Things to do in
Split

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From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

1. From Split & Trogir: 5 Islands Day Trip with Blue Cave Entry

Visit 5 of Croatia’s islands in style with a fun-filled day trip by speedboat. Head on an adventure where you explore caves, swim and snorkel, and discover Dalmatian towns.  Choose either Trogir or Split as your starting point. And best of all, choose from either a small-group or private experience.  Cruise on a 90-minute speedboat journey to reach the island of Biševo where the Blue Cave is located. Hop into a smaller local boat and explore the stunning Cave from the inside and admire its vibrant blue glow.  Continue next to the island of Vis. Explore the village of Komiža with 1 hour of free time. Discover the traditional Dalmatian fishing village with its narrow streets, pebble beaches, and inviting promenade.   Swing by Stiniva Cove next, accessing the cove at the sunniest time of the day for a quick 15-minute dip. Then head to Budikovac Island for your next activity: snorkeling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. Borrow the snorkeling gear onboard to enjoy a relaxing hour-long dip here, or even a refreshment on the beach. Last up is a visit to Hvar, with some free time to eat lunch and do some sightseeing in the picturesque port city. Highlights include the historic town center and the Španjola Fortress’ views of the Pakleni Islands. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are then transported back to Split or Trogir.

From Split: Krka National Park Day Trip with Boat Ride

2. From Split: Krka National Park Day Trip with Boat Ride

Make the most of your time in Croatia with a day trip to Krka National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful natural hotspots. See everything from waterfalls to medieval towns along the way.  Meet your guide and driver in Split before heading out to Skradin. Catch a relaxing boat ride to Krka National Park from here, with guaranteed unforgettable vistas on the way.   Once on the other side, benefit either from a roughly 1-hour complimentary guided tour of Krka, or the freedom to explore on your own. Either way, enjoy extra time after the optional guided tour to explore.  Whether it’s of flowing waterfalls at Skrandinski Buk, or historical flour mills, or wood trails, snap some photo opportunities of the unbelievable scenic views in front of you.  If you are traveling during the high season (June-September), board a bus to the postcard-worthy town of Primošten. Enjoy a couple of hours in this medieval island town to swim, chill, eat, sample wine tasters, or take a scenic stroll.  Some of Croatia’s best-voted beaches are native to Primošten, and its vineyards are even on the UNESCO World Heritage sites’ waiting list. During the low season, when the weather is too cold for swimming, visit the picturesque city of Šibenik, famous for its impressive historical fortresses and known as a gateway to the National Park Kornati. Finish off the day with a transfer back to Split in time for the early evening.

Split: Blue Lagoon 3 Islands Boat Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

3. Split: Blue Lagoon 3 Islands Boat Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Set sail from Split for a relaxing day on the water. Soak in the beautiful Dalmatian sun, the fresh breeze of the Adriatic Sea with local flavors onboard. Enjoy a warm welcome by the crew and settle in on the boat. Cruise between beautiful beaches and bays. After a relaxing boat ride with panoramic views of Split, reach your first destination of the day, Nečujam Bay. This protected spot at the Green Island of Šolta has calm waters. Famous for a sunken ship, enjoy the opportunity to swim and snorkel around the shipwreck. Head to the east side of Veli Drvenik Island to Blue Lagoon where you will find turquoise waters and sandy beaches. Have a home-cooked lunch on board. Then, jump into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim or sunbathe, enjoying the exclusive access to the private beach. During June/September your final destination is Dalmatian village Maslinica on Solta island. Swim and snorkel in the waters, have a coffee or ice cream, or just walk around this small village. During July/August your final destination is a charming cove called Duga, known for its crystal clear waters. Keep a look out to spot dolphins during the boat ride. Enjoy the south side of Čiovo Island while cruising back to Split.

