Ready for some sea and sun? There are plenty of nice beaches close by, but for the real Mediterranean experience, take a ferry to islands of Brač or Hvar, two of roughly 1,246 Croatian islands (the exact number is still a mystery). Car ferries travel from the two ports of Gat Sv. Duje and Gat Sv.Petra, so have no fear, car hire in Split still applies. Moreover, taking your rental may be essential, especially for windsurf addicts who will want to visit the famous Zlatni rat beach (English: Golden Cape) in Bol on the island of Brač – rated one of world’s top-10 beaches by Lonely Planet (2009).
For celebrity hunters, the city of Hvar on island of Hvar might be a better choice where might bump into actor Brad Pitt who has been spotted walking the streets of Hvar. If you miss Brad, there’s still plenty of atmosphere to take in at Hvar, Jelsa and Stari grad, including surprising fields of lavender. In July, at the time of harvest, the scent of lavender overflows the island.
Another ferry boat trip is a visit to the island of Šolta. This place is not super touristy, which might suit you and it's only a one-hour trip boat trip and you can lay on beaches, sip on coffee and stroll the towns of Rogač, Maslinica and Nečujam. Cars aren't permitted on these ferry boats. However, if you don't want to leave your rental back in Split, you can take the car and passenger ferry called Jadrolinija that will take you from Split to Rogač.
For nature lovers, the surroundings of Split offer a unique experience of canoeing or kayaking up the Cetina River that meets the Adriatic Sea at the idyllic town of Omiš, once the base of famous Corsairs of Almissa (pirates of Omiš), only 15mi / 25km/south-east of Split.
To conclude your holidays in the Split area, you have two options: Pack your bags and go back home, or. . . take a scenic coastal drive (136mi / 220km) toward a Mediterranean pearl, the city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is another world! The city republic that never surrendered to Venetians nor to the Turks, but instead, grew its prosperity and cultural richness by trading with the many nations throughout the Mediterranean.