Sightseeing of Split & Zadar

Sightseeing of Split Sightseeing Zadar


The main sights of Split and Middle Dalmacia:
Diokletian`s Palace (UNESCO), ancient Trogir city (UNESCO), Salona roman town, Biokovo park, Starigrad fortress, the Blue Cave on Vis isle.
The main sights of Zadar and North Dalmatia:
KRKA and Kornati islands national parks, Sibenik and the Cathedral of St James (UNESCO), architecture of Zadar city.

Palace of Diocletian – center of Split

Sightseeing Split Croatia
Historic center of Split
Distance from Dubrovnik 205 km

Split is the second largest city of Croatia. It appeared in the place of a luxurious palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 295. At that time, it was surrounded by massive walls, behind which the citizens of neighbouring towns sacked by Avar and Slav tribes took shelter in the 8th century.

It wasn’t the palace that was built in Split, it was Split itself that grew around the palace, which the Roman Emperor Diocletian built for himself in the 3rd century. Years later, the fortress turned into a city.

In time, the Palace of Diocletian, which is on the UNESCO list of the treasuries of world heritage, became a fortress city, which is now the main landmark of Split.

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The ruins of Salona – ancient Roman town

Ruins of Salona Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 5 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 210 km

The mentions of Salona – an ancient Roman city – are over 2000 years old. Salona, founded by Caesar at the turn of the century, became the metro poly of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

Salona is an ancient Roman town completely razed by the savage tribes of Avars and Slavs. Salona emerged and developed on the crossing of naval and land trade routes of ancient Romans, and it largely defined its history. The ruins of Salona are well-preserved and indicate the greatness of the ancient civilization. Nowadays, Salona is on the territory of the city of Solin. Solin borders with Split in the north.

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The fortress of Klis

The fortress of Klis Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 10 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 215 km

The fortress of Klis is located in just a 10-minute drive (8 km) to the north of Split. The fortress of Klis is the largest defensive structure of Croatia. The unbelievable story of construction of once Roman castrum, a medieval castle of a Grand Prince and a Venetian frontier post that has been the borderline between the East and the West, the “key” to Dalmatia since time immemorial.

Walking around the fortress will show the harmony of the natural features of Middle Dalmatia and the pervading history of the ages. From the 140-metre height of the fortress you can see an unforgettable panoramic view of the city of Split and Kastelanska Riviera.

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The Vranjace caves

Caves of Vranjace Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 15 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 220 km

The total length of the corridors of the Vranjace cave is 360 m. The temperature inside the cave is +15 C all year round. Once you have walked through the cave, you will be under the impression that more new passageways appeared all the time.

Dalmatia is rich in lime with peculia geomorphological and hydrological changes. When exposed to water and high humidity, the lime changes and creates a number of natural phenomena, among which are the underground caves, where this stone is changed again, and it turns into stalactites and stalagmites. A visit to the cave, a 100 m descent, relaxation and meditation among the healing crystals will take about 1-2 hours.

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Peruca freshwater Lake

Peruca freshwater LakeDistance to Split 56 km
Distance to Omis 73 km

Peruca Lake is the third largest freshwater lake in Croatia, and the second largest man-made reservoir in the country.
Peruca reservoir was formed as a result of the construction of the dam and Peruca hydroelectric power station in 1958 in the south of Cetina river.
Driving by car to the lake is free. The beaches of the lake are free.
There is a legend about the monster of Lake Peruca – Peruca’s Nessi. There is evidence of local fishermen who saw the monster…

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Pirates` city of Omis and rafting on river Cetina

Pirates of Omis, mountain river Cetina rafting Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 25 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 180 km

The city of Omis is located in the mouth of the river Cetina. The medieval history of Omish is remarkable for the fact that it was here that “Neretvian pirates nested here.”
On the outskirts of the town there are white Mosor cliffs, towards which houses looking like toys in comparison with the rocks lean to.
On the hill overlooking the town, there is a medieval fortress Stari Grad. It is illuminated at night. The viewing platform (287 m) offers a panoramic view.