Split: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands

4. Split: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands

Begin with a relaxed cruise on a mega catamaran to the beautiful Brač Island. Enjoy a snack and the all-inclusive drinks on board, and stop for a swim in crystal-clear waters. Upon arrival, visit the town of Hvar, where a guide will take you sightseeing and show you the most important attractions of the old town. After the tour, you'll have about an hour to continue exploring on your own. Then it will be time to experience the amazing Pakleni Islands and stop for a swim in one of the hidden bays. It will also be time to enjoy a Summer Blues chicken salad. On the sail back to Split, enjoy another swimming stop off Brač Island. Afterward, fresh fruit and home cakes will be served on board. Enjoy the dance music and a drink during the sunset for the perfect ending to this excursion.

Cetina River: Rafting & Cliff Jumping Tour

5. Cetina River: Rafting & Cliff Jumping Tour

Choose to get picked up from your hotel by selecting the option with transfers or meet your guide at the picnic area in Luka where you can park your vehicle. From there, go with a van or minibus to the start point of the rafting trip. At the start, get to know your river guide as they help you choose the appropriate equipment. Your guide will remain with you in the boat for the whole journey. After a short safety talk, embark on your 3-hour rafting along the 9-kilometer route of one of the most beautiful Croatian rivers. See rapids, waterfalls, caves and quiet parts of the river which are rich in flora and fauna. Along the way, take the opportunity to participate in other optional activities like swimming or rock jumping. The cliffs are up to 5 meters high and the river is 6 meters deep at the jumping spot. Finish your tour at a small beach where you can change clothes and have a drink. The parking area where you left your vehicle is just nearby.

From Hvar: Blue Cave, Vis and Pakleni Speedboat Tour

6. From Hvar: Blue Cave, Vis and Pakleni Speedboat Tour

After meeting the crew and your fellow travelers in Hvar Harbor, set sail towards the island of Vis in a speedboat. Your first stop is at the Green Cave on the small islet of Ravnik. Spend time admiring the naturally green-tinted water of the natural phenomenon before heading to Stiniva Beach.  Enjoy free time to swim in Stiniva's crystal-clear waters or admire the huge cliffs of the bay. Head to the mesmerizing Blue Cave on Bisevo Island. Let your breath be taken away as you admire the blue lighting effect of the cave created by the reflection of the sun on the sandy seafloor. Next, head to Budikovac Island for snorkeling or sunbathing at the Blue Lagoon. Finally, visit the most popular Pakleni Island, Palmizana. Break for lunch at one of the beach's many restaurants, relax at a beach bar or enjoy one last swim before the journey back to Hvar.

From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music

7. From Split: Sunset Cruise with Live Music

This two-hour cruise starts with sailing beneath the breathtaking green oasis of Marjan hill, the symbol of Split. Then, continue towards the bay of Kaštela where you can enjoy the panorama of the mountains that surround Split, the views of several marinas and the most important institution for all Split citizens, the amazing stadium of the local football club “Hajduk”. Afterwards, sail to the new part of the town, where you can view several city beaches as the sun sets behind the town, creating an idyllic atmosphere. Enjoy your time on board and be entertained by live music on the open deck where your experienced crew will serve you drinks during the whole cruise.

Split: Blue Lagoon and 3 Islands Speedboat Tour

8. Split: Blue Lagoon and 3 Islands Speedboat Tour

Set sail on the Adriatic Sea with this half-day speedboat tour from Split. Cruise between beautiful beaches and bays. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Laganini Beach Club. Swim or snorkel in the glittering Blue Lagoon. Explore the historic city of Trogir. Hop onboard a boat and meet your skipper. Discover some of the most fascinating destinations in the middle of the Adriatic. After enjoying a relaxing boat ride and panoramic views of Split, reach your first destination of the day, Laganini Beach Club on Čiovo island. Enjoy white sand, beach bars and pine trees. After exploring this club, take a boat ride to Blue Lagoon. Greet the turquoise sea and sandy beaches. Jump straight into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim. Dive to explore the rich marine life underwater. Hit the sun deck to sunbathe and relax. Head to your final destination, the historic town and harbor of Trogir. This city-island is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak in the breathtaking views of the Central Dalmatian coast and islands while cruising back to Split.

