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Trogir is a Croatian town in the middle of the Adriatic coast; a real medieval jewel hides inside its walls on a small islet connected to the mainland. With over two thousand years of history and thanks to the impressive number of Baroque and Renaissance monuments and buildings, Trogir has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997. This small town in the heart od Dalmatia is perfect to visit in one day but it is very easy to be fascinated and want to stay there as long as possible.

This small town in the heart of Dalmatia is perfect to visit in one day but it is very easy to be fascinated and want to stay there as long as possible.

The front door

The main entrance door is located to the north, facing the mainland, where you just have to cross a small bridge and find yourself surrounded by tiny stone streets full of history and culture. Exploring these narrow but delightful alleys is not impossible, in fact it is very easy to find your way back to the starting point. Like every Croatian destination, Trogir is full of tourists during the high season, but you will discover small streets and squares where the crowds seem to vanish and you will feel like taking a dive into the past.

The Cathedral of San Lorenzo

The oldest and most valuable monument of Trogir is undoubtedly the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, whose construction began in 1200 and ended in 1600. This means that most of the Cathedral is in Romanesque style, while the interior of the vault, built in the 15th century, is in Gothic style. Here you can admire the statues of Adam and Eve resting on the Venetian lions and the famous Chapel of St. John but it is only once you reach the top of the bell tower that you can enjoy the best view: it is possible to climb up to 47 metres and enjoy a spectacular view of the city and nearby islands.

The clock tower

Next to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo is the Town Hall and not far away the Municipal Loggia which was the place where public assemblies were held, laws were proclaimed and contracts signed. Today, this is the seat of the city courtroom. Next to the Lodge stands the Clock Tower, the symbol of Trogir par excellence, which tells the time throughout the island. Once you arrive here my advice is to sit down and observe every little detail of the buildings in the Square of Loggia or simply sip a coffee or an aperitif in the main square of the city.

The south gate and the seafront

Once you have explored the square and taken the right break, dive back into the alleyways and head towards the exit door of Trogir, a real gate of the 1500s that will not launch you out of the city but will make you feel immersed in a new world: the waterfront. Here you can stroll while breathing iodine, sit in one of the restaurants by the sea and enjoy the local specialities or just enjoy the view. Even outside the main walls of the city of Trogir there are many historical buildings…You can admire the Camerlengo Fortress, the Convent of St. Nicholas and the Convent of St. Dominic.


After strolling through the narrow streets of Trogir and admiring its small facets, you can’t help but take a relaxing break and dive into the crystal clear waters that surround the island. The closest beach to the centre of Trogir is Pantun, a sandy and rocky coast surrounded by a nature reserve. If you are looking for a more idyllic and peaceful environment, my advise is to move to the nearby islands of Drvenik Mali and Drvenik Veli which are easily reached by boat tour. Here you will find enchanting beaches, hidden coves and bays, you can relax in the sun, snorkel and enjoy all the beauty of the island from a unique perspective.

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Rosella Mazza

Born in 1993
Serial traveller, my head is in the clouds and my feet on the ground. I have a thing for the Caribbean and unconditional love for the sea. If there's one thing I get excited about, it is closing my eyes and pointing my finger at my globe, chasing the next destination.