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Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of Adriatic Sea, situated in Croatia. With only 50 km wide at its widest part, it is mostly a coastal region characterized by its coves, secluded beaches, islands and inlets. Due to the rugged coastline and numerous islands of all sizes and topographies, diving, yachting, kayaking and other outdoor activities are very popular in this part of Croatia. Dalmatian coast is known for its warm sea, constant winds and beautiful wooded islands.

Island Ciovo

The island Ciovo is an island situated in middle Dalmatia, the total surface of the island is 28,8 km2. With the town Trogir is connected by drawbridge. There are several villages: Slatine, Okrug Donji (Lower,) Okrug Gornji (Upper), Mastrinka, Slatine and Žedno. The island Ciovo is about 2 km away from the mainland on the east (cape Marjan); on the north-west, it is connected with mainland by drawbridge (in Trogir).

The island was inhabited already in prehistory and old Romans used to call it Boa. During XV. and XVI. century the surrounding population came to the island, running away from the Turks.

The Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica, with hermit facilities from 1546, situated among cliffs, lies on the southeast side of the island.

Slatine

Slatine are located on the north-eastern side of Ciovo, only 8 km away from Trogir. In this colourful fisherman village you can find various types of beaches; from gravely ones suitable for children to rocky and concrete ones located in smaller coves. The natural pebble beach "Kava" in Slatine on the cap is the most beautiful and popular beach on the island.

Mastrinka

Mastrinka is a village on the northern part of Ciovo, only 2 km away from Trogir. If you prefer a more quiet vacation than this is an ideal place for you. The gravely beaches with their crystal clear sea away from the crowds and city tumult will give your body and mind plenty of rest.

Arbanija

Arbanija is a small tourist settlement on the northern side of the Ciovo island. The settlement started evolving in the 15th century when a Dominican monastery of St. Cross (Samostan Sv. Kriza) was built. If you are wishing for a quiet family vacation, you can find accommodation in apartments and rooms in the vicinity of the sea and the waterfront. Also, there are a few bars and restaurants at your disposal as well as sport and recreation opportunities.

Okrug Gornji

Okrug Gornji is one of the most popular tourist destination on the island Ciovo and Trogir Riviera. Located on the western side of Ciovo Island it is mostly known for beautiful gravely beaches suitable for children. Main beach "Copacabana" (2km long pebble beach) offers lots of activities like scuba water skiing, diving school, Jet Ski rental... Over the day, the main beach looks like a huge party because in every beach bar on it lots of people dance to the modern music and drink cocktails. If you want to visit the town Trogir, you can use the boat line (every 30 minuts).

Okrug Donji

Okrug Donji is a tourist village located on the western side of the island of Ciovo, 3 km away from Okrug Gornji and 8 km from Trogir. Characteristic for its clear clean sea, beautiful gravely beaches.

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Trogir

Trogir is an island with one of the biggest historical heritage in the world, abound in beauty and history and it's protected by UNESCO. It is located in central Dalmatia, northwest part of Kaštela bay, between Split (21 km) and Šibenik (56 km).

Airport Split vicinity (4 km), highway exit A1 (15km), ferry port Split (25 km) and excellent bus connection with the surrounding places, make Trogir accessible and open from the land and sea. Due to its location and natural protection, its nautical port is a favourite destination.

Historical monuments

St. Lawrence Cathedral with its majestic portal of Radovan, priceless collection of the Chapel of st. Ivan Trogirski and gothic church bell make the local people very proud.

Most of the town walls, once used as a protection are preserved, forming, in the 13th century, the old center of Tragurium. The Kamerlengo Tower and St. Mark's Tower still dominate among the walls.

Sea entrance to the town is the South Town gate, huge wooden gate, reinforced with pins, preserved from 1593, proved by the sign above it. The North entrance is through reneissance Town gate guarded by St. Ivan Trogirski, protector of the town.

St. Sebastian's votive church is built on the main town square in the middle of the 15th, as a gratitude for saving the town from plague. Instead of the church bell there is an impressive tower with town clock.

Town lodge, next to the votive church, was once a public object, shelter, meeting place and a court room. Rich relieves were made by Nikola Firentinac and Ivan Meštrović.

