Trogir's maze of small streets rises out of the sea on its own island (just 20m off the mainland). This magnificent little town was founded by the Greeks and built up by the Romans, Croats and Venetians is now a delightful car-free place with many bars and restaurants, dominated by the Cathedral. Opposite the Cathedral on the main square is the Cipiko Palace, a lavishly decorated 15th Century mansion with triple-arched windows.
Trogir is a unique cultural monument and therefore it was registered on the UNESCO list in 1997. The magnificent historical centre and the rich cultural and historical heritage, which inspired chance travellers as well as travel writers through centuries, offers visitors an unforgettable encounter of the past.
Occupyng the region of mild Mediterranean climate, Trogir has 2700 sunshine hours per year and is a real treasure among tourist destinations in Croatia. Average air temperature throughout the year is above 15°C, reaching more than 30°C in summer. Sea temperature is well above 25°C during summer period. Tourism is the largest industry in the Trogir region; still, there is very big fishing and agriculture tradition in the surrounding areas and everywhere you go in Trogir you will meet very friendly and charming people.
NB. Split and Trogir are close to each other so we would suggest choosing one or the other as a base to explore on any itinerary. It is possible to use the frequent passenger ferry between the two locations to avoid driving.
The whole city of Trogir is a monument in itself, the most famous buildings are as follows:
There are so many interesting features and stories told in the silence of the narrow streets of the old town. The city gate has the iron spikes that once defended their citizens from enemies attacking the town. Those who did not follow the laws in the 13th century were put on the pillory. Nearby the old fish market was once used as accommodation for those who did not arrive to the town before the city gate was closed.
The island is connected to Trogir by a bridge (Trogir is in effect a "stepping stone" to Ciovo from the mainland). Its nature, history, ruins and beaches make it ideal for relaxation. There are numerous little churches scattered all over the island with its remarkable treasures, for example, the church dedicated to the Holy Virgin set by the sea in a peaceful oasis of pine trees; the Franciscan monastery of Saint Anthony and the Dominican monastery of Saint Cross in the vicinity of the Hotel Sveti Kriz.
There is so much magic to discover and to feel, so much beauty to see in this jewel of the Adriatic sea. As a tourist destination Trogir and the surrounding countryside has a favorable climate, offers all possible summer activities in its gulfs and sandy beaches and combines this with lively night life in its clubs and numerous coffee bars and at cultural events.
Activities available include cycling, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and snorkelling; nearby we can also offer river rafting and zip-wire adventures.
Where to stay
In a few words: "Great value & location" The Concordia is the only hotel which is actually situated on the Promenade (Riva) of Trogir, between the Kamerlengo Fortress and the 13th C. convent of St. ...
In a few words: "Authentic charm, great location" The Derossi Palace is situated just a few steps from Trogir's north gate. This boutique hotel's style is a mix of Renaissance and classicism; a pleasant ...
In a few words: "Central, good value" The Fontana Hotel is situated in the old part of Trogir. This pleasant hotel was built to a good quality in the local style. The hotel's nearby restaurant has a ...
In a few words: "Good family option, quiet location" The Hotel Sveti Križ is a 3*hotel surrounded by the pine forest on the north side of the island of Ciovo, overlooking the sea and the church of St ...
In a few words: "Good quality, convenient location, own parking" The Hotel Palace is a family-run hotel situated just over on Ciovo Island (only a short walk across the bridge to the UNESCO-listed town ...
In a few words:"High quality, central, historic ambiance". The Hotel Tragos is situated in an old baroque palace dating from the 18th century in the very centre of Trogir.
"We didn’t bother to try and drive to the hotel; we just parked in the public car park as suggested and walked to the hotel. We found our room comfortable if a bit bare. No fridge, no room safe, no kettle - with these it would have full marks. The breakfasts were excellent with omelettes cooked to order and both days we ate on the terrace outside overlooking the seafront. Staff were friendly and helpful but also run the terrace café, so busy! The stairs were steep and narrow but manageable. Altogether a great location and pleasant hotel that we would definitely recommend. Trogir is one of the nicest and most interesting places we visited – an absolute must for anyone driving down the coast. We also visited Primosten en-route to Trogir and loved that location as well."
