Riva is Split's waterfront where cafes and restaurants line up and is a perfect place to people watch and look out to the main bay and harbour.
The harbour area and the old town including the Diocletian Palace are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
if you stay in the old city or next to it, first place you must visit every morning on youre way to whereever you go is the green market. located just outside dioclatian's palace wall and next to the harbour.vegetables, fruits, food, clothes,souvenirs, (almost) all homemade and grown up in small farms around and in split.loudly and colorfull. eat a burek or drink coffee in one of the stands or by yourself some frash organic fruits for the day - and it will start with a smile
The Promenade of Split is a broad pedestrian avenue glazed with white tiles and lined with palm trees superficially resembling the Promenade de Anglais in Nice. It is a place to people watch, have a coffee in a cafe or simply admiring the beautiful Adriatic Sea and the ships sailing by.
During the day this renovated strip of sea front is populated by a handful of shoppers and coffee drinkers, but on summer nights the place teems with life. The promenade is pleasant enough, but they put on so many late night events here that the seats facing the Adriatic end up covered in sticky beer, so not so pleasant to sit down and enjoy the view.
The view, especially at sundown, is very nice, although you won't be impressed if you've been spoiled by waterfronts further south. Gone are the luxury yachts of Cavtat and Kotor, replaced by passenger ferries, island shuttles and party boats. But partying is probably what Split does better than any of the other Dalmatian cities.
This is a fantastic and very wide avenue that stretches from the Diocletian walls to the harbor water, or about 50 feet. Ringing this Riva is a string of palm trees, to enhance the beauty. Along this boulevard are high end shops and some eateries, as well as ice cream shops, candy shops, the the mix. In the middle of the Riva is the Information Center that has literature and maps of the area and old town.
My opinion is this is one of the best, if not the best promanades in all of Europe-expanded
The Riva was one of the most attractive places for me in Split. There are plenty of benches to have a seat and watch the world go by or alternatively there are plenty of cafes. Everyone comes here and during the warm period it can get extremely busy here but again there is plenty of space for everyone although there is a crowded feel when you are surrounded by tour groups shuffling through. The palm trees give it a distinct mediteranean touch.
If you are there at night time then you may see the interesting lighting setup.
Like so many other coastal towns Split has a Riva, too. Actually in my opinion Split has the most exciting and the most beautiful Riva of all of them. Here you can admire huge palmtrees, stylish new benches and the fascinating old wall of Diocletian's palace with its more recent additions. I especially enjoyed these views, it gives you a first glimpse at the spectacular buildings you can expect after entering the palace grounds.
When we were here the building of the new Riva was still in progress so there were hardly any terraces open. Now that it's finished this place is the place to see and be seen again I guess - Split's "living room".
If you visit Split, you will undoubtedly stroll along it's waterfront promenade at some point during your stay.
The promenade (or Obala Hrvatskog narodnog preporoda to give it its correct name) is known (more conveniently!) by locals as "The Riva".
The first thing I noticed about the promenade is how bright it is. If you emerge from the dark streets of Split's old town onto the promenade, you will immediately be struck by the brightness of the sun shining on the promenade's pure white stone. Even with sunglasses on, my friend found it to be extremely bright!
The promenade is lined with palm trees and is a great place for a seaside stroll or to sit on a bench in the afternoon sunshine watching the ferries come in and out and seeing the sun set.
At any time of day during the summer months, the promenade is likely to be bustling with tourists and locals alike. You will find kiosks selling ice creams, carts selling freshly made popcorn and a handful of touts selling novelty balloons and other children's toys.
Cafes line the edge of the promenade and these are particularly popular late in the afternoon and early in the evening. Many people begin their evening, especially at weekends, in one of the promenade cafes before moving on to the bars and clubs of nearby Bacvice.
The promenade is located right in front of the old town and is just a 5 minute walk from the bus and train stations and the ferry terminal.
At the time of my visit in May 2007, a scale model of Split, located at the end of the promenade was proving very popular with locals who were seemingly trying to locate their own home or favourite building on the small steel cityscape.
