21 Day Trips from Split, Croatia – Islands, Nature & History!

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Split is one of the most popular places to visit in Croatia and it’s hardly surprising. Not only is it a charming city with abundant history, but there are countless day trips from Split encompassing nature, national parks, beaches, islands and more.

Although there are plenty of things to do in Split like exploring the Diocletian’s Palace, sipping coffee on the Riva, heading to the beaches and enjoying the many restaurants and cafes, it’s a small city. You could easily see the highlights of Split Old Town in half a day, which isn’t a problem: it’s a lovely place to relax, socialise and wile away time in the sun.

For me, the best thing about Split is its proximity to the islands. Jump on a ferry from the harbour and within an hour or two, you can be basking on Brač or kayaking on Korčula. Hikers and nature lovers will enjoy Split day trips to world-class national parks, while historians can add ancient towns and 2,000-year-old ruins to their Croatia itinerary.


Accomodation: Booking.com / Hostelworld

Getting there: flight (Skyscanner) / car hire / bus (Flixbus)

Activities: GetYourGuide / Viator

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Island day trips from Split

The islands sprinkling the Dalmatian coastline are simply heavenly. There are 79 Dalmation islands in total but Hvar, Brač, Korčula and Vis are the best to visit during a one day trip from Split.

The Ferry Port of Split is serviced by Jadrolinija ferries which are generally the cheaper and slower way to travel and catamarans that’ll save you time but not money. Both are comfortable with toilets, coffee and snack stations, and indoor and outdoor seating (although the top deck will be shut when it’s windy).

Croatia Ferries is the best website to check times and prices. While you can usually purchase tickets at the ferry terminal before departure, in peak season it’s advisable to book in advance at the terminal or via the Jadrolinija / catamaran websites.

These are the easiest and more enjoyable islands to visit for a day trip from Split by boat…

1. Hvar Island (1-2 hour ferry)

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Views from Fortica Španjola

As one of the most popular islands in Croatia, Hvar is considered the birthplace of organised tourism in Europe. Over 150 years ago, it was marketed to the elite as a place for health and recuperation rather than only historical sites.

Just a quick jump from the mainland, today backpackers come to party, divers and snorkellers come to experience the marine life, and everyone in between is welcome to wander Hvar Town, visit beaches like Dubovica and tour the inland lavender fields.

Things to do on Hvar Island:

  • Climb 13th-century Fortica Španjola (the Spanish Fortress), 90 metres above sea level. It’s a relatively easy, paved walk with plenty of benches and wonderful views across the archipelago
  • Relax on the best beaches like Dubovica Beach, Malo Zarace and Pokonji Dol Beach
  • Vrboska – this quaint fishing village is worth a visit for its picturesque bridges and beaches like Maslinica
  • Pakleni Islands – this beautiful archipelago can be visited as part of a Hvar and Pakleni boat trip
  • Wander Stari Grad town and tick off attractions including Tvrdalj Castle and Trg Skor Square
  • Take a wine tasting tour of the island. Bliss!

How to get to Hvar: Your options are the 2-hour (cheaper) ferry arriving in Stari Grad or the quicker catamaran arriving in Hvar Town. The latter costs more but saves an hour and drops right in the heart of the action, avoiding a bus ride from Stari Grad.

2. Brač Island (1 hour ferry)

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Golden Cape Beach, Brač Island

If you’re travelling on a budget, or don’t feel attracted to the fast-paced island-hopping tours, Brač is one of the best island day trips from Split. Since it’s one of the closest and cheapest to reach, you’ll have more time and money for food, drinks and activities.

The striking karst cliffs give Brač an edge as more than just a serene beach destination. The Romans even quarried Brac to build their amphitheatres, palaces and temples. Warm temperates bless Brač with abundant farming opportunities: sour cherries and almonds are two popular exports.

Things to do on Brač Island:

  • Relax on iconic Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) Beach. Walk past any tourism agency and you’ll see aerial photos of this long, thin beach with white sands (and a mix of stones) and crystal-clear water. It’s close to Bol town in the south of the island.
  • Soak up panoramic views from Vidova Gora, the highest viewpoint on Brač Island (and also any Croatian island) at 778 m. Energetic day-trippers can hike to the peak but I think most people will want to arrive by car as it’s mighty steep!
  • Wine tasting at one of the wineries on the island. Stina Winery in Bol is fantastic.
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Vidova Gora viewpoint

How to take a Brač day trip from Split: Catch the ferry from Split to Brač from the main terminal to Supetar on Brač. Tickets cost between 28 and 32 kuna and the ride takes 1 hour. In peak season, they run between 6am and midnight.

