Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

Trogir Croatia is situated in the center of Dalmatia, on the eastern coastline of Adriatic sea. It lies in the middle of a small islet between the gentle hills on the mainland and the island of Ciovo.

It’s only couple of miles from the biggest Dalmatia airport, Split airport. This small picturesque town has a small bit of Venice. On contrary of his big brother it is less crowded and less expensive.

Why Trogir town is sometimes called, the Venice of the Adriatic. When you compare Trogir with Venice, it’s not because of the presence of the canals. The similarities with Venice is in local architecture, as the Venetians have ruled for centuries here.

Trogir Croatia is a virtual labyrinth of tight streets in the middle of beautiful buildings. Many of these buildings are beautifully decorated demonstrating the Venetian origins. Just be careful when wandering through the city, you might not find your way out!

But once you do, you will be ready for a nice cup of cappuccino or a tasty local pastry. You’ll find a long row of marina cafés, along Trogir Riva promenade, under the palms overlooking the canals.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

Trogir also has a number of excellent Italian restaurants, serving authentic pizza, seafood, and pasta at acceptable prices. It is also very colorful at night. Trogir boasts an active nightlife, with a number of popular dance clubs and bars.

Trogir Riviera overview

Getting to Trogir Croatia

Considering its central position on Dalmatian coast, getting to Trogir is easy and stress free. Being only couple of miles from Split airport, Trogir is the fastest way to reach the Adriatic sea.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

I recommend Trogir as the most convenient destination to easily reach not only Split town but also some of the most popular destinations as:

  • Krka National Park  – 48 Km
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park – 237 Km
  • Sibenik – 46 Km
  • Zadar – 120 Km
  • Split – 25 Km
  • Omis – 45 Km
  • Makarska Riviera – 85 Km
  • Podstrana Riviera – 30 Km

Getting to Trogir by plane! It’s the quickest way to reach this town and nearby island of Ciovo. Check out all cheap flights to Split airport to get to one of many Trogir beaches in less the four hours from any European destination.

Upon arrival at Split airport, take a private taxi (verify the price before as  the normal rate  in high season is between 10 to 15 € for 2 to 3 persons). If you aren’t overloaded with luggages, the cheapest way is to take local bus N° 37 to Trogir bus station. 

Reaching Trogir from Split

Distance from Split to Trogir center is approximately 30 km and it takes about 25 to 30 minutes to get there. The cheapest way is by bus N° 37 but keep in mind that bus from Split leaves from Sukoisanska bus hub (not at main bus station) which is 1,5 km walking from the city center. Check this page to find out where’s the main bus station.

Reaching Trogir from Split by sea

The most scenic way to reach Trogir Croatia is from Split harbour. Croatian shipping company Jadrolinija abolished the ferry line from Split to Trogir and Ciovo island. The line 606 is still present on their official website but it sails only from Trogir to nearby islands of Drvenik (Mali and Veliki).  

Fortunately there is another company that keeps fast boat connection (only passenger line) with Split - Slatine (Ciovo island) - Trogir line N° 616. You can find more on their website

Trogir Croatia – Top Sights To Visit

One of the highlights worth visiting is the Trogir cathedral of St.Lovro (St.Lawrence) situated in the very center of this Romanesque town. 

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

St.Lovro (St.Lawrence) is a triple-aisled basilica, set on the foundations of an early Christian church destroyed during an Arab invasion, built in the 13th century.

The greatest value of Trogir Cathedral lies in its renowned Romanesque portal (1240), the masterwork of one of Croatia’s greatest sculptors, master Radovan.

This two-piece portal depicts scenes from the Gospel and the birth of Christ. The doorway is filled with scenes of everyday life, pictures of saints and apostles, exotic animals, sirens and centaurs. 

On the outer edge of the doorway, there are two lions, one on each side, on which are seated Adam and Eve respectively. This cathedral, as well as the old part of Trogir, are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List (1997). Visit Tricia blog to get more info and images about this masterpiece.

The bell-tower of St. Lawrence Cathedral is like all bell towers in every city, the best point to see the town. It’s the tallest and most distinctive building in Trogir area.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia

It is 47 meters high built in 3 different styles during almost four centuries. It can be visited daily from 09 to -12 PM and from 16 to 19 AM. Price is 5 Kuna. You might find rather strange to see the sign ‘“You’re climbing on the bell tower on your own responsibility‘ but it’s worth climbing, if not for the gorgeous view.

If you read Tricia article titled Shades of Vertigo, you’ll understand the meaning of this sign.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Kamarlengo Castle

While walking along  palm lined Trogir promenade, on the west side of Trogir islet, you can’t miss Kamerlengo Castle. Built by Venetians in the mid-15th century was used as a naval base. Trogir in that period  was important navy harbor of Venetian republic.

