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The Best Things to Do in Trogir, Croatia (in One Day!)

Trogir is a historic town located on the picturesque Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Trogir’s compact size makes it the perfect day trip from Split, Sibenik, or Zadar. Read on to discover the best things to do in Trogir!

Trogir is tiny in size. You can stroll the entire town in well under an hour: we walked the streets multiple times when we visited for the day, to marvel at the beautiful stone buildings over and over.

Historic Trogir in Croatia
We fell in love with Trogir!

On a day trip to Trogir, you can visit all the major sights, enjoy a couple of leisurely meals, and take lots and lots of photos.

What to do in Trogir

Trogir is actually an island, located just a few miles north of Split and connected to the mainland by bridges. The historic center of Trogir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its gorgeous Venetian architecture.

Architecture in Trogir Croatia
Beautiful architecture is everywhere in Trogir

Like many other Croatian coastal towns, Trogir was a filming location for the Game of Thrones TV show, in which it featured as the city of Qarth. It is a beautiful town: you will fall in love with this tiny treasure, guaranteed!

Here, then, are the best things to do in Trogir, Croatia:

Wander the gorgeous streets of Trogir

The overall best thing to do in Trogir is simply to stroll the streets of the town. Take in the beautiful stone architecture, linger in the lively squares, and browse the many little shops that line the streets.

Old stone walls in Trogir Croatia
Beautiful old stone walls in Trogir

Admire the city gate, and marvel at the old city walls (only a part of the walls still survives).

While Trogir is so small you can’t get lost, you can take your time just marveling at all the beautiful little corners and gorgeous buildings in the town.

A tiny house in Trogir Croatia
One of the littlest houses in Trogir
Street corner in Trogir Croatia
A picturesque street corner in Trogir

Even better, join a guided walking tour so you learn about the history of the charming town as you take in the major sights. We always do a walking tour if we find one that works in terms of time: it is the best introduction to a place you can get, especially if your guide is good.

Admire the Cathedral of St. Lawrence

The Trogir Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence, is the most important building in the tiny town. And it is, quite simply put, gorgeous.

Started in the 13th century and completed only in the 16th century, the cathedral features a mix of architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic.

The portal entrance is beautiful, with intricate carved designs, and two stone lions, standing guard on either side.

Entrance Trogir Cathedral
The portal entrance with its intricate designs

The interior is ornate, and contains some interesting relics and artwork in the Renaissance Chapel of Saint John.

Interior Trogir Cathedral
The beautiful ceiling of the Trogir Cathedral

Climb the bell tower for views

The slender bell tower of the Trogir Cathedral can be seen from everywhere in the town. It was begun in the 14th century and completed in the 16th century.

You can climb to the viewing gallery at the top of the slender bell tower for panoramic views over the town and the water.

Bell Tower Trogir Cathedral Trogir Croatia
The bell tower of the Trogir Cathedral rises up into the sky

Be warned, however, that the spiral staircase to the gallery is narrow and the top steps are steep: not for the faint of heart!

Relax for a bit in the beautiful central square

Trogir’s Central Square is a great place to sit and have a drink, take in the beautifulo architecture all around you, and people watch.

The Trogir Cathedral is on this square, but here you will also find the Trogir City Hall, and the Church of San Sebastian. The loggia used to be an open-air courthouse.

City Hall Trogir Croatia
The City Hall is one of the buildings on Trogir’s Central Square

Bustling and lively, the square sometimes features musical performances, and there are cafes and bars along its periphery, with lots of outdoor seating.

Gawk at Trogir’s architectural gems

Trogir has a number of architectural gems, for a town so tiny. The Trogir Cathedral is of course the main feature, but a few other structures are noteworthy.

The gorgeous stone Clock Tower with its red domed roof stands next to the loggia in the Central Square. The loggia is beautiful as well, with its slender columns.

Trogir Clock Tower
Trogir’s Clock Tower is gorgeous!

The Cipiko Palace in the Central square is lovely. It used to be the home of the Cipiko family in medieval times, and was built by Firentinac and Alesi, two famous architects. Alesi designed the beautiful Venetian Gothic window.

The Church and Monastery of Saint Dominic along the waterfront is another beautiful building. It was being renovated when we visited, so we could not enter.

Monastery of Saint Dominic Trogir Croatia
The bell tower of the monastery

Walk the pretty waterfront promenade of Trogir

One of the most pleasant things to do in Trogir is to stroll its waterfront promenade. You can watch the boats, and enjoy the sight of the imposing fort at the end of the walkway.

Waterfront promenade in Trogir Croatia
Walking the Trogir waterfront promenade

The views across the water to the other side are beautiful. There are lots of cafes with outside seating if you want to sit and enjoy the views and the sea breeze.

View from Trogir Waterfront
Looking across the water from the waterfront promenade

With palm trees, boats at the harbor, and not too many people, the Trogir promenade stroll is picturesque and offers lots of great photo ops!

