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15 Best Things To Do In Trogir Old Town, Croatia

Visiting Trogir is something you don’t want to miss out on when in Croatia. It has all the charm, romantic, and medieval touches that will win you over the minute you step foot in Trogir Old Town. One of the best things to do in Trogir is to wander the cobblestone alleyways and waterfront in awe of its fairytale like beauty.

Situated along Croatia’s Adriatic Sea and is a prime location to take day trips from and explore nearby islands.

Although small, Trogir is a city that I will return to again and spend a few days sipping a coffee people watching along the seaside promenade for complete relaxation…

View of old town Trogir along the water with its tall bell tower that you can climb up, one of the best things to do in Trogir, Croatia.

Many visit Trogir on a day trip from Split, but I highly recommend spending a night to capture the true essence that this UNESCO World Heritage Site has to offer.

And if you want to include a few day trips then add a few more nights or add to your Croatia itinerary. Keep reading to learn what to do in Trogir, where to stay, and top tours to take!

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The beautiful riva or seaside Promenade lined with palm trees and restaurants on one side and yachts docked on the other side in Trogir old town in Croatia.

Best Things To Do In Trogir, Croatia

1. Take A Trogir Old Town Walking Tour

It is a gorgeous location on the Dalmatian Coast just 30 minutes from Split which makes it easy to get to.

The old town section of Trogir is on a tiny island that is connected by bridges to the mainland on one side and on the opposite side, a larger island known as Ciovo Island.

In every way, Trogir is a magical old town with its marble streets, a grand promenade, palm trees, yachts, and sailboats!

What I really enjoyed about Trogir, is that it is a smaller and less touristy area compared to Split and some of the larger cities.

Walking down a skinny cobblestoned alleyway in the charming old town of Trogir in Croatia.
Looking up at the beautiful buildings made of white and lightly tanned stones at a small outdoor cafe with umbrellas in Trogir, Croatia.

You still get a beautiful seaside old town with its medieval walls but free of crowds. Although most people only visit Trogir on a day trip, you can easily spend a few days here, especially if you are looking to unwind.

It is quite impressive how so many of the buildings from the 13th and 15th centuries are so well preserved today. In 1997, Trogir officially became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With its sea access, Trogir is an excellent base if you are interested in sailing the nearby islands for a day excursion or even a week.

The best way to get your bearings and learn a ton of history about old town Trogir, is to go on a guided walking tour.

On this walking tour, your local guide with show you the top sights with interesting facts and recommendations such as where to eat.

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2. Visit St. Lawrence Cathedral & Bell Tower

In the main section of Old Town Trogir, sits the prominent St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower.

St. Lawrence Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries and is architecturally stunning.

As you admire the incredible craftsmanship that went into carving and building of the church, you can see Gothic, Venetian, and Romanesque styles throughout.

Standing at the base of St. Lawrence Cathedral & bell tower looking up at its magnificent architecture with a statue in front on a sunny day in Trogir.
Detailed carving of a statue resembling a lion at the front entrance to St. Lawrence Cathedral with elaborate carvings in stone around the doorway in Trogir.

Inside the church is beautiful with sculptures and artwork including the baptistery worth viewing.

After exploring the inside of the cathedral, exit and turn around to notice the detail in the front entrance and statues. The talent that went into the carvings is unbelievable.

From the entrance, walk a few steps to the entry of the Bell Tower. Be aware that there are a number of steps so make sure you are up for the challenge.

It might be a little bit of a workout, but it is completely worth it for the views!

View of the town square, clock tower, and outdoor cafes from the first level of the St. Lawrence Cathedral bell tower in Trogir old town.
Spectacular view of Trogir, Croatia with its red tiled roofs, clock tower, square, and Adriatic Sea beyond.

I’m scared of heights and there were sections of climbing up that I got a little nervous, but I’d do it again for the great photos I got.

Standing at 47 meters (155 feet), the Cathedral Bell Tower offers spectacular views of the Old Town, Ciovo Island, and the Adriatic Sea.

3. Clock Tower & City Loggia

Directly across the square from St. Lawrence Cathedral, is the Clock Tower and City Loggia.

The Clock Tower stands out in the main town square as the star with its pale blue face and its red-tiled dome top.

It is the first thing I noticed upon entering the square as it might be one of the prettiest clock towers I have seen. Built in the 15th century, the clock tower was once part of St. Sebastian’s Church.

