Trogir is not to be missed. A beautiful medieval town crammed with renaissance and Romanesque architecture, Trogir, oozes with an understated sophistication that will charm even the most jaded cynic. Moor your boat among the many other yachts than stop here and enjoy a night of revelry in surroundings of relaxed elegance.
A World Heritage Site described by UNESCO as “an excellent example of a medieval town”, the walled old town sits on an island originally know as the island of goats. Linked on two sides by bridges the old stone walled town of Trogir offer sailors several mooring options all within a short distance of the action and is very popular with yachts. Some charter fleets are based here as well.
There are several marinas and quays to choose from in Trogir. One of the most popular places is the ACI Marina but there is also the very modern Camper and Nicholson Marina and the Seget Marina. Trogir becomes very congested at the weekends so it pays to book ahead if possible.
ACI Marina Trogir is located in the south channel of the old town on the island of Ciovo. The approach from the west is simple but it is recommended that you don’t try and sail in. The channel silts and depths are an uneven 2 metres at best in some spots! The marina has 174 berths and all the facilities you would expect to need from a marina. For advice or help mooring up call on VHF channel 17. A 12m yacht will cost you 77€ for the night during July and August and 67€ at all other times (2016). It is only a short walk across the bridge to the old town from the marina.
The Camper and Nicholson Marina in Trogir is a recent development. Originally known as Trogir Marina the C and N Group bought the premises in 2014 and have been developing the former marina and ship building site as a superyacht destination ever since. Luxury is the name of the game here and the marina has top of the line facilities and only lacks a supermarket. Currently there are 133 berths but by the time they finish there will be room for over 250 yachts of all shapes and sizes. Surprisingly berthing rates are on a par with the next door ACI Marina.
Seget (Donji) Marina is part of the Seget Yacht Club and is located on the mainland, north and west of the old town of Trogir. There are approximately 100 berths available and although it is a longer walk to the old town there are plenty of facilities located around the marina itself if you don’t fancy the walk.
The town quay at Trogir is a very busy place indeed; plenty of mega-yachts and trip boats coming and going here! That being said yachts are still welcome to moor up on the south side of the old town every day except Friday. Pre-booking is easy. Phone: 00385 95 519 1631 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In 2016 a 13m yacht cost 580 kuna/night (approximately 77€) and included water, power and rubbish collection. Yachts are required to notify the harbourmaster one day before arrival and call on VHF channel 10 or 16 before approaching the quay.
Anchoring is still allowed west of the bridge near the C and N and ACI marinas and on the mainland side near the Seget Marina but take care as there is a small tide here and depths are shallow. Anchor in 5 metres or more to be sure of staying afloat! You can also anchor on the east side of the old town.
Note it is not possible to traverse all the way through the channel between Trogir and the island of Ciovo as it is blocked by a low bridge. The northern channel is too shallow for yachts.
Once you are securely moored up it is time to explore Trogir. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the old town of Trogir dates back to the 3rd Century BCE. Originally a Greek settlement, the tiny town was an important sea link to the ancient city of Salona but has since blossomed under many different rulers over the years. A major Roman port at one time, Trogir was also in the hands of the Venetians for 4 centuries and the myriad of Romanesque and Renaissance buildings are a sight to behold and unique in Croatia. Highlights include The City Gate and fortified walls, the 14th century Kamerlengo fortress which still guards the entrance, the 13th Century Cathedral and its Portal of Master Radovan and the city Loggia. You can leave your yacht in the marina opposite, or if you’re lucky, get a space right in front of Kamerlengo Fortress. For a small fee, you can climb the walls and scale the Cathedral’s Bell Tower.
Vertigo sufferers may prefer to enter the old town through one of the original gates and wander the alleyways to view the many medieval buildings and churches. The Benedictine Monastery at the church of St Nicholas houses the 3rd century BC Greek relief of Kairos (the god of a happy moment). Take the time to wander the back streets and narrow lanes to really appreciate how amazing this old town is.
You can also visit the ancient ruins of Salona from Trogir. They lie between Trogir and Split. Salona was thought to have been founded by the Illyrians and then expanded by the Greeks and Romans. Admission is 20 kuna and you can hire a guide for around 200 kuna to get more out of your visit. The site is largely unexcavated but Salona is still impressive in its size and scale. A small onsite museum houses some of the more impressive artefacts discovered.
Conveniently, many of the historic buildings are still in use and house restaurants and cafe’s where you can rest your feet.
Either side of the island the more modern town provides a wide range of facilities with several supermarkets, butchers, bakers, a large daily market, medical facilities, banks and ATM’s. And of course, more restaurants and bars!
There are no beaches within walking distance but you won’t be short of things to do and it’s a great place to pull up a chair late evening and watch the world pass by whilst you sup your favourite tipple. Even if you’re not a fan of old buildings, Trogir is worth a visit.