Trogir is a port city with a population of 10,000 located in the county of Split-Dalmatia. The seaside town is located at the western entrance to the bay of Kaštela. Trogir’s center is located on a small island and has a particularly mild climate. This destination attracts visitors because of the coves on its coastline and many historical and cultural sites.
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Trogir, a charming and popular town in Croatia
Trogir is located in a strait between the island of Čiovo and the mainland. The whole area is connected by two bridges. Trogir has excellent connections with all Dalmatian cities, whether by land, sea or air. The Split airport is only a few kilometers east of Trogir, so the city is easily accessible by air. The nearest major city, Split, is only 45 minutes away by bus.
Trogir’s old town is a unique sight in itself and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Trogir developed thanks to its visitors and its economy is now based on tourism and the hotel industry. Other more traditional industries, such as fishing, agriculture and shipbuilding, also remain important to the local economy.
Trogir’s heritage and historical legacy
The city’s main treasures are related to architecture:
- The city’s historic center is very well preserved. It features both civilian and religious buildings dating back to the 13th century, including a dozen churches. Among them, the incredible St. Lawrence Cathedral and its carved door.
- Trogir was formerly protected by a wall. While it has almost disappeared, its 15th and 17th century gates are worth a visit.
- The Palace of the Dukes (13th century) and the Palace of Cippiko are also very representative of the city.
- The Kamerlengo Castle (15th century) and the St. Mark’s Tower can be found in the westernmost part of the island and are true symbols of Trogir.
- The alleys of the historical center, paved with smooth white stones, are worth a walk
Tourism in Trogir
Trogir’s Mediterranean climate makes it a very pleasant vacation destination in Croatia. Its coastline has many bays and capes. There are several beautiful coves along the coast and in the surrounding area, such as Voluja cove, Vela Rina cove on Drvenik Mali island and Krknjaši cove on Drvenik Veli island.
You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by visiting the area east of Trogir, on the side of Pantan, which is mainly covered with Mediterranean vegetation. This nature reserve is home to vineyards, fig trees, carob trees, olive trees, aromatic herbs and sage gardens. This area is recommended for visitors who want to enjoy peace and quiet and discover Trogir’s natural wonders.
To the northwest of Trogir, you can visit the hamlet of Baradići and dive into the rural side of Croatia. Visiting this locality in the village of Seget Gornji allows you to appreciate the quietness of the countryside, but also its picturesque side with particularly well-preserved old buildings. The highlight of this trip is the panoramic view of the islands from a beautiful viewpoint.
There is a bridge to the south of the historic town of Trogir that leads to the island of Čiovo. It is made up of many residential areas and also has several lively beaches. It can be reached by bus or ferry from Split.
Vacation accommodations in Trogir
There are very few hotels in the historic center, but there are plenty of rooms and apartments for rent there. There are more hotels on the mainland or on the island of Čiovo. Most houses and villas for rent are also located on this island.
Trogir through the centuries
Trogir has a long and tumultuous history. There is archaeological evidence that the city has been lived in continuously from prehistoric times to the present day. Traces of life dating back to the year 2000 B.C. testify to this.
The city is named after an ancient Greek colony called Tragurion, which was founded on an ancient Illyrian colony in the 3rd century BC. There is still a marble bas-relief on one of the palaces of the island city depicting Kairos, a divine figure of the time. Trogir’s influence then spread throughout Dalmatia under Byzantine rule. Later, the Croatian dukes built the church of St. Martha, which is decorated with wickerwork and surrounded by many medieval houses.