Visit Trogir, Croatia
Trogir was fought over by the Greeks, Romans, Saracens, Venetians, Hapsburgs and Napoleon in the last two millennia. The Adriatic port reflects these influences with a well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic heart, scattered with Baroque and Renaissance buildings, all hemmed in by medieval city walls. It makes a quieter base than nearby Split and lies about 5 km (3 miles) from the international airport.
Trogir is set on a tiny island linked to the mainland and the larger island of Čiovo by bridge. This unusual setting, the surrounding water and the position inside 15th-century city walls gives it an undeniably romantic character.
The town’s waterfront promenade is a traffic-free area lined with outdoor cafes and ice cream shops, bars and bobbing yachts, and a magnet for walkers on summer evenings. Further inside the walls, a maze of narrow streets and back alleys play home to local residences, art galleries and restaurants.
The old town remains largely as it was in medieval times and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of its buildings date back to its heyday between the 13th and 15th centuries, and the central Saint-John Square is a good place to start a walk around the historic core of the town. Here you’ll find the town’s municipal buildings and loggia as well as its crowning glory, the Cathedral of Saint-Lawrence.
The cathedral’s carved Romanesque portal depicts Adam and Eve on the back of lions and leads into a three-nave interior with a 15th-century chapel dedicated to the town’s first bishop. Once you’ve had a chance to look around, climb the bell tower for views over the town.
Opposite the cathedral sits the grand Cipiko Palace, the palatial home of a prominent local family in the 15th century. Its carved detailing on the façade and the Gothic trefoil windows are more recent additions to what started out as a group of Romanesque buildings first remodelled in 1457.
Wander the surrounding cobbled streets and quiet lanes and you’ll happen upon more grand townhouses, small churches and traditional stone dwellings. For something a little different, take a stroll through Trogir’s market. Along with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, it’s a good place to find local olives, honey, oil and grappa, but to see the fish market in full swing you’ll need to arrive early in the morning.
Once you’ve explored the town, head for the waterfront. Guarding the western side of the city walls, the 15th-century Kamerlengo Fortress was built by Venetians who felt threatened by Ottoman attacks. Soon after, the Renaissance Saint-Mark's Tower was added to its north end, which you can climb for views over the town and seafront. During the summer, the fortress is used as an open-air concert venue and cinema.
On the eastern end of the southern shore of the island, a bridge leads over to the far larger Čiovo Island, which is worth a visit to explore its remote pebble beaches and seafront bars and cafes.
Best time to visit Trogir
Trogir makes a great year-round destination but gets hot and crowded in July and August. Come between April and June for spring blooms and quieter streets, or in September or October when the crowds dissipate and a leisurely pace of life resumes. Between November and April, it’s far quieter and many water activities are closed.
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Places near Trogir
- Šolta 10 miles away
- Split 10 miles away
- Brač 24 miles away
- Šibenik 24 miles away
- Dalmatian Coast 26 miles away
- Hvar 32 miles away
- Korčula 53 miles away
- Zadar 66 miles away
- Plitvice Lakes 100 miles away
- Dubrovnik 112 miles away
- Pula 152 miles away
- Zagreb 158 miles away
- Istria 164 miles away
- Rovinj 169 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Trogir
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Trogir. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The clue’s in the title at the intimate XII Century Heritage Hotel located on the waterfront in Trogir’s pedestrianised Riva area. It is also the ideal choice for those looking to explore the perfectly preserved town.
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea and medieval town of Trogir, Brown Beach House offers a restful stay along with added luxuries such as a pool with ocean views, flower-covered terrace bar, beach club and spa. The historic downtown area is a short stroll away.
Ideas for experiencing Trogir
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Trogir, and which use the best local guides.
Explore the cobblestone streets and historic architecture of Trogir, tour its market with a local chef, and enjoy a five-course meal in the city’s botanic gardens on this unusual tour that offers a comprehensive overview of local history and culture.
On this full-day private tour, take in the karst scenery and gushing waterfalls of Krka National Park by boat before visiting a 15th-century monastery. Then, join the owners of a small vineyard on a tour of their estate before sitting down to a wine-paired lunch.
Enjoy a private, full-day tour of the Dinaric Alps, a little-visited area where historic towns celebrate age-old battles, traditional customs and lifestyles are maintained, and you can sample local recipes such as soparnik, the precursor of pizza.
Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors, warriors and traders in the Diocletian Palace in Split. With a private guide, you’ll get expert commentary on the history, construction and preservation of the city and the lives of those who lived there.
Discover dramatic cliffs, historic coastal towns and the Blue Cave, an underwater grotto, on a private, full-day boat trip from Hvar. Visiting the islands of Vis and Biševo, you’ll gain a scenic introduction to the Dalmatian Coast.
Get a comprehensive introduction to the island Brač and its residents as you explore its karst scenery, fertile valleys and historic towns with a private guide. During the tour, you’ll take in olive presses and stonemasons, wineries and museums.