Day trips from Split, Croatia

Split is the perfect place to set yourself up for a sightseeing trip of Croatia. The city is a quick boat ride away from the islands of Brac and Solta, a short drive from the historical towns of Salona and Trogir, and is a great starting point for an excursion to Dubrovnik along the Southern Dalmatian coast.

Day trips from Split, Croatia © Ante Zubovic - Croatian Tourist Board
Day trips from Split, Croatia © Ante Zubovic - Croatian Tourist Board

Day trips from Split, Croatia

Thanks to the increase in flights and holiday deals to Split in Croatia, it's easier than ever to explore this port city with its marble promenade, Italian-flavoured streets and piazzas, and quaint surrounding beaches. Take advantage of the city's location to see these fabulous sights by heading out on a select few day trips from Split.

Trogir

Aerial view of the historic island of Trogir © Damir Fabijanic - Croatian Tourist Board
Aerial view of the historic island of Trogir © Damir Fabijanic - Croatian Tourist Board

The historic city of Trogir, filled with Romanesque churches and Renaissance and Baroque architecture, is just a 45-minute bus ride away from Split. The UNESCO World Heritage Site sits on a small island connected to the mainland by a short bridge. After you've explored the maze-like streets of the Old Town and seen the magnificent 13th-century Venetian cathedral, you can spend the day relaxing along the Riva (harbour front) sipping Croatian wine at a café or restaurant.

Salona

History and archeology lovers will enjoy a short trip to Salona. Salona (or Solin) became the capital of Dalmatia after the Roman conquest, and is just 5 km away from Split. The ancient Roman ruins are unique to the area, and make up the largest archaeological park in Croatia. Visitors can explore sights like old mills from the 18th century, and the source of the Jadro River, which provides water to Split and its surroundings.

Makarska Riviera

If you don't want to head straight for one of Croatia's islands, you can still have a relaxed beach holiday by heading down the coast to the Makarska Riviera. The riviera is 60 km long and lines the foothills of the dramatic Mount Biokovo. So, besides swimming in the clear waters of the Adriatic, you can do some hiking or cycling as well. The riviera's pebble beaches are lined with pine and olive trees while the main square is filled with restaurants and an open-air market. Be sure to stop at a konoba, a traditional coastal restaurant, to try the local cuisine.

Dubrovnik

The journey down the coast from Split to Dubrovnik regularly makes the list of the top 10 drives in the world for its views along the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik is a few hours' drive away from Split, but can be made into a day trip with careful planning.

The medieval walled city of Dubrovnik - © photo courtesy of Croatian Tourist Board
The medieval walled city of Dubrovnik - © photo courtesy of Croatian Tourist Board

The city's Old Town is the main draw: Renaissance architecture and red-tiled roofs are quintessential Dubrovnik views. Visitors to the city can make their way up to Mount Srd to see the fortress built by Napoleon. The top of Mount Srd also makes a wonderful vantage point for watching the sunset over the sea.

Solta Island

Solta Island only has a population of 1,500 which makes it an excellent place to get away from other more tourist-heavy islands. Just an hour away from Split by ferry, you'll be dropped off in the town of Rogac where you can easily hire a bicycle to explore some of the nearby villages. If it's a relaxing retreat you're after, there are coves, bays, and beaches on the coast where you can picnic and sunbathe in peace.

Brac Island

Looking south from the highest point on Brac © Tommaso Lizzul - Fotolia.com
Looking south from the highest point on Brac © Tommaso Lizzul - Fotolia.com

Brac is the largest and liveliest of the Dalmatian group of islands and its popularity means you'll have an easy time finding a way over there. Brac is great for an active holiday: windsurfing, diving, and stand up paddle-boarding can all be found along the southern part of the island. Zlatni Rat beach is arguably the island's most popular attraction, but you can also head over to the pretty harbour town of Supetar. Visit the 18th-century Church of Annunciation to see its dramatic mosaics.

Bisevo Island

Bisevo Island is home to one of Croatia's most unique natural beauties: the Blue Cave. Just 5 km southwest of Vis, you'll be impressed by the limestone cave that glows blue at certain times of the day. Spend the rest of the day discovering Bisevo's other 25 caves or head to neighbouring Vis and stop in Rukavac for a meal. Most boat tours will also include a visit to another colourful cave, the Zelena Špilja, which glows an emerald green colour.

Blue Cave on Bisevo Island © Minestrone - Wikimedia Commons
Blue Cave on Bisevo Island © Minestrone - Wikimedia Commons

With a bit of planning and a few day trips from Split, your extra effort will be rewarded with the discovery of Croatia's many features: a hip cultural scene alongside diverse, unspoilt nature, and preserved ancient architecture. Fancy trying these day trips for yourself? Don't miss offers on flights and holidays from the likes of British Airways, Balkan Holidays and Jet2holidays, while other savings on car hire and hotels can be found in our travel deals section.

Alyssa James

Alyssa James
Posted on Wednesday 13th April 2016 in: City Europe Excursions

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