Split boat tours or trips are the best and most exciting ways to experience Croatia and its top sights like Blue Cave, Blue Lagoon, Hvar and Pakleni Islands!
City of Split was founded by the Greek Colony and Aspálathos it is estimated that, it was founded around the 2nd or 3rd century BC and it flourished as settlement around the year 650 CE, later it became a Byzantine City as well. Later however it was in a struggle between the King of Hungary and Venice.
The city has surely seen a lot thru its history, such as the Ottoman empire, Napoleon the Hapsburg Monarchy, Austro-Hungary then annexed by Italy and reoccupied by Germany soon after to later be part of Croatia in Yugoslavia and after the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991 to a city in today's modern Croatia, and we can all agree that big part of history did leave a impression on the city as the years pass.
On of the most nutritious places to see in Split would have to be Diocletian's Palace which construction was started in 293 CE by the Roman Emperor Diocletian.
It is was built much like a Roman military fortress with 200 meter long walls and the whole palace covers an area of 38,000 m²!
Locals in Split like to call the Split "the most beautiful city in the world" as it has become a very interesting destination for tourists all over the world. If you choose the city of Split, as your base, we will be happy to have you here and we are sure it will be a memorable experience for you because we don’t only offer Split sightseeing tours, but Split boat tours and Split transfers as well!
But you need to find out what you can see in Split before you come here!
Recreation of the palace upon its completion in 305 EC by Ernest Hébrard
Split has one of the best sunsets in Croatia but Alfred Hitchcock said that Zadar has the best sunset in the world
So after you have visited the Diocletian's Palace, these are the top spots you should visit with a boat tour or trip from Split!
Boat tours to Blue Cave is the only way to see one of the most beautiful caves in the Mediterranean sea.
We have already coverd the Blue Cave in a previous article how to get from Split to Blue Cave.
Blue Cave is a breath-taking Island located about 3 miles or almost 5 kilometres to the south west of a much bigger island, Island of Vis.
It is truly a sight that which can only be really described, if you see it for yourself!
This cave receives relatively little visitors thru the year, only 10,000. Which is pretty small when you think about it, maybe due to it’s remote location, the island of Biševo where the Blue cave is located is one of the most remote Islands in Croatia!
What makes the cave so special is its blue light which after all, the cave got its name from!
Bol, Hvar and Pakleni Islands
Bol, Hvar and Pakleni islands are one of the most popular Islands to visit!
Split to Bol
Bol Is a city on the island of Brač and close to the city is one of the most iconic beaches in Croatia, the golden horn or in Croatian „Zlatni rat“.
Golden Horn is a symbol of Croatia and you can find it on many Croatian broachers next to many more places in Croatia just waiting for you to visit them!
The beach is mostly formed from white pebbles while the common and well-known pine grove which is found on the Mediterranean, takes up the rest of the beach.
What makes the beach even more interesting is a unique occurrence which happens only once in 2 to 3 years, it changes it shape and length! Because of the tide, current, and the wind which shifts the whole beach sometimes right, sometimes left, or sometimes the whole beach is just in the middle!
One of the contributors to this movement of the whole beach is a wind called “Jugo” in Croatia but its name is also Sirocco.
You can also find a lot of windsurfers close to the Golden Horn beach thanks to another wind, the westerly wind knows as Maestral in Croatia.
The pine tree grove close to the beach is home to the old remnants of Roman villa rustica, somewhere around these pine trees it is said if you are lucky that you can find a lucky stone of happiness, small stone that looks like a snail fossil, which brings luck to its finder!
The western part of the beach and a few coves to the west are by tradition nudist parts of the beach!
Split to Hvar
Hvar is something smaller then Brač and it lays between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula, there is also a city of Hvar, it acts as a city and island. The capital is of course, Hvar, largest town on the island with the population of only 3,672 (last information) for many years it is a independent commune and in history it was a major naval base of the Venetian Empire.
The first people to found Hvar (as and Island) were the ancient Greeks when they founded the colony of Pharos in 384 BC but not in the city of Hvar, in Stari Grad which is the current second biggest city on Hvar.
That makes city of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, one of the oldest towns in Europe!
Today, the island of Hvar is a very popular destination and it is consistently listed in the Conde Nast Traveler top 10 list!
Stretching from the cathedral to the harbor is the Square „Sv Stjepan” or in English,”Saint Stjepan , it is a impressive rectangular square which was formed by filling in an inlet that once reached out from the bay. At 4500 square metres, it’s one of the largest and oldest squares in Dalmatia!
The town didn't spread south until the 15th century and the Hvar Town's walled core, established in the 13th century, covers the slopes to the north.
Hvar Town's walled core, established in the 13th century, covers the slopes to the north. The town didn't spread south until the 15th century.
