A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Trogir is best known for the stunning architecture in its historic center that’s a mix of a variety of influences— Greek, Roman, Renaissance, and Gothic.
Situated by the Adriatic coast, you’ll never run out of interesting places to visit and wonderful things to do in Trogir. It’s also teeming with great cafés and restaurants for you to hang out or enjoy some hearty Croatian food.
Trogir is located close to Split and it’s pretty easy to shuttle between the two quaint locales. Read on to find out some of what Trogir has to offer.
- 11 Best Things To Do in Trogir, Croatia
- 1. Cipiko Palace
- 2. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence
- 3. The Clock Tower and City Loggia
- 4. Enjoy the Views From Kamerlengo Castle
- 5. The City Gates Land Gate
- 6. The Civic Museum
- 7. Spend a day in Split
- 8. Enjoy the Beach
- 9. Explore the islands
- 10. Local Farmers Market
- 11. The town of Marina
11 Best Things To Do in Trogir, Croatia
1. Cipiko Palace
Cipiko Palace used to be the home of one of the most prominent families in the region during the 15th century, the Cipiko family. One of the most stunning places to visit in Trogir, this was designed by renowned architects Firentinac and Alesi and was actually made up of two palaces joined together as the Cipiko wealth increased.
Located in the town square and can be seen from the main entrance of Trogir Cathedral, it has a lot of interesting features such as a carved Venetian Gothic window which was also by Alesi. By the main entrance of the palace, there’s a statue of a cockerel made of wood, which was taken from a Turkish ship that was defeated in a battle during the 1400s.
The family acquired the said statue because one of them was a military captain and was part of said battle.
2. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence
The Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Saint Lawrence is one of Trogir’s attractions that’s a must-visit if you’re into Venetian architecture or want sprawling views over the town. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, this church is open to the public for visits.
You can go inside the church and check out the equally stunning interiors and you can also climb up the bell tower. When you climb up the bell tower, you’ll first encounter the first level where there’s a view of the stained glass window and courtyard.
Continue up to the very top of the cathedral and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the entire town, the mountains on one side and the sprawling Dalmatian coast in the other.
3. The Clock Tower and City Loggia
Originally a part of the church of Saint Sebastian, the Clock Tower is now a popular Trogir landmark. Situated beside the Loggia, the Clock Tower is known for its blue face as well as the domed room which was taken from the church of Saint Sebastian in the mid-1500s.
It also has a statue called Justice, created in 1471 by Nikola Firentinac. The adjacent Loggia, meanwhile, was originally part of the square but is now reachable bu a few steps. This place is known for its columns and reliefs and was formerly linked with the Church of Saint Mary.
4. Enjoy the Views From Kamerlengo Castle
Another stunning lace in Trogir where you can enjoy great views is from the Kamerlengo Castle. Constructed in the mid-1500s by the Venetians, this castle is among the best attractions in Trogir. You can find the Kamerlengo Castle at the islet’s west end, as this castle was formerly used by the Venetians as their naval force’ base.
You may walk around the castle, or climb the stairs to enjoy amazing views of the town as well as the Adriatic coast and its crystalline waters. It is also one of the best castles in Croatia.
Monday to Sunday – 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
adults – 10kn (€1.35)
children & groups – 5kn (€0.67)
Phone: 021 881 543
Address: Obala Bana Berislavića 21220, Trogir Croatia
5. The City Gates Land Gate
There’s more to the impressive architecture in Trogir than castles and churches. Check out the Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) which was the main entrance to 15th century Trogir. It was built at the same time as Trogir’s city walls and a vital part of its defense system.
This was reconstructed in the 1700s with a late Renaissance style, where the former drawbridge was turned into a door. This city gate is one of the best things to see in Trogir and you must check out the Lion of Saint Mark which was also the symbol of Venice), and a monument of St. Kohn of Trogir.
There’s also the North Gate, which is smaller bit functions as a useful access point and is now surrounded by a number of cafes, restaurants, and pubs.
6. The Civic Museum
The Muzej Grada Trogira or the Trogir Civic Museum is located in the northwest of Trogir, just across the Land Gate and close to the cathedral. The exhibits are inside the Baroque Garagnin-Fanfogna Palace and include various Greek and Roman artifacts, documents and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, antique clothing and uniforms and an impressive collection of furniture from the 18th century.
It is a fascinating showcase of Croatia’s cultural influences, and a visit is one of the best things to do in Trogir. Be sure to include this lace in your visit as it’s conveniently located close to some of the best attractions.
Phone: +385 21 796046
Address: Trogir City Museum, City Gate 4, 21 220 Trogir
7. Spend a day in Split
One of the best activities to do in Trogir is actually something that takes you out of town, to the lovely city of Split just 30 minutes away. The second-largest city in Croatia, this historic area offers plenty of interesting places to see and things to do. Foremost is the UNESCO Heritage Site Diocletian’s Palace, which is like.
The small city in itself. Split also has a promenade that’s perfect for early evening strolls and a variety of cafes and restaurants that serves up both local and international dishes. Split is foodie heaven so make sure to sample Croatian dishes which are usually spicy but totally worth it.
8. Enjoy the Beach
With Trogir being located by the coast, it naturally ha accesses to the crystalline waters that the Adriatic is known for. Take a much-needed respite from the historic center of Trogir and head to the beach, which is just three kilometers away. Some of the best beaches you must visit in Trogir are the Okrug Gornji beach and Riva Beach.
Spend a few hours or perhaps an entire day lounging in the sand, swimming, and snorkeling. A trip to any of these beaches is among the best things to do in Trogir on weekends, where you get to enjoy the fine weather as well as the cool sparkling waters.
9. Explore the islands
Another great thing to do in Trogir that isn’t in the historic center takes you to the nearby islands. Being located in the Croatian Riviera, it is easy for anyone currently in town to just get on a boat and see the islands. When touring the nearby islands, you can either get a sea kayak and maneuver it yourself to explore or you can join a guided tour.
10. Local Farmers Market
One of the best things to do in Trogir or in any new city you visit is to explore the local markets. Croatia is immensely proud of their food — whether farm products, seafood or any local delicacy or dish, as they’re usually organic, fresh and done without artificial preservatives.
Local markets are also a fun way to interact with the locals as well as big things to bring back home. Trogir’s local farmers market is located near the main bus station, and it’s the only one in that area so you won’t miss it!
11. The town of Marina
Located in the western part of Trogir and only 20 kilometers away, is the charming town by the coast called Marina. A prominent sight here is a massive tower that’s not a hotel called Hotel Kastil. This picturesque village with its proximity to the Dalmatian coast also boasts of beaches that are mostly pebble and rocks.
There are also two churches that you must see because of their varying architecture: the Gothic St. Luke and the Gothic and renaissance St. John. They were both erected in the 15th century and brilliantly preserved and maintained by the same family.
Walk more and you’ll most likely stumble upon Marina Bay, a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Just a quick drive away, Marina is an ideal day trip and among the best places to see in Trogir.