Let’s start with a question that needs to be answered: What is so special about Trogir?
Actually, quite a few things.
Trogir isn’t just a small, historic town and port on the Adriatic coast. Trogir has history dates back to antiquity, with origins in the 3rd century BC. It was founded by Greek colonists from the island of Vis and called Tragurion. The name means “island of goats”, and about that, we can say – it was what it was “back in the day”.
The rich history of Trogir can be seen in the many significant architectural and cultural monuments. The layout of the city has an orthogonal street plan, which was a characteristic feature of the Hellenistic period.
Over time, the Romans, Venetians, Austrians, French and various others had their influence on the town, and each left their own architectural and cultural traces.
Above all, Trogir’s uniqueness makes it an excellent place to explore on a private speedboat tour – the best way to truly experience all that this monumental town and its surroundings have to offer.
Located between the mainland and the island of Čiovo, Trogir also thrives on the synergy with the island. Still, it is a constant reminder of a bygone era. This synergy between Trogir and the island of Čiovo is consistent and vital for the locals. The bridges that connect the town with the island are also a special attraction and are perfect for sightseeing by speedboats.
What to do in Trogir – sights, history and legends
But first, we need to say something about Trogir and its genuinely wonderful history and legends.
The entire old town of Trogir was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This designation was made in 1997, mainly because of the Venetian architecture.
The city itself is considered an excellent example of a medieval town, built on the ground plan of and corresponding to a Hellenistic and Roman city. Trogir has also preserved its urban fabric to an exceptional degree. It’s often referred to as a city that illustrates the continuity of urban life over more than two millennia.
This short history lesson wouldn’t be interesting without legends and anecdotes.
The Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas has a well-preserved Greek relief of Kairos (Caerus), the youngest son of Zeus, made around the 3rd century BC. This work of art is unique and very rare.
Kairos was considered a “fleeting god”, always on the run. He was depicted as a youthful figure with winged heels that symbolized his swift gait. The moment you grabbed his tuft of hair, you took “your moment” of opportunity. If you missed him, he flew away, and the chance was lost.
The relief of Kairos has given rise to a local tradition. It’s believed that if you touch the relief and make a wish, Kairos could provide you a fortuitous moment. For centuries, locals and visitors have playfully touched the relief, hoping for some divine luck.
As you stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets of Trogir’s Old Town, you feel transported back to a bygone era. Every brick in the pavement tells a hidden story, and every stone wall whispers tales from centuries past. Bathed in golden sunlight, this town offers an unadulterated, intimate glimpse into Croatia’s rich cultural heritage.
So what is there to do in Trogir? The answer isn’t straightforward because the city is full of attractions. However, a visit to the Cathedral of St. Lawrence is a must. This architectural marvel, known for its detailed carved portal by Master Radovan, is an ode to Trogir’s artistic prowess.
Next, head to Kamerlengo Castle, a fortress that stands as a testament to the town’s strategic importance during the Venetian period. Climb the walls and enjoy an incomparable panoramic view of the area and the Adriatic Sea.
Exploring Trogir’s iconic landmarks from the sea
Another question we’d like to answer is why Trogir is an excellent starting point for a speedboat tour.
From the fortified walls of Kamerlengo Castle to the intricate Venetian architecture of the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, Trogir unfolds like a carefully curated museum when viewed from a speedboat. These significant historical structures, viewed from the sea, add a special meaning to your sightseeing tour and bring the region’s rich heritage to life.
Nature has also endowed Trogir with a variety of natural landscapes and formations. As your speedboat cuts through the crystal-clear waters, you’ll admire the green islands, rugged cliffs and secluded bays that form the breathtaking image of Trogir.
The sea truly offers the most comprehensive perspective on the scenic beauty of Trogir. It unfolds an unparalleled panorama, a spectacular synthesis of history and nature.
Not so much hidden gems: Beaches of Trogir area
Trogir is full of treasures waiting to be discovered by you and some beaches best reached by speedboat will add a unique charm to your Croatia adventure.
On these beaches, the personalized experiences are limitless. Whether it’s a quiet swim in a hidden cove or a beach picnic, you are your day’s creator.
Okrug beach – also known as Copacabana beach, Okrug beach is located on the island of Čiovo. This pebble beach is the most popular in the region. It offers a lively atmosphere, water sports, beach bars and restaurants.
Pantan beach – located just 1.5 kilometres east of Trogir, Pantan beach is a sandy beach especially popular with families. So, if you’re looking for a day of leisure, be sure to visit this charming beach.
Medena beach – situated near Seget Donji, about 4 kilometres west of Trogir, Medena beach is a 3-kilometre-long beach known for various facilities such as sports and water sports, restaurants and cafes.
Kava beach – located on the southern side of Čiovo island, Kava beach is a hidden gem away from the crowds. It’s one of the last untouched areas on the island and offers a peaceful and tranquil beach experience.
Labadusa beach – also located on the island of Čiovo, this pebble beach is known for its clear turquoise waters that invite swimming and snorkelling all day long.
Unforgettable memories: The changing sunset in Trogir
There is something undeniably magical about watching the sunset in Trogir from a speedboat. As the fiery orb sinks below the horizon, it paints the sky in hues of orange and purple, casting a golden glow on the sea that is simply enchanting.
When night falls, Trogir transforms into a serene dreamscape. The stars twinkle like diamonds scattered across a velvet canvas, and their reflection dances on the night waves.
Greeting the dawn is equally rewarding. When the first light emerges over the Adriatic, it bathes Trogir in a serene atmosphere. A tranquil morning excursion promises a new perspective on this maritime paradise.
After a day on a speedboat tour, on the way back to the coast, it’s time to cherish the memories made in Trogir. The speedboat tour is more than just a tour; it’s a journey through history, nature and personal discoveries.
We encourage you to create your own stories. May the beauty and charm of Trogir and its surroundings inspire you to embrace the sea, the sun and the wind while you create memories that will remain in your heart forever.