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The medieval fortress of Starigrad in Omis

Fortress of Starigrad Omis Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 25 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 180 km

The medieval fortress of Starigrad is the remains of city fortifications built on the height of 245 m on the mountain Dinara over the city of Omis. A square tower and half-destroyed walls remain.

A specially equipped foot path leads to the fortress of Starigrad; there are also signs with directions starting from the sentre of Omis town. From the fortress of Starigrad there is an unforgettable view of the Adriatic sea and isle of Brac.

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The historic center of Trogir city

Trogir Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 25 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 230 km

The historic centre of Trogir is in the UNESCO book of the world treasures. The centre of Trogir, surrounded by walls, houses a well-preserved castle, a number of houses and palaces of the Romanesque and Gothic styles, and also some of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The most famous building of Trogir is the cathedral of St.Lawrence (13th-16th century). Research has shown that the cathedral was erected on the foundation of an ancient basilica, which was destroyed during the Saracen invasion of 1123.

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National park KRKA

National park KRKA Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 70 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 275 km

KRKA gained the status of a national park in 1985. The park takes up the area along river КРКА, and its area is 111 sq. km. River КРКА starts at the foot of Dinara, close to Knin. The river is 72 km long. The average volume of water that the river carries every second is 55 cubic metres, and in periods of heavy rains, it reaches 350 cubic metres. The numerous cascades and waterfalls are a feature of the KRKA park.

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The Cathedral of St James of Sibenik

The cathedral of St James Sibenik Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 70 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 275 km

Sibenik, founded in 1066, is one of the most memorable cities of Croatia. Sibenik, is famous for the cathedral of St James, which is located in the centre of the old part of the city.

The cathedral of St James is 31 m high, and is a real wonder of architecture. It is constructed from separate stone slabs, and is decorated with 74 heads, portraits of the contemporaries of Juraj the Dalmatian. The cathedral of St James is on the list of UNESCO world heritage. The cathedral of St James is the main symbol of Sibenik.

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Resort city of Makarska

Makarska Sightseeing riviera Split CroatiaDistance from Split 70 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 135 km

Makarska is a fascinating city, which is at the same time the cultural, economic, sport and touristic centre of the resort area of Makarska Riviera of Croatia, and it is located in the very heart of Dalmatia.

Makarska is found inside a quiet bay, and it is surrounded by two peninsulas on one side, and by beautiful mountains, the highest of which is 1762 m, from the other.

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Biokovo natural park

Biokovo natural park Sightseeing riviera Split CroatiaDistance from Split 80 km
Distance from Makarska 10 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 145 km

Biokovo is one of the largest and most beautiful Dalmatian mountains, and it is surprisingly close to the sea. Mount Biokovo is also fascinating for its height of almost 1800 m above sea level. It is the highest and the longest peak of the country.

Thanks to its unbelievable bio-variety and natural beauty, Biokovo was pronounced a nature park in 1981. The Biokovo park has the area of 196 and takes up a mountain range about 30 km long that stretches from the gorge Dupci to Gorny Igrany.

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Colored lakes of Imotski

Red Crveno lake, Blue Modro lake Imotski Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 80 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 145 km

Crveno (Red) lake and Modro (Blue) lake are considered karst caves.

The Red lake is the deepest lake in Europe. The depth of the Red lake is 287 m. The difference of altitudes is 528 m.

The Blue lake is the most beautiful lake of Croatia, its depth ranges from 0 to 147 m. It is possible to swim in the lake.

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Zadar Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Distance from Split 160 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 365 km

Zadar was founded in the 1st century BC. Originally it was called Jader.

Starting from the 7th century, for three centuries, Zadar was almost always the main city of the Byzantine region of Dalmatia.

Zadar is rich in architectural monuments, and the Sea organ of Zadar is of particular interest.

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Vransko Lake natural park

Vransko Lake natural park Croatia

Distance from Zadar 36 km
Distance from Split 133 km

Vransko lake is the biggist lake in Croatia.
The park Vransko Lake is special ornithological conservation. Several types of endangered birds are refuge on Vransko lake.
Vransko lake is a winter place for more than 1000 water birds. The park is called The bird observers paradise.
There are an ample different sea and river fish species in Vransko lake. Vransko Lake is great attraction for fishermen.

