Best Things to Do in Trogir Croatia (in 2023)

Last updated on April 10th, 2023 at 10:25 am

Trogir, Croatia is a Mediterranean fantasy.

This tiny town’s medieval core is adorned with castles, towers, enchanting cobblestone streets, and a sparkling waterfront promenade. Combine this with the endless amount of fun things to do in Trogir Croatia, and you have yourself a dreamy destination on any Croatia itinerary.

With options like Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Plitvice Lakes, you might be asking yourself, is Trogir Croatia worth a visit? The answer is a resounding YES! If you are spending a few days in Split, then Trogir should definitely be on your radar for a day trip away from the busy city.

There are a number of well-known attractions in Trogir, but having visited Trogir multiple times a year for the past 8 years, I’ll also be sharing some lesser known hidden gems you should check out while you’re there.

Read on to discover 17 best things to do in Trogir Croatia in 2023 and why this UNESCO World Heritage Site should be on your Croatia bucket list.

The clock tower and loggia on Trogir's piazza

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How to Get to Trogir

By Local Bus (from Split): Getting to Trogir by bus is easy and relatively inexpensive. If you have a flexible schedule, then you may want to catch a local bus from Split (the bus leaves every 30 minutes) and take it to Trogir. The journey can take up to 45 minutes because the bus stops at many smaller towns and villages along the way, but it’s a great way to experience the local life.

By Coach: A coach bus is perhaps the quickest and most convenient way to reach Trogir. Two companies I recommend are Flixbus or GetbyBus. They are reliable, air conditioned, and will get you to Trogir the quickest. They leave from Split, Zadar, and Sibenik, giving you plenty of options to organize an affordable day trip to Trogir.

By Boat: You can also get to Trogir by boat from Split. The Bura Line runs regular ferry services to Trogir, with a journey time of 45-60 minutes and fares starting at around 23 kunas. A great option if you fancy seeing some of the stunning Croatian coastline along the way!  You can find out more about the Bura Line on their official website.

By Car: If you hire a car in Split, it takes just 30 minutes to reach Trogir. There is parking available right beside the main bus station and you can simply walk across the bridge to Trogir’s Old Town. When renting a car in Croatia, I always recommend using Discover Cars for the best rates.

Organized Tour: If you don’t want to worry about transportation or navigating on your own, your best bet is to book an organized tour to Trogir. Organized tours are available for a full day or half day and depart from various Dalmatian cities including Split, Zadar, and Šibenik.

By Train: If you are staying in Zagreb, you may be interested in traveling to Trogir by train. Although there is no direct line to Trogir, the train stops at the nearby village of Kaštel Stari from where you can hop on a local bus to reach Trogir.

17 Best Things to Do in Trogir, Croatia

1. Wander the Old Town Streets

When it comes to what to do in Trogir, the number one activity on your list should be getting lost in the old town streets. Trust me, wandering through Trogir’s striking marble streets is like a scene straight out of a medieval fairytale.

Each twisting laneway leads to a new discovery. You’ll come upon charming courtyards, witness locals meeting in the alley for a chat, and uncover hidden ateliers all while a breeze carries the delicious scent of homemade Dalmatian cooking through the air.

Roaming around zigzagging alleyways is by far one of the best ways to experience the magic of Old Town Trogir Croatia. While exploring, be sure to stop by the Trogir City Museum for a glimpse into the town’s historic past.

Woman walking through the stone gate leading to the waterfront promenade in Trogir Croatia

2. Stroll Down the Riva

Arguably one of the most beautiful waterfronts (called a riva in Croatian) in the country, you simply cannot miss a walk down the Trogir promenade. The riva is the most popular area in Trogir, stretching the entire length of the island.

Flanked with palm trees and cafes, the riva is buzzing at all times of the day. You’ll spot people strolling, stopping to chat, sipping coffee, and enjoying lunch with a view of the sea. In the summertime, beautiful boats and luxury yachts dock at the riva too, making it truly a sight to behold.

Part of the Trogir Riva taken from the bridge connecting the town to Ciovo Island

3. Take in the Incredible Views of Trogir from Kamerlengo Castle

When it comes to Trogir attractions, you simply cannot miss the Kamerlengo Fortress. Situated right at the end of the waterfront promenade is the captivating 15th century castle, constructed by the Venetians. It was originally built, and connected, to Trogir’s protective walls. While it is relatively small in terms of fortresses, it is definitely worth visiting for the view from the top.

Tickets to Kamerlengo Castle can be purchased at the entrance for only a few Euro. Inside, the fortress is mostly empty, but is used for various musical events throughout the year. Having no major modern updates since it was constructed has allowed the fortress maintains its authentic medieval charm. To get to the observation deck, walk across the hollow center and follow the stone steps to the top (be careful as some of the walkways are uneven).

