It's hard to run out of sights to see in Split but if you do, Split makes an excellent base to explore central Dalmatia. The region is easy to explore on your own but for a more personal experience and to save time, consider hiring a private guide who can take you to out-of-the-way places as well as the regional highlights. For a small group tour, I recommend Pelican Tours which provides personalized tours with a local flavour.
It's helpful to have a car in Split but not necessary as Split is well connected by bus with other coastal destinations. Although ferries to the islands radiate out from Split, the ferry schedules and distances make it tricky to use Split as a base for visiting the islands of Hvar, Korcula and Vis. It works better in the summer season and is nearly impossible off-season.
Here are some ideas for day trips from Split:
It's the largest island closest to Split. A number of daily ferries connect Split with Supetar and passenger boats go to Bol. In summer only, it's now possible to take a passenger boat from Split to Milna on Brac Island in the morning, stay the day and return to Split in early evening.
This is another pretty port and beach scenically settled at the foot of mountains and easily accessible by car or bus.
Makarska is a smaller and cuter version of Split with a nice harbourside promenade. Split locals go there on Sunday for a stroll. It's only about an hour by car or bus.
Ramble amid the Roman ruins of this once formidable city that is easily reachable by Split public buses.
This scenic series of coastal villages arose around 15th and 16th-century castles. Enjoy the small-town atmosphere, the castles and the beaches.
Beat a quick retreat from busy Split by taking a ferry to this nearby island.
This architectural gem has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Getting there is a breeze either by car (1/2 hour) or by public bus (3/4 hour)
You'll know it when you see it. The rocks will be towering over you next to the Cetina river. And, it's a quick bus ride from Split.
Kayaking Tour around Marjan Hill, Ciovo or Hvar Island
Whether a short paddle around Marjan Hill, a longer one around Ciovo or a blowout adventure from Hvar Island, this is a dynamite trip for the whole family. More.
Walking Tour of Diocletian's Palace with Trogir option
Both Diocletian's Palace and Trogir are World Heritage Sites with a wealth of culture and history to discover. Why not do it with an expert? More.
Krka Waterfalls Day Tour
Stunning Krka Waterfalls National Park boats 17 emerald-green waterfalls in the midst of forested splendor. Discover them on this tour and bring your bathing suit! Swimming permitted. More.
Plitvice Lakes Day Tour
One of Europe's most celebrated National Parks, Plitvice's 16 lakes linked by roaring cascades is a must on any Croatia itinerary. Because it's a healthy 3-hour drive from Split, booking an organised tour is the most relaxing way to go. More.
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