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Home » Ciovo, Dalmatia, UNESCO

Holidays in Trogir Croatia

Trogir square below CathedralOne of our favourite cites in Croatia, is Trogir, which is situated 25 km north of Split. Trogir has a history which dates more then 2000 years back in time, do to its geographical position between the main land and the Island Ciovo, Trogir was an important city to conquer for all the rulers along the Adriatic coast, so over the years Trogir has been Greek, Roman, Venetian and even French, all of them has to some extend contribute to the cultural heritage of the city.

Today Trogir consist of 3 parts, the main land part, the Old Town Island and the Ciovo part of Trogir, in 1997 Trogir´s (old town) was inscribed in UNESCO list for world heritage. The old town island has one of the highest church densities in the world and beautiful buildings in the Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architectural style.

Trogir Today:

Today Trogir is a popular tourist destination, with close to 20.000 beds, the tourism industry is by far the most important in the area, Trogir was one of the first cities, I visited here in Croatia, who had banned, neon lights, posters etc. from the old town part, the municipal did so not to ruin the old town atmosphere, considering that the income from the tourism industry makes up more than 50% of the municipals budget, this seams to be a very vice decision.

The 20.000 beds, in hotels, hostels and private accommodation should enable all tourists to find a suitable accommodation for a vacation in Trogir, although I have to mention that in July and August most of the accommodation is normally occupied, so book in good time if you want large selection to choose between.

What to see in Trogir:

Trogir Cathedral St LawranceOf course the old town in general is the main thing to see in Trogir, apart from that, the following sight are the once, which you for sure should not miss out on.

    1. The newly renovated Cathedral of St. Lawrence (13th century), with the amazing portal from Master Radovan, I can highly recommend to pay the 20 kuna entrance fee to see both the Cathedral and the tower. NOTE: The climb to the top of the tower is not for people who have problem with heights.
    2. The Fortress Kamerlengo (15th century), is situated at north the peak of the island, for a modest entrance fee of 15 Kuna, you can take a walk on the fortress walls, the main tower is accessed by a relative steep latter from the fortress walls, but not steeper then most people should be able to handle it. In the summer the fortress is also used for concerts and other events.
    3. The Green market which is situated at the main land part, just need next to the bridge, here you find all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables, and of course you can also buy olive oil and Rakija (Local snaps)

Where to eat:

The restaurants in Trogir are concentrated around the Riva (blue line on map below) and the old street 30 meters after the school (coming from bridge), in addition there is a few restaurants ships on the Ciovo side of the Town.

Although I tried quite a few restaurant I can not recommend anyone particularly as the where all quite OK, one exception should be the restaurant Capo do to its excellent ambient.

Parking in Trogir:

Trogir has 3 paid parking areas, two of them are situated on the mainland side and one is situated on the right hand side just after you cross the bridge from the mainland. There is also a few parking spaces on the Ciovo site of the town.

Parking fees are from 5 to 15 kuna and hour, the closer to the old town the more expensive it gets, I have marked all 3 parking places on the map below, my recommendation would be to take parking number 2 (8 kuna/hour), from here there is a wooden walking bridge to the island, alternatively you can cross on the regular bridge.

Beaches in Trogir:

The most popular beach for Trogir visitor is the Okrug Beach on Ciovo island, from Trogir centre you can either reach the beach by car (5 km) or take the boat shuttle between Trogir and Okrug Gornji, boat leaves every half hour in the main season (price around 10 kuna)

Other beaches to mention is the gravel and sand beach Pantan, situated a few km outside of Trogir direction Split, easiest way to get there is to take bus nr. 37 and get out at the second stop after leaving Trogir, from here you have a few hundred meters to the beach.

 

The Medena beach is another popular alternative, it is situated 4-5 km from Trogir in direction Primošten, you can reach the beach with the bus going from Trogir to Medena. Medena is a larger holiday area with hotels and apartments, main part of guest living at the resort stays at the Medena beach as it offers a great Varity of sport activities, including water slides and pitches for soccer and volleyball.

Last but not least, there is of course lost of small “private” beaches around the Ciovo island, to reach most of them you would need a car, although there is buses to Slatine and a few other cities on the Island.

Transport to and from Trogir:

By Car: if you are driving to Trogir from the A1 Motorway you will have to exit the  Motorway in Prgomet, from here you have around 15 km to the Trogir centre, alternatively (coming from North) you can exit the motorway in Šibenik and follow the coastal road to Trogir, this would take about one hour.