Small and big Ćipiko palaces are set of buildings (palaces) built by a prominent family Čipiko from Trogir. Gothic trifora, the work of Andrija Aleši, adorns the front of the big palace, doors were carved by Ivan Duknović, and the south portal is work of Nikola Firentinac.

Town Hall was first mentioned in the 13th century, and got back its reneissance charm after reconstruction during the 19th century.

Town musem is located inside the Palace Garagnin – Fanfogna. It used to be a residential and economic complex, of very influential and rich family of Trogir, with romanesque and baroque characteristics.

While walking through the narrow streets of the town you can come across Kairos, God of lucky moment... According to legend, whoever manages to grab his curl will have lucky moments of eternal beauty. In case you do not find it, this bronze relief and symbol of Trogir is the most valuable part of St. Nicholas monastery collection.

Leisure time

Trogir is a lively Mediterranean towns that offers numerous vacation possibilities, adventures and a lot of fun. Enter through the old town gate, take a walk through the town and let your imagination take you to historical times. Relax on the main town square, enjoy the view of cathedral, town clock and palace while having a cup of coffee in a coffee bar Corte, very popular among local people. If you would like to find out more about the history of Trogir, we recommend taking a guided tour. While passing through the town a tour guide will take you to historical times by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. Climb up to the church bell of St. Lawrence cathedral and enjoy the unique panoramic view of Trogir and its surrounding. Let the food odour take you to to the garden of famous tavern Capo where you will try local Dalmatian cuisine or let the hospitable staff of the restaurant Don Dino help you choose the specialities and quality wines from their rich menu.

Nowhere in the world can you find a town that magical town at night time...Stone walls become alive under the street lights, and Dalmatian songs are heard from every corner.

If you prefer the rhytm of modern music and having fun all night, visit disco bar Padre located between the old town walls or dico bar Manaco across the bridge on the island of Čiovo.

Trogir is a suitable destination for those who like adventourus exploring of the coastline of Trogir and Dalmatia. Take a bike or scooter ride across the big bridge to the island of Čiovo. Admire the scharm of fishing places, untouched pine woods and crystal clear sea. Numerous little bays with amazing beaches are on your way to Slatine. Take a walk to the small church Gospe od Prizidnice, and visit a beautiful beach Kava on the eastern part of the island. If you search for adventure and fun Okrug Gornji is a place to be. You cannot miss the Copacabana of Okrug. Enjoy water sports and all the fun this beach can offer.

Regular daily boat line Bura line departs from Čiovo, just across the bridge, and on its way to Split takes you to Slatine. You can reach Okrug Gornji by small boat that departures from Trogir waterfront (riva) every 15 minutes during the summer season.

Rent a boat and explore the nearby islands when the sea is calm. Enjoy the picturesque islands Fumija and Kraljevac, or swim in magnificent laguna Krknjaši. If you have more experience riding a boat you can easily reach the most beautiful islands of Hvar, not too far from Trogir. Sail into one of the most beautiful ports in the world – island of Hvar (20 NM ori 1,5 hours drive), enjoy the untouched nature of Pakleni otoci or visit the natural phenomena on the island of Brač, the beach Zlatni Rat. While coming into the port of Trogir, the town walls, Kamerlengo Tower and numerous church bells will leave you breathless.

Many cultural and natural sights of „our beautiful land“ (as Croatian people often call their country) are just a few hundred chilometers from Trogir.

If you stay in Trogir you have to visit Split and its famous Diocletian palace, perhaps you can spend some time in Salona too and explore the ancient metropolis of Roman province-Dalmatia. Pearl of Croatia, the town of Dubrovnik is only 3 hours drive from Trogir. Just across the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina there is one of the most beautiful towns of ex Yugoslavia, Mostar.

One of the famous sights is National park Krka, and the town of Šibenik with impressivecathedral in its vicinity. A bit further, on your way to the capital Zagreb, about 2,5 hours drive from Trogir you can visit unique National park Plitvička jezera.

Other facilities

You can find anything you want in Trogir. Its streets abound in different shops, jewerly stores and souvenir shops.

Bigger supermarket Konzum with its wide offer of products is located at the entrance to the town. Next to it you will find a fish market with fresh fish brought by local fishermen and just in front of it a big market where you can buy local products, fresh fruit and vegetables sold by grannies. Stone house next to the market you will find the butcher Tangar with fresh meat.

