Are you looking for spectacular day trips from Split, Croatia? Maybe you have already been to Split and visited the attractions, restaurants, beaches, and bars of the town. Maybe you will be spending your holiday in Split and are looking for alternatives to the crowded city. Either way, now you are looking to discover fantastic interesting places in Croatia by taking day trips from Split.
I do not know how long you have to spend exploring the outskirts of Split. I am hoping though, that by following my suggestions, you will be able to make the most of every single moment you are there! I am listing my recommendations in no specific order to be followed. Depending on how you arrive in Split and how much time you will be spending there, you will want to tailor these day trips from Split options to fit your specific needs and timetable.
How beautiful Split is at night. But now it is time to explore outside of Split!
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12 Unique Day Trips From Split, Croatia
Split is Croatia’s second largest city. It is located on the eastern shores of the dreamy Adriatic Sea. It is steeped in history from both the Greeks and Romans and has been settled since the sixth century BC. Due to its coastal location, the Split port is very popular and thousands of tourists flock to it every year. Now here are some very extraordinary day trips from Split worthy of your consideration!
1) Explore Exciting Dubvronik For The Day
Dubrovnik is an exciting city full of history and charm and is also located on the Adriatic Sea. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular cities in Croatia on the Adriatic. In 1979 Dubvronic was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It would be a great choice to add Dubvronik to your day trips from the Split list.
You will want to walk its city walls to get a bird’s eye view of Old Town and epic panoramic views of the Adriatic coastline. Meandering through the cobblestoned streets of Old Town Dubrovnik is a popular thing to do. You will find the alleys and side streets less crowded, and that’s where you can stop for lunch or pop into an inviting shop for a souvenir.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will see locations that will look familiar to you used in filming the show. Please know, the filming locations have all been returned to their original states, but you will recognize them anyway. (I am not a GoT fan myself, and even I could pick some of them out!)
I visited Dubrovnik and I absolutely loved the city. The restaurants and pubs are charming, the streets and alleys are so cute and the history is amazing. Dubvronik should definitely be a contender as one of your day trips from Split.
Book Here: Dubrovnik Day Tour from Split
Book Here: Dubrovnik Tour – Day Trip from Split
Visiting Dubrovnik and its Old Town and city walls is one of the great day trips from Split.
2) Visit Croatia’s Most Visited Natural Attraction
Located a few hours from Split is Plitvice National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Croatia’s most visited natural attraction because it is simply jaw-dropping beautiful.
Plitvice Lakes is the largest national park in Croatia. It contains sixteen lakes which are all connected with waterfalls. Included is the largest waterfall in all of Croatia! The local fauna and flora, plus the amazing waterfalls make Plitvice Lakes National Park one of the most impressive in the world. And one of the most amazing day trips from Split!
Tickets here: From Split: Plitvice Lakes Full-Day Tour
Tickets here: Plitvice Lakes Day Tour from Split
One of the waterfalls connecting sixteen lakes together in Plitvice National Park.
3) Visit Omis For Outdoor Thrills
Omis, Croatia is located just shy of an hour outside of Split. It is situated where the Cetina River spills into the Adriatic Sea. 15,000 people call Omis their home.
The history of Omis includes pirates who would attack trade ships as they passed the area. Celebrating their pirate lineage there are summer pirate parties in town. You can wander through Old Town, and even climb to see Fortress Mirabella for spectacular views of Omis and the surrounding area. Please note, climbing many steps in involved.
For those thirsting for adventure, Omis offers rafting, canyoning and swimming in the Cetina River. There are various rafting trips available. I have never done “canyoning,” but it definitely sounds exhilarating! Canyoning is moving along a canyon, in this case, the Cetina Canyon using a variety of ways. Could be swimming, climbing, or jumping. Pretty exciting.
Book Here: Cetina River 4-Hour Rafting Tour from Split
Lovely Omis, Croatia with the Cetina River flowing out to the Adriatic Sea.
Cetina River and its mouth flowing into the Adriatic Sea in Omis Croatia!
4) Get Back To Nature At Krka National Park
Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s eight national parks and carries the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage Site National Park. It is full of waterfalls, most notably the famous Skradinski Buk. It epically cascades over seventeen natural barriers to form the most beautiful waterfall.
