Croatia is famous for its beautiful coastline, and gorgeous old towns, but, many don’t travel outside of Spit and Dubrovnik. However, Trogir is one of those charming towns that are well with adding to your Croatian itinerary. It’s a beautiful place to visit for those who have an appreciation for history and architecture, and, in fact, anything that makes a wonderful European break! The list of things to do in Trogir is endless, from the top attractions to the off-the-beaten-path activities.
I can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with Trogir. I certainly did! From its location on the coast to its charming cobblestone streets, and its dramatic castle makes it an ideal place to visit during your next trip, whether you’re road-tripping around Croatia, or simply looking to lounge on some beautiful beaches.
So, if you’re looking for an amazing destination and a gorgeous hidden gem, then read on!
How to get to Trogir
Despite only being a 40-minute drive from Split, Trogir remains much less discovered. But, it’s fairly easy to get to.
The nearest airport is Split, so if you’re flying to Croatia, you’ll have to start your journey there. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the transfer to Trogir Old Town is actually closer than the transfer to Split’s Old Town.
If you’re coming from Split itself, there are regular bus connections from the airport in Split to Trogir – just make sure that you book tickets in advance to make things slightly easier. You can also take a taxi, book an advance airport transfer, or rent a car when you arrive at the airport. There’s also a catamaran that runs from Split to Trogir every day during the spring through to and early autumn.
If you’re coming from the opposite direction, you’ll be pleased to know that there are also plenty of buses that run from Zadar to Trogir. These are actually more comfortable than the buses from Split but come with a higher price tag to match.
You can even get to Trogir directly from Dubrovnik if you wanted to, although that is a bit of a long journey!
How to get around Trogir
Once you arrive in Trogir, the best way to get around is on foot. You can walk along the waterfront, past restaurants, and cafes, and through the city’s wonderful history at your own pace. Trogir isn’t very big, but there are lots of little alleyways to explore – it’s a lovely place for getting lost.
However, although there are buses that run between Trogir and other cities and towns in Croatia, the Old Town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, therefore no public transport at all runs in the centre. This isn’t usually a problem, though, as the place is so easy to walk.
If you don’t fancy taking buses to reach other destinations, you can also use the local taxi service and Uber to get around the rest of the area.
How much time do you need in Trogir?
The town is small, so you only really need a single day to see all of the sights in Trogir. However, if you want to spend some time relaxing on the beach, or take a couple of day trips outside the city, I recommend staying in Trogir for about 3 days. This will give you more time to relax, but it should also be enough for you to see everything that Trogir has to offer.
Is Trogir worth visiting?
Well, if you’re a fan of stunning coastal towns, medieval streets, and impressive architecture, then yes – Trogir is worth visiting! In fact, it’s one of the best places in Croatia to visit.
It has everything you could hope for when travelling through Europe: delicious food and drink, pretty buildings, relaxing beaches, friendly locals who are keen to help out everyone they meet… it really does have something for everyone.
The best things to do in Trogir
So, what are the best things to do in Trogir? Well, I’m a huge fan of Old Towns, and, let me tell you, this city doesn’t disappoint!
Here are some of the highlights and best things to do in Trogir:
Trogir Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in Croatia. It’s actually been named as the country’s most magnificent feat of architecture.
Also known as The Cathedral of St. Lawrence, it is a Roman Catholic triple-naved basilica in the centre of the city. You’ll probably be able to see the spire as you enter Trogir.
It was first opened in the 13th century, but construction went on for quite a few years before that. Consequently, it’s built in a number of styles, including Romanesque and Gothic, with all the different styles kind of overlapping to create this beautiful building. It is without a doubt the most impressive monument in Trogir.
Kamerlengo Castle is a powerful fortress that sits on the oceanfront, and it’s one of the best things to do in Trogir.
As you approach the castle along the waterfront, you’ll first see its main tower jutting out of the water. This tower is known as St. Michael’s Tower. It was built during the 13th century to form part of a fortification system on Trogir island, protecting against attacks from pirates and invaders.
The castle was built by the Venetians in about 1420 and the entire castle used to be connected to the walls that surround the historic city.
Trogir City Gates
The famous gates to enter Trogir are still standing today, and are one of the top things to do in Trogir. The North Land Gate and South Marine or Sea Gate are the two most well-known gates.
