While being in central Dalmatia, you cannot miss one of the most beautiful port towns in Croatia – Trogir. Tiny and intimate in the off-season, it enchanted us with its beautiful architecture, narrow streets and somewhat sleepy atmosphere. In the summer he probably wakes up to life, however, the spring one we remember to this day was perfect for us and we fell in love with him. Meet Trogir – one of the most beautiful towns in Dalmatia.
Trogir – medieval gem of Dalmatia
Although there are many beaches around Trogir, and supposedly the most beautiful ones in all of Croatia, we were most impressed by the beautiful, medieval old town squeezed into a tiny island connected to the mainland by an elevated bridge. We parked our Piggy right in front of the bridge, the parking was free of charge, we quickly changed into something lighter than motorcycle clothes and then we walked on our feet towards the promenade across the bay.
We will not write about the monuments, we will not develop sightseeing routes because you have probably already found dozens of them online. From the things worth mentioning, we can certainly recommend the very heart of the city, that is, the beautiful market square with the Romanesque Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the Renaissance Palace of Ćipik family with fabulous windows, the massive fortress of Kamerlengo, which can be seen at the very end of the Ban Berislavić promenade, to which the cafés, ice cream parlors, and restaurants are stuck. Above all, we recommend a walk along the city walls and the charming, narrow streets that surprised us at every turn, some blind, others leading to tiny courtyards. Colorful, full of flowers and greenery, still sleeping in their winter sleep, but slowly waking up to life. In a word – magical.
Trogir – from the city of goats, through Little Venice to the occupation of Napoleon
Trogir was founded in the second or third century BC by the Greeks. The established city was called Tragurion by the Greeks, which means more or less “goat city”. Later the Romans separated the settlement from the mainland by a canal and thus the “goat city” became a very important trading point. Trogir survived the invasions of the Slavs and Avars and at the beginning of the 7th century it became part of Dalmatia, then belonging to Byzantium. The 12th century was the time when Trogir took on the shape we know today, and it was then that the characteristic objects of the city were created – city walls, cathedral, monasteries, and numerous townhouses. Later, Trogir was taken over by the Venetians, who further developed and expanded the town. After the French liquidated the Republic of St. Mark, Trogir was overwhelmed by chaos, which lasted until Napoleon arrived and conquered the city. However, the time of French occupation was good to the city, new schools and hospitals were built and the road network was extended. Later, Trogir came under the rule of the Habsburgs and was finally handed over to the Croats. All this historical turmoil gave the city its present shape and you can see Greek, Roman, Turkish, French and Austro-Hungarian influences at every step. Perhaps this is the reason why the local architecture is so delightful and engaging.
Trogir – definitely the number one of the Croatian towns
We only stayed a few hours in the center of Trogir. We would have probably spent more time there, but the dark clouds that started to gather on the horizon effectively motivated us to pack up quickly and continue our journey towards Split and Hvar Island. We were leaving a bit sadly, which later turned out to be motivated, because as it turned out, Trogir was one of the most beautiful towns we visited in Croatia. Intimate, quiet, full of flowers and colors. The town was still sleeping in winter sleep. This is what will always remain in our memories.
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Trogir – what else is worth to know?
- From the reports of our family and friends, we know that Trogir is quite a heavily crowded city during the summer season, so if you care about such Trogir as we described, you must definitely go off-season. We recommend the beginning of May or the end of September. Then the temperatures are optimal for sightseeing. Not too warm, not too hot.
- With the number of tourists, prices in shops and restaurants are also rising, although in the off-season we did not feel the difference. This is another reason to consider coming in the off-season.
- We didn’t have any unpleasant situations, but we know that they happen. so it’s better to be vigilant. When buying vegetables and fruit at the fair, always ask for the price before buying and count the rest twice.
- You can enter the belfry of St. Lawrence Cathedral for a small fee. Unfortunately, we did not manage to do that – maybe it is only open in the summer season or we were too early. We also do not recommend entering at full hours, the bells work perfectly. :)))
- There are many beautiful beaches around Trogir – Pantana, Medena, Okrug and Slatine. Do not forget about swimming shoes, because most beaches are rocky.
- The historic center is out of traffic, so you have to leave your motorcycles before. We had no problem with finding a place. Paid parking is also an option if someone does not like to leave their moto unattended.
- Even in May, it can be quite warm in Croatia, we usually try to change clothes and leave somewhere for moto (unless you have a place in your trunks) before sightseeing. Usually we were helped by locals, after a moment of conversation they put our helmets, shoes and clothes in a safe place. Never, during all our expeditions to the Balkans, did we encounter any unpleasant surprises.
- If you stayed in Trogir for a longer time and are looking for new entertainment, a whole bunch of ships with different kinds of excursions really come out of the marina. You can find some examples below. We strongly recommend the Blue Cave, because it is very impressive.
A bunch of useful links at the end
- We have developed a plan for a 10-day trip to the most beautiful corners of Croatia. Look here, maybe it will inspire you. :)))
- You’re going to Croatia through Slovenia? Read our mini-guide – vignettes in Slovenia.
- How to prepare for the trip and what to pack? Have a look at our mini-tutorial with a checklist to play on the phone.
- Croatia was the first country where we tested Revolut. Now we have been using it for more than 2 years and we believe namelessly that it is the best travel card. Read our article to find out what Revolut is and how to pick up a free card.