There is also a veterinary station, and across the street the main bus station. In the vicinity there are hospital and farmacy.

Post office, public pay phone for international calls as well, and currency exchange office are located in the old part of the town.

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Slatine

Slatine, traditional fishing village, located on the northeast part of the island of Ciovo in central Dalmatia. It's connected with main land by bridge 7,5 km distance, and only 1 nautical mile from the peninsula of Split on the East.

It is the only village on the island that belongs to the town of Split.

Although not preserved from the urban spreading, it still has a charming combination of the old and modern...and it is an ideal place for quiet vacation, not far from the main tourist destinations. The vicinity to the airport Spli (15 km), bus station (7 km), ferry port, train station (35 km) and A-1 highway brings this village closer to the traveler.

Historical sights

Small church Gospe od Prizidnice is a cultural pearl of Slatine. It was built by catholic church priests in the 16th century on the cliffs surrounded by the harmony of stone, sea and woods.

It is worth to visit the church of Blažena Djevica Marija with its elegant church bell from the beginning of the 17th century. Orginal altar painting from the 14th century and remains of the old wooden crucifix are known as the works of Paolo Veneziano. If you are lucky and pass by during the Sunday mass, you can enjoy the sounds of local choir during the service.

There is a primary school – international Eco school in the vicinity. That stone building opened its doors in 1913 and celebrates the hundredth anniversary in 2013. There you can see a small etno collection, collection of Adriatic shells, and a small botanic garden with collection of Mediterranean plants.

In the center of the village, not far away from the school there is an old building, a house, built in a traditional way, of local limestone, surrounded by drywall structure. It has been preserved as a characteristic element of national cultural heritage. Picturesque old port with its berths still keeps over 150 years old wooden boats, used by local fishermen for years.

Leisure time

Take a walk through this picturesque village, have a morning coffee on the terrace of the local bar Lanterna and enjoy a beautiful view of Kaštela and Split. Have a lunch or dinner in a restaurant Mali porat, next to the sea. Enjoy the local food, fresh sea delicacies or order some of local specialities „pašticada“ or „peka“... While tasting good food and domestic wine enjoy the atmosphere of typical Dalmatian tavern Dida. For those who prefer good pizza there is a terrace of the restaurant Kvadar and delicious meal from batch will be served to them. A bar Mačak will make sure you do not miss important games while on vacation. Follow the game on a big screen with a glass of good beer. Take an evening walk with the sound of Dalmatian songs and do not miss the parties during popular Fishermen nights, enjoy good food, drink and dance...

Every visitor is fascinated by the charm of preserved nature of the village. Follow the way that takes you to the cape of the island. Paths will bring you to the hidden pine wood and small bays. Rocky and stone beaches take you to the natural pearl – pebble beach Kava in the very end of the island.

There are nice and suitable paths for those who ride a bike. Take a ride to the small church Gospe od prizidnice (2 km), towards the town of Trogir (8 km), and those who are more adventourus can go to the other part of the island - Okrug Donji ( 15 km). Enjoy the beautiful days and rent a boat. Explore Čiovo, Split, Trogir from the sea. Explore the hidden islands in the vicinity (Fumija, Kraljevac) or, for those more experienced there are famous and a bit more distant Šolta, Hvar, Brač...

An adventure is to rent a kayak in Slatine and paddle around the island of Čiovo. Choose an exciting Quad and Bugby tours departing from the top of the island and explore the untouched nature.

Slatine is a very suitable destination for families. Children can play and enjoy on beautiful playground near the beach, where there are also football and basketball fields.

Regular boat line Bura Line connects Slatine with Trogir and Split. Bus lines to Trogir are very frequent.

Other facilities

There is a small market where you can buy local products, fresh fruit and vegetables from local people. There is a small store with basic groceries, and for bigger purchase we recommend going to Trogir.

There is an ambulance in Slatine but If you need dentist, pharmacy or veterinary station you will have to go to Trogir. Besides regular services, you can make long distance phone calls and exchange your money in a local post office.

The nearest ATM machine is in Trogir.

