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  • Nick and Dariece | July 11, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    5 Fun Day Trips From Split, Croatia

    5 Fun Day Trips From Split, Croatia

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    The coastal city of Split in Croatia has many interesting sites and activities for travelers. However, once you've finished hiking up the incredible Marjan Hill, wandering around the cobblestone streets of the old town and eating fabulous Dalmatian food, why not head out on a day-trip? Here are five of our favorite things to do around Split:

    Check Out The Islands

    Did you know that the country of Croatia is composed of over 1,000 islands? Dotting the turquoise Adriatic Sea are many isles for you to explore. Sailing is an excellent way to discover the offshore gems, but if you don't have that much time, plan to visit the nearby islands of Hvar and Vis.

    The car ferry (which also takes walk-ons) is about a two-hour journey to Hvar. Click here for the schedule. The obvious must-do's on Hvar include swimming in crystal-clear seas, sunbathing and visiting the fortress, cathedrals and monastery. If you're interested in some sites off the beaten path, check out these secret spots.

    READ MORE: A Mini-Guide to Hvar, Croatia’s Island in the Sun

    The island of Vis is much smaller than Hvar and not as popular, but it's very quaint and has a local feel. You can rent a scooter when the boat drops you off and explore the island yourself, or you can take the local bus into the main touristic part of the island. Vis is about a two-hour boat ride from Split. Click here to see the timetable.

    If you're really short on time, or if you are just interested in seeing the sea and the islands from a bird's-eye view, you can take a seaplane journey to Hvar! The flight takes just 10 minutes, and is a very cool experience.

    seaplane from croatia to the islands and to italy with european coastal airlines

    Visit Bosnia & Herzegovina

    The interesting thing about the countries located in the former Yugoslavia is that within just a few hours, you can find yourself crossing a border into a new country. From Split, you can rent a car (check out Fleet Rent-a-Car) and drive to Mostar, which is located in the country of Bosnia & Herzegovina. You will need to have cross-border insurance, which is often called a green card. The rental agency can sort this out for you, and it will normally cost you around $2 extra a day.

    You can take the highway, which has excellent road conditions (and you can drive 80 miles an hour). Or, you can choose to take the coastal road a portion of the way, which offers stunning seaside views and rocky mountain terrain. The highway route takes around two hours and 15 minutes, while combining a portion of the coastal road, with the highway will take longer, three hours and 45 minutes.

    The city of Mostar is a great place to spend the day. Don't miss the old bridge and the old town, as well as the bazaar and the village of Blagaj, which is just seven miles from Mostar. Don't forget your passport!

    The City of Dubrovnik

    Hopefully, you plan to spend some time actually staying in the city of Dubrovnik, but if you don't, make sure to at least go there for a full day. Tours can be arranged in Split, or you can take a local bus, or rent a car. Dubrovnik is a fairytale city. Immediately when you arrive at the old town, you will be wishing that you had more time. Surrounding the city are stone walls, which are 13-19 feet thick and 82 feet high. The fortified city has many churches, narrow cobblestone roads, beaches, a park and lots of activities on offer.

    As this will be a quick trip to the city, you won't be able to cover it all, but make sure that you at least walk on top of the city walls, which costs 120 Kuna ($18) and takes a couple of hours. The views from atop the walls are incredible! After wandering the walls, make sure to visit St. Lawrence Fortress, which was once a church, but was secretly turned into a fortress by the people of the city to fight the Venetian attackers. The views of Dubrovnik's walls from here are amazing.

    walking the walls of dubrovnik croatia

    Travel to Trogir

    Trogir is a small island, which is connected by bridges to mainland Croatia, and the nearby island of Ciovo (which is basically just an extension of Trogir). Located just 17 miles from Split by local bus, this is one of the easiest day trips that you can make. In 1997, UNESCO listed Trogir as a World Heritage Site, which is no surprise given the beautiful architecture in the town. Make sure you visit the Cathedral of St. Lovro, the Convent of St. Nicholas and Kamerlengo Fortress. If you visit in the off-season, you may find that there aren't many restaurants and sites open, however, there will be hardly any tourists around. Traveling here in the shoulder or high season may be a better idea for this particular destination.

    READ MORE: Dubrovnik: Croatia's Magical City

    Swim in the Krka Waterfalls

    In just an hour, you'll find yourself at the Krka National Park, which is the only National Park in Croatia where swimming is allowed. There are many sights and activities on offer at the park, but swimming in the Krka waterfalls is a must. Wander along the wooden paths, spotting birds and old windmills, before arriving at the falls. There are a few areas of interest, but you'll want to see Skradinski buk, which is a very clear pool with a waterfall at one end, and cascades at the other. The second most popular site at the park is Roski Slap, which are a series of cascades.

    This is one particular day trip that you'll want to make sure you do during the summer months when the weather is hot. There's nothing more refreshing than jumping into cool pools during a hot day!

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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