Option 2# – catamarans en route to the other islands call at the port of Milna instead of Supetar. For a lesser-visited destination that’s, dare I say it, even more enchanting than the Golden Cape (without half the footfall), arrive according to the catamaran schedule and rent a boat when you arrive!

How to get around on Brač:

3. Vis Island (2 hour ferry)

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I seem to refer to all Croatian islands as my favourites. They’re all so beautiful! But it’s not just me who can vouch for the rugged beauty of Vis: the filming directors of Mama Mia! selected it when scouting for a cheaper place to film than Greece.

Slightly further from Split than Brač and Hvar, this small island feels less ‘discovered’ as if you’ve stepped back in time. The paths to the beaches are unpaved and rugged; the nature wild and untouched. Expect friendly locals and scenic fishing villages rather than flashy resorts.

Although you could slow down and be ‘pomalo’ here for a week, things to do on Vis Island during a Split day trip include:

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Quaint church on rugged Vis

How to take a Vis day trip from Split: Catch the 2-hour 20-minute Jadronlia ferry (54 kuna) or the 1-hour 20-minute catamaran (55 kuna). The quicker one sounds like a no-brainer considering they’re the same price but it often only departs in the afternoon; check the Split-Vis schedule and the Vis-Split schedule. We caught the ferry there and catamaran back.

How to get around on Vis:

  • Hire a car and take it on the ferry
  • Bus from Vis Town to Komiža for 20 kuna each way, departing and arriving in sync with the ferry times
  • Boat tours from Split including Vis & the Blue Grotto. As I haven’t yet introduced the Blue Cave which is often visited as its own day trip, let’s touch on this next…

Combine Vis with the Blue Cave

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The Blue Cave, also known as the Blue Grotto, is largely associated with Vis because it’s on the small neighbouring island of Biševo. Many tourists visit on island-hopping tours that don’t see much of Vis and, although I think that’s a shame, it depends on your time and priorities.

The brilliant blue water of the Grotto is illuminated by midday rays that enter the cave’s mouth between 11am and 1pm. Although the effect is mesmerising, the tight time frame means it gets VERY crowded, plus entrance is a hefty 100 kuna.

If you’re hiring a private boat and can control your schedule, visit other places on Biševo like Porat Beach.

Blue Grotto day trips from Split:

  • Island-hopping boat tours from Split (either exploring just Vis and the cave or hitting up 5 islands in one trip)
  • DIY approach of catching the Vis ferry and arranging a boat tour (with a small group or privately) to the Blue Grotto when you arrive. These mainly depart from Komiža town, accessible from Vis Town by car, taxi or bus.

4. Korčula Island (2.5-hour ferry)

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My favourite Split day trip… Maybe!

Korčula is one of the loveliest island day trips from Split but it’s also one of the longest; the fast boat takes 2.5 hours. Of course, you can stay overnight if you have time.

Korčula is an island packed with activities and sights in the summer. Korčula Town, where the ferry arrives, boasts gorgeous architecture, craft shops down winding streets, authentic konobas (local restaurants) and even a cocktail bar in the old watchtower!

Other activities on the island include snorkelling, diving, bike tours, kayaking, beach-hopping, boat trips and, best yet, wine tours!

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Popic Winery in Lumbarda

Lumbarda is Korčula’s wine region, located a 15-minute drive from Korčula Town. If you’re not hiring a car (and you want to drink), catch a local bus, take a wine tour or hire a bicycle.

The countryside region gives the feeling you’ve stepped back in time, with several of the wineries (including my favourite, Popic Winery) overlooking the spectacular scenery.

The grape of choice is Grk, an indigenous white variety only found on Korčula. It’s a female grape pollinated by popular Croatian grape, Plavac Mali. Since supplies only last until August (the islanders cannot grow more grapes in the necessary microclimate) come get it while it’s hot… Or cold, rather!

