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With its sublime setting and walled old town, Dubrovnik is a natural choice for visitors to Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. But the UNESCO-listed city isn’t the only Dalmatian destination worth your time. Consider taking a day trip to explore the region’s historical remains, scenic islands, and hideaway coves. Here are some of the best nearby destinations.
Split Day Trips
The biggest city in Dalmatia, Split spreads out along the Adriatic coast. Most day trips include walking tours of the Roman-era remains of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO-listed site that dominates the city’s old town, as well as free time so you can explore the bustling seafront promenade at your leisure and sit down for a lunch of fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea.
Dalmatian Coast Day Trips
When it comes to day tours along the coast, lots of varied experiences are available. Travel by vehicle to the beautiful Konavle Valley, where you can taste malvasia white wines and explore the waterfront harbor town of Cavtat. Other overland day tours venture to mainland destinations such as the walled town of Ston, the Trsteno Arboretum, and the quaint village of Orašac, and include tastings of olive oil, meats, cheeses, and fresh seafood.
Dalmatian Island Day Trips
Day trips often take passengers island-hopping around the Dalmatian islands. The largest three of the Elafiti Islands—Koločep, Šipan, and Lopud—are common stops on island-hopping itineraries. Also popular are Lokrum, a forested island just a 10-minute ride from Dubrovnik, and Korčula Island, known for its medieval walled town and vineyards. Boat tours usually include free time on the island for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, as well as sea kayaking and other activities.
Things to Know
Split is about 143 miles (230 kilometers) from Dubrovnik.
Day tours from Dubrovnik along the Dalmatia Coast typically run between six and 12 hours. Day tours to Split can be even longer, lasting 13–14 hours.
Bring sunscreen and beach essentials for boat tours, as they usually include free time on the shore.