11 Best Beaches in Split

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Swim guide to the best Split beaches (for families and young adults)

While Split may be known for its rich cultural and historical heritage, it’s also a sea town, which means it offers a number of water activities, including parasailing, stand-up surfing, driving a pedal boat, and many more.

If you traveling in Split, we recommend reading our swim guide “best beaches in Split“, Split travel guide, and the complete Croatia travel guide where you can find many useful travel tips for an optimal experience in our lovely country.

Even though the south side of Split is directed to the sea, you might not want to swim right on the waterfront or be surrounded by boats and ferries. Fortunately, Split offers a variety of beaches where everyone will find something for themselves – from sand and pebbles to paved beaches, with beach bars and nightclubs, or surrounded by the forest.

No matter the type of beach, Split’s sea is of great quality, just like the sea of nearby islands and small towns so you don’t have to worry while searching for the best Split beaches.

1. Znjan city beach Split

Rated by locals

znjan city beach split

Surface: gravel, pebbles

Split’s largest beach, Žnjan, is only a 15-minute drive from the main bus station. Alternatively, you can go on foot (which will take around 40 minutes) or rent a bike and drive to it with a sea view the whole time. It’s a characteristic Dalmatian coast beach full of small round pebbles.

It’s also packed with water activities and sports like volleyball and surfing. There’s also a kids’ entertainment park, so it’s great if you’re traveling with your family.

Even though it’s the largest beach in town, it can still get pretty crowded in the summer, but the water quality is measured as great, just like other best beaches in Split.

The water never gets muddy since its seabed is also made of pebbles. As a popular family destination, this beach has a number of beach bars, restaurants, food stands, and ice cream stands, so it’s perfect for a longer trip to the beach – you can even do an all-day stay since it has outdoors showers, toilets, and changing cabins.

If you wish to, you can rent sunbeds and parasols, but you have to get there in time since they get “sold out” pretty fast.

Good to know before visiting the best beaches in Split:

Free Parking
Water sports activities
Beach bars and restaurants
Free showers
Supermarket
ATM
Bus Station
Sunbeds and parasols
Beach facilities for the disabled (ramp, special wheelchair, shower, lift)
5 km from Split center

Best hotels and places to stay near Znjan beach:

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Amphora Hotel
Hotel Fanat
Hotel Zagreb
Apartments Znjan
Apartments Znjan Adela

Things to do on Public Beach Žnjan in Split:

Rent a pedal boat, Water Tubes, Parasailing


2. Bacvice Beach – the best sandy beaches in Split

Rated by locals

bacvice beach split

Surface: sand, concrete

A testament to the popularity and cultural importance of this beach is the fact that there’s a song written about it „Let’s go to the Bačvice!” by Ivo Ružić Kalada. The song itself talks about the beauty of the sandy Bačvice beach and how people from all around the world enjoy it.

Bačvice beach is definitely one of the most famous Split beaches and also one of the best sandy beaches in Split, partly because it was one of the first modern bathing areas in this town, with its facilities built-in 1919, and partly because of its proximity to the old town.

Today, those facilities are turned into beach bars and nightclubs, thanks to which you can enjoy this beach 24/7. It’s only a few minutes’ walks from the bus station and about 10 minutes from the Diocletian palace, which makes it the closest beach to the city.

Proximity to the old town core and the bus/train station can also be a flaw because Bačvice is almost always crowded in the summer. If you’re into beach bars and don’t mind music and the vicinity of other people, Bačvice is a great beach for you because it’s a perfect place for meeting other travelers as well as the young local population.

Even though it’s crowded, the water has a blue flag which translates to „great quality of water” and this is a fact – the water might seem muddy in the afternoon because of the great number of people walking on its sandy seabed, but the quality of it doesn’t change.

Another thing that emphasizes the uniqueness of this beach is the fact that it’s home to the game of picking, which is a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. If you’ve visited any part of Dalmatia, you might have noticed a bunch of people standing in a circle, jumping, and trying to punch a small ball – that’s picking.

It was originally invented on Bačvice beach, with its sandy floor and low sea level being a perfect terrain for this game. All in all, Bačvice beach is not for people who like to lie in peace while listening to the sea, but if you go to the beach to have fun, meet other people and enjoy beach bars, it’s definitely one of the best Split beaches for you.

Good to know before the visit Split sandy beaches:

Beach bars and restaurants
Sunbeds and parasols
ATM
Bus station
Supermarket
Free showers
Parking fee
Water sports activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Bacvice beach:

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Hotel Park Split
Brig Boutique Hotel
Green Park Luxury Rooms
Hotel Luxe

3. Radisson Beach

Rated by locals

radisson beach split

Surface: pebbles, gravel

If you’re more into luxury vacations and combining pool swimming with the sea, you’ll enjoy the Radisson Blu Hotel waterfront. This beach in Split has a platform surrounded by rocky seafront where you can enjoy sunbeds and bars on one end and a finely pebbled beach with rentable sunbeds and parasols.

