Split, the second largest city in Croatia, is situated on a Dalmatian Coast peninsula on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. It’s a popular visitor destination for its beaches, Old Town highlighted by the Diocletian Palace and numerous Game of Thrones filming sites. Running in Split is centered on the attractive waterfront and the Marjan Hill park at the western end of the peninsula.
We’ve put together a waterfront route of up to 7 km between the marina in Split and Žnjan. One of the best places to run in Split is along the scenic pedestrian paths in the Marjan Forest Park, including up to 800 stairs leading to the Telegrin Terrace and great views. We’ve also put together a couple of ‘runseeing’ tours of Split, showcasing the highlights of Old Town and some parks in the newer part of the city. Trail runners should head to the Kozjak and Mosor mountains, which are only 20-30 minutes away from Split and feature some scenic hiking trails. If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Split, we highly recommend Go! Running Tours.
A few notes about running in Split: the city is quite hilly! The only option for flat running is along the waterfront. Also, the beaches, while lovely, tend to be gravel or pebbly, and are not great for running. And be aware that summers can be quite hot — the shade of Marjan is a good option on a hot day.