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This historic town is located in along the Adriatic coast in the part of Croatia known as Split-Dalmatia. THe original city was located on a small island, but has grown since. The oldest part of the city was officially deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Trogir is truly one of the most exciting, and historic, cities in Croatia. Famous for being one of the best preserved medieval period towns in all of Europe, visitors from all over the world rave about just how astounding a trip to Trogir can be. Since Trogir is still largely located on a an island between two portions of mainland, the small bridges which connect the city have earned the nickname of “Croatian Venice.” Come experience the history and magic of this lively town for yourself.
Points of interests / things to see
This impressive fort is located on the West side of the Trogir islet. It was originally constructed over 600 years ago by Venetians. The main purpose of the fort was to provide shelter for the navy forces along the Adriatic Sea. This fort has become somewhat of an icon for the city and is one of the most popular attractions. The massive fort tower provides a stunning view of the old portion of the city. You can see elements of the different periods of time this construction has experienced including elements of hellenistic architecture through baroque tastes. As was common for a number of towns along the Adriatic, this fort was originally under the administrative control of the Republic of Venice. Although there were originally a number of walls surrounding Trogir, today many of them have been demolished. The name of the fort derives from the office of Camerlengo which was similar to our modern civil office of mayor. Today the fort serves as an area for concerts. You can see a number of different performances here throughout the year. The thick fortress walls combined with the beautiful croatian sky makes for an enchanting evening of music. Anyone who visits the city of Trogir must take a visit to the famous Fortress Camerlengo.
This city perfectly exemplifies medieval towns with the Hellenistic and Roman layout. Fortunately, there have been few modern modifications of this precious historic resource in the old portion of Trogir. You’ll notice that the city streets are laid out in an orthogonal pattern. This style dates back to the Hellenistic period and was embellished with a number of architectural gems by the various rulers of the area. In old town you will find a number of gorgeous Romanesque churches as well as a number of Renaissance and Baroque style constructions. Both Cardo and Decumanus, which are the ancient main streets of the town, are still in use today. The oldest part of the city is on the eastern end of the island. The more western portions date to the early medieval period.Explore the numerous narrow alley ways and tile paved pathways. If you head over to the west side, you’ll run into the medieval suburb known as Pasike which made use of a different street alignment.Take in the sights of local life continuing here as it has for hundreds of years. You can learn more about the charms of Trogir’s old town here: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/810
One of the most impressive constructions in Trogir, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence has lasted for several centuries. It stands above the city since it is the tallest on the island. Construction of this impressive landmark was started in the fourteenth century but did not finish until the sixteenth century. This extended construction process allowed elements from different eras become incorporated in the design. The cathedral exemplifies the Romanesque-Gothic style. Inside you will find several long piers dividing the Gothic style aisles from the main nave. Although the building is quite impressive as it stands, only one of the two planned towers were ever constructed. In addition, the interior of the Cathedral has gone through some fairly dramatic alterations over the years. Near the time of the building’s completion, the Venetians completely tore down the first floor of the building. Disliking the more 14th century look, they rebuilt the first floor, as well as the second and third following the style of the Palazzo d’Oro in Venice. To reach the highest point of the cathedral, you’ll need to climb up about twenty steps. Once there, you will see four gorgeous statues and some astounding views of the town and surrounding area.You can visit daily between 9-12 or 4-7. You will be asked to pay a small fee to contribute to the upkeep of the historic building.
The central square in Trogir is full of character, excitement, and history. The gorgeous architecture combined with endearing restaurants, and delightful locals, this area is one you do not want to miss. You can spend your hours people watching as both locals and tourists frequent the central square. There are a plethora of little side streets to explore for those looking for a foot based adventure. You can grab a coffee and imagine what life must have been like as you stare at the many architectural wonders surrounding the square. The square itself is surrounded by medieval style buildings. You will be blown away when you consider that these constructions have remained more or less unaltered over the centuries. An early morning visit ensures that you will have a little peace to truly absorb the wonders of the area. During the afternoon, a sit the cafe may be accompanied by local musicians expressing their talents. Often delightful music can be heard wafting down from the nearby music school. The central square is both relaxing and enthralling. Many of the best hotels in the area are nearby, so be sure to stop by and enjoy everything Trogir has to offer. Sometimes during the evening, live music is performed and everyone is invited to dance. With the medieval architecture surrounding the square, this enchanting scene may be one of the more memorable evenings of your life.