From Split you have around 25-30 minutes drive, in main season it can be more do to traffic.

By Plain: The Split Airport in Kastel Stafilic is only 5.5 km from the Trogir centre, with a taxi I will cost you about 80-100 kuna to get to Trogir, alternatively you have bus nr. 37 leaving every 20/30 minutes from the main road in front of the Airport, price 20 kuna.

By Bus: The best way to get to Trogir from Split is to take a fast bus which leaves from the main bus station in Split (Autobusni Kolodvor opposite to the ferry harbour) from 5 AM to midnight you have 1 to 3 buses leavening every hours, bus ride is about 30 minutes.

If possible avoid taking the local line number 37, which leaves next to the green market (unless you have plenty of time), as it stops lots of times on the way.  If you are going the other direction, please not one our map (below) where to find the main bus station in Trogir.

If you are heading direction Primošten / Šibenik you have several buses leaving from main station in Trogir.

By Boat: There is a person ferry (boat) from Split via Slatine to Trogir, first boat leaves Trogir at 6 AM in the morning and last one around 7 PM, from Split the first boat leaves around 9 AM and last boat around 9 PM, ask in the local tourist office for actual timetable or call the boat owner +385 917271244

Price for trip Split – Trogir is 20 kuna / person one way, please note that the boat only have space for around 40 people so it can get crowded in the main season.

Panorama mini marina and market

Excursions from Trogir:

From Trogir the following one day excursion can be recommended:

Fish picnic: during main season your have excursion boat leaving from the Riviera.

Trip to Split: Take ferry/boat to Split in the morning, here you should see the old town with the Diocletian Palace – here you can find more inspiration for a Split visit.

National park Krka: If you travel by highway it will take about 1 hour to get to Krka, here you have guide to Krka Waterfalls.

Coastal trip: Take a car drive alone the coast, stopping in the cities like Marina and especially in Primošten e.g. to have lunch, continue to Šibenik to see the old town and St. Jacob Cathedral which might be the next Croatian side to be inscribed in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage list.

Accommodation in Trogir:

As I mentioned earlier there is around 20.000 beds available in the Trogir municipal, before you book you should consider the following.

The number of accommodation on the old town island is limited, and normally also the most expensive. On main land part, you have accommodation along the main road and in Seget which is a nice little city just few km outside of Trogir.

Trogir

Trogir

Trogir

Main part of accommodation you will find on Ciovo e.g. in Okrug Gornji, where lots of new apartments house was build in the last 10 years, be aware that leaving the island can take a long time especially in the main season, so if you plan to go on mainland excursions every day I would not recommend accommodation here.

Camping around Trogir:

There are 4 campsites in the Trogir Area

tent_80x60Camping Vranjica Belvedere: Situated about 5 km outside of Trogir in direction Sibenik, you find the 3 star rated campsite belvedere. The 450 pitches are situation on cascades towards the waterfront, the camp is well equipped and e.g. offer a shuttle boat to the Riva in Trogir.

Camping Rožac: About 2 km from Trogir in direction of Okrug Gornji, you find the 3 star rated camp Rozac, the camp is equipped with good facilities and the pitches are nicely cover with Pine trees, capacity of camp is 550 people.

Camping Labaduša: Labaduša campsite is situated on the southern bay of Ciovo island’s, close to Okrug Gornji, the 2 star rated camp offer space for around 400 guests.

Camping  Seget: Situated just two km outside of Trogir, you find this 1 star rated camp, with space for around 300 guests.

Map of Trogir:

On the map below you can see all the places we mentioned, if you have any questions about Trogir, or holiday in the Trogir area, feel free to contact us for advice.

Prikaži Trogir map / Karte trogir na većoj karti

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54 Comments »

  • Magnus says:

    Hi
    Love your first picture in this post. I guess it is taken from the tower of the Cathedral. I have an apartment outside Trogir (in Seget Vranjica), and I visited Trogir several times. We then agreed to “enter the tower” next summer, and so we will. I will of course bring my camera.

  • Alison says:

    Hi wondered if you can give us some help/advice

    We are bringing our two children aged 7 & 5 to stay in Ciovo. We would like to take them to Krka national park – do you know of any company we can use to arrange the trip. We will not have a car and I am not confident we could do it by bus, are there any tour operators?

