On a stretch of coastline near the island Čiovo lies Trogir, a gorgeous walled and UNESCO-protected town that oozes historic style and charm. Owing to its romantic seaside promenade, its knotted maze of cobbled streets and beautiful Renaissance architecture, it is often referred to as “the little Venice of Dalmatia”.
A shining example of urban continuity, Trogir is an elegant town with an orthogonal street plan which dates back to the 3rd century BC, when it was founded by the Greeks. Later influenced by the Romans and Venetians, this Mediterranean jewel is nothing short of an open-air museum, sprinkled liberally with churches, palaces, towers and fortifications. Trogir is particularly known for being home to St. Lawrence’s cathedral, an imposing structure which highlights the artistry of Master Radovan, Dalmatia’s finest builder.
Dating back the 13th and 15th century, the three-naved Venetian cathedral is widely admired by art lovers for its grand Romanesque portal, flanked by a nude Adam and Eve standing on the backs of lions, and numerous other decorative motifs and details which make it of the finest architectural works in Croatia. Other show-stopping attractions include the Monastery of St. Nicholas – featuring a dazzling 3rd-century relief of Kairos, the Greek god of opportunity, carved out of orange marble – and the towering Kamerlengo Fortress. Lined with numerous restaurants, cafés, souvenir shops and galleries, and serving as venue for a variety of cultural open-air events, Trogir gives off an inviting and sophisticated Mediterranean vibe.