The second-largest city in Croatia, Split, is the right balance of ancient history and modern life making it a perfect travel destination. Although the city itself has plenty to offer, its location allows you to visit some of the many attractions nearby on a day trip. Tours are great when you want to avoid hundreds of thousands of tourists, moreover, some of the places are easier to explore with an organized tour. So looking for the best day trips from Split? We got you covered. Get ready to explore and make lasting memories; don’t forget to bring your camera!
Blue Cave & 5 islands – full day trip
Undoubtedly one of the best day trips from Split and the most sought-after tour is the outrageously amazing Blue Cave & 5 islands tour. Spend a full day at sea and visit some of the most beautiful Croatian islands and testify to the natural phenomenon of the Blue Cave located on Bisevo island; see it bathed in aquamarine light as the sunlight reflects through the sea bottom at just the perfect time. Along the day you’ll be island hopping to the following locations:
- Vis – Visit Stiniva Beach that has been voted the most beautiful beach in Europe. See the flawlessly formed white pebble cove with towering cliffs that has just a small opening that leads out to the sea. The clear blue sea and deep natural bay reveal itself right before your eyes.
- Budikovac – Enjoy the quietness and beauty of this distant island which is a representation of everything Dalmatian. The untouched nature and clear blue sea are perfect for swimming and snorkeling and if you’re lucky underwater pictures with the fish under the sea. So, take a deep breath and enjoy exploring the blue lagoon!
- Paklinski – If this day wasn’t already magical enough, you will get to explore a group of Pakleni islands. Located here are the top naturists sandy beaches where you can beach bum it while smelling various exotic plants. Relax and enjoy your free time exploring or grabbing a bite of Croatian cuisine.
- Hvar – To complete the day, the lively and sunniest island, rich with cultural heritage. Plenty of historical sites, beaches, and bars, as well as restaurants. Hvar island’s fortress overlooks the town, it’s a picture-perfect view to snap your social media worthy pictures. This city will surely keep you entertained so manage time wisely!
Blue Lagoon – half day tour from Split
Blue Lagoon is another great option for day trips from Split. Jump on a 45-minute speedboat ride and enjoy this half-day tour to the Blue Lagoon between the islands of Krknjasi and Drvenik. This is one of the shortest trips to a popular attraction if you want to escape the bustle of Split’s crowds for some hours.
Since there are no coral reefs in Croatia it isn’t your typical blue lagoon, rather it is formed between smaller islands which are separated by the shallow lagoon between them that is, hence, called blue lagoons.
It is the perfect trip for relaxation where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling where you can see different kinds of fishes and other sea animals. The shallow water inside the lagoon is perfectly clear that you can easily see all the way to the bottom of the sea.
You have time to enjoy the panoramic views of the untouched nature before heading to the ancient city of Trogir, an ideal location to explore. It is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic in central Europe for its Venetian architecture. If you love photography, this is the place to capture perfect photos with its beautiful architecture and stunning views of the sea surrounded by palm trees.
Krka Waterfalls National Park – full day trip from Split
Nature lovers will enjoy one of the best day trips from Split to Krka National Park. It is the seventh national park in Croatia with its magnificent seven travertine waterfalls. Take a full day, 10-hour, organized tour to Krka National Park, one of the most stunning hidden gems, and see the amazing phenomenon any day of the week.
From Split, you will be taken to the romantic city of Primosten, just an hour away, where you will see crystal clear water, enjoy amazing beaches and get to experience the atmosphere of a small traditional Dalmatian city. Next, you head for 30 min to the beautiful city of Sibenik where you get to witness the magnificent St Jacob’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a walk through the city. It is the oldest Croatian native city and is filled with many stone palaces making it a wonderful place for sightseeing.
Lastly, off to Krka to explore the park’s many wonders. The natural beauty that you are surrounded by is breathtaking and picture-worthy. The region is untouched and consists of one or more well-preserved ecosystems. There are several types of different habitats, with eighteen different species of fish, over 800 species of plant life and varied flora and fauna that can be found so it is no wonder that the wildlife is incredible. If visiting during peak season when the temperatures are right, you will get to experience swimming under the Skradinski Buk waterfalls. This is a must-see for visitors to Croatia.
Plitvice Lakes National Park – full day trip
This is one of the most unique and gorgeous places you can visit among other day trips from Split. It takes around a three-hour drive in a brand-new minibus. When arriving you receive admission to the park and a guide will take you to explore all the best parts through trails and charming wooden bridges.
You will see different levels of lakes, hiking trails, waterfalls that when all put together leaves such an impression on you. You will get to witness the magnificent beauty of sixteen interconnecting lakes and over ninety waterfalls and around every turn is an additional beautiful view with colors that fluctuate from emerald green to turquoise to deep blue.
You get to enjoy a half-hour electric boat ride through the biggest lake in the park called “Donja Jezera,” where it leads you to the tallest waterfall in Croatia, Great Waterfall (78 meters). You will have one final stop for lunch where you can reminisce on all the stunning sights you just witnessed.
Dubrovnik “Pearl of the Adriatic” – one day trip
One of the most popular destinations amongst tourists and the fact that its old town was a shooting scene of HBO’s The Game of Thrones doesn’t make it the only reason it is a must-see. Dubrovnik is tranquil yet bursting with activities. It has retained its natural beauty and is as old as the 7th century. Sightsee the Franciscan Church and Monastery as well as the oldest pharmacy in Europe. The city is surrounded by fortifications and ancient walls that make it such a fantasy land.
” Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” – George Bernard Shaw
There are so many amazing islands, national parks, and surrounding cities that are easily accessible as a day trips from Split. Complete your amazing vacation with any of those trips, you won’t be disappointed!
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