The old town of Trogir is placed on a small island, with bridges connecting it to the mainland and the island Ciovo. The city is divided into 3 parts one part which is situated on the mainland, one part on the historical island and one part on the Island Ciovo, the old town is often referred to as a town museum, which is no wonder considering the historical treasures which can be found in the old town. - the Romanesque portal of master Radovan, the Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces of Gojkovic, Alesi, Duknovic and Nikola Firentinac etc. is just a few of the building and monument in the old town.
Resent years Trogir has developed into one of the major holiday destination in Croatia, the town management has put of lot of effort into marketing of the town, everything really took of when the town got listed on UNESCO’s list for the world cultural heritage. The city has a total of 20.000 registered beds, which is a relative high capacity considering that the city has only 13.000 residents.
Over the past years several foreign investors have acquired property in the city, most of this property have been carefully renovated.
History of Trogir:
First inhabitants on the grounds of today’s Trogir were Illyrians. In 4th and 3rd ct BC, Greeks founded here the colony of Tragurium. Next colonisations in this area were the Romans, who had taken Tragurium into their empire. Already in this period, Trogir was an important port and state granary. With fall of the Western Empire, Trogir and other old Roman cities in Dalmatia became part of a special military province (temat) of the Byzantine Empire.
Due to its location on an island, the town did not meet the tragic fate of Salona, which was destroyed during an attack by the Avars and Slavs. During the migration of Slavs the citizens of the destroyed Salona escaped to Trogir. From the 9th century on, Trogir paid tribute to Croatian rulers. In year 1107 it was chartered by the Hungarian-Croatian king Coloman.
In 1123 Trogir was conquered and almost completely demolished by the Saracens. In short period after that it got recovered, but still turbulent times continued: rulers changed frequently, among them King Bela IV and after him croatian dukes, mostly from Subic family. In 1420 the period of Venetian rule began, and lasted until its fall in 1797, when Trogir became part of Habsburg Empire. With exception of a short French occupation from 1806 to 1814, this lasted until 1918. After World War I Trogir became part of State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and subsequently the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
During World War II, Trogir was occupied by Italy and subsequently liberated in 1944. Since then it belonged to the second Yugoslavia and from 1991 to Croatia.
Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage - the Romanesque portal of master Radovan, the Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces of Gojkovic, Alesi, Duknovic and Nikola Firentinac etc.
Everyone gets surprised by the beauty of this Dalmatian pearl, its town walls, stone houses and streets. The fact that UNESCO added the old town part to the list of World cultural Heritage, emphasizes the cultural value of the city.
The most important cultural things in Trogir are:
The Historical city core in Trogir has about 10 churches and numerous buildings from 13th century, a 17th ct. city gate and city walls from the 15th ct. The entrance on the north side has a sculpture of the Blessed Ivan Ursini, the patron saint of the town
The Fortress Kamerlengo (15th century), from here there is great view on the town, in the summer months lots of concerts takes place in the fortress.
The Duke's Palace (13th century)
The cathedral of St. Lawrence from the 13th century, with characteristics of both Romanesque and Gothic styles, with the Portal of Master Radovan, the unique work of this great Croatian artist. The Cathedral was carefully renovated few years ago.
The big and small palaces Cipiko from the 15th century
The city loggia from 15th century
What to see in Trogir:
If you are cultural and historical interested we would recommend that you also see some of these sights:
Fort of St. Nicholas
South and north City Gate
Benedictine Convent and Church of St. Nicholas
Chapel of St. Mary
Church of St. John the Baptist
Old and new Cipiko Palaces
Cathedral of St. Lawrence
Church of St. Peter
Benedictine Convent and Church of St. Nicholas – here is kept The relief of Kairos, the Greek god of the happy moment, probably made in 1st century.
Trogir surrounding area and its towns are also interesting to visit, especially Split and Šibenik who are also listed on the UNESCO list for the World cultural Heritage. Beside them, a trip to some of the middle Dalmatian islands like Hvar, Brac and Korcula is highly recommendable.
