When I made the plans to visit Croatia I intended to spend atleast 3-4 days at Split and not only enjoy its world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian but also visit the nearby islands, checkout the ‘blue cave’ and catch a leisurely boat ride in the lagoons and Adriatic sea. However, it is said “Man proposes and God disposes.” Thus, due to inevitable reasons I ended-up at Split with only 40 hours (including the nape time)!
We checked into the hotel in the late afternoon and the question was, “What to see and what to leave out from the itinerary?!” After loads of family debate, goggle searches and soul-searching we decided made a list of ‘Must-See’ and ‘Maybe’! The ‘Must-See’ List are the place that we MUST see and the ‘MAYBE’ List included the places that we wanted to see but might have to leave out due to paucity of time. So, how did it go?? We succeeded to squeeze in two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, three unique towns and a lift-time of memory! So, there’s the amazing places we visited and enjoyed!
Day-1 (Evening): UNESCO World Heritage Site Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
Our Day-1 was practically travelling from Dubrovnik to Split (with a pit-stop at Bosnia) and therefore, we landed at Split only in the afternoon. So, after check-in to the hotel we went to see the UNESCO site. This is a huge areas with loads of interesting nooks and corners, so, come prepared with loads of time in had and the guide map (or you will get lost!). The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace was built between 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. and the cathedral was built in the Middle Ages. The Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications are of the 12th and 13th century, whereas, the palaces are of the 15th-century .
The site is unique in the fact that it is still used by the locals and you will find residences, businesses, museums tucked inside this fortified old town. We visited in the late afternoon-evening and the lights have started coming on… the sight was absolutely stunning!
Day-2 (Morning): Historic City of Trogir
After an early breakfast we drove to Trogir. Its around 36-40 mins ride to Trogir and the route is very picturesque. Take the Adriatic Coast road and you will enjoy every bit! Trogir is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its remarkable example of urban continuity. The street plan dates back to the Hellenistic period and it still continues. It has beautiful Romanesque churches, amazing Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. 2-3 hours is good enough to see everything here. We also spent some time park enjoying the view of the Adriatic Sea!
Day-2 (Afternoon): Pirate’s Town of Omis
In the afternoon we drove in the opposite direction (approx. 45 mins. from Split) to the small, picturesque town of Omis, which was once a pirate hideout! The beach is amazing here and we had a great time swimming in the sea, walking through the streets of this cute little town and eating some amazing local delicacies! You can read all about our day at Omis in my post The Pirate’s Hideout – Omis (Croatia).