    Do you have any advice on a company to use to get from the airport to our apartment in arbanija. We arrive at 9pm on a Sunday evening.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Alison, I know my friend at Trogir Portal normally has Krka Waterfall trips, you can mail him at portal@portal-trogir.com asking for schedule for this summer, his place is called Trogir Portal it is situated next to the Ciovo bridge on the Trogir side of the bridge, normally you would see lots of bikes and scooters outside his shop, so you cant miss it.

      Regarding the transfer from Airport to Arbanija, I think the easiest would be to take a taxi, which I would guess should be around 150 Kuna, I think it would be hard to find transfer company who, for such a short distance, would do it cheaper then that, and going with the bus would be to much a hassle at that time a day.

      PS: Did you ask your landlord if he would pick you up in the Airport?

      Kindest regards, Morten

  • Alison says:

    Thanks for your help.

    Our landlord would pick us up but would cost Euro 120 return! Are we ok to just jump in a taxi?

    Thanks

    • Mike Belton says:

      I have used Taxis from Split Airport to Trogir. I have also used hotel transport. I find the latter preferable. I don’t think there is any danger with the taxis [robbery etc] but they do drive erratically- That is very fast.

  • Elena says:

    Hi, thanks for this very useful information! Can you recommend a good fish market in Trogir or Ciovo please?

    • Hi Elena,

      i think there is only one fish market in Trogir, as far as i know it should be close to the big konzum (Bridge to Trogir island), it is only open in the morning maybe from 7 to 11 AM.

      As for Ciovo, i dont know if there is any fishmarket.

      Morten

  • Elena says:

    Thanks very much for your help! I was looking for the main bus station on your map of Trogir, but I don’t think it’s marked there.. Could you tell me whereabout it is? I’ll be going to Trogir soon and plan to take the bus 37 from the airport, so was trying to find out where I’d actually arrive in Trogir.

  • daniel says:

    hello morten

    firstly thank you for putting this very useful web site together

    We are coming to trogir area in the first week of june we are renting 6.25 meter speed boat and a apartment in the slatine area. I was wondering about day mooring (places to leave the boat) during the day when we wanted to head into town (trogir, split or anywhere else you can recommend) we plan on usinf the boat to go to as many harbors in diffrent town as possible

    what are the availability of public moorings and are they free or do you have to pay for them, if soo how much are they……… and were can i find information on there locations

    thank you very much
    Daniel

  • Gareth says:

    Hi Morten,

    Is it possible to travel from Bol on Island Brac to Trogir?

  • Rimas says:

    Hi Morten,

    Two questions:
    Is it possible to find excursion to Plitvice from Trogir?
    and how to reach Okrug beach by bus?

    Regards,

    Rimas

    • Hi Rimas, i think it is possible to find and excursion to Plitvice, try to ask by the agency Portal in Trogir. There is busses going to Okrug, but i dont know the schedule, you are aware about the boat from the Riva in Trogir to Okrug beach?

      best, Morten

  • Don says:

    Hello,
    Could you tell me what the area is like in October. We will traveling through Trogir, Split and on to Dubrovnik.Are there many tourist,are things still open, hows the weather. Thanks in advance for your response.

  • Syl says:

    Hi,
    Do you know if the parking next to bus station is still 5 Kn/hour? Thank you.

  • Øistein says:

    Hi, and thank you for a splendid web-site.
    My familiy and I are planning a holiday in Croatia for 2013, and will most likely stay on Ciovo island. We will probably not want to rent a car, so I wonder about bus or boat services between the following places:
    Okrug Gornji – Trogir
    Okrug Donji -Trogir
    Slatine -Trogir
    Arbanija – Trogir

    Any info here will be most helpful in deciding where to stay at the island.

    Thanks a lot in advance.
    Bets regards
    Øistein

    • Hi Øistein (Er du Norsk?)

      I know there is a bus running on the island as far as i know i goes to all the cities you mention, but i have never been able to find an official schedule for that one. What i can say for sure, is that you have boat from the marina in Okrug Gornji to Trogir, in main season i think boat sail every 30 minutes during whole day. From Slatina you also have boat to Trogir 3 or 4 times a day.

      I will check at the bus station in Trogir next time i am there, to see if i can find an official scheduel for the island bus.

      Best regards,

      Morten

  • Øistein says:

    Thank you, Morten.

    Do you happen to know from where in Okrug Gornji the boat to Trogir leaves? Is it from what seems like a small harbour, with a man-made jetty?

