Best Day Trips from Split
Best Day trips from Split
A 17-century old establishment, Split started from a palace of the Roman Emperor to a culturally and traditionally rich city that it is today. An exceptionally long, glorious history has left magnificent marks, because of which the people living here proudly assert that it is the best city in the world. A city like Split, where tourists and locals visit the same restaurants, parks and hotels, will never make you feel like a stranger. Once there, you will be bound to blend in with the rhythm of this magnificent place. Interestingly, Split has quietly contributed a lot to the world. A dozen of gold medallists call Split their home. This peninsular beauty hosts numerous worldwide events such as the Ultra Europe Festival, whereas there are ample of major attraction owing to its tremendous architectural beauty and diverse geography. So after you are done exploring all that this wonderful city has to offer, here are some of the best day trips from Split to give your Croatian vacay a final touch:
Those on a spiritual sojourn to Croatia will definitely have this one high up their charts! Medjugorje is more of a pilgrimage for Catholics and all those who believe in Virgin Mary, after the town’s kids sought to have encountered her back in 1981. Visit the St. James Church or climb up the Apparition Hill to experience the long maintained mysticism. Other than that, the village hosts a peaceful charm for spiritual renewal and growth. Medjugorje is a 3 hour bus ride away from Split. A car drive would get you there in much shorter time. Don’t forget to carry your passports, as you will be crossing the borders from Croatia to Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Gorgeous beaches, clear skies and romantic sunsets replete with swanky hotels and elegant restaurants serving gourmet seafood and a vibrant nightlife- so much for one little isle! The sunniest spot in the country offers an extra dose of luxury, just a few miles away from Split. Get set to rub shoulders with affluent yachties and countless youth partiers in the beach area. For a subdued and low-key day off, try Stari Grad and Jelsa. Then, as you unravel the interiors of the city, you will encounter the most gorgeous vineyards, lavender fields and craggy peaks. Take a 2 hour ferry ride from Split harbour to reach Stari Grad; then another half an hour ride to the island of Hvar. The luxury travellers can rent a catamaran too.
Perched with pride on the Dalmatian coast is the bewitching port town of Bol, an attractive old town built up of small stone houses and streets dotted with pink and purple geraniums. You may not find a ‘touristy’ tagged spot here, but the whole isle casts a spell on you! Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is the major hotspot here, a pebbly beach that appears to be ‘leaking’ in the Adriatic sea. Hosting loads of sun-bathers and windsurfers in summers, this one’s can compete for the best beaches across Europe! To make the most of your day trip, rent a bike in Bol and print its detailed Bike map; you’ll be downright thrilled! A 50 minute ferry ride from Split will get you to the main town of the island, Supetar.
4. National Park Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice lakes boast a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most famous National Park in Croatia. With 16 Upper and Lower Lakes, 2 waterfalls and a number of endemic species, this NP features a wonderfully restored natural setting where you can hike or boat-ride around. Walk amidst clouds of butterflies that swing above the 18 km long wooden footbridges snaking around the tumbling waters. Note that swimming is prohibited in any of the lakes here. Buses are the most economical mode of transportation, and get you there in 4 hours. You can even self-drive there or rent a taxi and drive till the exit of the Plitvice National Park.
5. Krka National Park
The largest National Park in Croatia hosts two rivers traversing through its interiors, creating a number of waterfalls. The best part here is that you can swim in several bases of waterfalls here and enjoy nature at its finest! After you have unravelled the gush and noise of waterfalls, the tranquil isle of Visovac is sure to amaze you. All the 5 main entrances of the park are accessible by car; so you can easily plan a road trip from Split. Buses take about an hour and a half to reach the Park.
Sit in the medieval walls of a tiny isle, Trogir is linked by bridges to both the mainland and the Ciovo Island. This 13th century Old Town has managed to restore most of its beautiful Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Gravitate to the wide seaside promenade after you are done exploring the quaint cobbled streets. Trogir is stationed very close to the Split harbour, hardly a 30 minute drive away. You can even get there by bus in the same time. Other than that, you can indulge in a small sailing trip in the Bura Line Boat that gets you there in an hour’s time.
You’ll find it hard to depart from this city so packed with things to see inside and around. So after a ravishing journey to this land of everything, you’ll understand and agree with the words, “There is no place like Croatia”.