Our second day in Split started the same as the first, with coffee and giant pastries – my Nutribullet was going to need some serious attention once home! We were also happy to see the sun beaming back at us as the weather forecast hadn’t been too hopeful. So, with full bellies and sun cream smothered on, we excitedly headed back to Marjan Park to find a beach that Ciaran had spotted on Google maps.
It was quite the trek and if I were to do it again I would certainly consider hiring bikes – the buses didn’t seem too regular – but it was very much worth it when we got there. Kasuni Beach (or Kasjuni, depending on which source you check) is a beautiful big beach hidden within a bay on the south-west of the park. With clear blue sea, huge pine trees dotting the landscape and hardly any other people, we had found our paradise – a stark contrast to the first beaches we visited the previous day. I have since discovered that this was, in fact, a nudist beach but I’m happy to report that there were no exposed body parts during our visit. With clothes off and swimwear firmly on, we jumped straight into the sea and spent a blissful few hours switching between swimming, snorkelling, reading and dozing.
The clouds did, however, eventually creep in so we reluctantly said our goodbyes and strolled back into town. With an early flight the next morning we decided to skip lunch and instead head back to our guesthouse to spruce up for an early dinner. After her recommendation had proved successful the day before, we followed Maja’s advice once more and visited UJE Oil Bar for dinner. Boy am I glad we did! Seated outside on one of Old Town’s cobbled streets, it was a great location and we feasted on a series of delicious tapas dishes: cold meats, cheeses, bread, skewered lamb, olives, salad and, an essential accompaniment, moreish red wine – perhaps a little too moreish in fact. It was the perfect end to a magical holiday.
Tips: Hire a bike and spend the day cycling around Marjan Park and be sure to visit Kasuni Beach. If you visit UJE Oil Bar book ahead or arrive relatively early in the evening to secure a table outside.