Things To Do In Trogir, Croatia, For The Day
Written by Tara Lonergan, a (USA-born) local who loves to write and has a passion for travel and photography.
Have you ever heard about Trogir in Croatia? Trogir, located between Zadar and Split, is the perfect place to plan a day trip this spring or summer and is a great starting point for a Croatia road trip. With it not being as famous as a town like its neighbors, you won’t be surrounded by as many tourists and get to enjoy the atmosphere as the locals do. If you are a photography lover or just after that perfect Instagram photo, Trogir is an ideal location to explore.
There are beautiful architecture, stunning sea views, and palm trees everywhere you look. National Geographic voted Trogir’s Old Town the best city island in the world in 2015, so it is not a place you want to miss!
Things To Do In Trogir, Croatia, For The Day
Below are the top things to see in Trogir; we’ve got Trogir attractions ranging from the beach, castles, and foodie stops.
If you are short on time in Trogir, this has to be one of the things to do in Trogir you do not skip.
At the tip of the town is Kamerlango Castle. It is relatively small in the sense of castles, but it is beautifully built and accessible to the public. For a fair price (prices may vary from spring to summer), you can enter the castle and climb the walls to enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding marina and town. Inside the walls is a large open space where the town holds concerts or other events throughout the year.
Local Tip: Sporting fans will want to check out the Batarija football pitch nearby!
As you continue walking through the town’s small but charming alleyways, you will reach the Cathedral of St. Lawrence.
The Cathedral Of St. Lawrence
This Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church constructed in the Romanesque-Gothic style. It is UNESCO listed as the whole town (since 1997) due to the outstanding Venetian architecture.
Just like the castle, it is open to the public. For 4 euro, you can visit the church inside and climb to the top of the bell tower.
If you aren’t afraid of heights, climbing to the top of the tower is definitely worth your while.
There are two levels, the first being the top of the building, where you can view a stained glass window and the courtyard surrounding the Cathedral. As you continue up and reach the top level, you get a breathtaking 360-degree view of the entire town.
With the mountains on one side and bright blue water on the other, you will be blown away by Trogir’s natural beauty.
Taste The Local Sweet Treat
While you are in Trogir, we suggest you find and the local treat – Trogirksi Ra
Once upon a time, there was an imprisoned beautiful lady in the famous Trogir tower, Kamerlengo. Her last name was Rafioli. And while she waited patiently for her sweet liberty, she baked sweet cakes.
One of her favorite and most popular cookies were Trogirski Rafioli.
Then, one day, A nobleman of Trogir liberated the detained dame and took her to her own yard, where she made rafioli for him for the rest of her life.
After you try them, we know you’ll want to make them at home here is how;
Along with the rest of Croatia, Trogir has beautiful beaches for all ages. The closest beach to the center is Pantan Beach, located at the mouth of the Pantan River.
Here, you can find a sandy sunbathing area, rare for Croatia, and shallow water, making this beach one of the tops things to do in Trogir with kids. There is also a café on the beach to get drinks, food, and of course, ice cream. You can take the public bus from Trogir’s bus station to get here or drive if you have your car.
Okrug Beach is for you if you are more of a sea person. Located about 5 km from the center, it is the most popular beach in the area. Here you can find restaurants and bars that stay open throughout the night, offering nighttime entertainment.
If you want to stay active, a water sports center offers various activities. There are more beach locations depending on where you visit or how far you are willing to travel from the town center.
Local Farmers Market
Are you wondering about what to do in Trogir as a foodie? The Trogir local farmers market is for you!
Located 100 meters from the bus station is a local farmers’ market. Here you can find fresh fruits and vegetables and locally produced olive oil. As a traveler, I love to support local businesses and farmers, which is the perfect place to do so.
Most sellers speak English, or just enough to tell you how much you owe them. There are also meat shops and bakeries within the market that are usually cheaper than your supermarkets. So if you are staying in a private apartment and want to cook a meal, the market is where I would go to grab supplies.
During the summer season, locals also set up souvenir booths that sell handmade goods as well.
How To Get To Trogir
Located 28 kilometers north of Split, it is a quick forty-minute drive perfect for a day trip and to eat lunch along the beautiful Riva. If you are coming by bus, the station is a three-minute walk from the Old Town, and buses run about every 30 mins to an hour, depending on the day, to both Zadar and Split.
There are many places to stay in Trogir if you choose to stay the night, whether it’s a hotel, a hostel, or a private apartment. You will also find a shuttle bus at the bus station that takes you to the airport since it’s only 10 minutes away from Split’s International Airport.
And sailors are welcome as well! Across a walking bridge from the Old Town is a beautiful marina. During my last trip to Trogir, I found many sailors docking their boats for the day and enjoying lunch in the restaurants along the sea.
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Trogir Fun Facts
- It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1997
- It was once a big port, dating back to the Romans.
- It sits on the Adriatic coast, a stone’s throw from Split, Dalmatia.
For a small town, Trogir is packed with all you need for a day trip to get out of the busy cities during tourist season. So, grab your friends or loved ones and visit! With restaurants and cafes located all around, it’s a place to relax and enjoy the summer weather.
Looking to explore Trogir with a guide? Check out these custom-made tours!
So, now you have a list of the best things to do in Trogir, Croatia; we hope you have a wonderful time.
Ah, Trogir! I spent a few days there in 2010 and really liked the small city. But, within city limits I found there wasn’t much to do and it was too small to go on a real wander. So, I hopped on one of the water taxis and headed to a beach. I am totally blanking on the name right now, but it is cute and the stones aren’t too uncomfortable … plus, super pretty!! Also, if you feel like going a little further down that gorgeous road, head to Split and then hop a ferry to Solta for some serious small town awesomeness!!
Thanks very much for the tip Diana. I’ll look into that, for our next little day trip. xx
I’ve only been to Dubrovnik but need to return to see more of this beautiful country.
There is so much to see here it’s hard to choose. I myself have a gazzilion things on my to see list.
Finally taking the girls over this year