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Trogir Croatia

Like Dubrovnik, Split and other settlements along Croatia's Dalmatian coast, the medieval town of Trogir makes a film-worthy backdrop. Set on its own island just off the mainland, Trogir features a smattering of Venetian Renaissance and Romanesque buildings inside its 15th-century walls as well as a picturesque, buzzy promenade overlooking a yacht-filled Adriatic Sea. Whether you visit for the day or a week, this seaside destination charms in more ways than one.

Trogir's UNESCO-listed historic centre offers an atmospheric look at the city's rich cultural heritage. Peruse labyrinthine stone streets and squares and you'll eventually find yourself face-to-face with St Lawrence's Cathedral – a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture completed in 1250. After taking in the great door carved by Master Radovan, head inside to view priceless paintings in the Chapel of St John Orsini and climb the bell tower for views of the old town's rooftops. Just across from the cathedral sits Cipiko Palace, the former home of an affluent family during the 15th century. Here, you can take in more artistic works including Venetian Gothic windows and carved wooden statues.

Although you won't find a beach in central Trogir, you need only head just outside it to enjoy Dalmatia's famed waters. Ciovo Island, a bridge crossing away, features multiple beaches including Okrug Gornji, whose pebbled shore is lined with cafés, bars and even a floating adventure park. For an even bigger adventure, set aside a day to explore the surrounding archipelago, which includes Hvar island and the region's famous Blue Cave.


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