Climb the walls of the Kamerlengo Fort

You can climb up to the top of the walls of the Kamerlengo Fort for lovely views, although the climb is not easy in parts: you have to climb up ladders to get to the top of the tower.

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir Croatia
The Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir

The 15th century castle-fortress is a stolid looking building at the end of the waterfront promenade in Trogir. The inside is bare, but you can sense the history of the place as you walk around.

The Kamerlengo Fortress Castle Trogir
The Kamerlengo Castle Fortress
Views from Kamerlengo in Trogir
A view from the walls of the fortress

Watch the short movie that recounts the history of Kamerlengo, and then climb the walls to enjoy the views.

Sample the local sweet treat

If you like almonds, you cannot leave Trogir without sampling the local dessert! Called Trogirski rafioli, the dessert consists of a filling of sweetened almonds in a casing of dough pastry.

The sweet treat from Trogir

The story goes that a girl from the Rafioli family was captured and held captive in the Kamerlengo Tower. To pass time, she starting making the sweet raviolis. Eventually she was rescued by a knight and lived happily ever after, continuing to make the raviolis for her knight in gratitude.

Traditionally the recipe is made with pork fat, so if you are a vegetarian or vegan, inquire to make sure the version you are planning to try is made with vegetable shortening.

Trogirski Rafioli
Trogirski Rafioli

We had the sweet treat at Dovani Restaurant in Trogir. They also have delicious gelato!

Walk the beach at Okrug Gornji…

The Okrug Gornji Beach is about a 30-minute walk from the Trogir town center, but you can take a water taxi in season, or drive there as well.

Located on the island of Ciovo (connected to the mainland by a bridge), the beach is pebbly, as most Croatian beaches are, but it is along beautiful beach.

You can swim or snorkel, jet ski, go parasailing or windsurfing, or ride a water bike. The beach is nicknamed “Copacabana” because of the many bars and restaurants and lively night life.

…Or visit another nearby beach

The Trogir area is known for its many beautiful beaches, so you are sure to find one you like!

Visit Pantan Beach, located less than a mile from the center of Trogir at the mouth of the Pantan River. The beach is edged with pine trees, and a beach bar offers refreshments right on the beach.

Or visit Medena Beach, about 2.5 miles from the town. Medena Beach is another popular beach with lots of activities like beach volleyball and a variety of water sports.

Getting to Trogir

Trogir is located on the Dalmatian coast, just under 19 miles north of Split. You can visit Trogir for the day from Split, or stop for a few hours on a Croatian coast road trip.

If you have a car, you can drive to Trogir. Driving distances and times from other cities along the coast are as follows:

Split — 19 miles, about 30 minutes
Sibenik — 31 miles, about 50 minutes
Zadar — 80.5 miles, about 1 hour and 30 minutes

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If you wish to visit Trogir by public transport, you can take a bus from Split, which takes about 40 minutes. Buses also connect Trogir with Sibenik and Zadar in the north. The bus station is just a short walk from the gate to the old town.

In season, you can take a ferry to Trogir from other places along the Dalmatian coast, such as Split. The ferry ride from Split to Trogir takes about one hour.

Getting Around in Trogir

You can walk everywhere in Trogir: the old town is very compact. If you want to visit a beach nearby, you can drive, or take the bus.

Where to Stay in Trogir

You can easily see all the sights in Trogir in a few hours, but if you wish to spend longer, to soak in Trogir’s atmospheric charm, or to enjoy the beaches nearby, that’s certainly an option!

Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa is a boutique property located close to major sights in the old town. The hotel features spacious rooms with contemporary furnishings, and a lovely pool.
Book a stay here

Or consider this highly rated AirBnB studio if you are visiting as a couple: it’s a quiet location just steps from the sights, or this larger apartment close to the beach and a short drive to Trogir, perfect for a family or larger group.

The Best Time to Visit Trogir

The shoulder season months of May and September are ideal for a visit to Trogir. You’ll encounter fewer crowds and nice weather for the most part. Even late April or early October would be nice.

Saint Dominic Church Trogir
Trogir’s beautiful architecture will wow you!

You will have lovely weather in the summer months, but expect the Croatian coastal towns and beaches to be crowded in summer.

In the off season, you will likely to be able to wander the beautiful streets of Trogir with no crowds at all, but expect some (or even most) services to be closed.

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So there you have it: the ultimate guide to the best things to do in Trogir, Croatia! If you have not yet visited this Croatian coastal gem, I hope I have inspired you to consider adding it to your itinerary for Croatia!

And if you are planning a trip to Croatia, read also about the best things to do in one day in Zagreb, the beautiful capital of Croatia, as well as suggestions for some fabulous day trips from Zagreb to add to your trip!

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Discover the best things to do in the historic town of Trogir on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its beautiful architecture.

Dhara

Dhara's travel interests are eclectic, spanning everything from natural wonders to history, culture, art and architecture. She has visited 22 countries, many more than once, plus almost all 50 states of the USA, and has amassed a hoard of cherished travel moments.

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