I recommend heading up there for sunset to witness the striking views of the waterfront promenade and marina down below.

A view of Trogir's waterfront promenade from the top of Kamerlengo Fortress at dusk.

4. People Watch on the Piazza

The heart of Trogir’s social life is the radiant Piazza. This central square is like a picture straight out of Italy, complete with old Venetian townhouses and a portico.

The Piazza is a nice and relaxing haven away from the tourist-laden riva. The Renaissance architecture, the Romanesque Church of St. Lawrence, and ancient palaces that surround the square make the Piazza one of the most beautiful places in Trogir.

To truly immerse yourself in the culture and history of the town, I highly recommend grabbing a seat at Corte Bar to watch the world go by. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the traditional acapella group (klapa) singing in the Loggia right next to the clock tower. A true local treat!

Looking down onto the Trogir piazza from the top of the bell tower of St. Lawrence cathedral, one of the must see Trogir attractions.

5. Marvel at the Cathedral of St. Lawrence

Trogir sightseeing would not be complete without a visit to the St. Lawrence Cathedral, one of the finest architectural works in the entire country.

Construction of this magnificent architectural gem first began in the 13th century and took a total of 4 centuries to complete. The west entrance of the church is its own extraordinary feat. Noted as the most important medieval portal in this part of Europe, Radovanov Portal is the intricate archway that frames the entrance to the church. It was created in the 15th century by Trogir sculptor and artist, Master Radovan who began creating this stunning piece of art as the cathedral was being built. According to his inscription at the top, he completed it in 1240.

After you’ve finished admiring the elaborate portal, head to the top of the bell tower for unbelievable views of the town. Since the bell tower was constructed in stages across several centuries, you will notice three different architectural styles in its design – this is definitely a must see in Trogir! Be aware that the stairs are very steep, but the all-around views at the top are worth the climb.

St. Lawrence Cathedral Bell Tower in Trogir Croatia

6. Marvel at Cipiko Palace

Trogir was once home to a number of noble families that built their palaces within the medieval town walls. Oftentimes, they were connected to Venetian rulers.

Just across from the cathedral lies Cipiko Palace, a 15th century mansion composed of several buildings connected into one. During the Early Renaissance, Cipiko Palace was the residence of the very prominent Cipiko family. The wealth and strategic marriages fabricated by the father and son of the family enabled them to acquire two palaces, thus completely occupying the western side of the piazza.

Though the Cipiko Palace is not open to the public, the beautiful gothic facade visible from the square is truly a show-stopping piece of art.

Things to do in Trogir, Croatia - admire the architecture

7. Peek into the Benedictine Monastery

The thousand-year-old monastery of St. Nicholas is home to a remarkable collection of treasures, including the famous relief of Kairos preserved from the 4th century.

Dive into Trogir’s history upon entering the complex of a church, courtyard, and museum that dates back to the earliest settlement of the Greeks. The museum contains the famed carved Kairos relief, discovered in Trogir itself. Kairos has since become a symbol of the town and is known as the god of luck, opportunity, and favorable moments.

Woman standing in the Trogir Loggia
Trogir Loggia

8. Eat at the Best Trogir Croatia Restaurants

One of the best things to do in Trogir is to sample the local cuisine at the town’s best restaurants. A few worth mentioning are:

  • FRANKA – FRANKA is a lovely family-run restaurant tucked away in the charming stone alleyways of Trogir. This restaurant boasts traditional cuisine with a twist along with modern Mediterranean dishes.
  • Vanjaka – Tucked away from the buzzing old town streets, Vanjaka is an intimate courtyard restaurant serving up incredible Croatian seafood and wine.
  • Kristian Pizza – This friendly pizza place is ideal for family and friends looking to share great food. Kristian Pizza offers fresh pizza and homemade pasta at reasonable prices.
  • Konoba Trs Trogir – an intimate restaurant located in the heart of the town, Konoba Trs offers a unique dining experience. The small but varied menu is made from fresh local ingredients and each dish is creatively prepared. With its warm and inviting atmosphere, and 5-star service, it’s easy to see why this place has become so popular among visitors.
The courtyard at FRANKA, one of the best restaurants in Trogir.
The charming courtyard at FRANKA in Trogir.

9. Peruse the Farmers Market

Peruse the stalls of the open-air market for a truly local experience. Merchants from the region come to sell seasonal produce, honey, lavender, locally pressed olive oil, and homemade wine.