You will find a lot of cafes along with their umbrellas placed around the square, while you are there try to find a well which is close to the cathedral, the well was built in the 16th century.
Close to the square is also a “Benedictine Convent” and close to the Benedictine Convent, Hanibal Lucić was born, a playwright and poet in 1485 in Hvar. And since 1664 Hvar has been a home to the community of Benedictine nuns.
While in Hvar you will be able too see their art such as lacemaking with fibres derive from dry agave leaves. This tradition has recently been recognized by UNESCO and is on the list of Cultural Heritage of Humanity. You can also find a museum in the city with more examples of the work made by the nuns.
Fortica is a castle and fortress which lays on a little hill directly above the city of Hvar. The castle dates back to 500BC and the view from the fortress is truly something you need to see for yourself. View down on the city of Hvar and its narrows streets along with the Pakleni Islands in the background is something really beautiful!
The fortress has a long history, first the Byzantines built it as a citadel in the 6th century and then the Venetians began the construction in 1278 to its present form. It would stay like that until 1551 when it was strengthened more as a fortress, and thanks to that upgrade it has saved a lot of lives during the invasion of the Turks around the year 1570.
And the last were the Austrians who renovated it in the 19 Century, they also added barracks and today you can still find many collections of ancient amphoras which were recovered from the seabed near Hvar thru the years, and there is also a café in the fortress were you can enjoy a coffee while watching a sunrise or sunset while looking down at the city, truly a remarkable sight.
Close to the cove, there is a beautiful 15th century monastery.
The monastery is was built from a well-known family of stonemasons from the Island of Korčula.
The most important and interesting part that makes this monastery special is that inside you can find a 8 meter by 2.5 meters painting of the Last Supper made by Venetian Matteo Ingoli and the painting dates back to somewhere around the end of the 16th century and beginning of the 17th.
Next to to the monastery is a smaller church which contains more paintings and it also has the three polyptychs created by the Italian painter Francesco di Simone da Santacroce in 1583.
There are a few small and bigger beaches which you can visit that are close to Hvar and those are Pokonji Dol, Makićevica and Milna which is more of a village rather then a city, then you have Zaraće which is a cove and also has one restaurant close to the beach.
The last one is Dubovica, it is also a cove but comes with a little twist, the white pebbles on the beach along with the blue-green water is a very beautiful sight and the beach can only be accessed by foot, you can park your car close to the highway and follow the path down to the Dubovica beach, a little adventure awaits!
Split to Pakleni Islands
After you have enjoyed your stay at Hvar, you have most definelty noticed a few small islands that are very close to city of Hvar, those are the „Pakleni Islands“ literal translation it means “Hell Islands” but don’t worry, they are not on fire or burning in any way, it’s just a name!
First up you have Sveti Jarolim which is closest to Hvar and the Island is entirely clothing optional, if that is something you like.
There are also 2 cafes on the Islands and although the Island is pretty small you do get the feeling of disconnecting from the world, but not entirely that you cant buy anything while you would be thirsty for example and in Croatia’s high temperatures, that’s common.
Next up is Marinkovac Islands which is a bigger Islands and has a few apartments options, a restaurant and around 3 beach bars and one being a night/beach club in one.
Other two islands are Planikovac and Borovac which are uninhabited (according to the latest information) but you can still see them from Marinkovac while you are at the one of the beach bars/cafes.
Then comes the biggest of them all, Sveti Klement which is the largest island of them all, on the island are three small villages with the biggest one being in the centre of the island with houses, bars and a small cove.
It has a small marina for boats with restaurants and cafes of course there as well, and around 200 meters from the marina is another sandy beach and comes with a beach bar and a few restaurants, and although it’s not a marina, it cove is big enough so a few boats are always seen in the cove.
Few other small islands are not inhabited but, if you rented a boat or have a private boat with skipper you can still visit them and maybe even depending on the restrictions, walk on them but there isn’t much to see since, they are uninhabited.
Split to Brac (Brač Island)
Our last destination before coming back to Split is Brač and the city of Milna or also know as „Valle di mille navi“ as the Venatians liked to call it, why, you will understand why along the way.
Brač is nothing like Pakleni Islands, they were small islands, Brač is close to Hvar and is bigger then Hvar at 396 km² while Hvar is 297.4 km².
We will be visiting the city of Milna on Brač which is a bigger marina then usual but still smaller than the Split marina. The Milna marina is seen as one of the safest marinas on Brač and because of its specific location it’s close to a passage between the Brač and Šolta, the passage is only barely around 1km wide, the passage is called “The Brač Channel” or the “Split Passage”.
