What to do in Dubrovnik and Split April 25th, 2018 • by Deborah Tobey These towns are compact and best explored on foot as the Old Towns are closed to cars. Buses run regularly if you hope to venture further along the coast, and taxis are also readily available—though can be quite expensive. As always, we recommend checking with your hotel concierge for advice on the best way to reach any particular destination. Split Split is where we begin our Dalmatian Coast Hiking & Kayaking tour. We recommend arriving a day or two early to recover from jetlag and enjoy some of the sites we do not explore on our itinerary. Explore Old Town Our tour begins in Split, and on Day 1, a guided tour of Old Town includes Diocletian Palace and peristyle, the cathedral of St. Domnius, and strolling the quaint squares. Of course, there is much more to see and do in Old Town, so head out to wander the streets, enjoy an apertif, and stop to explore as you like! Riva Waterfront & Green Market From Old Town, make your way to the cafe-lined Riva Promenade for a stroll along the coast. Visit the nearby market, Pazar, to see the many stalls of colorful, fresh produce and chat with locals. Marjan hill This recreational area is popular with locals for its many paths, beautiful views over the city, and the scattered churches and chapels around the hill. Galleries and Museums Depending on interest, cultural highlights abound in Split—from maritime history to fine art to archaeology. Ivan Mestrovic, the most renowned Croatian sculptor of the 20th century, donated his property which became one of the most popular galleries in Split. Day Trip to Trogir About 30 km from Split lies this small medieval town, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Explore the sites and wander cobbled streets before relaxing by the seaside promenade. Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls While not as popular as the further afield Plitvice Lakes, this national park is less than an hour from Split and allows swimming in the pristine waters. Explore endless trails, lakes, waterfalls, and caves. Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is where our tour ends. It’s a lovely town to relax for a few days, taking in the sunshine and Mediterranean culture. Explore Old Town and the Market Our tour culminates with a guided tour of Old Town and includes the Stradun Promenade and other nearby sites, Pile Gate, and the fortified walls. However, there is more to see and do here, so head out to wander the quaint streets, enjoy an aperitif, and stop to explore as you like! The oldest market in Dubrovnik is located in the prominent, baroque square of Gunduliceva poljana. War Photo Limited Located in Old Town, this gallery features two floors of photography exhibits by world-renowned photojournalists covering recent and ongoing wars and conflicts. The photographs are intended to educate and expose the myth of war and power, and expose the impact it has on civilians and combatants alike. Mt. Srd and Cable Car Enjoy breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Sea via a cable car ride up to the top of Mount Srd. There is also an option to hike in either direction. Atop Mt. Srd you can also tour the Croatian Homeland War Museum housed inside of the Imperial Fortress. Lokrum Island Ferries regularly depart from Dubrovnik’s Old Port, and it is a quick 15-minute trip to Lokrum Island, where you can spend the day walking the forested trails and swimming in the lagoon or off the rocky beaches. Day Trip to Montenegro While here, why not visit one more country full of natural wonder? Montenegro sits just south of Croatia; most day tours take you to the Bay of Kotor, about an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik. Check with your hotel concierge for last-minute options, or plan ahead to extend your stay independently!