The ethereal beauty of this national park cannot be overstated. There are watermills, a small museum, and the stunning island of Visovac with its monastery.
You will need good walking shoes for this excursion ad there is much walking, stairs and uneven terrain. Consider bringing your bathing suit because you may want to take a dip!
Tickets Here: Krka Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Split
Tickets Here: Krka National Park 8-Hour Tour from Split
Breathtaking beyond words: Skradinski Buk waterfalls.
Located in the Krka National Park is the island of Visovac with its monastery.
5) Enjoy Regional Dishes Sure To Please
Food lovers rejoice! There are culinary day trips from Split. You have the opportunity to experience the food, wine, culture and history of Croatia.
Tickets here: Split: Wine and Culinary Tour
Tickets here: From Split: 2.5-Hour Šolta Island Tasting Tour
Tickets here: From Split: Pelješac Peninsula Food & Wine Tour
Tickets here: Dalmatian Delights: Food & Wine Tour from Split
Vineyard in Vis Croatia.
6) Discover Split’s Beautiful Islands
Located on the sun-kissed Adriatic Sea, mainland Croatia is one of the most stunning locations I have ever visited. Her islands are postcard-worthy and the things dreams are made of!
From the Blue Cave off of Bisevo Island or the Green Cave with its emerald green warm waters off of Ravnik Island, visiting Croatia’s islands is one of the most stunning day trips from Split you will take! The “Queen of the Croatian Islands” Hvar, one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world!
When I visited Split, there were tons and tons of tourists and locals alike taking ferries out to the surrounding islands for the day or for the weekend.
Did you believe that the Mama Mia movies were filmed in Greece, as I did? Well, that is incorrect! Both of those fun flicks were actually filmed at several island locations a ferry ride away from Split.
Not only that, each island you will visit has its own flair and charm for you to experience!
Tickets here: Dalmatia: Private Full-Day 5–Islands Speedboat Tour
Tickets here: From Split: Blue Cave and 5 Islands Day Trip
Tickets here: Hvar 5 Islands and Blue Cave Tour from Split
Stunning Adriatic Sea views from the island of Hvar.
7) Experience The Natural Phenomenon Of The Blue Cave
This unforgettable phenomenon is accessible by boat. You enter through a narrow opening of the cave that is only large enough for a small boat. Sunlight beams stream through the opening to the waters creating an unbelievable and otherworldly shade of blue. It is truly extraordinary.
Tickets here: Deluxe Blue Cave Tour: Grilled lunch and Early entry
Tickets here: Hvar 5 Islands and Blue Cave Tour from Split
8)Visit Solin And SeeThe Ancient Ruins Of Salona
There is so much history to be discovered in the outskirts of Split. Go exploring to the ancient medieval city of Salona to see the ruins of the city that was once the capital of Dalmatia, a Roman province. Two thousand years ago Salona was one of the five largest villages in the Roman empire.
Archeologists have excavated remains in Salona demonstrating a once vibrant city celebrating prosperity and suffering wars.
Seeing the amphitheater that seated 15,000 that came to watch the gladiators fight, or perhaps Christians fight against lions is a solid reason to make Solin one of your day trips from Split.
Tickets here: Split: Trogir, Salona and Solin Day Tour
Tickets here: Historical Tour of Salona, Klis, and Trogir from Split
Ruins from the ancient city of Salona in Solin, Croatia.
9)The Village Of Klis Has An Ancient Fortress GoT Fans Will Recognize
Perched high on a hilltop, many Croatian kings used the fortress at Klis as their castle where they defended their kingdoms against invaders. For you Game of Thrones super fans, the fortress was featured in the television series portraying the city of Meeren.
The large castle offers gorgeous views of Split and surroundings. It offers abundant access to walk throughout it, and perhaps even climb its towers.
The fortress in the historical city of Klis, Meereen in Game of Thrones!
10)Trogir Is So Charming
With a history of at least 2300 years, Trogir was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is much to discover here simply meandering the streets and exploring its city squares.
Do not miss out on seeing the amazing Romanesque front doors at the Cathedral of St Lovre (Lawrence) carved by Master Radovan in the 13th century. They remain one of the best examples of sacred architecture in all of Croatia to this day!