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The isle of Brac

Isle of Brac Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
The trip from centar of Split to Brac is 1 hour long.

The isle of Brac is the largest island of the archipelago, and the third largest of the islands of the Adriatic sea (349.59 sq. km). There are lots of pine forests, vineyards and olive gardens on the island. Brach has unique virgin nature. The “white stone”, which was use in the finishing of the White House in Washington, for example, is mined here.

The famous Croatian beach – Bol – Zlatny Rat – is located on Brac. It is Croatia’s trademark: a beach that changes its shape.

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The island of Hvar

Island of Hvar Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
The trip by ferries from centar of Split to Hvar is 3 hours long
Fast catamarans to isle Hvar from Split – 1 hour long

The island of Hvar is the longest isle of the Adriatic. It is an island of grapes, olives, lavender and numerous springs.

The island of Hvar is a real record-breaker in the number of sunny days and the amount of natural coolness.
The oldest in Europe bas-relief was found on Hvar, and the oldest public theatre, built in 1612, is also located here.

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Blue Cave on the isle of Bisevo near the isle of Vis

Blue Cave Bisevo Vis Sightseeing riviera Split Croatia
Fast catamarans from centar Split to island Vis

The Blue Cave, or Modra spilja, is located in the Bay of Balun on the east side of the island of Bisevo near the island of Vis.

The cave has been open to the public since 1884, when an entrance into the cave from the outside was made.

Getting into the Blue Cave of Bisevo is only possible on a small boat with oars.

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Dubrovnik Sightseeing CroatiaDistance from Split 205 km

Dubrovnik the most refined and sophisticated city of Croatia – “the pearl of the Adriatic.”

Dubrovnik is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Dubrovnik is rightfully ranked among the
most beautiful monument cities of Renaissance Europe, along with Venice and Amsterdam.
Upon his visit to Dubrovnik in 1929, George Bernard Shaw said: “If you want to see Heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik.”

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Medjugorje Sightseeing CroatiaDistance from Split 134 km
Distance from Dubrovnik 143 km

Medjugorje is a small place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, not far from Croatia, which became famous due to the appearances of Virgin Mary to believers, the first of which took place in 1981, and which still continue. The Virgin appears to the pilgrims and leaves her messages. The messages are distributed in all major languages of the world.
Medjugorje is a place of annual pilgrimage of more than a million believers from all over the world.

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National park Paklenica

What to see in Croatia national nature park Paklenica
Distance from Split 176 km
Distance from Zadar 52 km

The national nature park Paklenica is one of the most interesting nature parks of Croatia for lovers of adventure
Paklenica park is a magnificent rocky phenomenon with numerous karst caves. Paklenica is part of Velebit park.
There are bears, deer, roes, wolves and lynxes in the park.

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Plitvice lakes national nature park

Plitvice lakes national nature park What to see in Croatia
Distance from Split 276 km
Distance from Zagreb 137 km

Plitvice lakes are an oasis of virgin nature surrounded by mountains covered in thick forests. There are 16 beautiful lakes with transparent blue-green water here. Rivulets and springs constantly fill the lakes, which are connected with foamy cascades and roaring waterfalls.
Plitvice lakes fot the status of a national park in 1949. The nature park Plitvice lakes is one of the most beautiful sights of Europe.

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Baraceve caves

Baraceve caves What to see in Croatia
Distance from Zadar 154 km
Distance from Zagreb 123 km

Baraceve caves are located 6 km to the east of the town of Rakovica (not far from the A1 Zagreb-Split highway).

Baraceve caves are karst caves, their total length is 27 km. They were first mentioned in 1874.
In April 2004 the caves were reopened for general public, 112 years later.

National park Kornati

The national park Kornati What to see in Croatia

The national park Kornati is located in Middle Dalmatia, on the Kornati archipelago, not far from the city of Zadar and city of Sibenik.

The nature park Kornati include 140 uninhabited islands and rocks of the archipelago, the larger part thereof, and the total area of the Kornati park is 70 sq. km, and the length of the shoreline is 238 km. The visitors are amazed at the unusual shape of the coastline and at the natural landscapes. Most of the park is located on the island of Kornat, which gave the name to the entirety of the park.

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