Ultimate Croatia itinerary 7 days – travel guide

Translucent lagoon waters, buildings with beautiful pastel shades and delicious Mediterranean food. This is what you can expect from visiting Croatia, a country that has it all for travel addicts. And, this is what we’ll show you through our Ultimate Croatia itinerary 7 days travel guide. 

The beginning of October in Sweden is always depressing for us. The days are getting really short, the lack of sun makes the cold crispy and there is almost never a sunny day. We knew we could still enjoy the warm water of Croatia during that month, and it’s why we picked that location. 

Day 1:
Arrival in Split, direction Baška Voda

The port of Split and the alley of palm trees.

We arrived in Split pretty early. A car came to pick us up from the airport, but if you plan to rent one you will find a lot of rental stands. All from trusted brands.

You can also get from the airport to the city center with a bus operated by the company Pleso Prijevoz. The timetable will vary depending on the time of the year. As a rule of thumb, the bus leaves the airport 30 minutes after the arrival of a scheduled flight. However, just to make sure, double-check the departures from the airport by clicking here.
The trip takes about 30 minutes. One-way ticket costs 30 Kunas (4€) while daily tickets cost 40 Kunas. You can purchase the tickets onboard.

Getting from Split to Baska Voda.

The best way to get from Split to Baška Voda without a car is by bus. You can take it at the same bus station. It takes around 1h and costs between 40 kunas and 65 kunas (6€ – 8€). The ride is breathtaking as the road runs along high cliffs, giving you a first taste of the shades of blue this place has to offer. You NEED to get to Baska Voda if on your Croatia itinerary 7 days trip.

Day 2:
Baška Voda’ surroundings (Makarska riviera)

A view of the beach in Baska Voda, Croatia.

The town of Baška Voda is part of the Makarska Riviera which is the Croatian Adriatic coast. From Split, you will go through Omis, Brela, Baska Voda until reaching Makarska.

There are also a lot of beautiful pebble beaches in between these towns, so if you are renting a car, we’d suggest you take a few breaks to appreciate the nature around you. We felt so content the moment we were surrounded by nature. The mind-blowing spectacle of nature with the mountains in our back and the Adriatic see in the front. We never got sick of it.

Baška Voda

The town of Baška Voda in itself is quite small. We were the only tourists at the time and felt thrown into another dimension. The people were very private, not talking so much to us at first. But, after a couple of words exchanged the dynamic changed. Big smiles and genuine conversations started.

The promenade along the port is relaxing. When the sun comes down, in the evening, the sky becomes red. We’ve honestly witnessed the most beautiful sunsets in Croatia. The main beach is called Podluka and has clear transparent blue water. We walked around town for a bit, but to be honest the only things we did here were enjoying the beaches and walking by the port.

North of Baška Voda

BRELA

Brela is situated 20 min away by car from Baška Voda. The place is famous for a beautiful rock in the middle of the water, one of the most photographed places in Croatia, Brela Rock. The rock is a protected area so wanderers are not allowed to climb it However you can swim all you want around it, and we would even recommend bringing a bit of bread: the fish are going to come at you in a second. And, who doesn’t like swimming in a cloud of colorful fish? 

Another beach to do, here in Brela, is Punta Rata. A bit more crowded, however, than the beach in Baška Voda. We loved this place so much we spent 5 hours swimming and taking pictures there. We would definitely say that Brela is a must-do in Croatia.

VRUJA BEACH

Another insane scene: the path to go down to Vruja beach. Not easy to spot from the road, Vruja beach is a gem in the foothills of a mountain. First, we recommend taking a dip in the turquoise sea. Be careful though, the path is steep. Then, when the sun goes down we’d suggest you go up the hills. They built a viewpoint, overlooking the bay with the boats going back home, where the view is impressive.

OMIS

Unfortunately, we didn’t go to Omis (too rainy on the day we planned to go) but we will definitely go if we get back again. Situated on the estuary of the Cetina river, between mountains and sea, the city has an unmatched charm. It was home for pirates in the 14th century, and it really has the feels and looks, to be honest.