Master Radovan carvings at the entry portals of the Cathedral of St Lawrence in Trogir, Croatia
Trogir, Croatia is one of the interesting day trips from Split.
Tickets here: Half-Day Blue Lagoon & Trogir Tour from Split
Tickets here: From Split: Trogir and Blue Lagoon Half Day Tour
11) Check Out Life Under The Sea Off The Shores Of Split
What could be better than swimming in the crystal clear shimmering green waters off Split’s coast? How about scuba diving and exploring the reefs.
You need to to get your SCUBA certification before you arrive because you must be a certified diver. This is sure to be one of the most amazing day trips from Split.
Tickets here: Half-Day Scuba Diving for Certified Divers
This would be one of the more adventurous day trips from Split!
12)Explore The Dalmation Bush Country
Packing Tips For Your Trip To Split Croatia
I think that using these useful packing tips will enhance your trip to Split and help you remain organized while there.
If you are in need of new luggage, this expandable soft side spinner luggage is affordable and comes in lots of colors. If you like hard-sided better, then you may favor this hard-sided luggage set better. Both sets come with TSA approved zippers locks and 8 wheels per piece. Either will be great for the plane or train or even your car depending on how you plan to travel to Croatia.
I was never a fan of packing cubes until I tried them out! Now I am sold. These Bagail packing cubes are the exact ones I use whenever I travel. I cannot believe how much more organized I am now! And I never leave without them anymore.
Hydration is so important. When I visited Split it was in the mid-90s and having water with me was very important. You want to remain hydrated to support your immune system which in turn will be stronger to fight off any germs you will encounter during your day trips from Split. You will want to bring your own refillable water bottle with you.
I never leave home on a trip without my Bobble filtration bottle. The 18.5-ounce size is perfect for travel and it will fit nicely in the pocket of a backpack or your purse. Also when filled with water, it is not too heavy to carry. And the Bobble carbon filter ensures fresh clean water whenever and wherever you fill the Bobble. You can find filter replacements here.
Perhaps you are traveling a long distance and packing space is a premium. Then this set of collapsible silicone foldable water bottles would work well for you. Would not take up much space in your suitcase at all. And you will be receiving a set of two.
You will want to bring a backpack or daypack with you to store snacks, your water bottle, phone, extra clothes, etc.. This foldable water-resistant backpack would be great. It is very affordable and is available in many color options for you to choose from. The fact that it folds down into a zippered pouch will make it easy to pack.
Perhaps you need a more substantial backpack for your international travel. This antitheft backpack has a charging port, is water-resistant and can comfortably carry up to a 15.6″ laptop. It comes in a range of colors to choose from and it is inexpensive as well.
You will be walking more than usual on your day trips from Split. A sturdy and comfortable pair of walking shoes is a must-have. These waterproof all-season shoes are extremely affordable and yet fashionable. Mostly everyone is familiar with the Skechers brand, and these Air Run high fashion sneakers come in a lot of colors to match your outfits and are still affordable. I know from experience you need sturdy shoes when navigating the cobblestoned streets of Croatia.
And let us not forget the beach shoes for all the pebbly beaches you will visit on your day trips from Split. These quick dry slip on aqua shoes are a great selection. They come in a ton of bright colors for men, women, and children.
Some of the day trips from Split are to the surrounding islands and swimming will be involved. On my cruise, we were advised to wear our bathing suits under our clothes. This lightweight men’s swim trunk is quick drying and affordable. I like this women’s one piece bathing suit. It has a moderately high leg cut and is lined for modesty’s sake. It has built in bra and comes in neat colors.
If heading to the islands and the stunning Croatian beaches is one of the day trips from Split you plan to do, you want to bring along beach towels. But you do not want to add anything heavy or bulky. This fast drying, lightweight and very absorbent towel is the perfect solution. You choose what color and size you wish and it is extremely affordable.
You may want to bring along a wet dry bag for your suits and towels once you are finished swimmming. This wet dry bag with handles is a good option. It comes in several patterns and two sizes to pick from. Or you could opt for this mesh swim backpak bag that has separate areas for dry and wet items.
