“Split would not be half the city that it is, without Marjan” according to the locals. The beautiful Marjan Forest Park is a small hill very close to the city centre where local people run, skate, ride a bike and simply enjoy long walks. Marjan is a place where us local runners enjoy every step while the sun is trying to break through the pine trees on this hill surrounded by the city, sea and islands. The fresh air keeps you alert with its mixture of Mediterranean sea and pines. And why do I write about a forest, when this is a Must See tour? Because Marjan is truly a Must See in Split and the perfect compliment to Split’s many sights. Now let’s dive into the running tour.
This running tour shows all the Must See’s in Split and includes running through the city centre, where we will meet by the Bajamont fountain built in 1880 which is also the beginning of the Split Riva. Split Riva is the city’s most popular and most important public space or more precisely, Riva is the living room of the local population. We continue through the city centre and Diocletian’s palace and after a while we leave the old town and start with “the“ place by passing Villa Dalmatia and going uphill towards the Marjan Forest Park. On the way to the Park, the running tour passes by numerous Mediterranean houses, cliffs overlooking the islands, beach Kašjuni as well as the St Jere church (in my opinion more beautiful than the one in the Mamma Mia movie) from which it continues to the peak of Marjan. The stunning view will give you a unique opportunity to see the surrounding islands of Brač and Šolta to the South, the entire Split city to the East, and mountains Mosor, Kozjak and Biokovo to the North-East.
As the tour comes to an end, we start our descent via the Marjan steps, passing by Split Zoo and the Church of St. Nicholas towards the city centre. On the way we pass by the old Hajduk Split stadium, called Stari plac by locals, and by one of the oldest barbecue restaurant in Split (you should try their specialty – ćevapi)
On this route there are many popular restaurants and bars, as well as a few gastronomic hidden gems, i.e. highly recommended places to eat and drink, so you will have plenty of recommendations on how and where to reload with energy.