And since Milna is so close to that passage, thru the years it was a favourite spot for many travellers and sailors, that’s why they gave her the name „Valle di mille navi“ which means, „the bay of thousand ships“ since so many ships stopped by to dock in this marina in history and due to its perfect location, it attracted a lot of sailors not just because of its location but as well as high quality service the marina provides.
Along the marina are many small stone houses which really add to the felling of history and how old the city is, there is also (as in many towns in Croatia) a Baroque church where inside you can find paintings and works of the Venetian masters, many Venetian painters had an influence on Croatian islands, so you will find a lot of their work in many churches on the Croatian coastline.
Milna is a perfect place for you to visit if you want to see a typical “small town” on a island in Croatia which is filled with a rich history.
In Milna, Brač, we will be wine-tasting at a local family house that produces some great Croatian wines!
But not anyone loves to look around and finds paintings interesting, while you are at Milna you can also enjoy scuba-diving, sailing and/or fishing!
About 1 kilometre from Milna are the coves of Lučice and Osibova, which are truly beautiful, the Osibova beach has many apartments where you can maybe stay for a day and then go back to Milna! With our boat transfer options, you are free as a bird!
You can see ALL of these places with our Split to Bol day trip
As you may know already a lagoon is a shallow body of water divided from a bigger body of water by barrier islands and/or reefs. You can find many of them in the world, a lot of them are in the Pacific Ocean, basically all of that beautiful turquoise water you see in the Bahamas, that’s a lagoon!
But you don’t need to go all the way to the Bahamas and to the Pacific Ocean, what if we told you have a lagoon in Croatia?! And it is accessible by boat very easily and takes only half an hour from Split Croatia to enjoy its beautiful scenery!
Blue Lagoon is in between 2 very small islands and 1 much bigger one, the small islands are called “Krknjaši” and as you can see their names are very hard to pronounce if you are not Croatian!
One Island is called “Krknjaš Mail” and the other one “Krknjaš Veli” which translates to, “Krknjaš little” and “Krknjaš bigger”, pretty basic. And those two islands are very close the big, “Drevnik Veli” island which by now you can guess it means “Drevnik bigger” because there is also “Drevnik mali”.
Slightly confusing we know, but there are a lot of Islands in Croatia which have the, smaller/bigger prefix in their names!
Back to the Blue Lagoon, between the two “Krknjaš” islands, is the famous Blue Lagoon which you just need to remember and nothing else, because we take care of getting you there and getting you back to Split, you don’t need to worry about the names!
Since this is a half day tour, after you enjoyed the Blue Lagoon we head out to the city of Trogir for one hour of free time! The city is also, as many other cities in Croatia it is on the list of the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO.
The town was founded somewhere around the 3rd century and since we already mentioned a huge influence that the Venetian empire had on Croatia, specifically on Dalmatia and Istria, that influence can be found in Trogir as well. The Venetians called this city “Trau”.
That means that you can find Romanesque churches that come along with Baroque and Renaissance buildings that are scattered around the city!
Trogir (specifically the island) is so small but yet so rich in history, we can talk and write about it for days so we will just mention a few notable sites and leave you to explore the rest on your own!
St Lawrence's Cathedral
St Lawrence's Cathedral or Crkva Svetog Lovre in Croatian, is the biggest and certainly the biggest eye catching architecture in Trogir, due to its size and location, there is just no way you can miss it!
The cathedral was constructed somewhere between the 13th and 15th century, inside is a carving of Adam and Eve made by the famous sculptor Radovan, Croatian sculptor.
There is also a baptistry made by Andrija Aleši (Andrea Alessi), who was a Venetian Dalmatian architect, some say he was Albanian while others claim he was Italian.
You can also find the Ivan Orsini Chapel, the Trogirs first bishop, and the icing on the cake, you can climb up the 47 meter high cathedral bell tower and see the whole city.
Close to the cathedral is a small museum that includes paintings, scripts and a crucifix.
Built around the year 1400 by the Venetians, this fortress was once connected to the city walls, the walls that circled the entire island once in history. You can enter the fortress and climb on top while in the summer there are many festivals being held inside and sometimes even parties and concerts.
In total you have around 10 things you can see and enjoy while you are in Trogir and that’s right after you visited the Blue Lagoon!
But you may be thinking, how can I see all of those great locations in just one hour? Well, you can come back again after the main tour and not as a tour with a group of other people, but as a boat transfer, just for you and you friends or family!
We can pick you up and drop you of anywhere you want or like, in the vicinity of city of Split, just check out our Boat Transfer Split page, and send us a inquiry!
As you have now seen and read, you can visit many places from Split with our Split boat tours and Split transfer options and we assure you we will take you on a non forgettable experience so you experience Croatia the way you deserve!
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