The beautiful Clock Tower & City Loggia in pale tan colored stones and the clock face is a light pastel blue in the main square in Trogir, Croatia.

Connected to the Clock Tower is the City Loggia in a Venetian architecture style. It is a covered gallery or what you might recognize as a porch.

Wondering what a loggia is? Many cities had loggias which were meeting places in the main area of the town and center of political life.

Think of it much like our present-day city halls where there are courtrooms, judges, etc… But back then it was noblemen and leaders of the community.

4. The Grand Cipiko Palace

Right next to St. Lawrence Cathedral is the Cipiko Palace which was the home to the Cipiko family, Trogir’s wealthiest and most well-known family during the 15th century.

As with the cathedral next door, you will notice the Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architectural styles.

The lovely 3 story Cipiko Palace in Trogir, with its architecture dating back to the 15th century.
A zoomed view of the ornate and beautiful window with small balcony of the Cipiko Palace in Trogir, Croatia from the bell tower.

The majority of the Cipiko Palace was built in the between the 13th and 15th centuries. It was actually two palaces that joined once two prominent families came together.

Unfortunately, the Cipiko Palace is not open to the public. But maybe it is more fun anyways to imagine how grand it must be inside…

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5. Enjoy A Coffee In Trg Ivana Pavla II Square

Need a coffee break or a bite to eat? Grab a chair at one of the outdoor cafes situated in Trg Ivana Pavla II Square.

The square is surrounded by St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Clock Tower, and Cipiko Palace.

Several tables and umbrellas of cafes in the center of the main square in Trogir with view of the cathedral and bell tower.

In addition to it being a great spot for people watching, you can take in all the impressive architecture around you.

Keep in mind that restaurants in popular squares like this might not have the most traditional food but for an espresso or cocktail I think it is perfect.

6. Town Hall, aka Duke’s Palace

Before I even knew it was the Town Hall, I wandered into the courtyard and was met with the most pleasant surprise. It is the most idyllic and beautiful courtyard that looks fit for a princess.

The staircase alone looks like the perfect opportunity for a photoshoot, all I needed was a long flowy dress…

Originally, I thought that the building and courtyard looked a little too fancy for a town hall but learned that it had been the Duke’s Palace from the 13th century.

The beautiful courtyard of the Town Hall all made of marble and bricks in white and tan colors with a ornate staircase, tall lantern and a well in the center of it in Trogir, Croatia.
The Town Hall which was previously the Duke's Palace in the old town section of Trogir, Croatia.

Later the palace was renovated in the 19th century with Renaissance architectural style. You can clearly see the coat of arms of the Venetian Dukes that once resided here on the front of the palace.

Today it serves as the Town Hall where all business administration for the city takes place and must see in Trogir.

7. Museum of Sacred Art

Right next to the Clock Tower is the Museum of Sacred Art. The small museum has artwork from the 13th century Venetian period and notable pieces from the famous painter, Bellini.

Previously, the museum used to be a parish house from the 18th century. I absolutely love how the vines frame the museum and match the door and windows perfectly!

Museum of Sacred Art in the main town square of Trogir with its dark green door and shutters on the windows with thick vines growing on the top portion.

8. Wander Old Town’s Alleyways

Trogir’s Old Town is quite small and could be walked within a few hours if you were in a rush but that would be a shame.

Instead, Trogir is one of those towns that you want to let yourself wander and get a little lost in.

Granted you won’t actually get lost but there are so many pretty alleyways, cafes, and courtyards you don’t want to miss.

Trogir might be one of the most photogenic towns in Croatia as it packs in a whole lot of charm. Anyone that is into photography could easily spend a few days really capturing the town’s atmosphere.

The most photographed and beautiful courtyard in Trogir's Old Town with a small stone staircase lined with colorful pots and plants.
Charming cobble stoned streets of Old Town Trogir with an arched corridor and staircase leading up to a home.

As you walk the cobblestone streets, you will quickly realize why it is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the things that I loved about walking in old town is that much of the time I felt like I had the place to myself.

There are so many adorable cafes, that sitting down to have an espresso or bite to eat will be calling your name at least once!

Exploring the old town is definitely one of the best things to do in Trogir…

9. Stroll Down The Riva Promenade

Similar to Split, Trogir has a wide and elegant promenade or “riva” along the waterfront. It is a splendid place to take a stroll as you pass restaurants, cafes, and plenty of palm trees.

On the waterfront side, you will see numerous yachts and sailboats docked in mesmerizing clear water in shades of blue.

