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Just west of Split are the islet of Trogir and the island of Otok Ciovo. Trogir is a stunning old place, always surrounded by little boats bobbing on the water. The whole town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its beautiful Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture packed into a 500m long space. Otok Ciovo is connected to Trogir by a bridge, and is the seaside haven for Trogir locals. It has lovely beaches dotted around the coast, and is covered in vineyards, olive groves and pine forest.


This pedestrian-only little town was established by the ancient Greeks in the 3rd century BC. The whole town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, because it is a medieval town built on the foundations of a Roman city, and the layout hasn’t changed for centuries. It is easy to see all the sights on foot, just wander up and down the narrow cobbled streets. You can see the 15th century Kamerlengo Fortress and the Tower of St Marc, which are well preserved and today used as a venue for summer concerts and festivals. Look out for the Radovan Portal, the carved entrance to the Cathedral of St Lovro, which is a valuable Romanesque sculpture. You can also see the Cipiko Palace, a gothic structure first built by the former rulers of Trogir in the 13th century, and added to in later years. If you are ready for an afternoon at the beach after sightseeing, head across the bridge to the island of Otok Ciovo, or back to the mainland to Seget or Medena.

Otok Ciovo

Otok Ciovo is the ideal place to go if you want an island experience, but don’t want to get on a boat. Connected to Trogir by a bridge, Ciovo is a lush green island covered in vineyards, olive groves, almond trees and pine forest. There are a number of small villages on the island. Okrug Gornji is the most popular village and home to some of the best beaches on the island. Saldun Bay has lovely sandy beaches, with sports facilities and beach bars. Okrug beach is great for partying as it is packed with beach bars and restaurants. Okrug Donji has sandy beaches and shallow water. The island also has lots of secluded coves and bays to explore, including Mavarscica, a pebbly beach sheltered by pine forest. There are lots of old churches on the island and in the village of Arbanija you can see a 15th century Dominican Monastery and Church of the Holy Cross.

  • Saldun Bay

  • Okrug beach


Trogir is a great place for sightseeing and learning about the area’s history, whereas Otok Ciovo is perfect for relaxing by the beach or exploring the island’s landscape. Take a guided walking tour of Trogir to find out about the different architecture in the town. There are more than 20km of walking tracks around Ciovo, many of them with signposted history of the island. You can also hire scooters or quad bikes to tour the island, or take a day trip on a boat to unaccessible coves. Diving is also popular on Ciovo - you can dive to the unusual red rocks with an underwater wall covered in sea life.

  • Walking along the promenade

  • Discovering historic sites


Okrug beach, Saldun beach and Mavarscica, all on Otok Ciovo.