborhood, there is an outdoor cafe, Vidilica, and a small lookout point. From the platform, the views of the city are stunning. The rising bell tower of the Split Cathedral stands out among the orange rooftops that wrap around the deep teal bay. The rocky mountains that stand behind the city offer the perfect backdrop. This lookout point provides the best views of the city – even if you aren’t interested in hiking in Split, Croatia, make an effort to climb to this viewpoint!