Beyond Split lies a wealth of day trip options waiting to be discovered. Escape to the idyllic Dalmatian hinterland and experience the local customs and country life or pop over to one of the nearby islands and feel the authentic Mediterranean in every sense of the word. Whether heading north or south from Dalmatia's capital, there's plenty to see and do on a day trip from Split.
Salona, the most important archeological site in Croatia, holds many answers and provides the visitors with some valuable information about life in these parts of the Mediterranean. Initially a coastal stronghold and the port of the Illyrian Delmats, the favorable geographic position and good road links to the hinterland contributed to the development of the impressive capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia with around 60 000 inhabitants. Like all major Roman towns, Salona had its baths, basilicas, temples, forum, theater and amphitheater. The once mighty town and a probable birthplace of Roman Emperor Diocletian swiftly declined in its importance in the beginning of the middle ages and was deserted and uninhabited ever since. Exploration and excavations have been carried out since the late 19th century and we have yet to learn the majority of the story behind the place where it all began.
Trogir - The Stone Beauty is an excellent example of over two millennia of urban continuity. Its historic center, within the medieval walls, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Step inside and explore the narrow streets, majestic Cathedral of St Lawrence with the stunning Portal of Radovan, town loggia, palaces and much more in this charming „museum town". It is said that Greek god of happy moment Kairos wanders the streets and if you catch it by its hair you will get your share of happy moments. Try not to miss him!
Island of Brač
Just an hour away by ferry from Split, Brač offers a glimpse into the Mediterranean lifestyle that has remained virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. Škrip, the oldest settlement on the island, hosts a unique olive oil museum where you can try the best oils and local products and learn more about this tree. Next stop is Pučišća, which cherish the most important craft on the island, stonemasonry. Step inside the only Stonemasonry School in the country and see how stone transforms into the works of art in the hands of skilled craftsmen. Bol is the home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Zlatni rat beach, which extends like a tongue nearly half a kilometer into the clear blue sea and changes its appearance according to sea currents. Stop on the highest peak of any Croatian island, Vidova Gora for an incredible view of the nearby islands. A perfect way to end your island excursion!
Step into the world of tradition, undiscovered beauty and incredible tastes that is Dalmatian Hinterland. Just a short drive away from the coast lies one of Croatia's most intriguing and lesser-known regions.
Visit Sinj, where you can discover Alka, an annual knightly tournament celebrating the strength and courage of brave men and women who defended their city from Ottoman onslaught in the 18th century.
Overlooking Split, Klis fortress gives you an incredible view of the entire area, Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. Once the seat of medieval Croatian kings, lately it has become famous for dragons, being one of the filming locations of the Game of Thrones series.
Hidden deep in the Dalmatian background, behind the Biokovo Mountain, Imotski is a small town with characteristic architecture and a Mediterranean climate. However, its most famous attractions are the lakes and nature surrounding it. Crveno jezero (the Red Lake), is the deepest Karst lake in Europe, and Modro jezero (the Blue Lake) is a favorite bathing spot for the locals. They owe its names to the clear waters and specific rocks around them. Imotski is a town that treasures its culture and heritage, so it is a perfect place to feel the atmosphere and experience the local way of life.
Explore the spectacular green beauty of Krka National Park! With its seven waterfalls and unaltered ecosystem, Krka River is a natural phenomenon that offers breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. Visit the old mills that have been turned into small ethnographic museums, stroll through the wooden paths across the river to the famous Skradinski buk waterfall, where you can enjoy a swim with the truly unique backdrop. On route to Split you will drive on probably the most beautiful stretch of the road in all of Croatia. You will get the idea of the way of life in Dalmatia, its beauty and its ruggedness.
The picturesque town of Omiš is situated at the mouth of the Cetina river. In this very small area it is possible to see many cultural and historical sites. Once a haven for local pirates which ruled the Adriatic Sea in the middle ages, Omiš is now best known for its love of culture and heritage, and an annual stage of Festival Klapa, a festival dedicated to traditional Dalmatian a cappella singing. And for those who like active holidays, you can enjoy rafting on the Cetina river, free climbing, paragliding, scuba diving, sailing, beach volleyball, tennis, etc.