The name of the castle derives from name of town Magistrate Camerarius. The word kamerlengo (Italian: camerlengo) refers to the title of a Venetian administrative official (a chamberlain).

The fortress is open to the public and can be visited from 09.00 AM. The entrance fee is 10 Kuna for adults and 5 kuna for children.  Nowadays, fortress is multimedia center with open air cinema and stage for various cultural events.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
St.Mark Tower

St. Mark’s Tower on the north end of the fortress was built shortly after the castle in typical Renaissance style. It was part of the west defense line together with fortress Kamerlengo. The tower was particularly important in 15th century for defense from Turks invaders.

Other favorite attractions in Trogir

Wandering through the winding streets of Trogir, visitors will have opportunity to admire many palaces and buildings. But, particularly one will draw  visitors attention.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Cipico's family palace

Cipico Palace was home of Trogir most important family. Located in front of the main town church, today its outside architecture that draws attraction. It’s  particularly spectacular an intricately carved Venetian-Gothic triple window.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Trogir City Hall

The City Hall (the Rector’s Palace) is another 15th-century building  with a Gothic courtyard decorated with coats of arm. The facade is well carved with the winged lion of St Mark, the symbol of the Venetian Republic.

Trogir Croatia Museums

To discover the past of the city more than 2300 years old, I recommend visiting two town museums:

City Museum is located in the Garagnin – Fanfogna Palace. It shows up  a rich history of the town. The library belonging to the Garagnin – Fanfogna family and the stone fragments and sculptures dating back to the Antique are only fragments of the interesting pastimes.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Trogir town museum

Museum is open to the public from June 15 to September 15, daily from 09:00 AM till 09:00 PM. Entrance fee is from 10 Kuna for adults and 5 Kuna for children and groups. Where is this museum

The second museum is Church Art Collection set inside the old  Benedictine Nunnery monastery, attached to St. Nicolas Church. Find this museum on the map!

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
St Nicholas church
Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Bronze Kairos statue

This museums shows an fascinating collection of art and artifacts from 3rd century BC when Trogir was a under Greek rule. It also exhibits Romanesque, baroque and gothic architecture all under one roof! Religious paintings, icons, statues from as far back as the 13th century.  

The treasury of this Benedictine convent is home to a stunning 3rd-century relief of Kairos, the Greek god of opportunity, carved out of orange marble. The bronze Kairos statue known in literature and made by the famous Greek sculptor Lysippos from Sikyon, was probably the model for the relief from Trogir.

The museum is small but nice. Great for history lovers. Overall, a lovely place. Definitely, worth a visit. The entrance fee of 30 Kuna may seem a bit pricey but the nuns do need it to support the old building.

Why you should choose Trogir Riviera for the holidays?

  • Advantageous geographic position. Vicinity of airport and Split city.
  • Vicinity of top Dalmatian attractions – Krka and Plitvice National parks.
  • Great choice of beaches around Trogir town and nearby Ciovo island.
  • Great choice and cheaper accommodation – Check the best Trogir Riviera deals. 
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Trogir Croatia Beaches

Many of the best Trogir beaches are located in surrounding area of Trogir town, along the Trogir Riviera, on Ciovo island and Drvenik islands (Veliki and Mali Drvenik). You don’t have to travel far for a quality beach experience!

If you are looking for best beaches for you vacation along Trogir Riviera, here is a selection of the most popular ones. More beaches you’ll find on nearby Ciovo island.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Pantan beach

Pantan beach is a beautiful beach located 1,5 km East of Trogir Center, on the mouth of the Pantan River. It’s a 500 meters long gravel and sand beach with pine-tree wood on eastern side providing nice shade during hot summers.

This beach is easily reachable by bus No.37 from Trogir bus station. You should get off on second stop, and walk for 200m and turn right where you will see the beach sign. 

On the beach there is a popular beach bar ‘Mosquito’ located directly on the seashore offering cold drinks, ice-cream and light food. The whole area is a protected natural resort with wonderful Pantan Mills on the north side of the beach.

Trogir Croatia The Heart of Dalmatia
Medena beach

On south side of Trogir Riviera there are many beaches, worth visiting. On of them is famous Medena beach, 4 km from Trogir town center. This 3km long gravel beach is surrounded by old pine-woods and features various sport facilities.

Medena beach is part of Medena Hotel Resort with 650 rooms and 200 apartments in the area. Medena Hotel is on of the most popular low-cost hotels, ideal for families with children. 

To reach Medena Beach, there is a bus from Trogir Bus Station for Medena Hotel, or drive for 4 km to the west from Trogir. There is also a sea taxi service from Trogir seaside promenade to Medena hotel. It runs in summer period every 15 minutes. Check Filip’s Marina service for more info.