The beautiful wide promenade of Trogir lined with palm trees and restaurants on one side and yachts docked on the other side on the small island of Trogir in Croatia.
Strolling along the promenade in Trogir with the Kamerlengo Fortress behind me.

There is definitely more energy and liveliness out on the promenade, a great place to sit and people watch.

And if you are lucky enough to stay the night, it is a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

10. Climb To The Top Of Kamerlengo Fortress

At the end of the promenade or “riva” is the Kamerlengo Fortress that looks quite striking among the palm trees and sea.

The fortress is also referred to as a “castle”, but it looks more like a fortress to me…

At one point, the fortress was attached to the city walls but as you can see that is no longer the case.

Built in the early 1400s, there is not much left of the Kamerlengo Fortress on the interior, but it is still very much worth a visit.

The large and striking Kamerlengo Fortress along the waterfront in Trogir, Croatia.
Walking the walls of the Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir.
View of Trogir, the sea with boats passing and bell towers from the top of Kamerlengo Fortress.
View of Trogir and Adriatic Sea from Kamerlengo Fortress in Croatia.

In the 15th century, the Kamerlengo Fortress served to house Venetian troops but today it is used as a place to host concerts in the summer months.

What makes going inside worth the entrance fee is the opportunity to climb up the stairs to the top of the fortress.

The views of Trogir and the surrounding Adriatic Sea are breathtaking. Make sure that you climb all the way to the top of the tower for the best vantage point!

11. View The Town Gates

After you park your car and cross over the bridge into the old town of Trogir, you’ll enter via the North Gate.

The North Gate was built in the 17th century and up on the top used to be a statue of the patron saint of Trogir, St. John.

From photos and everything I read, it used to be there but, on my visit, I saw no statue…

On the opposite side of Trogir’s Old Town is the South Gate. The South Gate leads out to the bustling promenade and the sea.

The North Gate entrance with arched stonework into old town Trogir in Croatia.
South Gate entrance into Trogir from the promenade with view of the sea beyond it.

12. Best Beaches In Trogir

It’s not hard to imagine that there might be nice beaches in Trogir after getting a glimpse of the glimmering turquoise waters here.

There are several beautiful Trogir beaches to visit but three that top the list are Okrug Gornji, Medina Beach, and Labadusa Strand Beach.

Okrug Gornji is on Ciovo Island which is about 2 miles from Trogir’s old town and can be reached by boat or driving there.

You’ll find an assortment of restaurants and bars to choose from if you need a cocktail while lounging on the picturesque beach.

A drone view photo of a white sand beach with clear water in shades of blue in Trogir, Croatia.

Labadusa Strand is also on Ciovo Island but on the southern side of the island. This is a pebbly beach with absolutely gorgeous clear turquoise waters…

Medina Beach is located in a small village called Seget Donji that is a few miles from old town on the mainland part of Trogir. Here you will find restaurants, bars, water sports, and the Hotel Medina.

13. Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas

On the southern part of Trogir island at the end of the promenade is Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas.

Founded in 1064 by St. Ivan, the monastery is one of the oldest in all of Croatia. And it couldn’t have a prettier location right along the Adriatic Sea.

What makes this monastery unique is that Benedictine female monks or nuns have lived and worked here for about 1,000 years. There are still a handful of nuns that reside here today.

Seafront Promenade, Old Buildings And Church Tower of Monastery of St. Nicholas in Trogir, Croatia

There is a small courtyard and museum you can visit with a nice collection of art, a marble relief of Kairos the Greek god of happy moment the most notable.

Note: St. Nicolas is the patron saint of travelers and sailors, so the site of this monastery is fitting.

14. Visit The Blue Lagoon & Nearby Islands

From spring through fall, island hopping is one of the most popular day trips from Trogir.

There are several islands near Trogir all surrounded by the most pristine waters in hues of turquoise.

You can choose from a variety of Trogir boat tours with many easy to reach under an hour.

One of the best things to do in Trogir is to visit the Blue Lagoon just 15 minutes away by speedboat.

Aerial view of stunning islands on Croatia's Dalmatian coast with Blue lagoon, a popular swim and snorkeling destination with its clear sea water.

The Blue Lagoon has quite the reputation for its remarkable clear water and an array of blue shades. Paradise never looked better!

The shallow water here is excellent for swimming and snorkeling right off of Veli Drvenik island. A tour combining the Blue Lagoon and the island of Solta is something you don’t want to miss when visiting Trogir.

