Two day trips from Split

Split, with its enchanting old town tucked away in the ruins of an ancient Roman palace, is one of the pearls on Croatia’s glittering Adriatic coast. Croatia’s second largest city is also a good base for day trips to the most spectacular and intriguing castles, national parks, towns and islands in northern Dalmatia.

Krka National Park
The Krka National Park stretches along the 73-kilometre-long Krka River and runs from the Adriatic Sea at Šibenik inland to the mountains of the Croatian interior. It is a magical place of waterfalls and gorges and a wild river that flows through a 200 meter deep ravine. The highlight of the park is a one-hour loop along plank paths that connect the islands in the emerald river and end at the Skradinski Buk, the park’s largest waterfall. The 800-metre-long waterfall drops nearly 46 metres before it plunges into the lower lake. Heading north are the waterfalls of Roški Slap, which you can best visit during a boat trip. They start as shallow steps that turn into branches and islets, and eventually form waterfalls of 23 meters high.

The remoteness of the area attracted monks who set up their monasteries here. The Krka Monastery – peacefully situated above the river – is the most important place of the Serbian Orthodox faith. If you want to take a tour of Byzantine and Mediterranean architecture with a guide from the national park, plan a visit between mid-June and mid-October. The rest of the year you can visit the church and wander the path at the lake.

How to get there
The park has five main entrances – at Skradin, Lozovac, Roški Slap, krka monastery and Burnum – all of which can be reached by car. From Split it is a car ride of about an hour.

Hvar
With historic architecture, beautiful swimming spots and a vibrant nightlife, the beautiful island of Hvar is rightly one of Croatia’s most popular destinations. While it’s definitely worth staying here for at least a night or two, you can also visit Hvar for a day from Split. Take the fast catamaran directly to the town of Hvar, the island’s largest and most enchanting settlement. For the perfect view of the beautiful white buildings with terracotta roofs that surround the square harbor, climb to the settlement wall of the medieval castle that looms high above the city. Then, stroll the atmospheric streets of the old town and don’t skip the island’s delicious traditional fish stew (hvarska gregada) in one of the harbour restaurants.

If you’ve admired the beautiful city, there are countless great ways to spend the rest of your day. Stroll along the promenade looking for a place to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, or take a taxi boat to one of the Pakleni Islands that are just off the coast. If you fancy a more active day offers you can book a half-day kayak, bike or rock climbing tour. An alternative – and to experience the less visited interior of the island – is to make a jeep safari through deserted villages and lavender fields to the highest point of the island, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the entire island.

How to get there
The fastest way to get to Hvar from Split is by catamaran, a trip of just over an hour. In the summer (from June to September) you can leave Split at 8.30 am at the earliest at 8.30 am with Jadrolinija, and you can travel back no later than 21.00 hours. If you want to visit Hvar from Split in a day outside the high season, an organized tour is probably the best option

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