Today I finally get to talk about one of my favorite places in Split: the Marjan Forest Park. It amazed me since day-one and it still does every time I go back.
The Marjan forest covers a large area of the western side of the Croatian city of Split. It has numerous walking paths, hidden beaches and excellent views of the dense forest and the bright blue sea. Marjan is perfect for a bike ride, a jog or even nice walk. You’ll see parents playing with their children, couples on romantic strolls, those active people running with their dogs (me not!), old folks relaxing on the beach… A place where you can truly get in touch with nature.
Reaching the forest
I usually leave my car near Marjanska Vrata (translates to “Marjan door”), the northern entrance to the park. Take into consideration that you cannot drive inside the Marjan forest.
Alternatively, you can reach this entrance by walk. Start near Split’s National Teathre and go to “Plinarska Ulica”, then cross to “Prilaz Vladimira Nazora” and finally turn to “Mandalinski put”.
Fancy a coffee while in Marjan?
I have a post all about my favorite spots do drink coffee in Split (check it here) and guess what? Benedikt is one of them. This place definitely wins for the view. Honestly, sitting by the sea is so calming and relaxing… And once you get used to having lovely views while drinking your coffee, you’ll never want anything else.
One of the prettiest, most picturesque, absolutely taken from a movie beach is Bene beach. It’s located on the northern side of Marjan, just by the Benedikt coffee. I’d say it’s a perfect beach for babies since it isn’t that deep. And the water is warm! Even my mother – that’s always complaining about cold water – swam on this beach.
As I mentioned in my “Reasons to visit the city of Split” post (check it here), Kašjuni is one of my favorite beaches to go to. Located on the southern side of Marjan, Kašjuni is a small beach that’s surrounded by cliffs. You’ll see boats anchored on the beach and little fishes while you swim in the translucent Adriatic sea. Absolutely breathtaking, trust me on this one.
Want to see a view over the whole city?
There’s this amazing place in Split where you can get a view over the whole city. It’s located 178 meters above sea level, on the peak of the Marjan hill. It requires a bit of a walk (up, up, up!) to get there, but it’s worth it.
If you are in the city, the quickest way to get there is to climb the stairs to Vidilica. Head to the Varoš neighborhood, which is west of Riva. After you pass Matejuška, you’ll see an entrance to Marjan – go up 2 flights of stairs. Then, go a little further up the hill and you’ll find the real challenge on your right. A never ending staircase…
… that will eventually lead you to this!
Definitely, a must-go place to visit while you’re in Split. If you can, go more than once! I assure you you’ll see new things and discover new paths. Maybe you’re even up for the challenge of cross the whole Marjan! I did that once on foot, just kept walking and walking, ended up doing around 10 km… I was wearing flip-flops…
I’ll leave you with this bonus pic, you that made it to the end of the post 😉 yup, this is what I mean by clear blue water.