Like every smaller Croatian city, Omis is more dynamic during summer. Actually, they have a summer festival celebrating the culture and history of the town. However, the rhythm of Autumn is really charming, and perfect for travelers like us preferring to avoid tourist season.

South of Baška Voda

MAKARSKA

A sunset on the beach of Makarska.

The most beautiful sunset we’ve ever seen (maybe we say that often haha). From blue to orange, and then from orange to bright red, the sky was afire. The beach is quite similar to the one in Baška Voda and, you can do jetski. Since the town is bigger you have a promenade with restaurants, you even have some vegan options (unhoped at the end). There are more tourists here, so even in October, the vibe was a bit more vibrant. We had a beautiful date, and then went back to Baška Voda to our hotel room.

Day 3:
Split

The port of Split and the alley of palm trees.

9 AM, It was time to leave Baška Voda and take the bus back to Split. We’ve had a few days of rain and storms and wanted to enjoy this day of sun to explore the old city. 

We had so many things to see in the second-largest city in Croatia. The ruins date back from the Roman empire, and we immediately felt immersed. Delighted. That’s how we felt every time we turned around a corner and discovered a new alley. Split has been, with Hvar, our favorite place from this Croatia itinerary 7 days trip.

Split, old town

DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE

Diocletian's palace of Split.

First, we visited first the Diocletian’s Palace, which was built for Emperor Diocletian during the 4th century.

Actually, it is one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. Emperor Diocletian built it during the 4th century. 

ST. DOMNIUS CATHEDRAL

It is possible to climb the Bell Tower of St. Domnius Cathedral, located in the Diocletian Palace. There you can enjoy a spectacular view of Split, with its beautiful orange roofs and pastel-colored walls.

THE IRON GATE

Getting lost in the old town, walking on cobblestone lanes is a rich experience. We particularly loved the experience of crossing the iron gate. Like any roman city, Split is surrounded by ramparts. The gates allowing access to the city haven’t lost their charms.

THE VESTIBULE

An old imperial court where locals come to sing to attract tourists. The circular walls make the music bounce and it creates a very religious atmosphere. And, if you really like it, you’ll be able to buy the CD of the men singing (we believe they perform every 20 minutes). 

Lunch break: “Vege Fast Food” our favorite vegan street food so far, and super cheap!

Split’s beaches

BAČVICE BEACH (DON’T)

Honestly, one of the worst beach we’ve experienced. We do not recommend it at all. It is close to the road, polluted and has no charm. Thankfully, it’s not the only one in Split and we found the other ones! 

JEZINAC BEACH (DO)

We loved going there. Locals come here too, which is always a good sign. Close to the pines, close to nature, this little beach moving towards the see has all you need to spend some relaxing time.

Day 4:
Šibenik

We heard from friends that Šibenik was like Split, but smaller, with a beautiful cathedral. The bus ride from Split to Sibenik took about 1h40 and cost around 50 kunas (6,75€). 

When we arrived, we didn’t think we’d find such a magnificent medieval heart. The gleaming white walls of the city marry perfectly with the placid water with its sailing boats waiting to leave. Exploring the steep backstreet of Šibenik is enchanting. We had little time, so we just let ourselves get lost in this labyrinth. But, if you have more time you should visit the Krka National Park.

Our favorite gem from the many that Šibenik has to offer? The cathedral of St James, a UNESCO world heritage. It’s also the city’s most visited spot. A tip: get there very early, or late afternoon when people are going back to Split.

Day 5:
Hvar town

If you liked Split, you will love Hvar. The city was built on one of the islands in the Adriatic Sea. And, it’s a total gem. So, if you plan your Croatia itinerary 7 days trip, please make sure to add Hvar in your list.

You can take the ferry from the port of Split. There, you can find ferries to Hvar, Brac, Solta, and Korcula. The routes are currently served by 3 companies: Kapetan Luka, Jadrolinija and Krilo Shipping Company. During high season, there are up to 16 journeys per day whereas during low season there are only 2 to 3 journeys per day (click here for the timetable). The route takes about 1h and costs between 60 and 100 kunas (8-15€) depending on the company.  