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Split

Split is an urban, cultural and traffic center of Dalmatia with road and sea connections to Dalmatia's numerous summer resorts around. A city of 1700 years old, with variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, among which the most important is the Diocletian's Palace, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Arriving to Split

You can reach Split by the ferryboat liner which connects the cities Rijeka on the north and Dubrovnik on the south. Also, local ferry lines are available for all the central Dalmatian islands. There are fast and regular ferry lines going from Ancona and Pescara, Italy, to Split.

There are also train connections from Split to the north of the country and further on to the rest of Europe, which all have an option of car transfer.

Getting around

Split isn't a big city since its North to South diameter is about 5km and the East to West about 10km with the Marjan hill included. Anyway the city is well covered with Buses which run quite frequently up to midnight.

Exploring the islands

Split is the best starting point if you wish to explore the Dalmatia's islands by ferry since it has the biggest ferry port in the area.

If you need fast taxi boat transfers instead of the relatively slow ferry you can find more information about it if you contact us.

There are numerous yacht sailing charters around in Split marinas together in the Kastela and Trogir ACI marinas to start the cruise and exploration of the beautiful Dalmatia islands.

History and culture of Split

Today "the most beautiful city in the world," particularly attractive for the Imperial Palace and the Peristyle (UNESCO), and its unique waterfront or promenade in front of the Palace and Prokurative, to the Marjan hill..

Tourism in Split

In front of Split stretches the Brac Channel, and behind it rises the mountains Kozjak and Mosor from wich You can have views of the islands in a row, Brac, Hvar, Paklenjake, Solta, Korcula, known to all the Dalmatian islands.

Split is the most important center of Dalmatia with a ferry port for shipping lines to islands and is connected by highway to northern Croatia and by Split airport to the whole world.

Tourist offer of Split is interesting for the Split green market. It is the heart of Split, the motives of abundance of various types, flavors, fragrances and colors of fruits and vegetables. For those who want to feel in some way the spirit of the city of Split, its marketplace is certainly a important place.

Diocletian's Palace

At the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace on the bay of Aspalathos. Here, after abdicating on the first of May in A.D. 305, he spent the last years of his life. The bay is located on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast into the Adriatic, four miles from the site of Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.

This palace is today the heart of the inner-city of Split where all the most important historical buildings can be found. The importance of Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods, stretching from Roman times onwards, which form the very tissue of old Split. The Palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic coast and holds an outstanding place in the Mediterranean, European and world heritage.

In November 1979 UNESCO, in line with the international convention concerning the cultural and natural heritage, adopted a proposal that the historic Split inner city, built around the Palace, should be included in the register of the World Cultural Heritage.

The ground plan of the palace is an irregular rectangle with towers projecting from the western, northern, and eastern facades. It combines qualities of a luxurious villa with those of a military camp. A monumental gate in the middle of each of these walls led to an enclosed courtyard. The southern Sea Gate was simpler in shape and dimensions than the other three. Perhaps it was originally intended as the emperor's private access to boats, or as a service entrance for supplies.

The transverse road (decumanus) linking the east and west gates divided the complex into two halves. In the southern half were the more luxurious structures; that is, the emperor's apartment, both public and private, and cult buildings. The emperor's apartment formed a block along the sea front. Although for many centuries almost completely filled with refuse, most of the substructure is well preserved, giving us evidence as to the original shape and disposition of the rooms above.

A monumental court, called the Perystile, formed the northern access to the imperial apartments. It also gave access to Diocletian's Mausoleum on the east, and to three temples on the west.

The northern half of the palace, which was divided in two parts by the main longitudinal street (cardo) leading from the North Gate to the Perystile, is less well preserved. It is usually supposed that each of these parts formed a large residential complex, housing soldiers, servants, and possibly some other facilities. Both parts were apparently surrounded on all sides by streets.

The Palace is built of white local limestone of high quality, most of which was from quarries on the island of Brac; tuffa taken from the nearby river beds; and brick made in Salonitan and other workshops. Some material for decoration was imported: Egyptian granite columns and sphinxes, fine marble for revetments and some capitals produced in workshops in the Proconnesos.

Water for the palace came from the Jadro river near Salona. Along the road from Split to Salona impressive remains of the original aqueduct can still be seen. They were extensively restored in the nineteenth century.

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