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EXCURSIONS FROM SPLIT

Looking for some excursions from Split ideas? Here’s the list of 14 top suggestions for half-day and full-day trips.

This list can also serve as an idea for where to go next after your stay in Split, but if you are staying 3 or more days in Split, you have to check some of the destinations we prepared for you, you will definitely find something that will enrich your holidays.

1. DUBROVNIK – THE PEARL OF ADRIATIC

  • Distance from Split to Dubrovnik: 161 miles (260 km);
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around 3 hours
excursions from split

Dubrovnik is one of the mandatory destinations in the southern part of Dalmatia and a prominent tourist center on the world map. Dubrovnik walls attract a large number of visitors throughout the year and popularity is growing from year to year. Dubrovnik is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The Game of Thrones series has been partly filmed in Dubrovnik which boosted its popularity furthermore.

One of the most beautiful fortresses is Minčeta, which offers a unique view of the old town of Dubrovnik. The walls contain 16 fortresses and the most famous are the already mentioned Fortress Minčeta, Revelin Fortress, St. John’s Fortress, and Lovrijenac Fortress. If you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will recognize the Lovrijenac fortress as the Red Fortress. While staying in Dubrovnik, you can book your own Game of Thrones tour. In fact, we have a Split GOT tour in our offer as well.

The best way to explore the walls is simply by taking an easy walk and enjoying the tour and the beautiful view of the sea and the city. Don’t miss a walk along the main city street Stradun but think twice before sitting down for coffee. Tip: first look at the price list.

If you think one-day excursion from Split is not enough to fully explore this amazing city, don’t worry, we got you covered, we have a 5 day Dubrovnik city break in our offer.

2. TROGIR – CROATIA’S STONE BEAUTY

  • Distance from Split to Trogir: 18 miles (30 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around 35 minutes
Trogir promenade

Trogir is one of the closest excursions from Split you can take so it’s suitable for a half-day trip. It’s a vibrant Mediterranean town that offers countless opportunities for rest, relaxation, adventure, and fun. Trogir is a town with the largest historical heritage in the world, a UNESCO city radiant with the beauty of the past and nature.

Enter the city through the old city gates, take a leisurely walk around the city and let your imagination take you to the past. Most of the defensive walls have been preserved on the coastal part, in which the old town of Tragurium was formed in the 13th century.

At the edge of the walls still impresses the Kamerlengo Fortress and the Tower of St. Brand. Climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Lovre and enjoy the unique panorama of Trogir and its surroundings.

Walking through the narrow and small streets of the city you can meet the divine Kairos, the God of a happy moment. If you catch him by his playful tuft you will experience happy moments of eternal beauty, according to legend.

Trogir is a suitable destination for adventurous exploration of the Trogir Riviera and the whole of Dalmatia. Get on a bike or scooter and ride across the big bridge to the island of Čiovo.

3. MAKARSKA RIVIERA – BRELA, BASKA VODA, SKYWALK BIOKOVO

  • Distance from Split to Makarska Riviera: 46 miles (75 km) or via highway 73 miles (119 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around hour and a half
Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera is one of the leading tourist centers on the Adriatic coast. Every corner of the Makarska Riviera offers something magical, natural beauties, opportunities for active vacation or relaxation. Numerous tourist places are spread along the Riviera at the foot of the Biokovo mountain.

The riviera begins in Brela all the way to Gradac. The largest place on the Makarska Riviera in the town of Makarska.

Kilometers long white, pebble beach in a dense pine forest with crystal clear and refreshing sea is one of the trump cards of Makarska. Makarska also hides a rich cultural heritage gathered over the centuries, visible at almost every step. In the city center, you will find the Malacological Museum, a museum of shells. With more than 3000 specimens of exhibited shells, here you can see not only the shells of the Adriatic Sea but also numerous species of tropical and subtropical seas, which are the most attractive colors and shapes among all shells.

Makarska is also a great starting point for hiking the Bikovo mountain, if you are not in good shape you still have an option to get there by car. There is a road that goes up to the very top of the massif – Sveti Jure ( St. George) which is 3rd highest peak in Croatia If you’re interested in Bikovo you can also visit the newly opened Presentation center in Makarska where you will find detailed info on Bikovo massif including presentations, exhibitions, and even an earthquake simulator – dedicated to the large earthquake that hit Makarska in 1962.

Baška Voda is one of the leading tourist centers of the Makarska Riviera. Baška Voda justifies this position with its beautiful pebble beaches, long promenades along the sea, pine forests, and a rich hotel and apartment offer and tourist facilities. Nikolina beach is the main beach in Baška, named after the patron saint Nikola Putnik. It is surrounded by conifers that will provide you with much-needed shade during hot days, while along the beach there is a city promenade, also covered with dense and impenetrable canopies.