Browse wine tours in Korčula

How to get to Korčula: although a cheaper Jadrolinija ferry runs, it takes close to 4 hours. It’s best to get the fast boat that takes 2.5 hours. We caught it early in the morning and spent the day on Korčula, taking the return ferry at 6.30pm.

Full day trips from Split

Although you could spend weeks exploring the islands, there’s more to Dalmatia. I had some of my best days out from Split when hiking and visiting waterfalls. It’s a fantastic region for anyone who loves getting immersed in nature!

These next excursions are either inland or coastal locations easily reachable by car, bus or day tour. They include national parks, historic settlements and adventurous hiking destinations…

5. Plitvice Lakes (2.5-hour drive)

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Although this is one of the longer day trips from Split, it’s undeniably popular due to its serene natural beauty. I visited Plitvice National Park from Zagreb but plenty of tours and buses run from Split, especially during the summer.

Plitvice boasts 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls including Croatia’s tallest, Veliki Slap. The park attracts over 1 million tourists a year (most of whom visit between June and August).

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You could visit in every season and experience something different, from an enchanting snow-covered wonderland in winter to roaring waterfalls as the ice melts in spring. October brings red autumnal leaves while summer sees blooming green foliage and brilliant blue waters. It’s truly one of the natural wonders of Croatia, if not the world!

How to visit Plitvice as a day trip: Small group tours start from €60 or you can drive in 2.5 hours or travel by Flixbus. The journey takes 3.5 hours and departs as early as 7am (and returns at 6pm) meaning you can enjoy a full day in the park. Book your Flixbus bus to Plitvice.

6. Krka National Park (1 hour 15 min drive)

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Wonderful Krka National Park is another of Croatia’s most beautiful destinations. It receives 3.5 million annual tourists compared to Plitvice’s 1.1 million, likely due to its closer proximity to tourist cities like Split.

Skradinski Buk is the postcard-worthy waterfall you’ll see photographed everywhere, although the park possesses other gems like Visovac (a 14th-century monastery on an island) and Roski Slap waterfall. See the main falls and move on, or get deeper into the 142 square km wonderland.

In peak season, a scenic boat ride is included in your entry ticket. This costs 200 kuna from June-Sept and 100 from April-May & Oct. The rest of the year, it’s just 50 kuna but includes no boat ride.

Getting to Krka as a day trip from Split: drive or take the Flixbus. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Skradin town from where you can board the ferry (peak season) or walk 1 hour in the park (off-peak) to reach Skradinski Buk, the main set of falls. Alternatively, take an organised day tour with GetYourGuide.

What nat park is best: Krka or Plitvice? You can’t go wrong with either but I really loved walking on the boardwalks at Plitvice. Saying that, Krka is a 1 hour 15 min journey, less than half the distance of Plitvice. Save yourself the commute: you’re on holiday!

Read next: how to take a Krka day trip from Split

7. Čikola Canyon (car needed)

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You won’t find this listed elsewhere as a day trip from Split but, what can I say, on Where Goes Rose? you get the offbeat attractions as well as the tourist hotspots.

Čikola Canyon is technically in Krka National Park but you can enter without passing the payment gates. I didn’t combine it with Krka Falls, instead taking a whole day to hike in the dramatic canyon.

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Winding roads in the canyon

For an easy hike, park near Sibenik Zipline and traverse the surrounds overlooking jaw-dropping scenery. Of course, the most exhilarating way to see the canyon is by ziplining over it! This was closed during my March visit, unfortunately.

You can also try canyoning and rock climbing. We took a hike to a small waterfall with natural pools suitable for bathing beside a sheltered cave complex.

Combine it with Ključica Fortress

Built by the noble Nelipić family in the 13th century, Ključica Fortress was invaded by the Turks who ruled for a few centuries. Since they were kicked out in the 1600s, the fortress has set empty in what’s now Krka National Park.

From the parking area, walk down a stony path to the viewing deck or – for a more adventurous option – hike across the craggy terrain all the way to the ruins.

How to visit Čikola Canyon & Ključica Fortress: You’ll need a car for this one as, to my knowledge, no public transport runs. With your own set of wheels, you can easily combine hiking in the region and visiting the ruins. The drive from Split takes just over 1 hour.

8. Šibenik (1-hour drive)

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St. Nicholas’ Fortress

This charming city on the Adriatic coast is a must for historians, first documented in 1066.

