Note: These Day Trips from Split are part of my Tour Guide’s Super-Guide to Croatia. Click to see the rest, and for some preliminary Croatia info that would be useful for this guide!
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the capital of the Dalmatian Coast. It contains one of the busiest harbors in Europe and is a hub to the rest of Croatia. Split is centered around an incredible Ancient Roman Palace, but the rest of the city is mostly suburbs, leaving the city with not as much to do as one would expect from such a well-known Croatian coastal city. However, as I always say, Split is perfect for basing oneself for many different day trips around the south Croatian coast. There are lots of amazing islands, national parks, and surrounding cities that make perfect day trips from Split, and I have listed the best ones below!
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DAY TRIPS FROM SPLIT:
There are some smaller islands and national parks that are all accessible as day trips from Split, often on an organized bus/minibus tour. I think day tours are some of the easiest ways to access different points of interest from a central Croatian city so be sure to check out these Split day trip ideas.
Blue Caves Day Trip
Many travel agencies will sell you day trips to the Blue Cave on Biševo island, just off of Vis Island. The cave is blue because there is a section of an almost entirely enclosed cave where the rock dips just a few feet below sea level, and the sunlight shines right through the crystal clear water and illuminters the whole cave in a blue glow.
It was discovered a few hundred years ago through a small crack in the cave wall, and they have since blown a bigger (but still very tiny and only accessible via tiny boat) entrance to take tourists inside.
The cave is absolutely stunning and serene, but just know that you will take a little boat inside and be in there for about 5 minutes to take photos and it could be a long wait. I would say it’s worth seeing, though!
This tour here takes you from Split to the Blue cave, Vis island, the amazing Stiniva cove, the Green Cave, and Hvar island in one day. It’s a great way to see it all if you have less time!
Some blue cave trips (like the one above) will also stop at Vis island, which is gorgeous. Check my Guide to Vis to learn more about what there is to see on Vis, including two amazing little towns, beautiful swimming spots, fortresses, good food, and even military tours that show you the huge military history of the island. It’s popular to rent scooters on and zoom between little towns, mountains, and secluded coves. It’s great for a day trip from Split, or maybe one night if you are in time to catch some nightlife.
Can you BELIEVE that when I came here to Krka National park 4 years ago, I got a photo of myself in the water with NO ONE in the background?!?😱 (if you look far enough back in my feed you will find it!) Croatia's tourism has boomed SO much in the past four years and it has been crazy/exciting/depressing to see it escalate with my own eyes. I was the first of people I know to visit Croatia and now I feel that everyone I know has been! It's good for the country but not when there's so many people you can't move (like Krka was this day!) I honestly didn't recognize a thing from Krka, it had changed so much in 4 years. #krka #krkanationalpark #croatia
Krka National Park
This is one of the two famous ‘waterfall parks’ in Croatia, and this one is closer to Split. Krka is a stunning national park with cascades of waterfalls, and an area that you can swim in. There are some trails to walk around, a few restaurants and gift shops, and many places to lay out and get some sun. Many day trips from Split to Krka will take you to other scenic areas and viewpoints in the park as stops on the tour.
I did a Krka trip from Split like this one here and recommend it as the best way to see Krka.
Šibenik is a lovely coastal town a few hours north of Split and very close to Krka National Park. There’s a beautiful old town, great little restaurants, and a cathedral to explore. The tour above actually also stops in Šibenik, as many day trips from Split to Krka do.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Perhaps the most well-known (and most overrun by tourists) of Croatia’s national parks, Plitvice (plit-veet-zay) is the massive waterfall park with acres of beautiful blue water and waterfalls all over the place. You could spend all day walking from one end of this park to the other, and discover hundreds of beautiful waterfalls. It is massive and has loads of areas to explore and boardwalks to peruse across the turquoise waters.
You can see Plitvice as a tour from Split or as a tour from Zagreb, it’s pretty much equi-distant.
Omiš is less than an hour south of Split, and is the adventure capital of Croatia’s south coast. It is here that the majestic Cetina river winds through its final stone mountain peaks and emerges into the Adriatic Sea. The mountains are very high here, and mountains + the river = some amazing adventures.
The best adventure in Omiš in my opinion is Zip Lining. I have been zip lining all over the world and this is by far the best! You can also rock climb, go river rafting, try canyoning, and hike up to a fortress with a magical view. Check my super guide to Croatia for more info on Omiš!
Mostar and Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bosnia & Herzegovina is an absolutely beautiful country right next door to Croatia, and can also be visited as a (long) day trip from Split. This Trip to Mostar and Medigorje leaves from Split or Trogir and visits two of the most cultural places in Bosnia… well, technically they are both in the ‘Herzegovina’ side! Bosnia is a muslim country and is much more similar to Turkey than mediterranean Croatia, and is gorgeous to visit. Mostar is home to the beautiful ‘old bridge,’ and Medugorje is a fascinating religious site.
Hvar might be the place on here I most strongly recommend as more than a single day trip from Split, but in that it’s only a 1.5 hour catamaran from Split, it’s very doable as one. Hvar island has a main town (Hvar Town) and a few other tiny little charming towns along the coast as well. If you only have one day I would go to Hvar town and maybe Stari Grad if you have more time. To see all my recommendations of what to do in Hvar as one of many day trips from Split, read my guide to Hvar here.
Brač is one of the largest Adriatic Islands and the closest to Split – it’s the big island you can see from everywhere in Split! Brač is the most well known for the white stone quarried there and used not only all over Croatia but all over the world. If you are to visit one place in Brač, go to the famous triangular beach called Bol, and the biggest town, Supetar. There are many secluded coves, vineyards, and tiny towns all over! This catamaran tour visits some great points of interest on the island.
Šolta is a smaller island almost connected to Brač, that is most known for its olive oil. It’s very secluded and seemingly remote while only a short ferry ride from Split. Discover Šolta tour agency offers olive oil tours of the island, which are a great idea for a foodie.
A Day at Sea: Diving in Split
Although it’s not the most popular activity in Croatia, diving is actually amazing in this country due to the incredibly clear water. Split Walking Tour organizes half-day dives off Split’s coast for those who want to explore the underwater world as well.
Makarska is another half hour past Omiš and is actually one of my favorite places in the whole country. It’s a little city at the base of the tallest mountains on the Croatian coast, and has all sorts of water sports, swimming spots, cliff jumping, and great food and nightlife. Check my Croatia Super-Guide for more info on Makarska.
Trogir is just north of Split – perhaps closer to the airport than Split itself – and it yet another gorgeous coastal old town to explore. There are many tours of Trogir (like this one from Split), and many of the above tours will actually leave interchangeably from Split or Trogir! Find out what works best for you to book and plan accordingly.
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