About 30 km to the west of Split is the beautiful Trogir and is fast becoming one of Croatia’s holiday hotspots.
The Venetian influenced town, set within medieval walls, features a labyrinth of cobbled streets and is fronted by a wide seaside promenade lined with bars and cafes, visited by luxury yachts in the summer months.Like neighbouring Split, the town has earned UNESCO World Heritage status due to its Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Trogir hosts a fine selection of hotels and with the abundance of sandy and pebble beaches on neighbouring Ciovo Island, it is the perfect destination for a relaxing escape.
Background to Trogir
May to October -Trogir offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of Months April, May, June, September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. The months of July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees.
When to go
Villa Sv. Petar
7 Nights from £389 pp
Beach: 3 km
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Beach: 3 km
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Dubrovnik & the Dalmatian Coast Tour - Grand Explorer
Type: Coach Tour
Ideal for: Visiting many of Croatia’s highlights without needing to fly
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Things to do in Trogir
Background to Trogir: The small, quaint town of Trogir is one of Central Dalmatia's most beautiful. The old town evolved within its medieval city walls, on a small island connected by bridges to both the mainland and the island of Ciovo. With its narrow streets, ancient churches and Romanesque and Renaissance dwellings, it is no surprise that UNESCO have granted it World Heritage status.
History and Culture: The cultural treasures located within Trogir, cosily encased within its medieval walls are one of the big draws of the Dalmatian region. The Venetian cathedral of St Lovro (St. Lawrence) is one the finest architectural works in Croatia and well worth a visit. For fantastic views of Trogir and its nearby islands climb up St Michael’s bell tower. Other buildings of distinction include the Romanesque Cipoiko Palace and the Kamerlengo Fortress, both soaring above their neighbours on this small island.
Cafe culture: Along Trogir’s glorious promenade you’ll find an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurant. After an afternoon of exploring Trogir’s fascinating sights and sounds, why not sit, back and relax with a coffee or beer watching the world go by. After all, holidays are meant to be a time to recuperate!
Beaches and Swimming: An abundance of beaches, both sandy and pebbly are easily accessible from Trogir. Pantan, backed by a wetlands nature reserve is a 20 minute walk along the mainland from Trogir. The pine forest makes for some great shade. Slightly further out is the popular Okrug Gornji on neighbouring Ciovo Island. Lined with cafe-bars and sporting extensive beach facilities it’s a great spot for swimming and sun bathing. Just take the regular number 44 bus or perhaps a more fun way of getting there is by boat, which takes 30 minutes.
Excursions from Trogir
Split: The bustling city of Split is only 35 minutes away and makes for a great day out from Trogir. Explore the UNESCO Protected Diocletian Roman Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in existence. It is a maze of delightful restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and ancient churches. To get to Split from Trogir, take one of the regular coaches to Split (duration 35 minutes), the local bus 37 (1 hour 15 mins) or a passenger ferry boat (summer only, duration 1 hour). For more information on Split, click here.
Krka National Park: Covering 142 square metres, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s famous for its magnificent waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk, a collection of 17 waterfalls that range in height of 45 metres. Unlike Plitvice National Park, you can swim here, an ideal way to cool off in the summer sun. If you haven’t a hire car, to get to Krka N.P from Split, take one of the regular buses to Sibenik (1 hour), then take a local bus (15 minutes) to Skradin, a town where you enter the park (entrance fee payable). Alternatively there’s a wide range of organised excursions available.
Sibenik: A maze of winding streets leading to pretty squares and the beautiful cathedral of (Sveti Jakov (St James) are two reasons why Sibenik shouldn’t be overlooked as a day trip from Trogir. The cathedral was built in the 15th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering an elaborate mix of styles, including its dome that was inspired by Brunelleschi’s in Florence. It’s easy to get to Sibenik from Trogir with regular coaches departing throughout the day (duration is one hour).
Deserted Island: If you’re yearning for some utter tranquility, head to the nearby islands of Drvenik Mali or Drvenik Veli. With only one small village on each island, the rest of the islands are made of sandy beaches, hidden bays and numerous of inlets. It’s the place to go for some quiet time by the sea, soaking up the summer sun. Both islands are easily accessible by ferry from Trogir with around three departures a day in the summer, taking one hour.