If the most important Renaissance building in Croatia (15th-century Cathedral of St James decorated with 71 sculpted faces) wasn’t enough, there’s St. Nicholas’ Fortress out at sea. On the UNESCO list as part of the ‘Venetian Works of Defence’, it’s accessible by boat from Šibenik.

You could base in Šibenik for several days, exploring nearby Krka National Park, Čikola Canyon and the Kornati Islands. But if you’re short of time – and I’m guessing you are because you’re reading this – take a day trip from Split.

Getting to Šibenik: buses start as early as 5am (although you don’t need to go that early) and return until 10pm. Taking 1.5 hours each way, it’s an affordable and convenient trip.

9. Zadar (1 hour 40 min drive)

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Zadar Old Town

The fifth biggest city in Croatia is Zadar on the central Dalmatian coastline. Uncover 3,000 years of history learning about the Romans who built the city, the Italians who ruled for 400 years (frantically proofing it against the Ottomans), the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Yugoslavia and two wars that saw Zadar destroyed and rebuilt.

My favourite thing about Zadar is sunset by the water. The Sea Organ uses clever vents in the ground to play music, powered by the waves. The Greeting to the Sun, inspired by Alfred Hitchock’s claim that Zadar has the best sunsets in the world, creates nighttime light shows using 300 solar panels that gather light during the day.

The Sea Organ won the 2006 European Award for Urban Public Space and rightly so! The two installations bring locals and tourists of all ages together at sunset. They’re creative, sustainable and free to visit!

Getting to Zadar as a day trip from Split: The drive is two hours by car or Flixbus (which can get you there for 9am). If you have time, stay over because there are lots of excursions from Zadar such as Dugi Otok Island, Kornati National Park, Pag Island and the Velebit Mountains.

Read next: 28 fun things to do in Zadar

10. Pag Island (2-hour drive)

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What’s this, a CHEESE ISLAND?

Well, sort of. Pag Island has a long history of regional trades including salt production (dating back 2,000 years) and lace-making but of course, being the foodie I am, I travelled for cheese!

In the shadow of the Velebit Mountains, Pag isn’t a green and glorious island: it’s sparse and looks like the moon. But it supports 35,000 sheep (to just 8,000 humans) that produce a rich, tasty cheese like no other. It’s even beaten Pecorino and Manchego at the Global Cheese Awards!

As well as the original variety, Paška Sirana make sheep cheese infused with ingredients such as truffle, sage and paprika.

In Pag, you can also learn about salt production and lace-making, wander charming Pag Town and take boat rides around the harbour.

Getting to Pag during a day trip from Split: Pag Town is a 2-hour drive away so it’s a long day but a fun one for cheese lovers. Head towards Zadar and cross Paški most bridge. On reaching the island, it’s a 20-minute drive to Pag Town from where you can see all the main attractions.

11. Imotski (hidden Croatian gem!)

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How many foreign tourists have heard of Imotski, I wonder? With 19 out of 20 million annual tourists visiting the coast, destinations like Imotski (straddling the border of Bosnia & Herzegovina) get overlooked.

Imotski shouldn’t be overlooked, in my opinion, thanks to its mesmerising crater lakes and local wine production. I was lucky enough to take a trip with Cromads, a company focussing on slow travel and Croatian culture.

Things to do in Imotski:

  • Visit the Red & Blue Lakes – these stunning karst lakes were formed by collapsing caves, creating underwater sinkholes. The Red Lake, flanked by 241-metre red cliffs, is one of the deepest lakes in Europe
  • Learn about traditional ways of life and gastronomy from locals at Agroturizam Grabovac village. We had a fantastic time sampling locally-produced herbal alcohol and eating a terrific peka meal: meat and potatoes slow-cooked under a bell-shaped lid
  • Sample local wines at Vinarija Glavota (a cosy underground cellar) and Grabovac (a stylish, modern venue)
  • Sip coffee and enjoy the ambience in Imotski’s main square
  • Climb Topana Fortress for panoramic views of what the BBC voted one of the world’s most beautiful football pitches, carved out of the cliffs.

How to visit: drive, book a wine tour with Cromads, or contact them on any of their channels to custom-book a complete Imotski tour.