Beach Brela one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia is located along 6 kilometers long pebble beach in a dense pine forest. The Brela beach is really beautiful so in the heart of the season, they attract hordes of people which will often make it difficult for you to find your place on the beach. If you don’t like crowds you will still be able to enjoy them as there are really a handful of small, anonymous, and undiscovered beaches along the coast.

The construction of a spectacular celestial promenade, a unique attraction in Croatia the Skywalk Biokovo, was recently completed on the Biokovo mountain. A horseshoe-shaped lookout is located at the edge of the cliff, above the abyss. At 1228 meters above sea level you will be able to enjoy an impressive view of the Makarska Riviera and islands, and thanks to the glass surface, you will have the feeling as if you are walking among the clouds.

4. IMOTSKI – THE TOWN OF THE BLUE AND RED LAKES

  • Distance from Split to Imotski: 54 miles (87,5 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around hour and a half
Imotski lakes

Imotski is a beautiful small town in the Dalmatian hinterland full of stone houses and stairs that connect the old and new part of town. The city is really worth visiting and it is not far from Makarska or Split. An interesting fact is that Imotski is known as the city with the highest number of Mercedes per capita in the world.

Imotski lakes are a natural attraction. Red lake is the deepest karst lake in Europe, and Blue Lake is the favorite beach of Imotski named after the unique blue color. Both lakes are connected by underground channels leading to the Adriatic Sea.

The Red lake is described as being red, but this refers to the colors provided by the surrounding, sheer walls of rock rather than the water itself. This lake is inaccessible, although that hasn’t stopped adventurous locals and visitors from finding new ways to utilize the space.

In history, the city was considered an important fortress, and the tower of Topana still dominates and its view descends to the Blue lake. Take a walk through the fortress and enjoy the stunning view. At the foot of Topana is the church of Our Lady of the Angels, the patroness of Imotski.

In addition to its natural beauty, Imotski offers a rich gastronomic offer and famous wines, which definitely makes it an interesting excursion from Split.

5. SINJ – TOWN OF ALKA KNIGHTS

  • Distance from Split to Sinj: 22 miles (36 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around 45 minutes
Sinj Alka

Sinj is a picturesque town near Split known for its traditional knightly game, which is held every year in the summer months for more than 300 years.

A traditional game called Alka is played in memory of the battle that took place more than 300 years ago, where Our Lady of Sinj saved the city from the Ottoman invasion. Alka is a knight equestrian competition that is included in the UNESCO list of world intangible cultural heritage.

At the same time, Alka reflects the history, tradition, way of life, customs, and courage of the locals, presented in a vivid way in the Museum Alka of Sinj. The museum exhibit includes a variety of uniforms, equipment, and weapons of the Alkars. A special attraction of the exhibition is a life-size display of the Alkar procession and a reconstruction of the Battle of Sinj in 1715, where visitors in a multimedia environment will be able to experience this glorious battle.

Apart from the rich cultural heritage, Sinj will also surprise you with its excellent gastronomy. The most popular is a meal called Arambaši, an autochthonous Sinj dish, prepared from minced or chopped top-quality beef, wrapped in sauerkraut leaves. The name of the dish is derived from the Turkish words harami, meaning sinful or unacceptable, and başi, meaning commander or chief.

It is traditionally served on holidays, but arambaši are especially popular during the feast of Velika Gospa (Assumption of Mary) and Alka tournament (first weekend of August).
This area of the Cetina region is also known as an active vacation destination. You can go horse riding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, paragliding, parachuting. If you’re looking for some activity on excursions from Split, consider Sinj.

6. OMIŠ – TOWN OF PIRATES

  • Distance from Split to Omiš: 16 miles (26 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around 40 minutes (in a peak season traffic jam is possible)
Omis river

Omiš is a small Dalmatian town located at the mouth of the river Cetina. The town is a true depiction of a Mediterranean city, known as the city of pirates. The town looks as if it was carved into the mountains and because of such a position it gave the pirates great power.

Visit the church of St. Michael where you can see many works of art. The square in front of the church is always crowded with many tourists. Klapa events, a traditional a cappella singing in Dalmatia, are held on the square every year in summer months and klapa singing is included in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. For a little more information about the history of Omiš and Omiš pirates visit the city museum.

