Croatiais is a true pearl in southeastern Europe. There you’ll get a Mediterranean experience at a lower price than in neighbouring countries like Greece and Italy. In Croatia you’ll find beautiful beaches, clear sea, charming scenery, relaxed atmosphere, good food and the most important thing is that it’s almost 100% guaranteed that the sun will be shining.
I’ve been in Croatia two times before, but this summer it was due to The Yacht Week, another travel story I’ll need to tell you about it another blog post.
Split is a beautiful town located at the South Coast of Croatia. Split makes an excellent base for exploring the wonders of Split-Dalmatia county not to mention the many islands that lie just offshore.
The town itself is located between mountains and sea, in the old town you’ll see well preserved antiques and one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. The harbour side is beautiful where you’ll find nice restaurants, markets and cute shops.
How to get there?
Split is a growing destination and now they have more direct flights then ever before. Even so, their local airport is really tiny and located 24 km from the town itself. It’s relatively easy to grab the local bus from the airport to the centre of Split.
The first time I visited Split, I flew to Zagreb and from there I took a night train to Split. Surprisingly it was a very comfortable travel option. The train left at 22.00 and I arrived in Split 7.00 am after a good night sleep in the comfortable train.
Where to stay?
I stayed in a luxurious apartment directly on the Marina in Split from Riva Dalmatia. They offer apartments both in Split and at the island Hvar. I stayed in the sister apartments called Riva Agava and Riva Palma which you can combine into one big luxury apartment called Riva Luka.
I fell in love with the apartments as soon as I walked in, they have spectacular views of the whole city, the mountains around and the harbour. Every small detail has been carefully thought through, like the intelligent light and sounds system in every wall.
The apartments are bright, with an open kitchen and spacious bedrooms. The kitchen is fully equipped and perfect for cooking or making a big brunch.
My favourite though, was the large LED TV 65 “ screen where I could choose from hundreds of TV shows and movies. It also had a music system where I could stream my favourite channels and playlist and blast throughout the apartment.
I highly recommend staying with them. For bookings and other enquires, check out their website here.
You can’t go to Split without at least visiting one of it’s neighbouring islands. I’ve been to Hvar, Vis and Korcula.
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands, only a short ferry ride from Split. It’s probably one of the busiest ones with around 20,000 people a day during peak season. Visitors wander along the main square, explore the sights on the winding stone streets, but most of all they come to party! Hvar’s reputation as Croatia’s premier party town is well deserved and it’s the place where The Yacht Week and similar companies host their exclusive events.
If you are full of energy and ready to socialize, Hvar is the place to be!
Vis is another beautiful island and definitely worth the two hour travelling time to get there. This is the place where you should rent a scooter and drive around the winding mountain roads and discover hidden beaches. Vis is also the place for wine tasting, it has its own distinct grape, vugava, a white varietal that’s been cultivated here since ancient times.
Korcula is one of Croatia’s most treasured islands although, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, not quite as popular as the others. This may be because the island is a little further away to get to (both from Split or Dubrovnik) and some of the most convenient ferry services to the island only run in summer. For this reason, Korcula is my favourite one being really quiet and undiscovered.
Things to do?
There are many things to do in Split beside exploring the local markets, eat fresh seafood or chill at the beach.
Here or some of my favourite options:
Visit Klis Fortress
Overlooking the city of Split, in the mountain pass between Mosor and Kozjak, stands the magical Klis Fortress on a rocky hill. Giving visitors an incredible birdseye view of the entire Split area, Adriatic Sea and surrounding islands. The fortress is one of the most important one in Croatian history, but today it’s better known for it’s presence in Game of Thrones – as the city of Meeren, where Daenerys Targaryen had all those nasty slave-masters crucified in season four.
The fort is well worth the visit and is the perfect sunset spot. It’s open daily from 9:00 to 19:00 and you can reach it by car or a local bus. There are 3 bus lines that run to Klis. 22 leaves from HNK (National Theater). 35 and 36 leave from Sukoisanska.
Go for a hike
There are few mountain peaks around Split that are worth the climb. The most popular ones are: Mount Mosor, Mount Kozjak and Nature Park Biokovoa. From all the peaks you’ll catch stunning views of the metropolitan area of Split and the ocean view.
Do a daytrip to Omis
The small and shiny gem of Omiš is a historical town settled between the Adriatic Sea and the Cetina river, 26 km southeast of Split. Do to geographical placement of Omiš, the city has many things to offer in terms of nature and historical sight. With the old town and Fortress Mirabella being the main attractions.
There is a small little wakeboarding park located between Split and the airport. When you get there you can pay an hourly fee, depending on how long you are staying. They also rent all the equipment that you’ll need. We had a great day there and the staff were very helpful and patient when they had to teach me few tricks.