The Vranjaca cave in Dugopolje is one of the only dolomite caves opened for public in the area.
Solin – old town by Split with remains of ancient Salona.
Accommodation in Trogir:
As you most properly can imagine the accommodation in the Old town part is limited, so if you want to stay there you have to book well ahead. Other alternative is to stay on the main land side where there are quite a few houses with holiday apartments, I you want to spend most of the day on the beach you should consider finding accommodation on Island Ciovo, e.g. in Okrug donje, you have one of the largest and most popular beaches in the area, from here there is a boat sailing to Trogir, so you would not even need car to go to the Trogir Promenade in the evening. Price wise accommodation in Trogir offers more or less the whole range, old town accommodation of course being the most expensive, on the Island Ciovo you can find accommodation from 10 / Euro person.
Beaches in Trogir:
Here are three most popular beaches in the Trogir area:
Pantan (Trogir) – this sand beach is ideal for families with children’s, it is located 1,5km east from Trogir centre. It is actually part of Pantan river estuary, together with surrounding area and Pantan Mills, protected natural resort. Don’t worry of being thirsty or hungry here – in popular Beach Bar “Mosquito” are offered cold drinks, light food and ice-creams.
Medena beach (Seget) – situated on south side of Trogir, it is part of Medena Hotel resort and is with Trogir, access by road, connected also by wonderful “Lungomare” by the sea. It is gravel beach, shadows can be found under pine woods. Also, around beach there are sport facilities: tennis courts, football & basketball courts, beach volleyball and Water-slide.
Beach in Okrug Gornji – it is situated on island Ciovo in town Okrug Gornji and is most popular beach on Trogir Riviera, also called “Copacabana”. It is more often visited by young people, searching for fun also through the nights that are offering coffee bars and restaurants placed there.
Restaurants in Trogir:
Domestic food is traditional Dalmatian, mostly fish dishes can be found on the menu, although here you can taste meals from all around the world. Here are best restaurants in our opinion:
Restaurant Alga – placed in old part of town, on Romantic Square. Its food offer is great, from Dalmatian to continental meals, together with great wines.
Restaurant Fontana – placed at the waterfront provides you great and relaxing views. Enjoy eating in its palm garden. Fontana offers various types of fish specialities (best in town!) and full continental menu. It is open daily from 1200 till 0100h.
Restaurant Sveš – in old part of town, its garden is inside old stone walls, providing quietness and no passengers by your table. The restaurant is held by Trogir family for many years and offers really good food and drinks. It is a bit harder to find it, but you will not be sorry.
Entertainment and night life:
Through out the summer months numerous tourist groups visit Trogir on daytrips, during they day you can see them wondering around in the. In the early evening hours people gather on the promenade in Trogir, some sit in one of the many coffee bars and restaurant on the waterfront.
In the late evening hours, bars and discos turn the Promenade in to a party place for some hours.
For those who prefer more quite form of entertainment, there is a various kinds of concert and other summer events taking place more or less daily during July and August.
Shopping in Trogir:
Souvenirs can be bought almost everywhere in old part of town and at the waterfront. Large green marked is placed just beside small bridge on the mainland side, opposite to the market there is a large konzum supermarket. A few km outside of town direction split there is a Lidl supermarket
How to get to Trogir:
By Car: take the A1 motorway from Zagreb to Split, exit the highway at the Trogir exit, from here there is about 15 km to the city center.
By Plane: Nearest airport is the Split Airport, which in Kastala 6 km from Trogir, from the Airport you have the following transfer options to get to Trogir (All prices below are rough ESTIMATES, prices depend on several factors, like time of year, day of travelling etc.)
Local Bus – leaves every 20 or 30 minutes in front of the Airport, price about 15 kuna.
Taxi – price for a taxi around 100-150 kn, depending on where in Trogir you are going.