At an altitude of about 200 meters above the city is the fortress Mirabela, which served as a shield for Omiš pirates. For an even better experience and view, go to the Fort Fortica, which offers an extraordinary view of the city and its surroundings, beautiful nature and the sea. To get to the fort you need an hour of walking but it will be worth every effort.

Omiš is crowded with agencies for sports activities on the sea and the river Cetina. For real refreshment, you can try canyoning on the river. Canyoning involves walking and swimming in clean natural pools. The agency will take care of all the necessary equipment. For a little more adrenaline go rafting on the Cetina and enjoy the view of beautiful cliffs, waterfalls, countless rapids. Each rafting ends at the famous Radman Mill restaurant where you can relax and enjoy nature and the food that the restaurant offers.

Omiš is one more excellent excursion from Split, especially if you’re looking for adventures and beautiful sights.

7. ŠIBENIK – THE CITY OF FORTRESS

  • Distance from Split to Šibenik: 54 miles (87 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around one hour
Sibenik

Šibenik is a nice small town in the north of Dalmatia. You will surely enjoy walking through this city and exploring its small streets, squares, museums, and restaurants.
As in any Dalmatian city for a complete experience of the city and its history, you need to take a walk through the old town. In Šibenik you will be surprised by stone houses, stone roads, and stairs that go up the way to the hill.

The coast of Šibenik is indented and has many small bays and coves. To explore the coast you can book a tour with a historic boat and go on a panoramic tour of the beautiful islands of Prvić, Zlarin, and Krapanj.

Walk through the city, visit the Cathedral of St. James, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and one of the most beautiful and significant architectural achievements in Croatia.
The Šibenik City Museum is located right next to the cathedral. In the museum, you can find interesting collections of handicrafts. Near the Cathedral of St. James, you can find an aquarium. The aquarium contains plants and fish from the Adriatic and the world’s seas. What makes this aquarium specific is the example of polluted water and how it affects marine life.

There are 4 fortresses in Šibenik and the most famous is the fortress of St. Michael, which was renovated in 2014. For more spectacular views, it is worth visiting the Barone Fortress and St. John’s Fortress. The fourth fortress of St. Nicholas is located at the entrance to the canal of St. Ante, located on an island outside the city. The promenade is about 4 kilometers long and you can walk to the fortress or maybe ride a bike.

Near Šibenik you can visit The Falconry Center located in a dense pine forest. The center is designed to help wounded and injured birds and the kids are especially delighted.

National Park Krka is located a few kilometers from Šibenik, so if you haven’t visited the park yet, take some time for it and refresh yourself under the stunning waterfalls. We offer Krka Waterfalls tour from Split that includes Šibenik sightseeing as well.

8. NATIONAL PARK KRKA -POWER OF NATURE

  • Distance from Split to National park Krka: 54 miles (88 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around one hour and forty minutes (or one hour and a half via highway)
National park Krka

National park Krka is a complex of beautiful waterfalls, cascades, and lakes. The nature around the waterfalls is mostly untouched and very interesting to true nature lovers.

Park is the second most visited national park in Croatia after National park Plitvice. The Krka national park is located in central Dalmatia, near Šibenik, and an hour and a half driving from Split.

The advantage of visiting this place out of season (winter, autumn, and spring) are the extremely affordable prices of the national park tickets. But you won’t be sorry if you pay your ticket more expensive during summer times because at this time of the year waterfalls are in their full glory and also you can refresh yourself in clean water.

Read more about Krka waterfalls in out article where we covered 18 amazing waterfalls in Croatia.

If you are looking for Krka national park hotels, there are plenty of them and you won’t have any problems booking them.

Visit Krka waterfalls directly from Split via our economy tour.

9. ZADAR – HOME OF THE SEA ORGAN

  • Distance from Split to Zadar: 96 miles (156 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: 2 hours and 30 minutes by coastal way or 1 hour and 45 minutes via highway
Zadar

Zadar is one of the most beautiful and attractive cities on the Adriatic coast and was recently named the best European destination. The city center is mostly made for pedestrians, so they can enjoy and discover the city.

You can start your tour of the city by going through the land gate in the Port of Foša. The port of Foša is certainly an interesting detail of the city that talks about the connection of Zadar’s trade with other Mediterranean countries.

After passing through the land gate visit the Square of Five Wells which is connected to Queen Jelena Park. The park is wonderful for relaxing and walking and there is a restaurant where you can have a coffee or lunch. In the summer months, various festivals are held here. Take a walk through the old town with its narrow charming and cobbled streets.

Kalelarga Street is one of the most famous streets in Croatia and a symbol of Zadar. Kalelarga is always crowded and represents a place for socializing and having fun for everyone in Zadar. Visit the National Museum of Zadar which contains various departments of other museums, Natural history, Ethnology museum, Art gallery, and the Museum of the city of Zadar.

