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Situated on a tiny island on the Adriatic Coast, accessible by boat or by bridge, is the small historic harbor town of Trogir, Croatia. Nicknamed the “Stone Beauty,” the UNESCO World Heritage site was founded by the Greeks in the 3rd Century B.C.E. It’s one of Europe’s best-preserved Medieval towns, withstanding occupation by the Romans and the long-time rule of the Venetians. If you can only spend only one day in Trogir, here is my recommended itinerary for your time.
Map for this Guide
I created this color-coded map as a companion to this day trip to Trogir from Split guide! You can find all of the locations and businesses marked here.
- Brown: Transportation
- Orange: Restaurants
- Purple: Landmarks
How to Get to Trogir from Split
- The Bura Line ferries directly from Split
- Bus tickets can be purchased at the central bus station next to the piers
A day trip to Trogir from Split, Croatia is perfect, since it’s only about 30 miles away. It’s very easy learning how to get to Trogir from Split, since you have a few options!
If you’re planning to rent a car while in Croatia, the drive is about 40 minutes. Or, the local bus Promet Split runs the route several times a day, taking about 50 minutes.
As an alternative to driving the distance, the Bura Line ferry takes you directly from the marina in Split to Trogir.
The boat ride takes a little over an hour and makes an additional stop at an island town called Slantine before arriving at Trogir. You can sit on top to take in the surrounding lovely views, or there’s a covered seating area on the boat as well.
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Where to Eat in Trogir, Croatia
After arriving around 2 p.m., we immediately went for lunch. Even though the historic city is packed with great restaurants, Pizzeria Kristian was the choice for our one day in Trogir. The food was delicious, and the staff was very kind. It’s a popular restaurant with long wait times for a table at dinner.
After lunch, we headed for gelato at Gelato Bar Bella, a must for any day trip to Trogir from Split. Then, we started sightseeing before our walking tour of the famous city at 5 p.m. For such a small island, it’s packed with incredible Venetian architecture. Palaces, churches, the town center’s historic loggia, and a fortress still stand and are open for visitors to view.
Things to do in Trogir, Croatia
- Visit The Cathedral of St. Lawrence and take in the incredible views from its bell tower
- Take a walking tour to familiarize yourself with the history of Trogir
- Climb to the top of Kamerlengo
- Stroll along the wide waterfront promenade
- St. Sebastian’s Church
- Grand Cipiko Palace
- Town Loggia
- Town Clock Tower
- Town Gate
- Town Hall
- St. Nicholas’s Convent
- St. Mark’s Fortress
- Marmont’s Glorijet
A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a creation or landmark chosen for conservation by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) due to its cultural, historical, scientific or natural significance. It must meet a minimum of one of ten selection criteria to be considered for the World Heritage List, and once chosen, it becomes protected for preservation by various international treaties.
Visit the Cathedral of St. Lawrence
The first stop on our day trip to Trogir from Split—The Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Known as St. John’s to locals, it was established in the 13th Century. Most of the Cathedral was built by 1251 in the Romanesque style, but the bell tower wasn’t fully completed until the 16th Century.
The Cathedral’s main west entrance is its own incredible feat. Created by 13th Century Trogir artist and sculptor Master Radovan, he started designing the intricate carvings when the church was first being built and finished in 1240, according to his inscription at the top. It’s a stunning piece of artwork to view.
At the church, you can head to the top of the bell tower for unbelievably scenic views high above the city center. Since it was built in stages across several centuries, its design includes three different architectural styles. Prepare yourself for the first of two climbs during your day trip to Trogir from Split, the stairs are very steep. Thankfully, there weren’t too many people trying to head down while we were going up. The all-around sweeping views of the city are gorgeous.
Explore the Town Loggia, St. Sebastian’s Church, the Town Clock Tower, and Grand Cipika Palace
After visiting the Cathedral and bell tower, the Town Loggia is in the courtyard below. As an outdoor meeting space constructed in the 15th Century, it was used for contract signings, new laws announcements, and as an outdoor court of law. The decorative carvings on the inside were created in 1471.
Adjacent to the city loggia is St. Sebastian’s Church and the Town Clock Tower. St. Sebastian’s was erected in 1476 as an offering to deliver the citizens of Trogir from the plague. The Town Clock Tower rises above the church.
On the other side of the square, opposite the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, lies the Grand Cipika Palace. The manor was built in the 15th Century for a notable Trogir family. While the inside is closed to the public, the Gothic windows are a beautiful feature facing the square.
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Take a walking tour of Trogir
Maybe I’m partial, but it’s crucial to take a walking tour of a new destination if you have the time and budget. Our one day in Trogir was not complete without taking a walking tour with Daniela, a licensed tour guide in Split-Dalmatia county.
Daniela grew up in Trogir and spent an hour and a half wandering through the city’s pristine stone streets with us, expertly teaching the history of her city. We even stopped in at Dovani, a bakery and ice cream shop, to try Trogirski rafioli, a traditional Croatian dessert that was created in Trogir.
Climb to the top of Kamerlengo Castle
By the time our evening walking tour ended, the sun was starting to set over our day trip to Trogir from Split. We used this opportunity to visit our last stop, the city’s fortress.
Kamerlengo Castle was built in the 15th century and was initially a fortress connected to the Croatian city’s protective Medieval walls. Today, Kamerlengo Fortress is mostly empty, except for its observatory level.
The lookout on top of the city walls is open for visitors and the wonderful views are absolutely worth the second old stairwell climb of the day. Especially at sunset.
Stroll along the waterfront promenade
The boulevard in front of Kamerlengo Castle is truly the heart of modern-day Trogir. Ample outdoor seating lines the coastline to watch the boats coast in and out of the waterways. As we walked down the seafront promenade at sunset, the entire city was filled with life. People are eating at outdoor terraces, families taking after-dinner strolls, and others sitting, enjoying the evening along the Croatian coast. The perfect end to your one day in Trogir.
Do you have any questions or recommendations for spending one day in Trogir?
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