The best time to come is in the morning when the vendors begin setting up their mounds of fruits and vegetables. This will also be the time when the goods are the most fresh! Grab some peaches and apricots to take to the beach with you for a refreshing snack after swimming.

Local tip: During August, many vendors sell the best figs you will ever taste! They are definitely worth the splurge.

Prices are similar between stalls, but it is worth comparing and bartering with the locals. Keep in mind that most stalls are cash-only.

A fruit stand at the local farmers market in Trogir

10. Take a Dip on Čiovo…

The neighboring island of Čiovo is well-known for its abundance of lavender, immortelle flowers, rosemary, and olive trees. If the Mediterranean had a perfume, it would surely smell of Čiovo.

While this particular island has become quite popular with tourists (particularly Okrug Gornji Beach), in recent years, the south side of the island still provides a peaceful escape. Two of the best beaches in Trogir are located on Čiovo’s southern side:

The first is the beach, Duboka Uvala (or Deep Cove). This pebble cove has the most crystal clear water you’ll ever dip your toes in and is perfect for a relaxing beach vacation. The second beach worth a visit is Duga Uvala (or Long Cove). It is just a short walk away from Duboka Uvala and is equally beautiful, but the rugged rocky coast gives it a natural and untouched vibe.

As for other beaches near Trogir, Okrug Gornji is always a solid option.

Beach on the island of Ciovo near Trogir

11. Chill at Laganini Beach Bar

Situated on the shores of Duboka Uvala lies Laganini Beach Bar – the coolest place to chill on the island.

Laganini Beach Bar is a great place to refresh after swimming in the hot sun. Stop in for cocktails, snacks, and a relaxing atmosphere. For the utmost pleasure, consider renting a double lounger and soaking in the sea views as you eat and drink to your heart’s content.

12. Visit Šolta Island

Šolta is a gorgeous, untouched island located just a short boat ride away from Trogir. The best way to explore this island is to charter a boat for the day. This will guarantee access to all of the lovely bays and hidden coves on the island. Think crystal clear blue water and not a single tourist in sight – pure bliss!

A few notable places to visit while cruising around Šolta are Maslinica Bay, Senjska Beach, and the mysterious shallow shipwreck just below the surface of the water in Nečujam.

Sailboats in a beautiful blue lagoon off the coast of Croatia

If you plan to go island hopping in Croatia, you may want to check out this Croatia island hopping guide for local tips and expert travel advice.

13. Swim in the Blue Lagoon

Out of all the things to see in Trogir, the Blue Lagoon is by far the most dazzling. This famous turquoise bay is situated between three islands (Drvenik Veli, Krknjaš Mali and Krknjaš Veli).

The only way to reach the Blue Lagoon is to either rent your own boat and make the short 40-minute trip to the lagoon, or set sail on an organized boat tour. The Blue Lagoon is typically combined with in the 3 Island Boat Tours that leave from the waterfront promenade daily. This boat tour is one of the best day trips from Trogir and gives you the chance to snorkel in some of the clearest water in Croatia.

Upon sailing into the Blue Lagoon, you’ll immediately be enchanted by the dazzling shades of blue and unbelievable visibility allowing you to see all the way to the bottom of the seabed! Just keep an eye out for sharks in Croatia while diving.

If you’re wondering what other creatures you should be aware of while visiting Croatia, read up on the national animal of Croatia here.

14. Hike up to Gospa od Prizidnice

Also located on the island of Čiovo, and well worth a visit, is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Prizidnica. Near the village of Slatine, this small sanctuary sits high above the sea on the cliffs of Čiovo. There is a pathway carved out that leads to a tiny church and old convent built in 1546.

However, the real showstopper is the view overlooking the islands of Šolta and Brač!

Gospa od Prizidnice, a Trogir must see

15. Enjoy the Sunset from Kozjak Mountain

If you have a rental car and love sunsets, I highly recommend making the short drive up to Malačka on Kozjak Mountain.

Just a 25-minute drive away from Trogir, Malačka provides a spectacular view of the sunset over the towns of Kaštela. The peaceful setting was actually built to commemorate the soldiers who died in the Homeland War and is often visited today by hikers scaling Kozjak Mountain.

16. Try the Local Dessert

When in Trogir, you must try the town’s famous cookie known as the Trogirski Rafiol. The story behind this traditional dessert is that, once upon a time, a beautiful woman was imprisoned in the Kamerlengo Fortress. To pass the time while patiently waiting to be rescued, she baked cakes and desserts – her last name was Rafioli. Others believe that they got their name due to their resemblance of ravioli pasta.

The cookie is made by stuffing a thin dough with ground almonds and spices, and coating the cookie in sugar before baking. Rafioli go perfectly with coffee and make a tasty souvenir from Trogir!

