Mt Kozjak (‘Mali Kozjak’ in Croatian) is a mountainous ridge sitting above the town of Kaštela near Split and forms part of the Dinaric Alps; it is 9.5 miles (16 km) in length and its tallest peak is Veli vrj at 2,556 ft (779 m). From the top of Mt Kozjak there are spectacular glimpses across the Bay of Kaštela to Split and Trogir and on towards islands including Brac and Hvar scattered in the sparkling Adriatic Sea. The region is an enormously popular leisure destination with climbers in winter and there are several mountain lodges for overnight stays, including one at Malačka. In summer walkers and cyclists flock onto the mountain to follow the trails; one of the best-known in the area is around South Rock, a scenic hike with amazing views across rural Dalmatia.
Jeep tours leave Split daily for an exploration of the wilds of Central Dalmatia to discover its rural villages and unspoiled countryside on unmade lanes. One of the highlights is the carefully restored rustic hamlet of Škopljanci, which offers a couple of restaurants and a delightful garden planted with plants mentioned in the Bible. There’s also a small ethnographic museum where traditional costumes embroidered in red thread are displayed along with ancient farming implements.
Kaštela. Open 24/7. Admission free. An hour north of Split by road.