The mighty and imposing Klis Fortress has been guarding the strategic mountain pass just above Split for at least the past millennium. Up until recently, it was but a crumbling outpost that few travelers bothered to visit. Since its feature as Meereen in Game of Thrones, the fortress has become increasingly popular.
Conquer the citadel for yourself, and visit the filming location while taking in the beautiful views of the Dalmatian Coast. Clamber over its ruins, visit its small museum and learn of the fortress’s brutal and turbulent past.
Frequently hailed as the "new St-Tropez" of the Mediterranean, the island of Hvar is one of the most luxurious beach destinations in Croatia. It is also known as Croatia's Ibiza, with hoards of young people flocking to the island during the summer in search of non-stop partying and VIP nightclubs. But don't let that put you off as the island is simply stunning, with plenty to see and do away from youthful twenty-something travelers and well worth exploring on a day trip from Split.
Most visitors to the island will head directly for Stari Grad (Old Town), one of Croatia's oldest towns, dating back to 385BC. Explore the colorful streets, visit the Dominican Monastery or the impressive Renaissance castle – Tvrdalj. Alternatively, head on over to the even more popular Hvar Town, with its affluent port lined with luxurious yachts, its 16th-century cathedral and an imposing Venetian fort that boasts fantastic views of the Pakleni Islands.
Brač (pronounced Brach) is one of the largest islands off Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and the closest island to Split. The island is known for two things; the picturesque white pebbly beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) at Bol that can be found plastered across Dalmatian postcards, and the white stone that was quarried from the island to build Diocletian's Palace in Split. The same stone was also used in the construction of the White House in the USA and the Parliament Building in Budapest.
Most visitors to Brač head straight for the iconic beach, but there is more to do on the island. Explore the attractive former fishing village of Supetar, with its 6th Century mosaic remains or if you're super fit and adventurous, there is a half-day hike up to Vidova Gora, the highest peak in all of Croatia's islands, providing the perfect outlook over Zlatni Rat and the surrounding islands.
Located just half an hour from Split, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trogir is one of the most charming towns on the Dalmatian Coast. With its collection of palaces, belfries and narrow cobbled lanes that radiate out from the central square, this charming town is a gem that should be included on every Croatian itinerary.
Spend time exploring the town center, a pedestrianized district home to ornately carved facades, elegant churches and beautiful palaces - an outdoor museum of some of Dalmatia's finest architecture. Hemmed in by its old stone walls on a tiny island linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo Island, the town comes alive on summer nights when everyone gravitates to the glistening seaside promenade, lined with bars, cafe, and yachts while the smooth marble streets gleam under the spotlight of old-fashioned streetlights.
Traditional Peka Cooking Class
Spend the best part of a day learning how to cook a traditional Croatian dish called 'peka' on a family-run farm in nearby Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Tour fields and gardens first and pick the organic fruit and vegetables that will be used in the cooking. You'll also get to see the strikingly beautiful Blue & Red Lake of Imotski resting below a dramatic cliff.
Mt Mosor with three high peaks is a very popular spot for hiking and trekking. The mountain is located near the sea between Split to Omiš. It has a typical mountain climate. There are many plant and animal species that you may encounter, including the endemic lizard species called simply the Mosor lizard.
It is thought that the mountain was named by combining two old Illyric words – “mol” for a hill and “sol” for source. The old Illyrians who inhabited these parts worked mostly with livestock and in the fields, and it is believed that the mountain was a source of absolutely everything they needed – the land that they could work, mountain pastures for grazing and water.