    Mvh/Best regards
    Øistein

  • Øistein says:

    Splendid, Morten!
    Much appreciated 😀

    Seems like it’s where we might wanna stay, as it is close to restaurants as well? 😀

    Best regards
    Øistein

  • Øistein says:

    Hi Morten.

    By a lucky strike I found this bus-table 🙂

    http://www.promet-split.hr/sadrzaj/linije/Vozni%20red%20Trogir.pdf

    Might come in handy 🙂

    Best regards
    Øistein

  • paddy says:

    Hi Øistein, Do you know what time the ferries from Trogir to split depart in June, how much they are (for an adult and a 6 year old child) and how long they take.

    thanks

    Paddy

  • Sue Brown says:

    Hi Morton,
    I’m am organising a trip to Croatia for a group of 5 ladies and we are coming out in May and I am looking at two areas, Rozac just east of the campsite and from the map I’ve been looking at the other place looks to be marginally east of Okrug Gornji – it says very close to Copacabana beach in the advert for the apt.
    What I would be like to know is which of those two places is the livelier bearing in mind we are talking May which is out of season and we are not hiring a car, so will be relying on walking or public transport to get around.
    We are self catering so will need access to a supermarket to stock up on essentials but we also like eating out so would like to be close to bars and restaurants.
    By the looks of things Trogir is within walking distance of Rozac am I correct in thinking that and is it feasible to walk to Trogir from Okrug Gornji or would we need to catch a bus or a boat ? That’s if the boats run in May.
    Many thanks for any advice,
    Sue

    • Hi Sue,

      There will probably not be to much going on in May in Rogaz and Okrug Gornji, but you will for sure find eating places and bars which are open. Of course you will have much more happing in Trogir. You can walk there which is about 2 km. I am not sure if the boats are running, i would assume there is a few departures from Marina Okrug, which is 1 km in the opposite direction (from Rogaz). Buses will for sure be running.

      Brgds, Morten

  • TUSHAR says:

    hi!
    we are 2 families , with 5 children in the age group 18 to 23.
    we are visiting Croatia in june end and july.
    we start from Dubrovnik ( 2 days) and then drive to Hvar (2 days) via the ferry and then onward to split or trogir (2 nights)and plitvice.
    can you please advise if we should stay in trogir or split for the 2 nights?

  • Julie says:

    Hi, we are flying to Split and returning ten days later from Zadar in August. I know it will be hot and crowded and we will just have to visit sites early in morning. We are in our 50s and son is 13. We like heritage sites, eating, wine, and we also want to do exploring swimming snorkelling boat trips etc for our son.None of us like very noisy nightlife but like people watching etc. We don’t want to rent a car and are used to finding buses etc.

    I thought rather than Split we should stay in Trogir which looks beautiful and possibly slightly quieter and vist Split for the day (must see Diocletians palace area). Ive seen an apartment just over the bridge on Ciovo with pool.
    I need advice really. We are thinking to stay a few nights in Trogir and maybe a couple of nights in Brac maybe Bol or Sutivan. We would then go to Skradin by bus and visit Krka falls perhaps two nights there and then Zadar for last days.
    I gather the plane flights etc over Trogir can be noisy and thought 2 nights on Brac (apt with a pool) might be quieter and we could go swimming etc . Or will it really not be that different/quieter at that time of year and we should just visit Brac for the day.

    Or would it be better to be based in Trogir for 5 nights then Zadar for 5 nights and do everything else as day trips on buses or boat. I want to balance noise and crowds really with some relaxation. Please help Croatia looks so beautiful and I want to get the best out of a time of year we would not normally have chosen (school holidays). thank you

    • Hi Julie,

      In August there is quite a lot of people here, no matter where you go, but on the islands it is usually less hectic and noicy.

      Trogir a great pick, you should not worry that much about noise from the airport, you course can hear the planes, but i do not find the noise level annoying in anyway. Split you should for sure visit. If you decide to go to Brac, Sutivan is a more quite spot then Bol, but Bol has more to offer.

      If you decide for the 5 nights Trogir, 5 Nights Zadar, you can still go to see lots of place, even with public bus, so that option should also work out.