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15. Go On A Myths & Legends Night Tour Of Trogir’s Old Town

A bonus to spending the night in Trogir is the opportunity to go on a myths and legends tour in old town!

On this guided evening tour, you will be led on glowing lantern journey over 2,000 years…

You’ll learn all about Trogir’s fascinating history, superstitions, and spooky myths the town holds.

In a small group setting expect to be transported to another era as you visit some of the top Trogir attractions at night, a completely different experience than by day.

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A dimly lit cobblestoned walkway in the old town section of Trogir, Croatia.

Best Hotels In Trogir

In search of the best Trogir accommodation in the old town section? Staying on the island of old town Trogir is the most convenient place to stay, within walking distance of most attractions.

Hotel Pasike

Hotel Monika

Hotel Concordia

Brown Beach House – this hotel is directly across Trogir old town on Ciovo Island a few minutes away.

Restaurants In Trogir

Wondering where to eat in Trogir? There are several tasty picks when it comes to dining in Trogir with seafood, Italian, and Croatian food the most widely available.

  • Pizzeria Mirkec – Not too far from the promenade and has great pizzas (Pizza, Mediterranean and Italian food).
  • Konoba Trs – located a short distance from the main central square next to the St. Michael’s Bell Tower and Palace Cipiko (Mediterranean, Seafood and Croatian food).
  • Piccolo Ponte – Located in the center of Old Town and has a lovely ambience (Mediterranean, Italian and Pizza).
  • Restaurant Kamerlengo – Located on an adorable cobblestone street in the center of Old Town (Mediterranean, Seafood and Croatian food).
  • Restaurant Sv Dominik – perfect for drinks along the promenade!
Boat sailing on the Adriatic Sea between Trogir and Ciovo islands.

Trogir Tours To Take

If you plan to spend a few days in Trogir, I’d recommend giving yourself time to explore the town and take a few phenomenal day trips!

Trogir Walking Tour with Guide – Go on a guided 1.5-hour walking tour of Trogir’s Old Town and fall in love with the architecture and history in this idyllic town!

Blue Lagoon & 3 Island Tour – Be whisked away to explore the breathtaking islands and turquoise waters of nearby islands. This is a full-day tour where you get to relax, wander, and play in the Adriatic Sea!

Krka Falls & Sibenik Tour – This tour takes you to Krka National Park which is known for its beautiful waterfalls and lush park. You will also get to visit Sibenik and see its top sights!

Trogir Nights Myths & Legends Tour – see Trogir old town at night with a guide lighting your way by lantern to learn all about the history & spooky past of the town.

How To Get From Split To Trogir

The closest airport to Trogir is Split International Airport (SPU), also known as Resnik Airport.

The airport is actually closer to Trogir than Split and is about a 10-minute drive. To book your airfare to Split, start searching the best flight deals available!

If you are coming from the town of Split, it is about a 30-minute drive and you can get from Split to Trogir by driving, bus, or ferry.

If you plan to be visiting other areas of Croatia, I recommend getting a rental car and driving yourself as navigating the roads in Croatia are easy and convenient.

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The front door and entrance of an old and charming building in Trogir.

Best Time To Visit Trogir

Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia experiences a Mediterranean climate much like Italy and Greece.

Visiting Trogir is pleasant any time of the year with the best months from April to October.

The winter months are known to have mild temperatures and a lot of rain whereas the summer months can get pretty hot and humid.

To get the best weather and beat the crowds (mostly), the shoulder seasons are ideal traveling in May/June and September/October.

Parking In Trogir

If you are driving to Trogir, where do you park? The old town is completely walkable, and no car is needed while you stay in Trogir.

But if you are driving to Trogir from another city in Croatia, then you will park on the mainland side of Trogir before walking across to the island of old town.

There are two public parking lots, one north and one south of the bridge to walk over into Trogir old town.

It takes about 5 minutes to walk from either parking lot over to the quaint island of old town.

Sitting on the steps of a tiny but charming stone staircase in a courtyard in old town Trogir, Croatia.

FAQ About Visiting Trogir, Croatia

Is Trogir Worth Visiting?

Yes, Trogir is worth visiting as it is an idyllic old town on a tiny island off Croatia’s coast. Surrounded by the breathtaking azul colored waters of the Adriatic, this city has a rich history, architecture, scenery, and delicious cuisine.

What Is Trogir Famous For?

