A stone's throw from downtown Split, at the tip of this peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic, Marjan is a hilltop forest park about the same size as New York City’s Central Park. Known as the lungs of the city, Marjan provides an ideal urban escape as a place for running, off-trail biking, swimming, and rock climbing. The serene path through fragrant pine forests up to Telegrin Peak reveals charming chapels and staggering city and sea vistas. The beaches that line Marjan’s waterfront are popular with locals; Kašjuni Cove is among the favorites.
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A Walk up Marjan
If you're looking to escape the chaos of Split I suggest a trip to Marjan. Marjan is a large nature preserve laden with jogging trails and scenic lookouts over the Adriatic. I recommend taking the trails all the way to top, to the southernmost lookout where you'll be able to see the nearby islands of Brac and Solta.
Keep an eye open for the blue agave plant which is famously used to make lace on the nearby Croatian island of Hvar. I was surprised to see this plant growing in Croatia but it is plentiful throughout the Marjan grounds. Just follow the Riva west and mind signage for Marjan.
At the tip of Split on a peninsula jutting out into the Adriatic is Marjan, a forest park about the same size as New York City’s Central Park. Located just a stone's throw away from downtown and known as "the lungs of the city," Marjan is a great spot for running, off-trail biking, swimming and rock climbing. The serene walk up to Telegrin peak (178 meters) reveals charming chapels and staggering city vistas.