Split: Zip Line Adventure

9. Split: Zip Line Adventure

Begin with a complete safety briefing and demonstration of techniques conducted by a certified guide, who accompany you throughout your adventure. The tour itself is via a series of decks and platforms, connected by traverses, mounted on rocks and reefs. Experience a breath-taking view of Dalmatia inland and the Adriatic Sea on an exhilarating series of zip line canopy rides. Starting in the heart of the mountain Kozjak, fly along ziplines across mountains and over forests. Fly through the mountain with a new perspective as you explore this beautiful part of Dalmatia. 

From Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

10. From Split: Blue Cave, Vis & Hvar Full-Day Trip by Speedboat

Speed around the Dalmatian coast on an adrenaline-fueled speedboat ride. See beaches like Stiniva, landmarks like the Blue Cave, and go snorkeling in pristine blue waters. Meet your skipper and the group at the tour partner's office on Riva, city promenade. Hop on a speedboat and enjoy a 90 minute thrilling ride from Split to Biševo Island to the highlight feature, the Blue Cave. With its silvery-blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone, it leaves nobody indifferent. Stiniva was declared the most beautiful beach in Europe in 2015. Your next destination is a small paradise on earth situated between 3 islets, Blue Lagoon on Budikovac island. Blue lagoon is a favorite destination for many guests on the Blue cave tour (own expense). Beautiful clear sea, beach, and a small bar make this place a perfect place to take a swim or snorkel, laze on the beach, or stroll on the pretty island. The crew will provide you with snorkeling equipment. Swimming is not allowed in the Blue Cave. The next location will leave you breathless - it is time for Pakleni islands. Pakleni islands are a group of small islands (approx. 20 of them) around island of Hvar. The most popular is Palmižana which is located on the Klement island. It is a sandy inlet in the shade of the old pines. There you have free time for lunch, swimming, snorkeling or exploring the island. The final destination is the town of Hvar, Dalmatia’s trendiest destination and an island with more than 2500 years of rich history. You will visit Hvar town and the things that make this town so special are historical – cultural heritage, fortress on the top of the town (20 min to get up) with the best view of town Hvar, its surrounding sea, many cool bars and restaurants, and much more. You will have some free time to explore the town and get lost in the small narrow streets like locals do. To end your trip, hop back on a speedboat and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Adriatic sea while you cruise towards Split.

Frequently asked questions about Split

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Planning Your Visit

  • Take the bus

    The trains aren’t as reliable in this part of Europe, but don’t be afraid of the local buses. They’re clean, safe, and amazingly well connected.

  • Talking on the Phone While Driving Is Illegal

    If you do rent a car, be aware that laws, especially about talking on the phone, are strictly enforced. And if you prefer automatic cars, be sure to let the rental company know while booking.

  • Be Careful Before You Show Some Skin

    It’s totally cool to go topless at most of these beaches, but use discretion. Ninety percent of Croatians are Catholic and some islands are still very religious, like Vrbnik, for example.

Good to know

  • Language
    Croatian
  • Currency
    Croatian Kuna (kn)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +385
  • Best time to visit
    July and August are popular months to visit for the beach weather, but if you can go before the season gets underway, you can find lower prices, fewer crowds, and some great festivals.

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What people are saying about Split

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,515 reviews

Started at a perfect meeting spot. We walked as a group to a minibus. The bus was comfortable. Rode to the national park. Details were given to us about the park and where to meet afterward. The park was so beautiful and relaxing. A boat took us to a cute, small town where we ended the day. There was an optional wine and olive oil tasting, but I did not choose to do that. Had a memorable day and so glad to have done this tour.

Great experience. Mario was an amazing guide. Waterfalls were stunning and because of Mario organisation we get to avoid the crowds. I was not bold enough to swimm but others did. Olive oil tasting was the perfect ending of the trip.

Very knowledgeable guide (Rudi) who made the trip very enjoyable. Good balance of time spent with the guide and alone. And many thanks to the driver also (G.)!

was such a great day out. the tour guide was fantastic, the scenery was beautiful and the wine tasting tour was well worth it. all in all a great day

The trip was well balanced with rest, walking, photo opportunities and information about Croatia and the parks.