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7-Day Split and Hvar Itinerary: Exploring the Best of Croatia’s Coastal Gems

If you’re looking at Split for the summer, this guide will help you with the best things to do and also give you some great tips for the nearby islands of Brac and Hvar.

In this Split post, I’d recommend at least 5 days to cover all of these Croatian gems!

Split (At Least 2 Days)

For accommodation, if you are a lone traveler like I was, I would recommend Cicada Hostel. It’s a clean, modern hostel and provides a comfortable base for your time in Split. 

Start your morning off by visiting the impressive Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 4th century. Explore the ancient ruins, wander through the narrow streets and soak in the lively atmosphere. If time allows, head to the top of the Bell Tower!

Nearby the Diocletian Palace, you can pay a visit to Marjan Park. Hike to the top of the hill to enjoy breathtaking views of Split and the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards, you can take a leisurely stroll down to Kastani Beach, a hidden gem with crystal-clear waters, it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind after the long trek up to the top of Marjan Park!

If you’re a football fan, the Hadjuk Split Stadium Tour is a must. When I went in 2019, it was just £5 for the tour ticket. It’s a little out of the main town, but it’s easily walkable!

Bol, Brac Island (At Least 2 Days)

Next on your Croatia itinerary is Bol, a beautiful town situated on the island of Brac. The journey from Split to Bol is a short 20 minute ferry crossing to the port of Bol.

Bol is a very relaxed, quiet island with a small old town area. I stayed at White House Bol which was a pleasant hostel experience and can recommend it for those wanting to keep costs low.

As I said, Bol is a very quiet, relaxed islands, so there’s not too much to do but it’s definitely worth stopping over for a few days.

Here are two things I’d recommend you do:

  • Zlatni Rat Beach, also known as the Golden Horn, is a very unique beach and one I’d highly recommend to visit. Google the beach, it’s strangely shaped, but definitely worth a visit and nice to spend a few hours there relaxing.
  • Vidova Gora. Another activity that I would highly recommend is the Vidova Gora hike. It’s the highest peak of the Adriatic islands and promises some fantastic views. The hike itself is a steady one, taking around 2-3 hours to complete. To make the most of the experience, I’d recommended setting off no later than 8am, especially during the height of summer. Here is a map below for reference! It’s well sign-posted, so easy to pick up the tracks.

Hvar Town, Hvar

Hvar was one of my favourite parts of my 2019 Europe tour. I intended to stay for 2-3 days, but ended up staying there for 7 days!!

It’s a lovely, clean island, with lots of classy, stone built architecture dating back to the 16th Century. The island boasts some lovely beaches, great food and even better nightlife.

One bonus tip for Hvar. Head to the Carpe Diem nightclub on the booze cruise boat tour.

This is an excursion that can be paid for at most hostels (I stayed at Dink’s Place, a hostel I would highly recommend.) You meet up at the Jazz Bar for drinks, then head for the booze cruise and land at the Carpe Diem nightclub, an island off an island!! It’s a must-do experience.

Next stop is back to Split, to travel to the famous Krka Waterfalls. More to follow!