In addition to sampling the town’s local cookie, another dessert worth seeking out is homemade Italian ice cream from Gelato Bar Bella. Almost every city in the world has ice cream for tourists, and the truth is, most of them are not homemade. Gelato Bar Bella, on the other hand, serves the real stuff: ridiculously delicious homemade gelato.

They have an amazing selection of flavors including my personal favorites: dark chocolate and fig with ricotta. Bella also has gluten-free options, which is quite uncommon in Croatia.

A woman's hand holding an ice cream cone from Gelato Bar Bella in Trogir

17. End the Day at Smokvica

Topping off the list of Trogir things to do is a visit to Caffe Bar Smokvica, a hidden treasure nestled behind the cathedral and maze of white-washed stone walls. This cozy bar boasts a laidback atmosphere, friendly staff, live music, and great cocktails.

Smokvica is not just another bar, it’s a place with soul.

End your day (or days) at this lovely local spot and you’ll soon realize that its joyful ambiance is contagious.

A sea of orange rooftops in Trogir, visible from the St. Lawrence Cathedral Bell Tower

Final Thoughts: Top Things to Do in Trogir Croatia

Overall, Trogir is the perfect place to explore if you’re looking for a glimpse into the past. With its UNESCO-protected monuments, picturesque streets, and charming atmosphere, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget!

From its impressive architecture to its historic attractions, Trogir has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re looking for a day trip from Split or just want to explore one of the most beautiful places in Croatia, Trogir is definitely worth visiting. So when you travel to Croatia, make sure you don’t pass up on Trogir.

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FAQs

Is Trogir worth visiting?

Yes! Trogir is definitely worth visiting and can easily be incorporated into your Croatia itinerary as a day trip from Split or a stop along a Croatia road trip.

Is Trogir a good place to stay?

Trogir makes a great base for exploring southern Dalmatia. If you love quaint towns and beautiful beaches, Trogir might just be the place for you.

Is there a beach in Trogir?

The main beach in Trogir is Okrug Gornji Beach and is located just 3 kilometers from the historic old town on the island of Ciovo. The beach is pebbled with plenty of amenities nearby including showers, cafes, restaurants and bakeries.

How much time do you need in Trogir?

One day in Trogir is enough to see the highlights. 2-3 days is the perfect amount for visiting the nearby beaches and soaking up the history of the old town.

What is Trogir famous for?

Trogir is famous for having one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in central Europe. The historic center is considered to be an open air museum due to its mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Romanesque buildings.

Is Trogir cheaper than Split?

During high season, Trogir and Split have very similar prices when it comes to accommodation, food, and entertainment.

Can you drink the tap water in Trogir Croatia?

Yes! Tap water in Croatia is clean and completely safe to drink, even in Trogir.

Croatia Travel Planning Guide

💸 What is the currency in Croatia?
As of January 1st, 2023, the official currency of Croatia is the Euro and NOT the Kuna (which is also the name of the national animal of Croatia).

🇭🇷 What language do they speak in Croatia?
Croatian is the official language of Croatia.

🚑 Should I buy Croatia travel insurance?
10000% YES – Seriously, don’t leave home without it. You never know what can happen on the road (like that time I had to go to urgent care in Thailand for a severe case of dehydration). Luckily I had SafetyWing insurance that covered my bill. Their average plan is $42 for 28 days – that’s $1.50 a day to enjoy peace of mind…just get it. Plus you can adjust your length of coverage to your specific dates of travel, so you could be paying even less than that!

📱 Will my phone work in Croatia?
Maybe – check with your provider to see if you’ll have service while traveling Croatia. If you don’t have service (or it’s too expensive) I recommend getting an eSIM like Airalo. Airalo allows you to have data while traveling without the high costs of roaming. They have super affordable plans available for 190+ countries, including Croatia. Download the app and get your plan before you leave home so that you have data as soon as you touch down in Croatia!

🏨 What’s the best way to book my Croatia accommodations?
For Croatia hotels, Booking is by far the best site.

🛫 What’s the best site to buy Croatia flights?
I always use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

🚗  Is it safe to rent a Car in Croatia?
Yes! – In fact, renting a car in Croatia is one of the best ways to see the country! I recommend Discover Cars because they check both local and international rental companies to ensure you get the best deal. (Get your Croatia road trip itinerary here)

💦 Is it safe to drink the water in Croatia?
Tap water in Croatia is completely safe to drink, so bring your reusable water bottle and fill up! (Read more)

🪪 Do I need a visa for Croatia?
Depending on where you are coming from you may or may not need a visa to enter Croatia. Check the official Republic of Croatia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information on who should apply for a visa.

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