Monday, June 6, 2011

Croatia Stop 5: Trogir

Overwhelmed by the crowds in Split, Croatia? Come visit Trogir, just 3 km away from the Split Airport and a short 20 minute drive from downtown Split. Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is often overlooked for its nearby neighbor of Split. However, after visiting the charming town, chances are you will find that you prefer its authenticity and hospitality to its bustling neighbor. Every Croatian I met during my trip suggested that I should check out Trogir if I had the time while in Split...so, of course, I made the time and I am so glad I did.

Aerial View of Trogir, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Croatia
Trogir happens to be one of the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complexes in all of the Adriatic and arguably in all of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir's grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by the artist Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.  

Town Loggia in Trogir, Croatia

   

      

Trogir's history goes back to the 3rd century B.C. when the area was settled by Greeks, though the town's heritage goes back way beyond that time. As mentioned, the influence of Roman, Greek and Venetian architecture can be felt at every bend of the charming town. This beautiful island has such a rich architectural feel to it that it has been aptly dubbed "The Stone Beauty". Upon visiting the island, you will see why this name fits well. 


    

    

      

     

      

     

If architecture is not your thing, this stunning town also boasts an incredible coastline full of beautiful beaches. Beach bars, warm white sand and beautiful teal water will be calling out your name as you walk the beautiful Croatian coastline. You will also enjoy walking down the picturesque "Riva", a stunning promenade that runs along the coastline of the city.
 
The "Riva" in Trogir, Croatia

    

      

    

    

After a long day of seeing the sites or just lying on the beach you will be pleased to know that Trogir also offers a wide range of accommodations for all budgets and tastes. Prices start at a mere forty Euros and go up from there. This is a true deal for even the thriftiest of travelers.  So you're getting some bang for your buck that serves as steep competition for neighboring Split, where food and lodging is general overpriced.

  
   
    

    
 
Thanks for visiting Trogir with me! We're almost done with our Croatian tour....just two last stops to go (and last in this case most definitely does not imply least). We'll head over to a stop in Dubrovnik, Croatia - the crown jewel of the Adriatic - and a 2nd stop to an unexpectedly memorable day trip in Mostar, Bosnia. See you "there"!

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  2. Can't wait to see all of this for myself!

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  3. I have no doubt you'll make it there!

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