Split is an excellent base to explore the Dalmatian coast as well as the many nature reserves in the vicinity.
We were in Split for 3 nights and decided to do day trips to Hvar and Krka Waterfalls as we didn’t have to travel too far, giving us enough time to explore both places at a leisurely pace.
Hvar is one of the main islands to visit and is known for being the sunniest spot in Croatia as well as for its party scene. It is easy to reach from Split via ferry (approximately £16 return) and takes about an hour and a half one way.
Hvar Town is the main hub of the island and where you’ll get off the ferry. With it’s pretty waterfront lined with yachts and the simple but attractive St Stephen’s square nearby, it really is picture perfect and a welcome relief from the busy, narrow alleyways in Split. While in Hvar Town, make sure you visit the ‘Fortica’ (castle) at the top of the hill. It is a short hike but the views are really worth it.The 15th century Franciscan Monastery is also worth a visit and is located near a small cove with a tiny beach right opposite the church – although the beach is pebbly, the water is beautifully clear.There isn’t loads to see in terms of sights so I personally think that a day trip to Hvar is more than enough. If you do however want to stay longer, there are plenty of beaches and water activities that can keep you busy. Hvar is also known for its vineyards and lavender fields in case that’s something you’re interested in! And if you’re staying for longer, you should look into exploring the Pakleni Islands.
Top tip: Ferries aren’t very frequent from Hvar back to Split so you need to plan your time while you’re there. One of the last ferries that leaves around 5pm goes from StariGrad. This is another town on the island but can be reached by bus.
Krka National Park
Krka is a beautiful national park with lots of waterfalls and gorges. Even though the weather on the day we visited was a bit gloomy, it didn’t take away from the visit. There is a very well organised walk through the park (well signposted) with pretty views along the way – this takes about 1h 30m so you don’t need loads of time unless you want to swim.
We went to Krka on our own but I would really recommend doing an organised tour instead. It works out more or less the same in terms of cost but you have a guide with you and you don’t have to rely on the seriously infrequent buses back to Split! Some of the tours also take you to a nearby fishing village so you get a bit more for your buck.Top tip: Most people want to come to Krka to swim near the waterfalls but swimming is only permitted during summer so check dates etc if you’re planning to go.
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