At the end of Kalelarga street, there is a Roman forum where you can see the church of St. Donat, the patron saint of the city of Zadar, and the bell tower of St. Anastasia (Sv. Stošije), the biggest cathedral in Dalmatia. From the top of the bell tower, there is a beautiful view of the Roman forum.

Two of the most modern sights in Zadar are the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. This orchestra conductor is nature, so the music you will hear depends only on the rolling power of sea waves and the influence of the wind.

The view that extends from the sea organ is amazing, especially if you come at sunset. On the waterfront, you can also find another permanent installation Greeting to the sun or Sun Salutation which is the work of the same architect. This inspiring monument consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates that absorb solar energy during the day and create a spectacular waterfront light show just after sunset.

Zadar has beautiful beaches, and the most famous the near city center is beach Kolovare, but since you are already in Zadar you can discover Saharun beach on Dugi Otok, Zrće beach on Pag, Zaton beach and Nin beach. It will be worth visiting.

Zadar was always very popular city but tourism potential has blossomed thanks to the low-budget company Ryanair.

All of the above makes Zadar one of the most popular excursions from Split.

10. NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE – CROATIA’S FINEST

  • Distance from Split to National park Plitvice: 159 miles (256 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: around 3 hours
National park Plitvice

National park Plitvice is the best known natural park in Croatia. As the largest National Park in Croatia Plitvice Lakes is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the moment you look at the waterfalls, you will be amazed by the changing color of the water. Thanks to minerals and the amount of sunlight during the day, the water will shimmer from azure to green, grey, and blue.

There are 16 lakes in total. The lakes are divided into Upper Lakes (12 of them) and Lower Lakes (4). The Upper Lakes are more spacious, indented, and have milder shores than the Lower Lakes.
At the foot of the waterfall, there is a travertine barrier that is protected and that is why the walk under the waterfall and outside the marked paths is forbidden.

The waterfall gets almost completely frozen in the winter season forming a lovely giant ice sculpture.

We described 4 Plitvice waterfalls in our article about waterfalls in Croatia. Enjoy!

Near the national park you can find the ideal combination of active or passive vacation, natural beauty and cultural attractions worth visiting at any time of year.

Plitvice is one of the furthest excursions you can have from Split, but if you choose to visit you definitely won’t be disappointed. Plitvice is featured in a lot of our tours across Croatia and the region:

11. MOSTAR – BOSNIAN BEAUTY

  • Distance from Split to Mostar: 141 miles (87 km)
  • How to get there: by car or bus
  • Time to get there: 2 hours and 40 minutes by coastal way or 2 hours and 15 minutes via highway
Mostar Old Bridge Neretva

Mostar is a city that best depicts the point where the cultures of East and West merge in a positive way and probably the most beautiful city in this part of Europe. The city is located on the banks of the river Neretva and what makes it popular is the old bridge on the Neretva.

Mostar is full of interesting historical sights, historical places, and architectural buildings. The old, narrower part of Mostar enchants visitors with its construction. Old Turkish stone houses that testify to the period of Turkish rule and stone paths will leave you breathless. In the old part of Mostar there is Kriva ćuprija, the tower that surrounds the Old Bridge, then the Franciscan church with the highest bell tower in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the oldest mosque in Herzegovina – Karadjozbeg Mosque.

Mostar is full of catering facilities where you can taste excellent dishes at an affordable price. Be sure to try the kebab with cream and sweet and savory pie.

If you are a nature lover, we recommend that you visit the most interesting natural beauties of this place, waterfall Kravice. This place is ideal for all those who want to rest and relax in a natural untouched environment, as well as for rafting enthusiasts.

Not far from Mostar you can visit town Počitelj, a medieval oriental town and one of the most popular attractions in BiH, located on a stone cliff on the left bank of the river Neretva this city is a unique monument and a harmonious blend of the Mediterranean and oriental architecture…

The city is surrounded on three sides by walls and the most impressive fortress is Gavran-kapetan bastion. Another impressive tower is Pasha’s bastion, from where the walls descend all the way to the Neretva River. Mostar is a great choice for a full-day excursion from Split.

12. ISLAND OF BRAČ – HOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH

  • How to get from Split to Brač: by ferry
  • Time to get there: around 50 minutes
Brac Golden horn

The island of Brač is one of the destinations you should not miss when visiting Dalmatia. Brač is one of the most beautiful Croatian islands decorated with beautiful beaches, clear sea, bays surrounded by pine and cypress forests. When it comes to summer vacation, the world’s media often write about Brač as one of the top destinations so it makes sense it finds a spot in our top excursions from Split list.