12. Makarska (1-hour drive)

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Known as the Makarska Riveria thanks to its beautiful beaches and seafront promenades, this stretch of Dalmatian Coastline is known for food, nightlife (don’t miss Deep Cave Bar, literally inside a cave), beaches, watersports… the list goes on!

Makarska Town is touristic and popular with families so independent travellers may prefer exploring the smaller towns along the Riveria. Hiring a car is the best way to explore points of interest like Makarska Beach stretching for miles and, for those feeling confident, Nugal nude beach.

Other activities in Makarska include watching sunset from the lighthouse on St. Peter’s Peninsula and hiking to St. Jure (the complete route takes 7 hours but you can do just part of it).

For walkers, there’s a lovely coastal walking taking 2.5 hours to…

13. Brela

With beaches galore, you could spend the whole day occupied in Brela. Another option is soaking up the highlights of both Makarska and Brela during a day trip from Split. Basking on Punta Rata beach is the most popular pastime but other things to do in Brela include kayaking and rock climbing.

Getting to Makarska and Brela: Drive or take a bus to Makarska in 1 hour 15 minutes. A better option for the summer months is the catamaran that leaves Split at 7.30am and arrives in Makarska at 9.15am. Getting between Makarska and Brela takes 20 minutes by car or 2.5 hours as a scenic coastal walk.

14. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina (2-hour drive)

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Visiting a whole new country as a day trip may not be an immersive cultural experience but hey, sometimes you’re short of time! Should you wish to explore the highlights of Bosnia & Herzegovina and return to your accommodation before the end of the day, Split and Mostar are just 2 hours apart by road.

Mostar is a beautiful city with cobbled streets, artisan crafts for sale, a UNESCO-listed bridge, Ottoman architecture not limited to impressive mosques, and a whole new cuisine to sample at lunchtime. Read my guide for everything to do and see in Mostar.

Many of the organised day trips from Split also call at charming Počitelj village and spectacular Kravica Falls. When I took a Bosnia & Herzegovina day trip from Dubrovnik in 2017, we had the pools to ourselves, however I can’t promise that’s still going to be the case (still, I’m sure they won’t be as busy as Krka!).

How to get there: Since buses take over 3 hours and the schedules don’t always accommodate for day trips, the hassle-free option is an organised small group tour.

15. Dubrovnik (3-hour drive)

While I personally wouldn’t like to visit Dubrovnik during a day trip (and instead enjoyed spending a week there), I understand everyone has different time restraints. If you’re desperate to see Dubrovnik and only have a day to spare, take a small group day tour to Dubrovnik.

Although Dubrovnik is far smaller than Split, there are realms of entertainment like taking the cable car up Srđ Hill for pano views, spotting Game of Thrones filming sites, relaxing on Banje Beach, walking the City Walls, eating and shopping on the Stradun and getting lost in the backstreets.

How to visit Dubrovnik as a day trip: you can drive in 3 hours although parking may be a problem. GetYourGuide offers day tours from €70 which is probably an easier option. You can also catch an 8am Flixbus arriving in Dubrovnik at 11.45am and departing back to Split at 6.45pm.

Read next: 35 things to do in Dubrovnik

Closeby / half day trips from Split

If you don’t want to invest time and money on a looong day trip, I get it. When you’re on holiday, sometimes you just want to relax. The following day trips are close to Split and require little organisation. If you’re reading this thinking ‘hmn, what should I do today?’, consider…

16. Omiš (30 min drive)

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Omiš may be lesser-known but it was one of the best surprises of my Croatia trip. It’s just a short 30-minute drive (or 22 kuna bus ride) away. You could even squeeze it into a half day trip from Split.

Striking cliffs surround the town, reminding me more of China or Vietnam than Europe! Omiš attracts outdoor adventurers thanks to the activities on offer from ziplining and canyoning in Cetina Canyon to rafting and kayaking on the river.

There are two fortresses you can climb: Tvrđava Mirabela, just a flight of stairs from the town (sadly it was closed for off-season during our April visit.) The other is Starigrad Fortress which requires quite a serious hike. Although Google Maps tells you it’s a 15-minute walk from town, this isn’t true. Don’t try without proper hiking boots, a backpack, sun protection and enough water!