Since this beach is a property of the Radisson Blu Hotel, it has great service and is really well kept so if you’re more of a sea fan than a pool person, you can opt for this place.

It’s relatively small (only 400 meters long) and only has a number of sunbeds so it’s rarely overcrowded and you can enjoy sunbathing in peace.

Good to know before the visit:

Free Parking for Hotel Guests
Beach bars and restaurant
Bus Station
Deck chairs and parasols
4 km from Split center
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Radisson beach:

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Hotel Radisson

4. Kasjuni beach

Rated by locals

kasjuni beach

Surface: gravel, pebbles, rocks

The Kašjuni beach in Split is one of a kind – it’s located at the foot of the Marjan hill, so you can have a beautiful view of the mountain while swimming, and it’s similar to the secluded beaches near Split.

This is an often occurring phenomenon in Dalmatia, especially in the area from Split to Makarska because of the mountains Omiška Dinara and Biokovo. What’s special about this beach is the thick Mediterranean forest surrounding it, so it offers shade without having to rent parasols.

There’s also a kind of ambiance thanks to the smell of the trees and birds singing. Kašjuni beach is also a great swimming place for anyone taking a walk or going on a run at Marjan since it’s easily accessible from the hill itself.

If you’re coming from the town, you can go by car, bus, and foot or by a boat that drives every half hour and enjoy the panoramic view of the sea and Marjan. Concerning the beach, it’s made of pebbles and bigger rocks, from which you can jump. In contrast to other city beaches, it’s quieter and less crowded, so it’s a great place to rest and sunbathe in peace.

Good to know before the visit:

3 km far from Split center
Beach bars
Bus station
Free Parking
Sunbeds and parasols
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Kasjuni beach:

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Luxury Bella Vista Holidays
Hotel Cvita
Unique House Split
Luxury Suite Jasmin

5. Trstenik Beach Split

Rated by locals

trstenik beach split

Surface: fine gravel, pebbles

Trstenik is a beach close to both Žnjan and Radisson beaches. Actually, in a broader sense, it includes the Radisson beach on one side, but the Trstenik beach is completely public, with only the Radisson part being VIP.

Trstenik has pebbled, almost sandy ground and a few jumping spots with big rocks. It’s accessible by foot thanks to the promenade along with it, and it has some benches, but you can also rent sunbeds and parasols, which you will definitely need since it doesn’t have a lot of shade.
Its position allows it to be free of wind most of the time, and it’s quieter and less crowded than other best beaches in Split Croatia.

Good to know before the visit:

No traffic
4 km from Split center
Sunbeds and parasols
Parking fee
Beach bars and restaurants
Bus station
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Trstenik beach:

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Hotel Posh
Marvie Hotel & Health
Luxury Rooms Pino

6. Ovcice Beach

Rated by locals

ovcice beach split

Surface: gravel, concrete

Ovčice beach in Split is right next to Bačvice but it’s usually much less crowded and its visitors are mostly locals. What separates it from Bačvice is that it’s pebbled and it’s much deeper, so you don’t have to walk a lot before starting to swim.

Just like Bačvice, it’s only a few minutes’ walks from the old town core, so it’s perfect for going for a swim after a day of visiting cultural and historical sights. There is a forest on the back of the beach, so there’s some shade on it, but if you want to rest away from the sun, you can actually go into the forest and enjoy the sounds of the sea without burning in the sun.

Ovčice is not packed with beach bars like some other places, but it has one café, which is really all you need on this small beach.

Good to know before the visit:

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Beach bar
Sunbeds and parasols
Bus station
3km from Split center
Parking fee
Water activities
Showers fee

Best hotels and places to stay near Ovcice beach:

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Sun Spalato Beach
Joy4You Apartment
Apartments Suzy

7. Jadran Beach Split

Rated by locals

jadran beach split

Surface: Concrete

Jadran is one of the few completely paved beaches in Split that is surrounded by natural rocks. It’s a great place for jumping, but it also has ladders for getting out.

It’s mostly a sunbathing place with a lot of rentable sunbeds on a narrow surface and a beach bar with a great view. Jadran beach bar also works at night, so you can enjoy a stroll on this beach while going for a drink in one of the more peaceful beach bars.

What’s interesting about Jadran beach is that it has a pool only a few meters from the sea, so if you’re more into pools but also like a sea view, this is a great place to visit – it’ll get you that luxury feeling of swimming in a pool while watching the sea, but it’s not as expensive as it could be.