The old town

Another labyrinth to get lost in. The twisting laneways are very picturesque. During peak season, it might feel impossible to escape the crowd of tourists and sailing folks. We really felt privileged to visit Croatia during Autumn for this specific reason. Even though there were still a few tourists, we still had the opportunity to visit the authentic Hvar.

Just take a few steps away from the main square. There, white-washed alleyways will guide you through the “real” Hvar. If you allow yourself to walk up the stairs made of old stones, if you just allow yourself not to look at your map (or phone) for a bit, then you’ll discover a side of this beautiful city that many people never get to experience.

ST. STEPHENS SQUARE

The St. Stephens Square is the largest old square in all of Dalmatia. There, you’ll spot the cathedral and its massive door. We honestly got goosebumps taking pictures in front of the cathedral (early morning otherwise the square is full). The architecture is so unique, it has this vintage feeling you get from visiting old towns in the south of Europe.

HVAR FORT

If you walk up from the square and pass the Porta Di Datallo (gate of dates) ascending through the beautiful streets, you’ll reach The Fortica Fortress or how the locals call it, Španjola.

Constructed in the 16th century, the Fortica Fortress has a lot to offer. It exhibits traces of Hvar’s history. But there is more too see. First, you have the most outstanding panoramic view of the city. Secondly, you can get a glimpse of the Pakleni islands. Oh, and let’s not forget about the opportunity to enjoy a stunning sunset (here we go again).

Costs 40 kunas (5,40€).

FALKO BAR

We were so sad to see that is was closed during the low season. We didn’t get a chance to experience it but we’ve heard that it’s a must-do if you’re there. It was one of our friend’s top place to watch the sunset while enjoying a cocktail. Fresh!

Day 6:
Hvar beaches

Walking distance from Hvar

POKONJI DOL (WALKING DISTANCE)

Only 25 minutes away from the heart of Hvar town (walking), Pokonji Dol is probably the best beach within easy access to the town itself. You can get there either by walking by the road (longer route) or by taking a path through the hill (which is not hard) separating the beach from the town. There is a restaurant by the beach but, as it’s the only one, it’s a bit pricey for the quality. We’d suggest bringing your own sandwich!

MEKIĆEVICA BEACH (ANOTHER 20 FROM POKONJI DOL)

Mekićevica beach is another beautiful pebble beach. It’s another 20-minute walk through the pine forest from Pokonji Dol. Honestly, the walk was amazing. It’s also a quite easy walk, that we took in our swimming suit. Just make sure to have a bottle of water with you. There will not be any restaurant or bar at the beach. 

And one last warning: it’s a nudist beach. Both tourists and locals seem to know about it. Some people, however, were wearing a swimming suit. So it’s not like you have to be naked, but rather that you should not be upset if others are.

Day trip from Hvar

PAKLENI ISLANDS

Disclaimer: we haven’t been there.

But, the Pakleni islands are a chain of 21 isles full of picturesque coves and hidden beaches. They are easily reachable by taxi-boat from Hvar port (60 kunas return or 8€) and a very popular day trip. I found this little article with some of the best beaches of the Pakleni Islands.

Day 7:
Split, departure

For our last day, we came back to Split, as we had to take the plane back to Sweden. We enjoyed some of the best vegan foods and ice-cream (again) before we left. We closed the loop, our Croatia itinerary 7 days trip, with some good food. This was the best goodbye, right?

When traveling we love exploring markets as they usually are where locals buy the goods and foods to carry on a place’s legacy. You experience the raw and the real. If you’re interested in more than Croatia itinerary 7 days and want to know more about the foods, read this article:

Read related articles:
“Markets, the city life of Split”
“Best vegan foods Split, Croatia – where to eat plant-based”

If you’ve got more days
Vis Island

The island of Vis is all about unspoiled nature, breathtaking beaches, amazing underwater world. We had the chance to have an extra day in Croatia, as we got offered an extra night by the hotel we stayed in, and we decided to explore Vis and it’s surrounding.

So, if like us you have a bit more time before leaving and want to add a few things on your itinerary, please have look at our next article.

Read related articles (soon to be released):
“One day on Vis island (blue lagoon, the island of Budikovac, Stiniva beach and Vis Town)”


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K

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