You may be visiting Split in warmer weather like I did, and you may want a pair of sandals to wear exploring. I highly recommend these Vionics adjustable strap orthotic sandals. I have several pairs of these exact Vionic sandals in several colors that I bring with me *everywhere* I travel. They are very comfortable. I also sometimes bring along my Vionic Tides flip flops. The toe post is so comfortable which makes wearing these super comfortable.
A concealed travel pouch may be one of the most important items you bring with you on your day trips from Split. This unisex RFID blocking concealed travel pouch is lightweight and comes in several colors. It has lots of organization to give you peace of mind. You can keep your most valuable documents safe and secure next to your body.
If you have a pouch already you may not want to or need to invest in a new one, like me. If it does not come with the RFID protection, these RFID sleeves would be handy to prevent identity theft. This configuration comes with enough passport and credit card sleeves that the entire family would be protected. They are slim too, so they will easily fit into your current pouch or wallet. These are the kind my family and I use not only when traveling but at home as well.
Bring a lightweight scarf or shawl. Scarves and shawls are very popular in Europe and Croatia is no different. Both men and women wear scarves, both decoratively and as a layering piece to keep warm. This cotton unisex lightweight scarf is versatile and can be worn in any season. I like this colorful oversized scarf too. So many colors to select from! And here’s another option to consider: this lightweight sunscreen shawl scarf would do double duty to protect you from the sun in the warmer seasons as well as being a fashion accessory layering piece. This Coolibar sunscreen scarf has USB 50+ protection from the sun’s rays & comes in great colors.
We all need to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. These unisex polarized sunglasses come in a lot of lens colors and frame designs and are extremely affordable too.
If you are fond of the aviator-style of sunglasses these polarized aviators may interest you. I like polarized sunglasses because they remove the glare off the water and help you to see things more clearly. This will be very helpful in Kotor.
Don’t forget to bring along a universal power adapter on your trip to Croatia. This worldwide power plug is a great example and will charge your phone at the end of your busy days. And this world traveler adapter kit can charge several devices at the same time. This is what you will need when there are several people traveling in your group, or if you bring several electronic devices on your trip that require charging at the same time.
If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures with your phone you will definitely want to consider an external charging battery. This Anker high-speed phone charging battery is the exact one I carry with me on all of my trips. It can be used on a variety of phones, not just an iPhone like I have. And wow is it fast! I like that it holds its charging capabilities for several uses so I do not have to worry about it while out and about. And if I forget to recharge it at night, it will still be good to go the next day.
My daughter gifted me this FugeTek Selfie Stick and Tripod for my birthday. It has Bloothtooth connectivity so it is very easy to use. It is made of durable aluminum and is very lightweight and easy to carry. I love mine and I think you will enjoy it too!
Vibrant emerald green crystal clear waters of Dubvronik, Croatia.
Quick Tips For Your Day Trips From Split
Here are some quick tips and tricks I’ve learned, along with the ones above, which will enhance your trip to Split, Coratia. And hopefully, make it a bit less stressful.
Before you leave home, contact your credit card company and check to see if your credit card does or does not have foreign transaction fees. If it does, inquire about the possibility of applying for one that does not carry foreign transaction fees attached to it (the small fee charged you whenever you use your card out of your home country.) Also, remember to notify your bank of the dates you will be out of the country.
When you visit an ATM in Croatia, check to be sure it is on the same network as your bank, so you are not charged a transaction fee every time you withdraw cash. Withdrawing larger amounts of money will help you limit bank transition fees. Croatia’s form of currency is the Kuna.
Purchase advanced tickets to attractions whenever possible. Admission tickets purchased online are usually offered at a discount, and you will save a lot of time waiting in lines to buy tickets at the individual attractions. Your day trips from Split will be less stressful when you have your plan and can pace yourself and not have to worry about the availability of tickets at each location you wish to visit.
These are my top suggestions to aid you in selecting interesting and fabulous day trips from Split, Croatia And tips for a safe and organized trip! If you are on a cruise and have only a limited amount of time to see Split and its surrounding locations, I believe my recommendations will please you. and definitely help you with planning for the amount of time you will be there. You will be able to cover a lot of territory and see a great many sights if you use them as a reference when planning your time.
Croatia was by far one of the most beautiful, historic and interesting places I have ever visited. Have you ever visited Split, Croatia? What did you think? Do you have any additional suggestions of day trips from Split? Please leave your comments and suggestions below.
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