WHAT TO DO IN TROGIR IN ONE DAY
- 1 WHAT TO DO IN TROGIR IN ONE DAY
- 2 IS TROGIR WORTH VISITING?
- 3 TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE DAY IN TROGIR
- 4 FINAL THOUGHTS ON TROGIR ACTIVITIES
- 5 PIN ME FOR LATER – WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN TROGIR
Are you planning your Trogir trip and wondering about the best things to do in Trogir in one day? Then this post is for you – find out about what to do and more tips for Trogir.
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 full of charm, somehow, Trogir was even more beautiful 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 my dog, Puppygak), it still holds a place in my heart, and I would go back in a second.
Trogir is not a place covered often -so here is my quick travel guide with the top things to do and the best places to visit in Trogir.
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IS TROGIR WORTH VISITING?
The short answer is yes. Yes, Trogir is worth visiting. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is absolutely charming, has a striking old town and some interesting attractions. I do believe it should be on any Croatia itinerary.
While Croatians were friendly in general, the people in Trogir seemed somehow friendlier than in the rest of Croatia.
Okay, let’s get started with the best Trogir activities.
Stroll the Canals
One of the first things you will (most likely) see when you approach Trogir 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 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. After passing the bridges and the canals you will arrive at the Old Town of Trogir.
The old town has remained mostly intact and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 just charming!
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. 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 most beautiful cafes! Everything was decorated so cutely and pretty that I regretted not having booked my accommodation in Trogir to 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.
While strolling Trogir, you will definitely stumble upon Trogir´s main square. This square is beautiful! It is home to historical buildings, stone houses, and pretty cafes. So, let´s talk about some of the attractions on Trogir´s main square.
Head to Trogir Cathedral and Bell Tower
On the square, you will find The Cathedral of St. Lawrence and its bell tower.
As mentioned, Trogir was not the most dog-friendly place. Can you imagine they denied access to my adorable dog (in his bag)? Well, they did. Okay, my dog is often denied access and I understand that for the Cathedral. But I wish they had given us access to the Bell Tower.
However, I still recommend visiting the Cathedral and the Bell Tower even though I did not experience it myself.
You can visit the inside of the Cathedral – Katedrala Sv. Lovre (Cathedral of St. Lawrence) for a small entry fee. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now as well. But you can also climb the Bell Tower of the Cathedral which apparently offers some of the best views for a few €.
This triple-aisled basilica was built mostly in the 13th century during the Romanesque period. While I could not enter, I spotted the Romanesque portal, one of the church’s masterpieces.
See the Clock Tower
At the main square of Trogir, right next to the Cathedral, you will also see St. Sebastian’s church with the clock tower.
At the entrance to the church are two sculptures: one depicts St. Sebastian the Martyr, and one depicts Christ. You will also find the City Hall on the square. which also houses the tourist board office.
Enjoy the Views From Kamerlengo Castle
Then it is time to leave the square and head to another interesting place.
And here is where 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 to enjoy some nice panorama. No worries, there are not many stairs – though some are very narrow and steep. 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 a great way to end my day in Trogir.
Chill at the Beach
There are no beaches in the old town, but not too far away are some beaches. Admittedly, they are not known as the prettiest in the country. But if you visit in the summer months or stay for more than one day in Trogir, you might be happy to hear that you can spend time at the water.
So, you can check out one of the beaches close by Okrug Gornji, Medena Beach, and Pantan Beach.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE DAY IN TROGIR
Before talking about the best things to do in Trogir, here is some info so you can plan your trip to Trogir, either as a day trip or a trip for longer, better.
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.
- You can take a bus from Split or enjoy a beautiful drive there, either from Split or another part of Croatia. If you drive yourself, you will be happy to hear that the drive is scenic and “easy” (no crazy mountain roads).
- Finding a parking spot was quite easy in April but might be 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. If you park a bit further away, you can expect to pay around 1€ an hour. For Croatia, this is quite expensive.
- But I think that Trogir is quite an expensive place by Croatian standards, and though visitors from all around the world do not overrun it, it looked kind of upscale to me.
When is the Best Time to Visit Trogir
- For Croatia, I do not recommend visiting in the summer months. You should be aware, that Croatia is an extremely popular summer destination. It can get hot. It will be crowded. And accommodation prices will rise.
- I suggest visiting Croatia, and thus Trogir, in April, May, early June, or late September. The shoulder season often means better weather (warm but not hot), fewer crowds, and lower accommodation prices.
- However, the weather in Croatia is quite mild, so it will probably also be pleasant to visit in the winter months, too. However, some attractions might not be open to the public during the less busy seasons.
Where to Stay in Trogir
If you want to stay in Trogir check out the hotels below. Looking back, I really regret not having stayed there, not because I had the feeling one day was not enough for “Trogir sightseeing” but because I loved the atmosphere here.
- Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa looks like a lovely hotel with a pool, lovely views, and proximity 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.
How to Get Around Trogir
Good news: Given its small size, you can easily discover Trogir on foot and walk to the sights easily. Just wear comfy shoes because of all the cobbled-stoned streets.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON TROGIR ACTIVITIES
As you can see, Trogir is quite small, and there are not that many typical sights. You surely can’t compare it to Dubrovnik.
However, it is one of the best places to stay in Croatia, and it really is a little gem that has stolen my heart! So, definitely don’t skip on Trogir when in Croatia.
Hopefully, this post has inspired you to visit, and you now know about the best things to do in Trogir – whether you visit for one day or longer or shorter.
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