      Brgds,

      Morten

      • Julie says:

        Thank you for helping Morten. We have ended up booking Trogir for 5 nights (Guest House Bakica) and then Skradin for 1 night so that we can either see the waterfalls late afternoon or early morning depending on transport. Then the rest of the time in Zadar.
        As you say there are plenty of day trips we can do.
        re the waterfalls at Krka if we go in the afternoon to avoid some of the excesses of crowds at 3.30 by boat from Skradin, the next boat back seems to be around 4.30 or 5 so we wouldnt have very long there. Is there another way we could get back to Skradin from Skradinski Buk if we miss the last boat. Im thinking public bus or taxi but can’t seem to find timetable or know where to get bus from coming back.Don’t know if you can help with that one.
        thank you
        Julie

  • Alexandra Pérez says:

    I was reading your valuable comme ts on parking in Trogir, but unfortunately I could not see the map where the location of these parking lots, there is an empty space but no map. Do you have any suggestions or could you give us an exact address of a couple of parking places so we could drive in from Zadar directly unto the parking lot? We need to leave a lot of luggage inside because we will visit a few hours on our way to Split and we don’t like to leave the car just on the street with all the stuff. Thank you so much!

    • HI Alexandra,

      you have drive to one of the following parkings, just paste the GPS codes into Google maps or your navigation and you will easily find it

      1. 43.518289, 16.252664 this one is on the main land 500 metres from the old town (Price i would guess 8 kn an hour)
      2. 43.518126, 16.248206 this one is just opposite to the old town, connected with a wooden walking bridge (Price 10-12 kn an hour)

      If you leave your luggage at the trunk of the car, you should not have any problem on those parking spots.

      Brgds, Morten

  • Julie Dean says:

    Hi again Morten,
    well our holiday starts in Trogir in 3 days. I cannot wait! Thank you for your previous help. Do you know if there are any nice local festivals on while we are in Trogir? Food/wine or music art or historical/religious fiesta. We usually manage to find something but I have not found anything on google for the time we are staying 19th- 24th,then Zadar 25-29.
    Do you know of any nice little festivals we could enjoy. Thank you we are so looking forward to arriving on wednesday. Also would you know how easy it is to Kayak from the Ciovo side up to the river at Plantana? (Im no expert!!) than you Julie

    • Hi Julie

      i am not aware of any festival taking place during the period you mention, as you can see from the “town” calendar here, there seams to be mainly concerts on the schedule.

      I would ask the local tourist board once there, they should know if there is something happening.

      With Plantana, do you mean the Pantan mill just south of Trogir? if so going there from Ciovo by Kayak, should not be to complicated as it is not far, the only thing is that they are currently constructing the new bridge between Ciovo and the mainland, i am not sure if that would be and obstical.

      Brgds, Morten

      • Julie says:

        Thanks for that Morten. I’ll try and find the Tourist office once we are there. I’m sure it will be nice though just to soak up the atmosphere of Trogir. Yes I got the name of the river wrong i do mean the Pantan Mill. Interesting that a new bridge is being built. Well we will find out how it is affected in two days time! You have a great very informative web site, it must be a full time job answering all the comments.
        We expect to do our trip to Split on Thursday or Friday so will look forward to seeing your beauiful adopted city.
        thank you
        Julie

        • Your welcome Julie,

          The tourist board has office on the square next to the Cathedral, so you can easily find it.

          When you go to Split, remember the option to take the boat from Trogir Bura line, is a quite nice trips if the weather is great, and in Split, you get of the boat at the Riva which is in the center of town.

          Hope you will have a great trip,

          brgds, Morten

  • Julene says:

    Visiting Split in September. Would like to do a dinner evening visit to Trogir. Nice idea… or maybe not. Ferries take too long roundtrip to make this possible. Are there water taxis Split-Trogir? If so what is the cost? Otherwise is this possible with car? Thank you for your helpful site.

  • Kim says:

    Hi we are going to be in Croatia in July and was going to stay two nights in split but the ultra festival is on and our travel agent has suggested we stay in trigor. We have being in the thick of things and are worried that trigor will be to quite. We have a car and we are coming from hvar to split on the car ferry to either stay in split or trigor then we are off to zadar. What do you recommend?? How hard is it to get split from trigor??

    • Hi Kim,

      Trogir is of course more quite than Split during the Ultra days, but also plenty of stuff happening there e.g. you have a nice seaside Riva full with restaurants and coffee bars, some of them have live music and party atmosphere in the evening.

      If you are driving to Split from Trogir it will take you about 20-30 minutes depending on Traffic, you also have frequent buses and a boat line between the cities.

      Brgds, Morten

  • Jodi says:

    Hi Morten, My family and I will be on holiday in Trogir on 15 August. I understand that is a big holiday. What is open/closed on that day? Many thanks.

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