The North Gate is on the seaside, and it’s located at the end of a small bridge. It’s said to have been constructed in the 1650s and it’s one of the most ornate historic monuments in Trogir. The South Gate is actually on the mainland, but it still looks out onto the Adriatic Sea.
Cipiko Palace is a neoclassical building that was built in the 15th century. It’s a stunning building, and its name came from its creator – Koriolan Cipiko.
Located opposite the cathedral, it used to be the home of the Croatian nobles who lived in Trogir. Unfortunately, it’s no longer open for visitors anymore, but the architecture from the outside alone is worth a visit.
Also located opposite the cathedral, Trogir’s clock tower is another majestic building.
The tower was originally built in the 14th century, and it is linked to a Loggia, which was most likely utilized as a courtroom in Renaissance times for town trials. The Loggia also features works by Nikola Firentinac, as well as other artwork.
One of the closest beaches to Trogir, Medena Beach is a popular spot for tourists. It’s known to have crystal clear waters, making it perfect for swimming in the Adriatic Sea.
Located about 4km from the city centre it is roughly a 3km long gravel beach ideal for everyone, from sunbathers to families.
Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas
Another of the top things to do in Trogir, this monastery is located on the outskirt of the city centre. It’s a small monastery, but it still has some features that make it worth visiting.
The Benedictine Monastery of St Nicholas was built in 1064 by St. Ivan of Trogir. Top sights here include an impressive bell tower and an internal museum.
Church of St Peter
Tucked down one of Trogir’s windy walkways is the Church of St. Peter. It was built in the 13th century as part of a women’s benedictine monastery, and it is located in the older section of Trogir. It’s also one of the oldest buildings in Trogir, and its pretty Baroque-style architecture makes it worth a visit.
Another monastery in Trogir is the Dominic Monastery. You’ll find it near the harbour entrance on the southwest side of the island – near Kamerlengo Castle.
Visitors are welcome to visit the church and cloister except when there is a service on as the monastery is still used today. Like much of old Trogir, it was originally built in the 13th century, but this church took quite a while to complete and wasn’t finished until 1370.
Trogir Old Town
As I’ve mentioned, I’m a huge fan of Old Towns, and the town of Trogir definitely doesn’t disappoint. The narrow streets and alleys are so beautiful, especially with the Adriatic Sea as a backdrop.
Trogir’s Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, making it an important landmark for Croatia. The original part of the city was surrounded by walls that protected against invasions back when it was a Roman settlement.
Today, visitors can walk through 13th-century streets and admire the old buildings that have been preserved over time. Exploring the Old Town is definitely one of my favourite things to do in Trogir!
Okrug Gornji Beach
Okrug Gornji Beach is one of the best beaches in Trogir. It’s also located within walking distance to Trogir Old Town. It’s actually located on the island of Ciovo and is connected to Trogir via a bridge.
Okrug itself is a tiny rural community on the island. It was founded around the 15th century as a fishing village and is one of the oldest settlements on the island. The beach there is still one of the most popular on the Trogir Riviera.
In fact, it’s so popular, that people have nicknamed it the ‘Copacabana or Croatia’. As well as soft sands, you’ll also find a beach bar, cafes, and restaurants to keep you refreshed. It’s a great spot for snorkelling and has a watersports centre that will cater to any adrenaline junkies!
Day Trip to Klis Fortress
Located between Split and Trogir, Klis Fortress is another of the top things to do in the area. It’s located on a hilltop, which makes it one of Croatia’s most imposing castles and an important historical landmark for both locals and visitors alike. The views from the fortress are stunning.
Klis was originally built over 2000 years ago into the limestone cliffs. It was previously a defensive castle between the Mediterranean and the Balkan region. Nowadays, visitors can tour the fortress every day and marvel at the history and breathtaking views.
It was also used as a Games of Thrones filming location, so fans of the show will certainly want to pay it a visit.
Go Island Hopping
Trogir’s prime seaside location also makes it one of the best spots in Croatia for a bit of island hopping.
The most popular island to visit from Trogir is Ciovo. It’s a small, rural island located just off the coast of Split. It’s connected with Trogir via several bridges that cross into its centre.
However, as you can access Ciovo via a bridge, if you really want to get out on the water, there are plenty of other options. One of the most popular day trips to take is to Hvar Island and the Blue Cave. However, unless you want to travel to Split first, it’s easier to do this one via guided tour, as there are no direct ferries to Hvar from Trogir.
Nonetheless, it’s still a beautiful and unforgettable experience and one of the top things to do in Trogir.