As the second-largest city in Croatia, Split is an excellent place to base yourself if you want to explore Dalmatia. And while it is a thriving city with an endless amount of things to do, there are a number of places within short reach that make amazing day trips from Split. The region of Dalmatia is one of the most sought-after destinations for modern travellers, and with Split being a major transport hub with great bus connections, it is the perfect place from which to take a day-long excursion.
The towns of Šibenik and Trogir and the breathtaking waterfalls in Krka National Park are all within easy reach of the city and make absolutely perfect day trips from Split!
Day Trips From Split: Krka National Park
One of the most popular day trips from Split is a visit to Krka National Park. A beautiful park in a lush forest, the highlight here would definitely be the absolutely stunning waterfalls! This destination is gaining popularity more and more each year, so you’re most likely going to be unable to avoid large crowds of tourists. This, however, should not be a deterrent. The park and falls are astonishingly beautiful with or without the crowds!
Getting To Krka National Park
The easiest way to get to Krka National Park is by taking a private vehicle. If you’re planning on taking a lot of day trips from Split, I would actually recommend hiring a car, especially if you’re travelling as a couple or group.
Another easy option if you’re travelling solo or don’t want to rent a car is to book a tour for your day trip from Split. These cost an average of €25/person and will take you directly from Split to the national park, with no need to transfer buses along the way.
If you want to go for the ultra-budget option, then I would suggest catching a bus from the main station in Split to the town of Skradin (5 daily) and then catch another bus that will take you to the park itself.
Driving, whether that be by bus or car, the journey takes about 90 minutes from Split to Krka. I would suggest leaving the earliest you can if you want to avoid the crowds.
What To Do In Krka National Park
Besides the scenic hike (on a wooden path) to get to the falls, there is an area where you can swim. I must warn you though, the water is freezing, however, that didn’t seem to stop most people when I was there.
There is also a cafe by the falls/swimming area where you can get food, soft drinks, and beer. It can be very relaxing to lay on a towel and listen to the hammering of the waterfalls — that is if you can drown out the sounds of Aussies on tours!
Day Trips From Split: Sibenik
Šibenik is a small city in northern Dalmatia and a great destination for a day trip from Split. A picturesque and compact city, Šibenik hasn’t quite hit the radar of the tourist hoards yet, but I expect it is only a matter time until it does. Regardless, Šibenik should definitely be on your list as a day trip from Split.
Getting To Sibenik
Šibenik is incredibly well-connected within Croatia and internationally, making it an easy day trip from Split. There are multiple direct buses that leave from Split’s main bus terminal each day and journey only takes about an hour. The ride in and of itself is beautiful, providing excellent views of Croatia’s coastline.
The bus station is also only about a five-minute walk outside of the main city centre, so there is no need for a taxi or other transport means into the city itself.
What To Do In Sibenik
Šibenik is perhaps most famous for its UNESCO-listed St. James’ Cathedral, an impressive cathedral with beautiful Gothic and Rennaissance-style architecture. A statue of Adam and Eve within the cathedral is a curious site, as Adam is depicted covering his chest while Eve is only covering her stomach.
The city itself is quite small and it’s very easy to walk around, making it a great option for a day trip from Split. There are many cafes and restaurants lining King Tomislav’s street, the main street in Šibenik, serving some amazing Croatian cuisine. There are also a number of shops available to browse.
If you’re after some fresh sea air without the crowds of Split, Šibenik is within walking distance of a couple of nice, albeit small, beaches that are perfect for a swim in the warm Adriatic water.
Day Trips From Split: Trogir
Trogir is a charming and historic town that is only about 25 km away from Split’s city centre, making it one of the easiest and best day trips from Split. Due to its proximity to such a major tourist hub, it is a very popular destination and therefore can be packed in peak season, but it is still well worth a visit.
Getting To Trogir
Being within the greater Split metropolitan area, Trogir is incredibly easy to access using the local bus 37. It is located off of the main highway just north of the city, so it is also easy to arrive by car if that is how you plan on getting around whilst in Croatia.
What To Do In Trogir
A bustling harbour town, the quaint old town of Trogir actually occupies a small island. It is easily accessible by a footbridge and a stroll around the island takes about twenty minutes and is definitely recommended.
The old town itself has all the charm of a medieval walled city, though not quite to the scale (or, luckily, the crowds) of Dubrovnik. The town dates back to the 15th century and its small winding alleyways are instantly enthralling.
The promenade along the water has a number of restaurants and cafes and it is very nice to kick back with a cold beverage and watch the boats take passengers to neighbouring islands.
Of course, there are many different places you could go for any number of day trips from Split. Krka National Park, Šibenik, and Trogir are just three of hundreds of lovely places to discover in Dalmatia.
Are you planning any day trips from Split? Have you been? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments below!