This gorgeous seaside city is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Secluded on a tiny island protected by medieval walls, Trogir is a lovely town for wandering and exploring and it should be included on every Croatia itinerary.
Are you planning your Trogir trip and you are wondering what to do there? You can expect a lot of exciting things to do in here. You are in the right place – I have selected the top things to do and see.
Trogir is about 61km from Šibenik and only 27km from Split. Its proximity to Split Airport also means that Trogir is very easy to reach.
You can’t do wrong with exploring this small town, full of charm – whether you visit as a day trip or you make it as your final destination. I already did both and this place really has my heart.
Old Town is so charming with its narrow cobblestone streets, buildings and seafront promenade. The entire town is a must-see. Here’s what you can see and do in this scenic, lovely city.
Before talking about what to do there, here are some essential informations so you can plan your trip easier.
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The city’s culture was characterized by the influence of the Greeks, the Romans and the Venetians. From the 13th to the 16th century, the most impressive buildings and attractions of Trogir were created and it seems that the old town has barely changed from then. The unique old town complex was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Best time to visit is in the summer and early September, when the weather is still nice, the sea is still warm, but there are less crowds.
HOW TO ARRIVE IN TROGIR
Trogir is situated between mainland (on both sides it is connected by a bridge) and Čiovo Island. As already mentioned, it is located about 30km from Split and 10km from Split Airport, so you can take a bus from Split (or Split Airport) or you can drive here. Finding a parking spot isn’t really easy, so I would advise you to take a bus.
There are many buses departing from Split Bus Station – you can buy your ticket online or at the bus station. You can also get on a bus line 37 from Sukoišanska Station in Split (a few minutes walk from Riva Split) to Trogir (this bus also makes a stop in Kašteli and in Split Airport).
The bus costs 21HRK (= 3€).
There is also a boat line from Split (it makes a stop in Slatine too), if you prefer boat trips. The boat ride takes a little over an hour.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU STAY?
If you are fast, you can walk through Trogir in a few hours. But if you want to explore the town and enjoy in its vibe, spend at least one day here. If you are staying in Split, Trogir makes a half or full-day trip.
WHAT TO DO IN TROGIR
Stroll along the promenade
Trogir’s waterfront promenade is where you’ll find the heartbeat of the city – with palm trees, cute cafés and dining options and yachts and sailboats. The promenade is the perfect place for strolling, people-watching and dining or drinking. Trogir is pretty much this promenade. It is a busy spot, but there are plenty areas to sit and enjoy the vibe.
Visit the Kamerlengo Fortress
This structure was built by the Republic of Venice to protect the city and control access to the harbor. Today, visitors can walk the top of the Kamerlengo Fortress walls and enjoy the amazing views of Trogir. Kamerlengo is surprisingly small, but ascending it gives superb views of Trogir’s surroundings. Kamerlengo is used in summer for outdoor shows and performances, even open-air cinema screenings.
Wander the streets in the Old Town
Trogir may be small, but it’s surprisingly easy to get lost exploring the city’s maze of streets and alleys. There’s a whole other world just a few steps away from the promenade. Even if the promenade is busy with people, the stone streets are pretty empty. Take some time to explore the enchanting alleyways, take a coffee, grab a lunch in a cozy restaurant or simply enjoy in a delicious gelato.
St. Lawrence Cathedral
In the main town square of Old Town Trogir, sits the prominent St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower. St. Lawrence Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries and is stunning piece of architecture. You can walk a few steps to the Bell Tower. Be aware that this may be a little challenging and a bit of workout, but is is worth the views.
You can visit the church for 25 HKR (= about 3,50€).
Clock Tower & Cipiko Palace
Directly across the square from St. Lawrence Cathedral, is the Clock Tower and City Loggia. The Clock Tower stands out in the main town square as the star with its pale blue face and its red-tiled dome top. Built in the 15th century, the Clock Tower was once part of St. Sebastian’s Church. Connected to the Clock Tower is the City Loggia with a Venetian architecture style. Are you wondering what a loggia is? Many cities had loggias which were meeting places in the main area of the town and political life.
On the other side of the square, opposite the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, lies the Grand Cipiko Palace. The manor was built in the 15th Century for an important Trogir family.
The family patriarch, Koriolan Čipiko, gained his fame and fortune as an admiral in the Venetian Navy, also building Kaštel Stari
TROGIR FARMER’S MARKET
Just outside of the island next to one of the main bridge crossings to Trogir is the daily farmers market. It’s worth a visit to try some local delicacies and other prepared foods or try some of the in season fruits from farms nearby.
For those seeking to explore more of Trogir after the old town, the nearby beaches including on Čiovo Island are a great option. Čiovo Island is connected to Trogir by a small bridge
After reading this blog I’m are sure you will visit Trogir and enjoy your vacation there. Do you have any questions or recommendations for spending one day in Trogir?
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