Best Things to Do in Trogir, Croatia – What to Do in One Day
If you ask me about the prettiest town/village in Croatia, my answer will be: Trogir.
While Croatia is rich in well-preserved towns and villages that are full of charm, somehow Trogir was even more beautiful to me than the others.
Trogir is set within medieval walls on a tiny island near the more famous city of Split on the Dalmatian Coast. Connected to the mainland by bridges, which make your arrival actually quite charming, you are off to a good start.
Whether you visit as a day trip from Split or make Trogir your base, you cannot go wrong with exploring this small town and discovering what it has to offer.
And while Trogir was not always the most dog-friendly place (I visited with mine), it still holds a place in my heart and I would go back in a second.
Surely you must be wondering about the best things to do in Trogir, the best attractions and activities, and about more Trogir travel tips – and I get it. Trogir is not a place that is covered too often (with Split as its neighbor, it is hard to compete), so here is my quick Trogir travel guide with fun things to do and see and the most beautiful places in Trogir.
A bit of a spoiler alert: The cutest cafes, the prettiest medieval streets, great views, and a harbor… all this and more can be found in Trogir.
It is connected on both sides by a bridge. The bridge to Ciovo Island is small, and during the summer can get really crowded. Old town Trogir is charming with its narrow cobblestone streets, limestone buildings, and wide, seafront promenade. The entire town is a historical monument with a considerable number of churches, fortification towers, and palaces
Travel Tips for Trogir, Croatia
Before talking about the best things to do in Trogir, here are a few info so you can plan your trip to Trogir, either as a day trip or a trip for longer, better.
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How to Arrive in Trogir
Trogir is situated on the islet between the mainland and Ciovo Island. It is located 30 km from Split and 10 km from Split Airport, so you can either take a bus from Split or enjoy a beautiful drive there, either from Split or another part of Croatia.
Finding a parking spot was quite easy in April, but might be a bit trickier in the busy months. I parked about 5-10 minutes from the old town and had to pay around 1.50€ for an hour – for Croatia, this is quite expensive. But I think that Trogir is quite an expensive place by Croatian standards, and though it is not overrun by visitors from all around the world, it looked kind of upscale to me.
When to Visit
I suggest visiting Croatia, and thus Trogir, in April, May, early June or late September. However, the weather is quite mild, so it will probably also be pleasant to visit in the winter months..
Where to Stay in Trogir
If you want to stay in Trogir (looking back, I really regret not having stayed in Trogir, not because I had the feeling one day was not enough for “Torgir sightseeing” but because I loved the atmosphere here).
Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa looks like a lovely hotel with a pool, lovely views and it is located quite close to the city center. You can check out rates here.
Hotel Concordia is located in the old town – I think, location-wise it cannot get much better and it seems to offer great value for money! Find out more about the hotel here.
To check out all hotels in Trogir click here.
Best Things to Do and See in Trogir
Okay, here are the best things to do in Trogir in one day (or even half a day… or just repeat the activities, as it is just so pretty here).
P.S. While Croatians were friendly in general, the people in Trogir seemed somehow friendlier than in the rest of Croatia, so this is another plus.
Stroll the Canals
One of the first things you will (most likely) see are the little bridges.
Trogir is also known as Little Venice, and while this is a TOTAL exaggeration, it is lovely to walk the river and have a look at the little boats while heading to the old town.
Explore the Old Town
As mentioned in the beginning, I liked Trogir the best probably because it was extremely charming.
The old town has remained mostly intact and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and every time I turned around, I was amazed by the pretty streets (cobblestoned explains it pretty well), the pretty buildings, and the colorful doors and windows. I have seen quite a few old towns, but I must say, this was one of my favorites.
Maybe it was the lovely, sunny weather. Maybe it was the empty streets. Or maybe, and most likely, it was just because the old town of Trogir is extremely beautiful!
But be warned, if you expect to get lost for hours in the streets of Trogir, I will have to disappoint you. Trogir is really small and you will not need much time to see it the first time – but I took my time going back and forth and enjoyed the beauty of the old town not once, but probably two or three times.
Visit the Cafes
Trogir has the cutest and most beautiful cafes! Everything was decorated so cute and pretty that I regretted not having booked my accommodation in Trogir so that I could spend more time in the cafes, watch people, and work on my laptop.
However, one day, I will probably come back and will make sure to spend more time exploring the adorable cafes in Trogir.
Head to Trogir Cathedral and Bell Tower
As mentioned, Trogir was not the most dog-friendly place. Can you imagine, they denied access to my very cute dog (in his bag)? Well, they did. Okay, this happens often and is understandable for the Cathedral, but I wish they had given us access to the Bell Tower.
However, I still recommend it as I am always ready to climb some stairs if good views are promised, and the Bell Tower of the Cathedral apparently offers some of the best for a few €.
You can also visit the Cathedral – Katedrala Sv. Lovre (Cathedral of St. Lawrence) for a small entry fee. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now as well.
This triple-aisled basilica was built mostly in the 13th century during the Romanesque period, and while I could not enter, I spotted the Romanesque portal, which is one of the masterpieces of the church.
See the Clock Tower
At the main square of Togir, right next to the Cathedral, you will also see a beautiful clock tower.
Enjoy the Views From Kamerlengo Castle
I finally got to have my great views – the Kamerlengo Castle is a beautiful attraction in Trogir. Originally built by the Venetians in the mid-15th century, you can now visit it for about 3€.
It is situated at the west end of the islet and was used by the Venetians as a base for their naval forces in this part of the world.
You can walk around the castle and climb the stairs (no worries, there are not many – though some are very narrow and steep) to enjoy great views. Also, you have wonderful views of the Adriatic Sea on the other side.
Yes, dogs are allowed in this castle.
Relax at the Seaside Promenade
I was neither hungry nor thirsty, but after visiting the Kamerlengo Castle, I just had to sit down and enjoy the views in one of the restaurants there.
I was heading to Split that day, so I could not sit there for hours, but it was a wonderful break and way to end my day in Trogir.
More Things to Do in Trogir
Chill at the Beach
There are no beaches in the old town, but not too far away are some beaches (though they are not known as the prettiest in the country).
So, you can check out one of the beaches close by: Okrug Gornji, Medena Beach, and Pantan Beach.