Trogir: The Hidden Gem of Croatia

Posted on Apr 22 2016 - 4:42am by Romeo Demes

Trogir is a harbor town in Split-Dalmatian County, Croatia. The town is also a World Heritage Site since the year 1997. As of the year 2011, the official population of this town stood at 10,818 people. The town lies 27 kilometers west of the county’s main administrative city, Split.

History and Culture

This city has a checkered history. It was founded by the Greeks in 3 BC and evolved as a major port. From the tenth century towards the nineteenth century, Trogir was greatly influenced by the Italian city-states of Genoa and Venice enjoying both commercial and cultural ties with both cities. It was not until the year 1797 that these Italian ties were severed on account of the conquest of Europe by the Hapsburg Empire. The city was reckoned as a unit of the Hapsburg Empire until the end of World War One.

historical building trogir

After 1918, this city linked up with the states of Croats, Serbs and Slovenes to form the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Later conquests by Italy during the Second World War, annexed this town to be a district of Dalmatia, Italy. After Marshall Tito’s army occupation from 1944, it was recognized as a territory of Yugoslavia and from 1991 as part of Croatia.

The city has a rich culture with an abundance of Renaissance works and architecture. Its most iconic building is the Church of St.Lawrence that embodies the influence of the Romanesque period in Croatia. In the same vein, it is in Trogir that some major work of Roman literature-Dinner of Trimalchio was discovered in this ancient town.

Accommodation and Getting around

Trogir has an excess of more than 20,000 beds stretched out over hotels, private villas, and apartments. Reservations and contact with private home owners are the modes of securing your accommodation whilst in this haven. One can shuttle by a regular bus service that serves this town or elects to lease a car or a taxi. The public transport system in this metropolis is excellent.

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Local food and wine

The local cuisine is oriented to seafood: mussels, shrimp, and roast fish. There are also meat specialties like sour marinated beef, beef cooked in sauce(tomato), ham, sheep cheese, salty sardines, roasted lamb, and sauteed greens and potatoes complete this rich motif of the local cuisine. To top up all this is the rich wine which is a product of the rich Dalmatian soil. The wine is produced by both individual families and private enterprises and follows traditions that are strictly passed on from one subsequent generation to the next.

local food wine

Things to do in Trogir

To fully appreciate the riches on offer in this ancient city, try out the following activities:
* Visit the Duke’s palace;
* Visit the Cathedral that has the works of Master Radovan, one of Croatia’s greatest artists;
* Go visit the city core that has ten churches and marvelous architectural sites that mark major epochs in architectural history
* Rent a boat or yacht from a Croatia charter and visit the nearby islands like Ciovo, Solta and Drvenik Veli.

These are some of the sights and sounds that you can expect to feast your eyes on when you visit this historic city, enjoy!

sailing trogir

Romeo Demes

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Romeo is a passionate writer and traveler from Croatia. He started traveling since he was 6 years old and it became a habbit. He travels at least once a year to a different country, but it`s how they say - no place feels like home. Besides traveling, he is a free time blogger and contributor to various travel related blogs. He writes about famous places he visited, but most of the time about his hometown Croatia, to motivate people from all over the world to come and visit this little gem in Europe.