Trogir is close to Split in Croatia and is much smaller than its cosmopolitan neighbour. Designated a World Heritage Site and proud of its historical attributes, this town comes highly recommended by our team for a superb holiday in Croatia.
The History of Trogir
Evidence suggests that Trogir has roots dating back to prehistoric times, but the history of this town really begins in the third century BC when the Greeks settled here. Known then as Tragurion, the settlement soon followed in the footsteps of many of its neighbours and became part of the Roman Empire.
Periods of Hungarian and Croatian control followed until 1420 when the Venetian Empire took over. Once the Venetians were defeated in 1797, the Austrian Empire ruled. World War I was a time of further invasion when Trogir became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes until the Italians occupied the town during World War II. Trogir was part of Croatia when the country gained its independence in 1991 and to this day it remains a proud Croatian town.
Sightseeing in Trogir
The Cathedral of St. Lawrence
The definite highlight of this lovely place and one that should be on every culture lover’s list is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. Construction began on the site of an original cathedral in 1213 but wasn’t completed until 1250. A later addition, the bell tower, is worth climbing; the views from the top are breath taking.
The Cipiko Palaces
The home of the town’s noble family in the fifteenth century, these palaces make for an interesting visit. The buildings spread along the western side of the square opposite the cathedral. Peter and Koriolan Cipiko once owned them and had them lavishly furnished with numerous coats of arms; the family had obvious pretensions.
- The Small Cipiko Palace – The highlight here is the portrait of Alvise Cipiko, a high-ranking prelate. Ignacije Macanović completed the restoration of the front of the palace.
- The Large Cipiko Palace – With work by Ivan Duknović on the northern portal, the complex is architecturally very interesting. Today the palace is used by the Music School and other city departments.
Where to Stay
Stunningly beautiful and cleverly designed to combine modern contemporary with traditional natural beauty, Hotel Ola is just three kilometres from the city centre and is one of our first choice hotels in Croatia. With an emphasis on rest and relaxation, this is the perfect place to come back to after a day’s sight seeing.
Rooms are luxurious and spacious and incredible views abound. The food here is unique and delectable. Every day the Black Pepper Restaurant produces a range of delicious dishes made using herbs grown in the hotel’s garden. Healthy eating is a priority and you can choose to eat from a Paleo-based menu or opt for the natural LCHF (low calorie, high fibre) choices. All ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible.
To top off the hotel’s wonderful range of facilities you can enjoy the Energy Clinic & Spa and the pool.