The lovely people at the Lonely Planet have compiled a list of things to do around Trogir. Some great recommendations below. We added a couple….
The showcase of Trogir is its three-naved Venetian cathedral, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia, built from the 13th to 15th centuries. Master Radovan carved the grand Romanesque portal (1240). Sculptures on either side depict lions (symbolising Venice) with Adam and Eve standing on their backs, the earliest example of the nude in Dalmatian sculpture. At the end of the portico is another fine piece of sculpture – the 1464 cherub-lined baptistery sculpted by Andrija Aleši.
To the left as you enter the cathedral is the richly decorated Renaissance Chapel of St Ivan, created by the masters Nikola Firentinac and Ivan Duknović from 1461 to 1497. Be sure to take a look at the treasury, which contains an ivory triptych and various silver reliquaries. You can also climb the 47m-high cathedral tower for views over the old town.
A sign informs that you must be ‘decently dressed’ to enter the cathedral, which means that men must wear tops (women too, of course) and shorts are a no-no.
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As traditional-looking as they come, this rustic little tavern has wooden benches and old stone walls inside, and an inviting courtyard shaded by grapevines. Yet the menu adds clever, contemporary twists to Dalmatian classics, featuring the likes of panko-crumbed octopus tentacles, and the signature dish, nutmeg-spiced lamb pašticada, served with savoury pancakes. Book ahead for a memorable meal.
Ask for Tomo the owner, he’ll recommend a nice dish - tell him Alison sent you.
This small historic open-sided market, pressed up against the town walls, is still used by street traders, although these days they mainly deal in jewellery. It’s a good place to buy interesting pieces showcasing local stone and pearls.
On the Seget Riviera, 4km west of the old town, this stretch of beach has a long promenade lined with bars, tennis courts, minigolf, ice-cream parlours and stands renting jet skis, kayaks and windsurfers. While it’s in the grounds of the faded Hotel Medena megaresort, it’s open to the general public and there’s parking on-site.
Highlights of this small museum include illuminated manuscripts, a large painting of St Jerome and St John the Baptist by Bellini, an almost life-size brightly painted Crucifix with Triumphant Christ and the darkly lit fragments of a 13th-century icon which once adorned the cathedral’s altar.
Every year from 21 June through early September, the town hosts Trogir Summer, a music festival with classical and folk concerts presented in churches, squares and the fortress. Posters advertising the concerts are posted all around town.
Trogir’s most popular beach, Okrug Gornji lies 1.7km south of the old town on the island of Čiovo. Known as Copacabana, this 2km-long stretch of pebbles is lined with cafe-bars. It can be reached by road or boat.
Housed in the former Garagnin-Fanfogna palace, this museum exhibits books, documents, drawings and period costumes from Trogir’s long history.
With dozens of tables spilling out on to the waterfront promenade and the main restaurant tucked around the corner, this relaxed joint serves tasty wood-fired pizza along with omelettes, steaks, pasta, grilled fish and, if preordered, traditional meals slow-roasted under a peka (domed metal lid). There’s also a good-value set breakfast option (40KN).
This palatial house opposite the cathedral was home to a prominent family during the 15th century. It’s not open to the public, but you can stop to admire the intricately carved Gothic triforium encasing the windows on the facade, the work of Andrija Aleši.
Built around 1420, this fortress was once connected to the city walls. Inside it’s basically an empty shell, but you can climb up and circle the walls. Concerts are held here during the Trogir Summer festival.
This 15th-century building opposite the cathedral has a Gothic yard decorated with coats of arms and a monumental staircase. Its well features a preserved winged lion of St Mark, the symbol of the Venetian Republic.
The nearest beach to the old town, Pantan is a gravel-and-sand beach on the estuary of Pantan River, surrounded by a protected nature reserve. It’s 1.5km east of the Trogir bridge and easily reached on foot.
The treasury of this Benedictine convent is home to a dazzling 3rd-century relief of Kairos, the Greek god of opportunity, carved out of orange marble. Access by appointment from October to May.
No longer used for services, this 1476 church shelters stone sarcophagi and the photos of locals killed in the 1990s war. It’s topped by a large blue-faced Renaissance clock.
This longstanding restaurant has an outdoor terrace and a huge menu, with lobster and lots of meat specialities (such as chicken liver wrapped in bacon).
On the main square, this 13th-century open-sided structure features an interesting relief by famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović.
Right at the western tip of Trogir island, this elegant gazebo was built by the French during the Napoleonic occupation of Dalmatia. At the time it jutted out into a marshy lagoon and Marshal Marmont used to sit within the circle of columns, surrounded by water, and play cards.
This characterful family-run tavern is tucked away in an old-town alleyway, with an al fresco area and a fishing-themed interior. Seafood features prominently on the menu, but there’s also pizza and a selection of steaks.
The main northern entrance to the old town.