By Iva Ralica
What makes the Dalmatian city of Split so great for tourists, apart from the history and sights, is its fantastic location to conduct day trips.
There are numerous cities, nature parks and islands you could visit for the day whilst staying in or travelling through Split.
If you wish to experience more of the rich history, natural and unspoiled beauty, as well as breathtaking views, there is an endless list of the must-see spots. Some of those destinations are right here and only an hour away.
Here are 8 fantastic day trips from Split.
The gorgeous historical town of Trogir is located only 15 km north of Split. One of the most beautiful towns in Croatia with its interesting city core surrounded by 15th-century city walls and with a stunning Kamerlengo fortress is today a well-known yacht harbour.
Its monuments, alleyways, squares, and palaces are the main reason why this Romanesque-Gothic town is on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage.
Solin is a town with wealthy cultural heritage. It is located on the Jadro river, called the Croatian Jordan, because of the rich history of the ancient times. Salona (now Solin), the famous capital of Roman province, and the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian is settled in the heart of this city. This is the largest archaeological site in Croatia, surrounded by gorgeous gates, temples, and an amphitheater.
Here you can see the oldest Marian shrine established by the queen Jelena. Many other historical locations can be found here, from the time of King Zvonimir in the 11th century until the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Solin can easily be reached from Split by car or a local bus.
3. Šolta Island
This picturesque island of the unspoiled nature and beautiful bays is located only an hour away from Split. Visit the small village of Maslinica and see why is this one of the most beautiful places on the Adriatic coast. Discover this Mediterranean island of olives, figs, and wine, take a walk to St. Nicholas’ Church and enjoy a breathtaking view.
4. Brač Island
The island of Brač, with the area of around 400km2, is the largest Dalmatian island. It offers a beautiful view over the surrounding area from the island’s peak called Vidova Gora. Breathtaking beach Zlatni rat in Bol is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Many other interesting typically Mediterranean settlements on the island are surrounded by sandy beaches and hidden coves. By a ferry boat, it is only 45 minutes away from Split.
5. Klis Fortress
Klis fortress is a medieval fortress situated above the village Klis just outside of Split. The fortress served as a major source of defense in Dalmatia, especially against the Ottoman advance. It was also used to film scenes for the popular HBO series Game of Thrones.
6. Krka National Park
Just an hours drive from Split, Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s real natural jewels. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River and is known for a series of 7 waterfalls. Skradinski Buk waterfall is flanked by traditional watermills, whilst to the north, a nature trail passes another striking cascade, Roški Slap.
Also, check out Visovac Island which is home to the 15th-century Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy.
Crystal clear sea and green pines around sand beaches are just some of the real gems that await you along the gorgeous Makarska Riviera.
A great beach day trip is one to the Makarska Riviera. Located just an hour from Split, the Makarska Riviera stretch along the coast is full of heavenly beaches, bays, and coves. It is arguably one of the most picturesque parts of coastal Croatia.
Some beaches along the riviera to check out include Punta Rata, Nugal, and Podrace beach.
Krilo Eclipse catamaran departs Split at 7:30 am and arrives Makarska at 8:55 am. The same boat departs at 18:45 and will have you back in Split at 19:15.
The Krilo Eclipse catamaran makes it possible to also do a day trip to the stunning island of Korcula if you are up for it.
You will leave Split at 7:30 am and arrive at 10:10 am in the Old Town and depart at 17:40 so you have 7 hours to check sights out in the Old Town and even hire scooters to take a trip around the island.
You can also catch a boat and check out the new Moro Beach Club on Stupe island which is popular this year.