C Sillett, October 2017
"The entire holiday was wonderful, more than we had imagined. Croatia is a very beautiful country. Every town/city we visited was a picture postcard. One of our memorable events was taking the ferry from Trogir to the small island of Drvenik Veli. After walking in the sun for 1 hour to a fish restaurant we came to the end of the road and a small building which turned out to be a private residence. We had walked in the wrong direction. The owner of the home turned out to be a journalist from Germany. We had a great visit with her, swam in the Adriatic at her private beach and then she drove us to the restaurant that would have been a 2 hour walk in the sun. It was a great afternoon, wonderful food and interesting company. Don't hesitate to visit the smaller islands on day trips. Learn about the history of each place through walking tours. Relax and enjoy the coast and swimming in the Adriatic. The island of Mljet is definitely worth a visit. We talked to many local people and bought their goods, such as fresh figs, sugared almonds and homemade Grappa. We also went to Konoba restaurants wherever we could to support family businesses. Excellent. We highly recommend this type of holiday to anyone travelling to Croatia. Driving is easy. Don't hesitate to do it. It is breath taking to drive along the coast."
R Browne, September 2013
"The visit to Plitvisc lakes and falls were absolutely spectacular. Driving on the open roads is simple and easy. Through the towns can a little more nerve raking. Having a couple of nights in each place helped keep the pace realistic. Be prepared for limited ability for laundry other than the hotel services. Having 3 nights in Trogir was a little more than needed and would have been better 3 nights based in or nearer to Split as this was where most sights were. Overall it was a very interesting experience and well worth it. Croatia is a beautiful country with plenty of natural sights. Being just before the tourist season had its benefits with things being less busy. Just a few times things were not yet open. Some wonderful memories, I would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend."
G Emblen, April, 2015
"Reasonable hotel for one night near the airport, rather uninspiring, but nice view of Trogir which is lovely. Wouldnt want to stay much longer, also on the flight path into Split airport!"
P Duxbury, September 2014
"Received excellent service and advice from Andy and Dawn Scase at Rediscover the World on this trip. You may quote us! Any queries we made from Australia to Andy and Dawn in England were answered promptly and efficiently. Able to fit in an extra person at short notice. Trip advice on sites, hotels, detours etc resulted in a well paced and rewarding experience in Croatia."
J Veilands, June, 2015
"We just returned from our Croatia Fly/Drive trip yesterday, and I wanted to waste no time in letting you know what a wonderful time Dave and I had. (I will also submit feedback to Responsible Vacations so they know what a great experience we had and a great job you did.) We were so impressed by how smoothly everything went - transfers were prompt, service and friendliness exceptional, and hotel choices were perfect in location, style, and overall comfort. You were so easy to work with from the start, and very flexible and responsive in meeting our needs and answering questions. We so much appreciate everything, and look forward to working with you on additional trips in the future. Thank you!!!"
E Snow, July 2013
"We are back home and suffering from post holiday withdrawal, we have thousands of photos to sort through and just as many wonderful memories. I thought while it is all still fresh that I would drop you a line to say thanks. The whole trip was amazing and everything worked without a single hitch. The hotels that you booked for us were spot on and the car hire etc all worked perfectly. Really the holiday could not have been easier so a massive thank you for all your advice and organising. The highlights were the national parks. Apart from Plitvice, we also visited Krka and Paklenica and could have spent longer at all of them. Split, Trogir and Dubrovnic were amazing but busy, I also loved the smaller villages that were less crowded.The Sail /Bike trip that we added in was an amazing way to see some of the Islands and it fitted perfectly into your itinerary. A final big thanks to you - it was so easy to arrange this trip, you were always prompt with your responses, answered all my questions and took all the stress out of planning this holiday. A pleasure to do business with. "
S Gemmel, July 2016
"Hotels and itinerary were great. We did however waste an entire day travelling from Trogir to Omis as we took the coast road which moved at a snails pace - I would advise future travellers to take the motorway. We were advised that it was fine to turn up an hour before departure for a ferry. This is not the case at Makarska - we arrived over 2 hours before departure and did not get on, meaning waiting for the next ferry which was not for another 6 hours. Those travel hiccups aside we did have a great holiday and would recommend Croatia. [Note from Rediscover] - this is very unusual, even in peak season and departures are approximately every 3hrs on this route."
D Tuke, August 2016
"breakfast left a bit to be desired, but good location and nice room"
K Hathrell, October 2017
"Excellently located on the quieter end of the promenade with tables/chairs/sunshades outside for breakfast etc looking onto the sea/boats. Comfortable with friendly & helpful staff. No lift & 4 flights of stairs to go up to our room but staff carried our cases, thank goodness. No car park but an arrangement with the city for discounted day rate car parking Just outside the old city, about 10 minutes walk to the hotel. A good choice."
P Tilsley, Oct 2015