Croatia’s second city is known for its unique culture, history, and landscape, as well as for its ease of access to other Croatian highlights. With some planning, it’s possible to experience the best of Split and beyond in just three days. Here’s how.
Day 1: Hit the Highlights
Begin with an overview of the city as you familiarize yourself with Split's historic landmarks. Bike tours allow you to zip between highlights hassle-free, while walking tours offer a more intimate perspective. Hop-on hop-off bus services are also available, and make transportation worry-free. Either way, an early start is key, as Old Town tends to fill up during the day. Once you’ve taken in attractions such as Diocletian’s Palace and Marjan hill, head to the waterfront to unwind on a city beach, or set sail on a sunset cruise. Absorb views of the Adriatic over dinner or drinks on board, and then round out your evening exploring Split after dark, taking advantage of nightlife tours, which guide you to the city center’s liveliest spots.
Day 2: Discover Dalmatia
The port city is a prime departure point for wider exploration of the Adriatic. Transfer by speedboat to view several highlights in one day, or enjoy a more active excursion as you kayak along the coastline. Kornati National Park isn’t far by boat, and offers an relaxed alternative to the mainland. Full- or half-day tours typically include round-trip transfer, and some also include lunch. If you’d rather stay on dry land, you can get a taste of authentic Dalmatian cuisine on a food tour. Come evening, take a stroll along the Riva promenade, or visit local wine bars to sample rich Croatian flavors among Split natives.
Day 3: Croatia and Beyond
Reserve your final day for exploring further afield, taking advantage of full-day tours that travel to Croatia and beyond. Nature fans and hikers head to Plitvice Lakes National Park or Krka National Park for a day in scenic surroundings, while history buffs and city lovers gravitate to the coast and the historic city of Zadar on a day of urban sightseeing. The neighboring Balkan state of Bosnia and Herzegovina is another popular day-trip destination, and round-trip transfer from Split makes international exploration easy. Wind down back in town with a classic peka dinner, before making your way back up to the Marjan summit for final views of the coastal city by night.