How to get there: Drive or hop on the local bus from Pazar bus station. This journey doesn’t show up online (if you use Google, you’ll be told to take the Flixbus which is irregular) but I can confirm the bus leaves every 30 minutes. Pay 22 kuna at the ticket window or, if it’s closed, to the driver.

17. Wine tasting in Kastela

Did someone say wine? After I inserted a cheese island ^ above, who’s surprised?

After living in Portugal, I’d been thoroughly spoiled by amazing wine and, not knowing much about Croatian wine, didn’t have overly high expectations. It turns out Croatian wine is fantastic! From Pošip (white) to Plavac Mali (red), there are plenty of varieties grown primarily in Dalmatia.

The region of Kastela, a short drive from Split, is a popular wine region. Many companies offer wine tours so you don’t need to worry about transportation or, if you have a designated driver, you can visit the top wineries independently.

Putalj Winery is the most popular producer in the area but you can also visit Perišin Winery, Bedalov Winery and Winery Kovac.

18. Mosor Mountain hike

Remember Omiš, the charming town surrounded by cliffs mentioned above? Well, the whole bus ride there I was marvelling at the mountains running alongside the coast. When I had the chance to go hiking in them, I took it!

Although I actually stayed overnight in a hut in the Mosor Mountains (with freezing temperatures, blowing wind, no electricity and 10 friends I’d met in Split: one of my greatest travel adventures for sure!), it’s an easy day trip from Split.

The two highest peaks are Veli Kabal (1339m) and Vickov Stup (1325m) and a popular hike is to the ridgeway connecting them, boasting views of the sea on one side and more mountain peaks on the other. On the way, stop for a picnic or drinks at Umberto Girometta Mountain house (or stay overnight).

Gornje Sitno is the gateway to the region with parking and bus connections. Before or after your hike, eat or drink at Konoba Svanuće.

How to get there: You can reach these karst mountains by car, public bus from Pazar station (destined for Gornje Sitno, taking 45 mins and costing 17 kuna) or day tour. If you plan to go independently, make sure to go with at least one other person in case you get lost, sprain your ankle etc!

19. Trogir (30 min drive)


One of the easiest ways to tick off a new destination during your Split trip is by heading to Trogir, a gorgeous historical town on an island linked by bridge.

Although you can drive or take a bus to Trogir, leave it on the mainland and explore the characterful alleyways on foot. Every turning reveals a quaint church or authentic konoba (local restaurant).

With architecture from the Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance periods, Trogir has easily bagged a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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The bustling Riva

Getting to Trogir: Drive or board a bus from Split bus station beside the ferry terminal. I didn’t book in advance (although you should in peak season) and paid just €3 to reach Trogir. The drive takes under 30 minutes.

Read next: what to do in Trogir, Croatia

20. Klis Fortress (20 min drive)

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Another excursion that doesn’t require a long commute is Klis, just a stone’s throw (well, if you can throw a stone 11km) from Split.

So, why visit Klis Fortress (also known as Tvrđava Klis)? Perhaps the historical significance? The architectural prowess?

Okay, it’s a Game of Thrones location and that’s why 90% of tourists visit! If you can’t beat em, join ’em 😉

Klis Fortress acted as the city of Meereen in GOT filming. Superfans will relish the chance to spot filming locations, while non-watchers like myself can explore the spectacular medieval fortress with striking views of the surrounding region. Entry is 70 kuna.

How to get to Klis: It’s one of the easiest day trips from Split. Drive, take a public bus for 22 kuna from HNK Bus Stop (although the timetable is incomprehensible; best to ask at the ticket desk when the next journey departs), ride the tourist open top bus or call an Uber for around 100 kuna. There are also Klis tours and Game of Thrones excursions.

21. Park Suma Marjan peninsular

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Suma Marjan Park is right beside the city. If the crowds get too much and you want to clear your head, you can spend anywhere from 20 minutes hiking up to Marjan Viewpoint to a half-day walking around the circumference of the park, stopping aT beaches and viewpoints.

Although you’re barely leaving Split, you’ll feel a million miles from civilisation!

Spinutska Vrata is the best entry point into the park. Meander along pedestrian tracks with ocean views and small beaches and cafes awaiting. After you pass the headland, continue on foot around the other side of the peninsular until you arrive back in town, stopping at Kasjuni Beach and Ježinac Beach.

An easy and free adventure!

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