Okrug Beach is the most popular beach in Trogir. If you are looking for some nightlife, this is the place for you. Many of the youth in the area come to Okrug for some fun and excitement. The beach is primarily made of gravel. Its about two kilometers long and approximately five kilometers from the center part of Trogir. Locally known as Trogir’s Copacabana, this beach is famous for its good times and popularity. Here you will be able to rent sun beds, enjoy dinner, or even a few drinks at the bars. The happening spots at this beach during the evening hours are certainly these restaurants and bars. During the daylight hours, you can head over to the water sport center which offers rentals for a number of different activities including jet skiing, parasailing, and pedal boat. From here you can also rent a boat, scooter, or bike to explore the nearby islands. You can also join several daily excursions to a number of close coves and islands. If you are looking for a something a bit more fast paced, look into the canyoning and rafting tours which head over to the Cetina River. For those fishermen out there, consider getting your Big Fish Gaming on in the open Adriatic sea.
This gorgeous harbor is full of limestone streets and buildings. There are a number of beautiful carves and boutiques to explore. Be sure to spend some time on Hvar island just appreciating the amazing views. Known as one of the most exciting and fun islands in the area, it is full of nightlife and adventure. You can enjoy swimming in the beautifully clear waters in the most romantic and hidden beaches. You can even grab a taxi boat to explore the Paklinski islands nearby. Live music floats through the air of Hvar Island every night while the smells of delicious local delicacies waft by.
This gorgeous beach is located on Hvar island. Here you will find a refuge from the other tourists. From the main part of Hvar, you will need to walk downhill for about ten minutes. All who visit report the walk is well worth it. Once there you will find a small inn and shop, but you will otherwise be surrounded by tranquility. Its a great spot to reach out to the local people and find out what real life is like on Hvar island. Take a moment and catch your breath as you take a relaxing swim and sunbathe for a while.
Biokovo Mountain is a great place to go hiking. Visible from the beach, you can walk to it in approximately four hours. Wonderfully isolated, you will find few tourists and even fewer amenities, so be sure to bring everything you need. The views from the mountain are absolutely unforgettable. you will be able to see all of the Dalmatian islands including Brac, Vis, Mijet, and Lastovo. You will be pleasantly accompanied by local animals including mountain climbing goats. If you are not as excited about climbing, you can also drive to the top of the mountain. You can stop at gate Biokovo ranch and visit with the ponies for an extra added delight.
Located in Split, this palace was built back in the fourth century AD by Roman emperor Diocletian. Constructed as his retirement home, it is just four miles away from Salona which was the capital. The palace is located along the bay of the south side of a peninsula. This historic atmospheric interesting construction is well worth a visit. Be sure to stop by the palace basement for an even more memorable experience. The bottom floor in particular is incredibly well preserved. Walk into the past while you visualize what life was like for this Roman emperor and his family. Be sure to check out the artifacts on display at the museum when you visit.
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How to get there ?
For those who wish to drive to Trogir, there are several routes you can take. If traveling along the A1 highway, take the exit marked Motorway in Prgomet. Travel for approzimately fifteen kilometers and you will reach the center of Trogir. If coming from the north, you can take the Sibenik exit and drive along the coast road to Trogir. The coastal route takes approximately one hour. If coming from Split it will take about twentyfive to thirty minutes unless traffic is particularly heavy. The closest airport to Trogir is in Kastel Stafilic. It is called the Split Airport and is only about five and a half kilometers from the center of Trogir. You can grab a bus or taxi to get from the airport to the city center. A taxi will cost between 80-100 kuna and a bus, which leaves every 20-30 minutes from the road in front of the airport, will cost about 20 kuna. Another option when traveling from Split to Trogir is via bus. The express bus leaves from the main station in Split. One to three busses leave each hour to make the thirty minute journey between the two cities everyday. It is highly recommended that you take the express bus and not the local bus known as number 37. The local bus takes much longer to arrive in Trogir.
Trogir city hall
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