I'm traveling to Split with my friends later this spring and we were wondering if we would leave the city for a day trip. Any destination recommondations? Would it be possible to travel to Mostar for example?
I second what Brew says here. Krka National Park is a beautiful place, and no reason to drive all the way to Plitvice Lakes National Park. You can do a combination of Krka and Šibenik, a beautiful ancient city, one of the most beautiful in my opinion.
Another ancient city on the way to Sibenik and less than an hour from Split is Trogir, a small medieval town listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Hvar is a great day trip from Split and sailing in the Adriatic is pretty much a must :)
Mostar is a beautiful city and doable as a day trip from Split. Just take into account that traffic is slow and expect up to over 3 hours for the drive, even though they say it is quicker. Also, make sure that you are allowed to take the car across the borders, if you're renting a car. But it is worth the trip. The city is beautiful and the landscape surrounding it magnificent.
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We did a day trip to Krka National Park which is a series of rivers and pools that you can hike around, swim in, etc. The place is very beautiful and refreshing to take a dip.
I'd also recommend going to Hvar for a day or day/night. A really fun and beautiful place.
You can visit Mostar on a day tour from Split. Visit Počitelj too, another oriental town half an hour away. Pocitelj grew up surrounded by defensive walls as it occupied a strategic location on the river, and inside these walls are the fortress, bazaar, baths and inns, the madrassa and mosque, soup kitchen, school and houses – a complete town that has been carefully restored since the war. It is particularly noted for its artists who come here from all around the world. Both Mostar and Pocitelj are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Also you can do a day tour from Split to Plitvice Lakes National Park. It would take around 3 hours drive.
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If you will go to Mostar, there are alos some nice places around. The first is Blagaj where the river Buna origins. There is Dervish house and nice restaurand with fresh fish from river. The second place is Kravice Waterfall. It has something from Plitvice lakes, but you can alo swim there.
It's a long run (3h+ if you rent a car), but if you can make it to Plitvice Lakes National Park, you'll thank yourself. It's beautiful.While a long day trip and a few hours walking around the park would be good, a day or two would be better. We visited last year and it was the natural highlight of a 9 month trip. Detailed blog post here: