Marjan is a hill on the peninsula of the city of Split. Marjan is 178 m tall and offers a view of the entire city, the surrounding islands, and the nearby mountains of Mosor and Kozjak.
Park-Forest Marjan is unique green area of significant natural and cultural value, in the immediate vicinity of old city. Marjan has always been important for the local social life, education, tourism and recreation.
Like Diocletian's Palace or Bell Tower of Saint Domnius, Marjan is a symbol of Split. It is covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea, making it a unique sight.
Marjan is very special due to its geographic location and the well indented coastline, that give it one of a kind appearance.
Speaking of the plant life, Marjan is known for its diversity and richness of flora, with a prominent and dense Aleppo pine forest. Pinus halepensis, commonly known as the Aleppo pine, is a pine native to the Mediterranean region. Spartium junceum (weaver's broom, in Croatian brnistra or žuka) and agava are also very important parts of Marjan's flora.
The first belvedere (The First Panoramic view point) is situated on the eastern slope, and it can be reached by stone steps mounting from the Riva. From above, a breathtaking view opens up onto the city, its port, and the surrounding area. On this place there are also “smart benches” where cell phones or tablets can be charged free of charge, and you can drink coffee, tea or just sit at Cafe Bar Vidilica.
A set of steps leads up to Telegrin, which is, at 178 m, the highest point on the peninsula, the Croatian flag is fluttering here. The islands of Brač, Hvar, and Šolta can be seen, and on a particularly clear days, you can see as far as the island of Vis.
The Marjan peninsula offers an abundance of cultural and historic monuments as evidence of the special role it played in the history of Split. The peninsula is home to several points of interest, including:
the remains of the 16th-century Jewish cemetery,
small, but very interesting Catholic churches, chapels (St. Magdalene, St. Nicholas the Traveler, Our Lady of Bethlehem, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, St. Jeronimus, St. George, St. Benedict, Our Lady of Good Council, Holy Cross - see map, all are mapped, and discover them all); and hermitages in rocks called Šantine rocks (Šantine stine), which tell us the stories of many hermits who decided to live in solitude on Marjan. Šantine rocks are a true attraction of Park-forest Marjan because of the unique ambiance and the views that open up from this location. The vertical cliffs are overgrown with relatively well preserved autochthone vegetation that adds a biological value to this area.
Marjan is the green heart of the city with diversity of flora and fauna and historic cultural heritage, but Marjan is also a very popular recreation zone. The many paths and trails through the forest, flanged with dry stone walls, the stairwells, jogging, hiking and cycling paths, climbing rocks, kayaking, tennis, and lovely beaches are very popular with the local, while recently more and more foreign guests discover the area as well.
Important information for visitors:
Acoording to Law on protection of natural environment of the Republic of Croatia,
Park-forest Marjan is the area under special regulations.
THEREFORE, WITHIN THE ENTIRE AREA OF THE PARK-FOREST,
IT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED TO SMOKE OR USE ANY KIND OF OPEN FLAME!
no open flame or fire
do not make noise
do not destruct vegetation
dogs - always on a leash
preserve and keep environment safe
no cars, only public transport
Firefighters 193 Emergency 112
www. marjan-parksuma.hr - Public institution for the management of park-forest Marjan