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Last Updated on October 6, 2020

Are you looking for day trip ideas from Split? If you are holidaying in Croatia visiting Trogir and/or Sibenik are fantastic towns to include in your Croatia itinerary and easy to reach from Split.

If you are considering visiting Sibenik or Torgir and wondering is Trogir worth visiting or is Sibenik worth visiting hopefully you will be able to make an informed decision after reading this post.

Both Trogir and Šibenik are UNESCO World Heritage Sites (in Šibenik it is the cathedral that is listed) and in my opinion are both well worth visiting if you have the time in your Croatian itinerary.

In fact Trogir was named the best city-island in the world by National Geographic in 2015. Both towns are far less crowded than the major Croatian tourist destinations of Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, the Croatian Islands and Krka National Park.

Read on to find out what to do and see in these historic Croatian cities as well as information about how to get to each and tips to help you plan the perfect day trip.


Where is Trogir located?

Trogir is located only 30 kms from Split so it is easy to catch a bus from Split to Trogir. In fact the majority of public buses travelling to Sibenik and Zadar pass through Trogir.

It is also possible to visit Trogir as part of a tour from Split. This is what we decided to do as we had limited time. The tour also included a walk around the historic old town in Split before we jumped onto a tour bus for the journey to Trogir.

We were briefly shown around before spending an hour exploring Trogir independently before returning to Split. We spent about 2 hours in Trogir but it was enough to get a sense of the place. and see the main sights.

Trogir in Croatia

History of Trogir

Trogir is a historic town which has been added to and developed throughout many centuries. There are examples of buildings built in the Classic,  Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. These reflect the various rulers of Trogir during the Hellenistic, Roman and Venetian periods.

Trogir was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997 and is (to quote UNESCO ) “a remarkable example of urban continuity”  … or in layman’s terms it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.

The Cathedral of St Lawrence in Trogir

What is there to see in Trogir?

The first thing you will notice when you arrive is that Trogir is built on a small islet located between the Croatian mainland and the island of Ciovo.  The islet is only 500m long and 250 m wide.

To access Trogir walk across the bridge which will lead you into the town through the north gate (built around 1656) Look up and you will see a statue of the patron saint of Trogir – bishop John.

It takes about 30 minutes to walk around Trogir. Stop and admire the beautiful buildings and architecture as you stroll around. Although Trogir is only small it is easy to get lost in the narrow alleyways – we did!

The architecture of all the buildings in Trogir is stunning with so many beautiful balconies, squares, palaces and alleyways.

Trogir in Croatia

The main buildings to look for when you are strolling the town are – the 13th century Cathedral of St Lawrence with its very impressive Portal of Radovan,  the City loggia, the Karmerlengo fortress and St Marko fort, the Cipiko Palace, and the Waterfront Promenade.

The Cathedral of St Lawrence took over 4 hundred years to build. Enter through the Radovan Portal which was completed in 1240. It  depicts scenes from the bible and is flanked on either side by 2 lions representing power and strength.

TIP When you visit the Cathedral of St Lawrence climb up to the belfry and enjoy beautiful views of the rooftops of Trogir. 

When you exit the St Lawrence Cathedral walk over to the stunning Cipiko Palace with it beautiful balconies and gothic ornaments. Another main feature of the main square in Trogir is the city loggia or porch. Check out the emblems of the different noble families of Trogir on the walls of the loggia.

St Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir

Part of the original walls remain on the coastal side of the town as well as 2 towers which were built by the Venetians in the 13th century – the Fortress Karmerlengo and St Marko fort – to protect the harbour.

To access the waterfront promenade exit the town through the doorway in the middle of the two towers. Enjoy some refreshments when you reach the port and promenade. We stopped for an ice cream and sat admiring the boats moored in the harbour.

If you are staying in Trogir a private guided tour is a great way to learn about the city. Your tour guide will show you the sights in Trogir and tell you all about the history of the area and its buildings. 

Read more → A complete 2 week itinerary for Croatia

the alleyways of Trogir


the cathedral in Sibenik

What is there to see and do in Sibenik?

Sibenik Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the 105 years it took to build 3 different architects were involved. The result is a building which is a blend of Gothic and Renaissance forms.

The Cathedral is built entirely of stone. No mortar at all. It is basically like a giant lego construction held together by well cut blocks!

It also has a very impressive portal apparently built to compete with the Portal of Radovan in Trogir.