Good to know before the visit:

Beach bar
Sunbeds and parasols
Bus station
Free showers
Swimming pool
Parking fee
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Jadran beach:

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Hotel Jadran

8. Obojena svjetlost (Kastelet) Beach

Rated by locals

obojena beach split

Surface: gravel, pebbles

Of all the mentioned places, Kaštelet, or “colored light” beach is the most similar to Kašjuni beach.

It is also located at the foot of Marjan hill, only a 15-minute drive from the bus station and a 40-minute walk or bike ride.

It is also in proximity to the Ivan Meštrović Gallery, which is definitely a place to visit while you’re in Split – both for the works of Ivan Meštrović inside the gallery and for the sight of the building and its Mediterranean garden.

The pebbled Kaštelet beach is divided into two parts: the first one has a beach bar and is mostly occupied by young people who are there to have fun and meet other people; the second one is actually a separate Ježinac beach.

While it doesn’t have a forest like the Kašjuni beach, there are some trees that provide shade, and the view from the sea is also stunning.

This beach has a snack bar and a beach bar, which is a popular place for young people to go for a cocktail. If this is not your thing, you should definitely check out one of the next best beaches in Split on the list.

Good to know before the visit:

Beach bar
Free Parking
Bus station
Free showers
Sunbeds and parasols
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Obojena beach:

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Luxury Bella Vista Holidays
Hotel Cvita
Unique House Split
Luxury Suite Jasmin

9. Jezinac Beach Split

Rated by locals

jezinac beach split

Surface: gravel, concrete, rocks

As was mentioned, Ježinac beach is right next to the beach Kaštelet, and while it’s a mostly pebbled beach, it has some concrete and rocky parts which are great for jumping into the water.

There are more trees here than on the Kaštelet beach so there’s more shade. The Ježinac beach got its name from the Croatian word for sea urchin, which is “ježinac” of which there is a sculpture, but you don’t have to worry, there aren’t any urchins in the shallow waters.

However, if you decide to go scuba diving in the deeper water, you might find some echinoderms and an abundance of sea life, which confirms that the quality of the water is great. Anyway, even though Ježinac is next to or even a part of the Kaštelet beach, it’s much quieter and often visited by locals who appreciate their peace.

Good to know before the visit:

Beach bar
Free Parking
Bus station
Free showers
Sunbeds and parasols
Water activities

Best hotels and places to stay near Jezinac beach:

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Luxury Bella Vista Holidays
Hotel Cvita
Unique House Split
Luxury Suite Jasmin

10. Bene Beach

Rated by locals

bene beach split

Surface: rocks, concrete

Bene beach is one of the oldest beaches in Split and it has preserved its natural properties the most. It’s a mostly rocky beach, with some cemented parts that make it easier to lie down.

Just like the few aforementioned beaches, it’s a part of Marjan hill, but it’s not accessible by car, so you have to take a short walk to get to it.

Its main advantage is that you can easily position yourself in the forest because it extends almost all the way to the water, so even though you can rent sunbeds and parasols, you probably won’t have to. Rocky beaches with pine trees are one of the most common kinds of beaches in Croatia, so here you’ll get a sense of what it feels like to live in coastal Croatia.

Just behind the beach, there is a sports center where you can rent equipment and play tennis. Since the seafloor of this beach is mostly untouched, the marine life of Bene is probably the richest of all the places on this list, so it’s a great diving place – whether it’s scuba diving or simply snorkeling.

The seabed is sandy with some rocks extending from the shore, so it can get a little muddy if there are a lot of people, but the water quality is still great.

All in all, Bene beach is great for families who want to explore different activities as well as solo travelers who’d like to find some peace near the pine trees.

Good to know before the visit:

Free Parking
Bus station
Free showers
Beach facilities for the disabled (ramp, special wheelchair, shower, lift)
Sunbeds and parasols
Water activities
Beach bar

Best hotels and places to stay near Bene beach:

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Apartment Park Marjan
Marjan Hill Apartment

11. Duilovo dog-friendly beach Split

duilovo dog friendly beach split

Surface: sand, gravel, concrete

After all, when you travel, you can’t leave your best friend alone at home, but dogs are prohibited on most of the city beaches, so it’s good to know that Split has a dog-friendly beach Duilovo.

It’s a long, pebbled beach perfect for letting your dog run and have fun with other dogs, and it also has all kinds of facilities for dogs.

It’s good to know that this beach is kept clean by a volunteer organization, Eko Duilovo, so your dog can roam free without you worrying.

All in all, Split has a variety of great beaches in proximity to the city center, and for those that like even less crowded, completely natural beaches, there are some great places just outside the city.

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