The city below the Marjan Mountain - Split
, is one of the most beautiful Croatian cities, rich in tradition and culture. Its history goes back 17 centuries, since the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build a palace on this peninsula near the great Roman city of Salona, where he would spend the last years of his life in peace. During these 1700 years, the palace slowly became a town that today attracts many tourists, lovers of gastronomy, good music and those seeking relaxation.
If the noise of the city gets too loud for you, we recommend taking a day trip to enjoy the natural and cultural beauties
of Croatia and the surrounding area. Split
is located in Central Dalmatia, which makes it an ideal starting point for many tourist destinations
. In this article we present you with the most beautiful tourist destinations that are the perfect choice for a day trip from Split.
Hvar and the Pakleni Islands
The island of Hvar is the sunniest Croatian island, which attracts many tourists every year because of its untouched nature, beautiful sunsets
, but also because of its diverse tourist offer, such as many top restaurants and bars. The easiest way to get to the island of Hvar is by ferry, which departs from Split, or by tourist boat, which will take you to Hvar and the Pakleni Islands. If you want some privacy, we recommend renting a boat with a skipper who will show you the most beautiful hidden beaches and bays
of the Pakleni Islands. After a pleasant morning spent on the beach, take a walk through the streets of Hvar and try delicious fish dishes in one of the many restaurants. The afternoon is reserved to laze about on the beach and enjoy the crystal clear Adriatic Sea.
Rafting on the river Cetina
The perfect choice for relaxation and a little fun is rafting on the river Cetina. The river Cetina flows into the Adriatic Sea at Omis, a small coastal town
not far from Split. Have fun along the rapids and below the waterfalls along this 10 km descent that takes about 3 hours. Cetina is ideal for beginners and no previous experience is required. After a fun morning in the boat, it's time for a little more adrenaline. Up in the Cetina gorges, you can try your hand at zip-lining and feel completely free
as you speed over steep gorges. The afternoon is reserved for a quiet boat trip along the mouth of the river Cetina and a delicious lunch in Omis. An interesting thing about Omis is that it used to be a pirate town, which will surely thrill the youngest, but also the slightly older ones :)
Boat trip to the islands of Brac and Solta
Is there a better way than a boat trip to get to know the Dalmatian islands? We think not. Relax on a pleasant ride and feel the wind and sea salt in your hair
. Visit the island of Brac and the island of Solta, their untouched nature and old fishing villages whose charm will delight you. Visit the most famous Croatian beach Zlatni rat
, located on the island of Brac. The special feature of this beach is its unusual shape, the tip of which is constantly changing due to the influence of wind and sea currents. The island of Solta is a somewhat quieter island, ideal for relaxing in the shade of a pine forest and the sounds of crickets singing tirelessly.
Island of Vis and the Blue Cave
The most remote island from the Split archipelago is the island of Vis. Numerous visitors to the island claim that it is a special place that has a relaxing energy. The island is sparsely populated and you will not find a hotel on it. It is especially known for its beautiful pebble beaches, but also for the former war bases hidden in the bays. Not far from Vis is the small island of Bisevo, which hides the most beautiful sea cave in Croatia. The Blue Cave
can be visited with an expert guide and small boats, which take you into the cave through a narrow passage. The inside of the cave cannot be described in words, you simply must visit this place
Krka National Park and the town of Sibenik
Krka National Park is located near Sibenik and is one of the second most visited national parks in Croatia. The national park includes the most beautiful course of the Krka River and 7 waterfalls
, the largest and most famous of which is Skradinski buk. Apart from the waterfalls, you can also visit the lake and the island of Visovac, where the Franciscan monastery is located. Swimming in the river is allowed, but only in certain marked places. If you want to learn more about Krka National Park, visit our MyIstira Guide. After a pleasant walk through the national park, visit the town of Sibenik. Stroll through the city streets and visit many historical and cultural sights such as the Sibenik Cathedral and the Fortress of St. Mihovil
is located in the very south of Croatia, about 3 hours by car from Split. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations, attracting many lovers of history, culture and film
. The old town of Dubrovnik, surrounded by high walls, will leave everyone speechless. Stroll along the main street Stradun, visit the many museums or take a walk along the 2 km long city walls with an incredible view of the red roofs of the city and the Adriatic Sea. On the way back, visit the oldest arboretum in Croatia, located in Trsteno. The arboretum has over 400 species of plants from all over the world, which many sailors brought back from their long journeys.
Mostar and Kravica Waterfalls
Not far from Split is a small town with a completely different culture from what you will see in Dalmatia or on the Adriatic in general. Mostar is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
, on the river Neretva. Enjoy the Middle Eastern culture that will enchant you with its charm. Take a walk across the Old Bridge
and if you are lucky, you might see jumpers jumping into the cold river. Have a taste of various traditional dishes such as Bosnian stew, sarma and tufahije. After a delicious lunch, visit the Kravica waterfalls, 40 km from Mostar. Unique waterfalls
with a height of 28 metres were created by the river Trebizat and deposited tufa. In the summer months, due to the lower water level, it is possible to swim in the pool below the waterfall where you can refresh yourself.
These beautiful places are must-see tourist spots. If you are in one of our beautiful villas in Dalmatia
, you should definitely make a day trip to one of these places… Or better yet, visit them all
:) if you can't make it, it's an ideal reason to come back to Croatia