Check out the rather interesting frieze around the Cathedral. It consists of 71 faces of men, women and children who lives in Sibenik.

Learn more → 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in Croatia

the stonework on the cathedral at Sibenik in Croatia - visiting Trogir and Sibenik


By bus

It is possible to travel to Sibenik and Trogir from Split independently by bus.

The bus from Split to Sibenik takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to cover the 88 kms distance.

Split to Trogir takes 30 minutes by bus.

Click here for bus times and ticket prices from Split to Trogir and Sibenik.

Alternatively there is a hop-on hop-off bus available from Split to Trogir.

Trogir in Croatia

By tour

Taking a tour is a great way to experience both cities as you don’t have to worry about transport to and from each destination.

The tours I recommend are through Get Your Guide. We choose tours from Get Your Guide for their ease of use and the flexibility to cancel most tours 24 hours in advance at no cost if plans change.

I have curated a selection of the best tours available to Trogir and Sibenik from Split below.

Best tours to Trogir from Split

 Historical Tour of Salona, Klis and Trogir from Split

There is a wealth of medieval and Roman history to be found in the immediate surrounds of Split. On this guided small group day-tour you will visit the Roman City of Salona, Klis Fortress as well as Trogir.

Best tours to Sibenik from Split

Krka and Sibenik Day Trip From Split

This is the tour we took and it is a great way to see both Sibenik and Krka National Park with it’s beautiful waterfalls. It is a full day tour taking 10 hours and starts and ends in Split.

Enjoy your visit to Trogir and Sibenik

So there you have it – a guide to visiting the beautiful towns of Trogir and Sibenik!

You will find lots of other articles to read about visiting Croatia to help you plan your visit. Pop over to my Croatia Travel Guide page for all the info!

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36 thoughts on “Visiting Trogir and Šibenik (Ultimate Guide – best tips and itinerary)

  1. Jurga - Full Suitcase says:

    Still have to travel to the region and it looks really worth a trip. But again – the crowds an the temperatures really put me off since we can only go in high season. Would you suggest to go in July or August or better wait till we can travel off season?

    • Tracy Collins says:

      I think I would recommend to go when it is low season Jurga. The worst place for crowds was Dubrovnik. Trogir and Sibenik were not too bad at all. I think its the cruise ships which make Dubrovnik a not such attractive destination in high season. The day we were trapped in the city was really unpleasant and quite scary.We are also stuck with travel in high season for the moment – makes deciding where to go a bit tricky sometimes!

  2. Lolo says:

    OMG how did I not hear of these beautiful towns when we were in Split! There is honestly so much to do near Split and I discovered all of it AFTER we went! … Just means I have to go back, right?? 🙂 #FarawayFiles

  3. Katy says:

    I’m so jealous of your travels in Croatia Tracy. Loving discovering new destinations to add to my neverending list through your blog. I especially like reading about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Thanks for joining us again on #FarawayFiles

  4. Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) says:

    Trogir looks a amazing. I had no idea it was one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe – I’d love to walk down those streets and get lost in those alleyways. Looking forward to reading more of your wonderful Croatia posts. Thanks for sharing them on #FarawayFiles

  5. Claire at Tin Box Traveller says:

    What a great mission to see all the UNESCO sites! These two sound fascinating. The construction of the Cathedral is almost unbelievable. What a shame you couldn’t see inside -blinking weddings! Thanks so much for linking with the last #MondayEscapes of 2016. See you again next year!

  6. Wave to Mummy says:

    What gorgeous pictures! Croatia is one of those places I would love to visit. Everything I see from there is just stunning, and so unique. My parents actually went there a while back and have been waxing lyrical about it since 😀 #farawayfiles

  7. Anda says:

    I lived next door to Croatia for 33 years but never could go visit it. The Communists were in power at the time and they didn’t allow the Romanians to go anywhere outside the border (except if you worked for them and were willing to become informers). Croatia is at the very tom of my list and your article convinced me even more that I have to go there. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Tracy Collins says:

      It is a fabulous country to visit. I can’t imagine what it must have been like not being able to leave your country. I have written quite a few articles about Croatia (and one or two more to come) so hope you will manage to read one or two of them too. Thank you for commenting.

  8. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    I have heard so many great things about Croatia and it’s my No.1 place to visit in Europe! What fabulous architecture and I love the history. I have pinned this for when I do visit and thank you for bringing more of Croatia to my attention! #feetdotravel

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