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A guide to Visiting Trogir and Šibenik

A guide to Visiting Trogir and Šibenik

VISITING TROGIR AND SIBENIK IN CROATIA

 

While in Croatia visiting Trogir and Sibenik is a very doable option from Split. They are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites  (in Šibenik its the cathedral that is the site) and well worth visiting if you have the time.

Visiting Trogir

We visited Trogir as an add on to a tour of the old town of Split. This meant that we were transported to Trogir, shown around and then left to explore for an hour or so then taken back to Split! It wasn’t long (about 2 hours)but it was enough to get a sense of the place.

Trogir was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. It is a lovely example of an urban settlement that has been added to and developed throughout its history. From the Hellenistic period through Roman times to Venetian rule there are examples of Classic, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings. To quote UNESCO it is ‘a remarkable example of urban continuity’! It is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe.

The town is surrounded by walls built in the 15th century – it takes about 30 minutes to walk around Trogir. We did get lost in the narrow alleyways somehow! One the other side of the town is the port where we stopped for a huge ice cream ahem some refreshments.

The main buildings are the 15th century town hall the Cathedral of St Lawrence with its very impressive Portal of Radovan. I didn’t manage to get a decent photograph of as there were so many people constantly standing in front of it. Even the school is an impressive building!

I apologise as these photographs aren’t the best but it was like a zillion degrees in the shade so I was wilting ever so slightly!

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Visiting Šibenik

We visited Šibenik at the end of the day visiting KrKa National Park. It was literally a quick stop to look at the Cathedral of St James as this is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We also had to find our own way back to the coach which was a whole different story. (The guide did NOT get a tip after this trip put it that way!!)

Anyway we had all come to see the Cathedral….we couldn’t see inside it as someone had decided to hold their wedding there that very afternoon!

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Visiting Trogir and Sibenik in Croatia

The Cathedral is special because over the 105 years it took to be built 3 different architects were involved and it ended up being built in a blend of Gothic and Renaissance forms (very successfully too say UNESCO who know a bit (read a hell of a lot) more than I do about Gothic and Renaissance art/architecture etc!)

It is build entirely of stone – just stone…like a giant lego construction. No mortar – its held together by well cut blocks! It also has a very impressive portal apparently in competition with the one in Trogir – trying to out-portal each other (probably not a lot of entertainment in the middle ages).

 

There is also a rather interesting frieze around the Cathedral. It consists of 71 faces of men, women and children (I thought it was a bit creepy to be honest!)

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TIPS

Those were our visits to Trogir and Šibenik! We added both visits onto the end of other excursions but it wasn’t cheap. I think if I was going to recommend one of them I would definitely say Trogir. If you are into history and architecture then try to get to both.

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As I mentioned previously they are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can read about them on the official UNESCO site – the Cathedral of Sibenik and Trogir

 

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36 Comments

    • December 5, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      We enjoyed both places – definitely recommend a stroll around Trogir it is lovely

  1. December 5, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    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?
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    • December 5, 2016 / 5:02 pm

      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!

    • December 6, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks Alex – yes those heads gave me the creeps a little!

  2. December 8, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    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
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    • December 8, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Yes definitely – I need no excuse to revisit Split i just fell in love with it!

  3. December 9, 2016 / 7:54 am

    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

    • December 9, 2016 / 11:13 am

      Thank-you Katy I love taking part and reading so many great posts. Glad you are enjoying all my Croatia travels!

  4. December 9, 2016 / 8:56 am

    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
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    • December 9, 2016 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Clare – there are a few more to come! All written now except Split as I think that will be a marathon post! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  5. December 9, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    This looks like a cool day trip from Split! And two UNESCO sites in one day – sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing. #farawayfiles

  6. December 12, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed all your Croatia posts. I’d love to go next year and go to Trogir. Thanks for sharing.

    • December 12, 2016 / 7:54 pm

      thanks Jo! There are a few more to come!! glad you are enjoying them 🙂

    • December 13, 2016 / 4:16 pm

      thanks you guys 🙂 Glad you are enjoying what seems to be a never ending series of posts on Croatia!It is such a fantastic country I am sure you will love it!

  7. December 13, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    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!
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    • December 13, 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks Claire – it has been great linking-up! It will be quite some feat to visit all the UNESCO sites but I am 50 odd down (only another 1000 or so to go eek!) See you in 2017!

  8. December 14, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I loved Croatia too! We did not make it to either of these places – there was so much to see that I feel like there are so many reasons to go back! Thank you kindly for sharing with #FarawayFiles – loved it! Erin

    • December 15, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      I think we will go back to Croatia too as we loved it! 🙂

  9. December 15, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    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
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    • December 15, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      It is lovely and I am sure you will love it – there is so much to see and do there!

  10. December 18, 2016 / 7:16 am

    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.

    • December 18, 2016 / 1:27 pm

      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.

  11. December 20, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    I have only been to Dubrovnik, but these towns look lovely. I’d like to go back to Croatia. #theweeklypostcard

    • December 20, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      They are very pretty – Croatia is so beautiful! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  12. June 24, 2017 / 11:25 am

    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

    • June 30, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      It is an amazing country – we loved it and highly recommend visiting!

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Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

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