Trogir is famous for its charming old town situated on a tiny island along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia. With its slender cobblestoned alleyways, St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower, Kamerlengo Fortress, and the prime location for island hopping in dream like turquoise waters this is a town you don’t want to miss.

How Much Time Do You Need In Trogir?

You can easily see all the main Trogir attractions in the old town in one day but if you want to fully experience this hidden gem, spend one night and two full days.

That way you can designate one day to exploring the nearby beaches, Blue Lagoon, or other nearby islands.

Is It Better To Stay In Split Or Trogir?

They are both fantastic cities to stay in but for a more laid back and tranquil atmosphere with the cutest old town stay in Trogir.

If you are looking to stay in a bigger city with more restaurants, bars, nightlife, and shopping then Split is a better option.

How Long Does It Take To Get From Split To Trogir?

By car, it takes 30 minutes to get from Split to Trogir. You can also go between the two cities by ferry during the spring, summer, and fall months, which takes 60 minutes.

Is Trogir Walkable?

Yes, the old town of Trogir is very walkable. The tiny island can be walked in a half day but don’t rush it as the town is filled with history, beauty, and architecture.

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30 Comments

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful! Croatia is on my list of places to see soon, will definitely bookmark this post when I start my planning! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful photos, Croatian seaside villages are the best. It has been years since we spent time in this beautiful country with wonderful people. Next time we go Trogir looks like an amazing spot to add to the itinerary!

    1. Thank you! Yes, Croatia really does have the most beautiful coast and glad to inspire a visit there! 🙂

    1. Yes, do go to Croatia if you get the chance! Beyond beautiful and the nicest people you will meet. Let me know if you have any questions about it later! 🙂

  3. Your photos are lovely. I would really like to visit Croatia and see Trogir. I love the medieval buildings and the fortress. I think I could happily stay a few days to enjoy it properly.

    1. If you love medieval towns then you will love Trogir. It has a very fairytale-like feel and looks like a perfect photograph around every corner! 🙂

  4. The view of Trogir from the mainland looks gorgeous. The old town looks awesome too. I have only been to Dubrovnik in Croatia, so I feel like I should go back to explore other areas. Trogir looks like a good place to start.

    1. I love Dubrovnik but there are so many beautiful towns in Croatia that don’t get as much attention. Trogir might be one of the most picturesque old towns! 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to go to Croatia and this is such a great list of tips and hints! I love the photos, it gets me even more excited to see it in person.

    1. I definitely recommend going to Croatia, it is a magical place. I would just try to go during the shoulder season to avoid the crowds and you will love it!

  6. I want to go to Croatia but haven’t made it yet. There are so many beautiful places to visit, and Trogir looks like one of them! Thank you for the great guide!

    1. Oh definitely make a visit to Croatia, it’s a wonderful country! Your welcome, hopefully you can put the guide to use when you visit Trogir. It’s a special place. 🙂

    1. Thank you, that means so much! Trogir really is a wonderful place to visit with all of its history and beautiful charm! 🙂

  7. Gorgeous photos! I would love to add this to my bucket list. I would love everything you mentioned, but the St. Lawrence Cathedral would be a must for me!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, Trogir is such a lovely town that has so many hidden gems and very photogenic! 🙂

  8. I’ve wanted to visit Croatia for a while now as I keep hearing how beautiful it is, but this just makes me want to go even more. Such a beautiful town, I feel like I could walk those streets for hours and not get bored. So many photogenic areas of the town.

    1. Yes, Trogir is definitely one of those towns that you could wander for a long time despite its small size. 🙂

  9. I have wanted to visit Croatia for a very long time, but do not like super touristy spots, every photo you took it was practically empty around you – which I absolutely love! It looks like a very beautiful spot!

    1. I completely agree! I would personally avoid Croatia during July and August because of the heavy crowds. I was there in mid-May and was perfect. I hope you get the chance to visit Trogir! 🙂

  10. Trogir usually gets overlooked next to super touristy Dubrovnik, and even more by neighbor Split, but it’s so worth a visit! I’ve been several times and there’s always some new detail to discover. This is a lovely list of the must-see! 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you agree on how wonderful Trogir is! Yes people usually head to the bigger cities but Trogir has so much to offer with lesser crowds.

  11. The fortress and the old town look like truly stepping back in time, so beautiful! I adore exploring places with so much history. Croatia is somewhere I’d love to visit soon!

    1. Oh I hope you get the chance to visit Croatia especially Trogir! Yes so much history and it’s one of my favorite spots in Croatia. 🙂

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