It’s hard to go past a visit to the coastal city of Split on a trip to Croatia. Not only a beautiful city in its own right with the remarkable UNESCO world heritage site of Diocletians Palace, it is also a popular starting point for sailing trips on the Adriatic Sea. But on top of that, Split also makes for a great base to explore more of the country by land. One particularly comfortable and enjoyable day trip is to the nearby town of Trogir.
Located to the west of Split, Trogir also lies on Croatia’s magnificent Adriatic coast, except it also stretches across two islands. In a sense Trogir is quite similar to Split, but with one major difference – the summer hoards, I mean tourists. Yes, while Split can get super busy with people ready to sail off down the coast, Trogir’s tourist are far fewer. And yet it still has a lot of the same things that make Split such a good holiday spot.
This is my experience making a day trip to Trogir from Split when I visited Croatia back in June 2o15.
While its old town may not be as vast as Split or Dubrovnik’s, its size gives it a quieter, lackadaisical atmosphere. Situated on a small island and adorned in marble, it’s another beautiful example of Venetian architecture. It may not have Diocletian’s Palace, but it too has made its way onto the UNESCO world heritage list. Walking through its narrow streets and elegant courtyards you’ll see plenty of charming buildings and balconies, and begin to see why.
This charm extends to Trogir’s waterfront promenade, with its large palm trees and casual public spaces. There’s also copious amounts of seating for al fresco dining at the various waterfront restaurants, so plenty of choice for lunch that’s for sure. The waterfront is also a great place to admire the exquisite Venetian architecture, not to mention the yachts that have moored there.
At the end of the promenade is the hard-to-miss Kamerlengo Castle, built by the Venetians in the 15th century. While it may have once been an imposing fortification, it has lost a bit of its ferocity over the years. Still, it makes for a great viewpoint from the top of its walls and towers, with entry costing 25HRK.
For those seeking to explore more of Trogir after the old town, the nearby beaches including on Čiovo Island are a great option. Čiovo Island is connected to Trogir by a small bridge and is home to a few neighbourhoods of Trogir as well as villages further away. The nearest beaches I knew of were Rozac beach and Okrug Beach, around 2-3km from the bridge from Trogir. As it turns out, there are plenty of beaches nearby.
The only downside is that there’s a decent hill in between, so walking can be a little taxing in summer. Still the views back to Trogir are pretty sweet. There are small boats that run regular services between Trogir and Okrug Beach, but prices vary. I walked as far as Rozac Beach and found somewhere to relax and eat the lunch I’d bought in town. I hadn’t planned or prepared to swim, so was content with the view of the small beach and once done made my way back to Trogir for Split.
- The bus from Split, leaving at the main bus terminal, runs regularly taking 30 minutes and costs 21HRK (2015);
- If you’re looking to save money, rather than eat at a restaurant find a local bakery and your money will go a long way;
- Take a boat to Okrug Beach if you don’t want to walk there;
- There are plenty of options if you choose to turn your visit to Split into an overnight stop.
Have you visited Trogir or been on any other day trips from Split? If not, which of Trogir’s attractions speak most to you? Please share in the comments below.
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