I suggest walk along Riva with you beloved ones, there is plenty of people there every day, drinking coffee, children playing around.... enjoying....
These pics are last year's, Riva is now renewed and paved with white stone, I don't have new pics....
It's worth to see....
The Riva and harbour area is a scenic place lined with trees and outdoor cafes. It is a major meeting place for locals and is a great place to spend some time walking, people watching, or doing absolutely nothing.
WT2: Old Town Walking Tour
On the western edge of Riva we find the white church of Sveti Frane. It is part of the bigger Franciscan Monastery that was built at the western edge of town around the year 1300. The cloister is well preserved from that period and worth a visit. Many famous sons of Split were buried here – among them Split Chronicle writer Toma Arhidjakon (1200-1268), writer and poet Marko Marulic (1450-1524), composer Ivan Lukacic (1587-1648), poet Jerolim Kavanjin (1643-1714) and politician Ante Trumbic (1864-1938). Trumbic’s tomb sculpture in monastery’s cloister was made by Ivan Mestrovic and is worth a closer look.
Sveti Frane church is very popular for weddings, being situated close to city centre and still reachable by cars. It also offers nice end of the traditional ride around Marjan hill that precedes weddings in Split.
WT2: Old Town Walking Tour
Right in front of Diocletian’s palace you’ll notice small houses painted in red. They were built by German architect Keller in 1920s – not all art historians are happy with this fact but the fact is they brought many shops and life to Riva. If you take a closer look you’ll notice that floor heights of those houses are indeed very small since Keller wanted to fit two floors in a limited space untill the line where the first floor of the Palace starts.
Houses that shape southern façade of Riva west from Diocletian’s Palace are representative palaces built at the turn of 19/20 centuries. None of them is worth of special mention, but try not to miss this Venetian beauty that stands right in the middle of Riva, opposite of the main Tourist Office.
WT2: Old Town Walking Tour
We are again at Riva – in front of the southern façade of the Palace. If you remember the photo of the reconstruction of the Diocletian’s Palace you have probably noted that there was originally sea here. The land was filled to create the southern promenade in 19th Century. Since then Riva is the cult place among the people of Split, especially since it was closed for traffic in late 1980s. From Riva you can enjoy the views of the Diocletian’s Palace. Great views also open towards the Marjan hill and the busy ferry port.
This is the place to see and be seen, to have a coffee in one of the numerous café tabels set under the famous palm trees on Riva. If you happen to win a medal in the Olympics (like Djurdjica Bjedov in 1968 or Duje Draganja and Skelin brothers in 2004) or win a Wimbledon (like Goran Ivanisevic) then you’ll be greeted here by half of population of Split.
Many places call their sea promenades riva. In Split riva is officially named Obala hrvatskog narodnog preporoda. But official names in Split are so often changed that they are ignored by most local people. When you write Riva with a capital R it can only mean Riva in Split - the most famous Riva on eastern Adriatic.
(Note that the smell on Riva isn’t always very pleasant, especially during the jugo wind. This is thanks to many sulphur wells, some of which are underwater. Sulphur baths was one of the reasons why Diocletian built his palace right in this bay.)
The waterfront promenade also known as the Riva is officially named the Obala hrvatskog narodnog. It runs along the southern facade of the Diocletian's Palace and is lined with indoor/outdoor cafes, shops and some apartments. During the day, there were always plenty of people hanging out at the cafes and generally lounging around on the benches near the water or just waiting to meet up with friends. We were fortunate to stay at the end of the Riva and had this lovely view over the harbour
Actually, the waterfront promenade best known as the Riva is officially named the Obala hrvatskog narodnog , but I have absolutely no chance of pronouncing that properly so I'll stick with the Riva (roll that "r"). It runs along the southern facade of the Diocletian's Palace and is lined with indoor/outdoor cafes, shops and some apartments. During the day, there were always plenty of people hanging out at the cafes and generally lounging around on the benches near the water or just waiting to meet up with friends.