Top 10 Things to do in Split
Split is a great place to spend your holidays and in recent years it got very popular among other tourist destinations. The city has a lot to offer and apart from the activities in town, the position of Split allows for a lot of daily tours to nearby places. A lot of travel agencies are operating many different tours in this area so we will try to help you by pointing the “must do” while visiting Split with references where to book those services. Those tours are a suggestion to enrich your stay from the point of view of a local. We hope you will have a great time!
Visit the National Park Krka
The Krka National Park is named after the river Krka, and the national park covers the mid-to-lower part of it. The river has a lot of stunning waterfalls and it allows its visitors to have a beautiful day walking around the park over wooden pathways allowing you to see the river up close. It’s very close to Split, it’s suitable for everyone and it will leave you breathless, so this is our number one choice. You can see all the tours from Split to Krka, or take a look at all tours and tickets to Krka
Take a boat tour to one of the nearby islands
Split is surrounded by several islands that are relatively close, most famous being Brač (famous for the “Golden horn beach”), Hvar (famous for its rugged coastline and rich history) and Vis (famous for the “Blue Cave” on the nearby small island Biševo and very beautiful coastal villages). Getting so close to the Mediterranean sea and not taking a boat tour, in our opinion it would be such a waste so, take a look at all the boat tours offered in Split.
Discover the old city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is one of the most famous cities in Croatia for its rich history and most of all for the medieval city walls that surround the city. It attracts the most tourists in the region and that is for a reason. However, Dubrovnik can get very crowded and not so cheap. Also the trip is about 4 hours by bus from Split so be ready for patience (even though the coastline is very beautiful). On the plus side we think that it’s much better to visit Dubrovnik for one day rather then too sleep in Dubrovnik, so we still think it’s a great option for spending your time when you are visiting Split. Take a look at all tours from Split to Dubrovnik.
Visit the National Park Plitvice Lakes
In our opinion this is the most beautiful national park in Croatia. It’s a series of connected lakes cascading into one another, and taking a small boat around the lakes it’s just something out of this world. The only downside it takes about 3 hours to get there and the ticket to Plitvice is somewhat more expensive than to Krka, so it falls on the 4.th place on our list. View all the tours to Plitvice from Split or view all tours and tickets to Plitvice
Take a walking tour of Split
Split is very famous for its very old history (more than 1700 years) so getting some info about the place you are staying is probably a good idea. Learn about the founder of the city (the roman emperor Dioklecijan) and about the palace that was the foundation of the city. You will probably get more interesting info about the city then from any other source, so we strongly suggest it. View all the walking tours of Split.
Visit Mostar and Međugorje
Another great option if you would like to see a bit of a different culture. Mostar - the city divided into two parts, the Muslim and the Christian, only connected by the old bridge (how the city got its name “Stari Most” -> Old Bridge). It hides a very interesting story including the destruction and the rebuilding of the bride. Međugorje – the city famous for the Cristian religion where the believers talk about the showings of the virgin Mary. Since then it attracts a lot of tourists and it radiates with spiritual and holy atmosphere. Both cities are located in the country of Bosna and Hercegovina so it offers a nice change of scenery. View all tours to Mostar and Međugorje.
Take a Game of thrones tour
Split was one of the locations where the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones” was filmed so if you are a fan, this is a great opportunity to see all the local filming locations, which were chosen for a reason: they look awesome and give that medieval look that the show required. You will of course learn the real and rich history of the places you visit. View all Game of Thrones tours form Split.
Go Rafting on the river Cetina
Nearby Split there is a great river for rafting, and if you never tried it this is the place! Going down the fast streams of the river Cetina surrounded by the beautiful canyon is something that everyone should experience. It’s not that difficult as it might sound so you can check it out regardless of your age. View all rafting tours from Split.
Experience adrenaline with Zipline
A new adrenaline sport in the canyon of Cetina, you attach yourself to a steel line and go from side to side of the canyon hanging from it. Sound extreme? It absolutely is, but after you go down the first line the fear will be gone and you can continue to enjoy the following 7 lines. The staff is really nice and they put a lot of emphasis on safety. Book Zipline tours and tickets.
Go Sea Kayaking
If you have good stamina, we think this is one of the best way to experience the surrounding costal area and the sea. There are a lot of options and agencies that offer different tours so be sure to check all kayaking tours in Split.
What are the main attractions in Split?
The whole center of Split is actually a palace called Diocletian’s palace – a living museum over 1700 years old. Inside of the palace are several important sights to see: the church of St. Dominus with its iconic bell tower (often used as an icon of the city), Peristil – the central square of the palace, Podrumi – the huge underground complex (where some of the scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed) and Riva – the main city seaside promenade. The city is full of interesting historical facts and sights, mostly from Roman origin.
What are the main attractions near and outside Split?
Really close and recommeded attractions are:
A few hours away you can visit:
- Plitvice Lakes National Park – the most visited nature park of Croatia
- Dubrovnik – with its unique architecture and the historical city walls, a must see destination of Croatia
- Mostar – a city in the neighboring country Bosna and Hercegovina, a city divided by 2 cultures – Muslim and Christian
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How much in advance should I book a tour in Split?
It is recommended to book a tour as soon as possible. However, most tours still have availability 2-3 day before. Some tours, like walking tours or boat tours by larger boats might in most cases have some availability left even a day before.
What payment options are available for booking a tour in Split?
All tours are bookable by an online credit card payment. Additional, some tours offer the possibility to reserve a place and pay in cash on the day of the tour. These tours are labeled with “Book without credit card” on our site.
What is the price of tours in Split?
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What are the most popular adventure and active tours in Split?
Split offers a real treat if you love adventures:
Our guests personal experiences on Split tours
The rafting tour was very adventurous. The two guides were very competent and took us to dreamlike places with their very warm, funny and trustworthy manner. This tour was a birthday present - I could not have wished for a better day. Especially since you can experience Croatia from a completely different perspective! I definitely recommend it to everyone!
On excursion: Rafting Experience on River Cetina in Omiš - Pickup from Split and Makarska
I had an absolutely amazing ride, the staff are so lovely and friendly and the horses were all healthy and very well looked after. I definitely would recommend if you want a lovely scenic horse ride and some fun (for more advanced riders obviously!)
Leanne C., United Kingdom
On excursion: Field Horseback Riding in Trilj