One 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.
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
Of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
Camping 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.
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