As if you need any more reasons to visit Croatia, allow us to give you another one. Trogir – a small, often overlooked town situated about 30 kilometers away from Split. Perfect for a day trip!
While most of
Trogir’s residents live on the mainland in the modern area, the old
town is actually placed on a small island just off the coast. Some
historians say it’s a natural island, others argue that it was man
made in an effort to protect the town from attacks. As if this
doesn’t make Trogir stand out enough, South of the old town is
Čiovo, which is its own independent island, accessible by a road
bridge connecting it to Trogir. Čiovo has its own collection of
small villages and picturesque beaches to visit, but I’ll cover
this in a future post.
Back to the topic
at hand, Trogir is one of those places which seem like it was there
forever. It is uncertain when the first signs of human life appeared
in the area, as every archaeological dig uncovers more and more
artifacts, each older than the previous. It is, however, quite clear
why the area seems to be inhabited for as long as time exists:
extremely fertile land surrounding Trogir which is a very rare thing
to find in the rocky landscape of Dalmatia. This land is still
cultivated by many families to this day which rely on it for their
food and income. Of course, as is the case anywhere in Dlamatia where
there is fertile soil, the main product made in Trogir is
historically wine. Did you know that Zinfandel finds its roots in the
Of course, it was
the Greeks who arrived in the 4th century BC who gave
shape to the Trogir we know today, while the various groups of people
who lived there before had scattered housing. It was then governed by
the Romans from the 1st AD and the town was under the
municipality of Salona (read more about Salona in our post here).
took over when they arrived in the 7th century and this is
when the most ornate and picturesque churches and other buildings
were built. Needless to say, Trogir experienced a few battles during
this time, and even though they were conquered by the Hungarians in
the 10th century, it still managed to keep its
independence in a sense that it was free to elect its own city
officials and clergy.
Trogir was slowly growing, both physically as more and more people came to live there, but also in the sense of trade and economy. This all came to a halt in the 15th century when the Venetian empire overtook it after a long and difficult battle which left the city devastated. The Venetians did rebuild it, however, and built an imposing castle, known as the Kamerlengo castle, on the promenade where it had a good overview of both land and sea threats. Once the Venetian empire ceased to exist in the 18th century, Trogir was once again independent, but this didn’t last long as Napoleon’s army became the new masters of the town. This was not a bad thing, as the French brought many reforms in terms of municipal life, medicine and the modernization of trade.
Trogir was under
Austrian rule for a period between 1814. and 1914., which was also
the last time the town was under a foreign rule. Things, however, did
not look too bright as there were a series of epidemics and hunger
waves which hit the town. Prosperity restarted once again in the
1970s when tourism and shipbuilding became prominent industries.
Today, Trogir is
a perfect day trip destination which brings in visitors both
domestically and internationally, and it is not difficult to see why.
The old town, while small, offers a unique vibe of small winding
stone streets which open up into a promenade, lined with reasonably
priced restaurants and pizzerias. The Kamerlengo castle is one of the
main attractions, and it is even home to Moondance, an electronic
music festival happening in the castle grounds every summer.
Just before the
bridge leading to the old town, you will find a daily green market
selling fresh produce and fruit, and if you’re looking for a nice
place to have coffee, why not on the square in the old town just in
front of the Trogir cathedral? Whatever you choose, we guarantee that
Trogir will satay in your memory for a long time.
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