Travel tips

Split-Dalmatia - mix of beach, culture & city life

Croatia is booming. In the recent years the country of Game of Thrones has rapidly increased its popularity among the sun-loving people bitten by the travel bug. The Eastern European country has a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea’s sapphire waters while being one of the sunniest spots in Europe. With its 300 sunny days in a year combined with delicious food culture and stunning ancient towns, it’s not hard to figure out why Croatia and especially Split-Dalmatia appears in so many people’s bucket lists.

The central-southern county of Split-Dalmatia, populated around 455 000 people, is one of the more popular areas to visit for a holiday. The exuberant Split is the second-largest city of Croatia, locating in between dramatic mountains and the beautiful eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Formerly part of the Roman empire, Dalmatian country is one of the four historical regions of Croatia. The cultural history is very much present yet Split is an interesting blend of ancient and modern.

In Split you can experience cultural sights such as the Roman monument, Unesco World Heritage site, Diocletian’s palace. However the vibrant city has something for all tastes. Split is a unique spot where you can find popular beaches with bars and music yet you can also seek the smaller ones where one can enjoy the chilled atmosphere with the locals. By the ancient old walls dozens of bars, restaurants and shopping sites provide activities for days. When looking for an adventurous day trip or a break from the buzz, renting a car or a hopping on a bus are great ways to reach the smaller cities and breath-taking waterfalls of the county.

1. The waterfalls 

From Split you can find arranged day trips to the stunning waterfalls of Croatia. Krka and Sibenik are popular destinations to see the nature and snap a photo by a waterfall. Tip: rent a bike from the town of Skradin and cycle your way to the Krka waterfalls through the astonishing views meanwhile most of the tourist take a boat by the lake.

Krka waterfalls
are located 90km North from Split. If you are not into arranged trips, the place is also easily accesible by a rental car. If you want to avoid the biggest tourist crowds, the best time to visit is outside high season (July & August). 

2. Rent a car and explore the coast 

Renting a car is great way to summon the county of Split-Dalmatia. Renting a car is relatively cheap even for one week period and the pick-up / drop-off is easy at Split airport. The Split-Dalmatia coast is definitely worth of exploring - hidden paradise beaches can be found usually close to small villages. 

For instance, this amazing pebble beach with cristal clear water is located 50km south from Split city, near Brela village. The place is called Podrace Beach, but please keep it as a secret. 

3. Dive in the world of Game of Thrones 

Many of the scenes of the super popular tv-series Games of Thrones are shot in Croatia. Find the spots and see if you can recognize the white walls from the scenes of the show. 

Only 15km from Split center you can find Klis fortress, which is one of the many shooting locations.