The perfect destination for a seaside holiday.

For this week’s KHAMSA travel guide, we are taken on a short tour around Split Croatia by style-savvy Leen Ramini (@leenramini). Leen takes us to some of her favourite spots in the city, from the local street markets to the stunning coastal views. If you’re looking for a simple yet fun gateway for the summer, make sure to book a ticket to Split and unwind in nature’s embrace.

Take a moment to explore Split through Leen’s eyes and enjoy her delightful discoveries.

Top must-visit food spots in Split?

Sunset dinner at Dvor, a Michelin-star restaurant in a shaded garden with a stunning sea view. The menu is balanced between meat and fish, with an extensive wine list. 

Must go-to places for sundowners? 

Make use of your stay in Split by heading to the island of Hvar, a 1-hour ferry ride. There, I suggest booking a cabana at Beach Club Hvar for a top-notch day at the beach atmosphere. Just before sunset, go to Adriana Hotel’s rooftop for a drink to soak up the view. 

Must-see beaches? 

Znjan beach!

Must-do activities?   

Book a speedboat to the Blue Lagoons, a breathtaking bay destination in the Adriatic Sea, with turquoise waters and greenery like none other. Perfect for a day of swimming and sun-soaked energy.

Best places for shopping?

Head to the old town of Trogir, a 30-minute car drive from Split. You’ll find plenty of small shops in the narrow streets of Trogir’s old town, specifically, jewellery made from different types of stones and Lavender based products that are a Croatian speciality. 

Best boutique hotels to stay at?

Stay at Briig Hotel, a contemporary boutique hotel with interesting architecture and Scandinavian-inspired interiors; the sea view rooms are impeccable, and they have a cute garden where you can drink and enjoy the chill vibes. 

What should you avoid?

Avoid restaurants in tourist areas.

Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.