Supetar is the capital of the island of Brač and the largest place. The distance from Split to Supetar is an hour’s drive by ferry. In Supetar, you can find medieval churches, early Christian mosaics, and the remains of a Roman villa. For a beautiful view of the Brač Channel, visit the church of St. Luke, which is almost a millennium old.

Near the city center is the beach Tri mosta with crystal clear sea. But one of the most attractive beaches in Supetar is Bili rat beach. On the beach, you can find a lot of content for various activities but also the shade of a pine forest if the sun gets too hot.

On the other side of the island is Bol, the oldest place on the island. Bol is known for its world’s famous beach Zlatni rat. The beach was formed by the deposition of golden pebbles around the reef. The top of the beach constantly changes its shape by the influence of waves and wind. If you think you are not photogenic try taking a picture here.

Vidova gora rises above the Zlatni rat and is the highest peak of the Adriatic islands. Vidova gora offers a unique view on the Zlatni rat and the island of Hvar.

Between Bol and Milna is the Blaca desert, home of former monks. Visit the museum where you can find among other things and various astronomical equipment. It is recommended to come by boat or on foot because of the endless roads leading to the desert.

We recommend visiting Milna or as they know to call it a bay of a thousand ships, a fishing village on the west coast of Brač. The place has a lot of small coves and you can explore them by small boat or diving. It is also developed for tourism, so there are a lot of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

13. HVAR – THE ISLAND THAT HAD IT ALL

  • How to get there: by ferry or catamaran
  • Time to get there: one hour with catamaran, two hours with ferry
Hvar Pakleni islands

The island of Hvar is the longest island in the Adriatic Sea and the most popular place on the island is the town of Hvar.

The town of Hvar is an ancient town with a rich history, a town from a fairy tale, with fine architecture, beautiful nature, and mild climate. Hvar is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia, even among the world’s celebrities who visit Hvar every summer

At the main square, you will find St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a renaissance structure with nice interior and beautiful paintings. Square is full of restaurants and bars and the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee or try some local specialties. You can climb up to Tower Fortica (Španjola) above the Town to admire amazing views over the town’s harbor and nearby Pakleni islands.

The Pakleni Islands are a string of small islands that you could easily label as paradise. Here you will find all that you need for a hot summer day: secluded beaches, thick shade forest, and crystal-clear sea that you can dip into for a cooling break. You can reach this paradise with a local Taxi from Hvar’s waterfront/promenade, it takes 15 minutes. 

In the summer this town never sleeps especially in the peak season when its nightlife is at its finest.

14. VIS – ISLAND OF SECRETS

  • How to get from Split to Vis: by ferry or by catamaran
  • Time to get there: by ferry 2 hours and 20 minutes, by catamaran 1 hour and 35 minutes
Vis Komiza

Vis is an ideal island if you are looking for solitude and silence and it is adorned with untouched and preserved nature. If you are coming without transport that would be no problem because everything is connected and at your fingertips. The island of Vis is one of the most remote islands in the Adriatic.

The two largest places on the island of Vis are places called Vis and Komiža.
In the town of Vis, you can visit the archeological museum and see one of the largest collections of amphorae in Europe. Go to Fort George to experience the most beautiful sunset. The entrance is free and there are a restaurant and a cafe.

Komiža is a typical Mediterranean town with narrow streets and stone houses located on the west coast of the island. The place is known as a fishing village so you can also take a look at the fishing museum. From the church of St. Nicholas, there is a beautiful view of the village, vineyards, and olive groves.

The best way to get around the island of Vis is to rent a scooter so you can see the whole island, find hidden beaches and beautiful bays. The most famous beach on the island is Stiniva, often on the European and even world’s lists of the most beautiful beaches.

If you are a fan of a less crowded beach, we recommend Silver beach surrounded by stone slabs or sandy beaches like Stončica and Zaglav. If you decide to go to the beaches by boat, beach Porat is worth visiting on the island of Biševo.

When you are already on the island of Biševo you must visit the most famous cave, the Blue cave. Once it was possible to swim but due to a large number of visitors today swimming is forbidden. It is best to arrive before 9 am or out of season due to a large number of visitors. If you buy your ticket through one of the agencies from the island of Vis, you have the advantage of entering the cave.

Another interesting feature of the island is the military history of the former Yugoslavia. You can take a military tour through the agency where you will visit military facilities, hidden bunkers, and underground tunnels and learn about the different history of the island.

Conclusion

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