Marina and surroundings

Marina

Marina is a small place located in the Bay with the same name; the place is the Centre of the Municipality, which consists of 15 more small places. Marina has about 1000 inhabitants, while the whole municipality has about 5000 inhabitants.

The good transport connections and proximity of the ancient cities of Trogir (12 km) Split (36 km) and Šibenik (36 km) offers you the ability to reach any of them in short time and to enjoy the ambience of UNESCO’s Cities. Local residents have been engaged in fishing and agriculture for a long time. On the surrounding hills grow the centuries-old olive trees; it is therefore not surprising that this region is widely known for its production of olive oil.

Riviera Marina consists of three small picturesque Dalmatian places: Vinišće, Poljica and Sevid that will win you at a glance. The crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, undiscovered and preserved nature will help you to relax from the city noise and get rid of stress. Find your little oasis of peace on one of the many beaches. But that’s not all. Go few kilometers inlands and feel autochthonous atmosphere of Dalmatian inland. This well preserved area contains many archeological sites. It represents area where original dalmatian tradition and culture are preserved alongside its customs, outfits and local gastronomy. There you can find almost untouched nature and many preserved villages with autochthonous stone houses.

Above the Marine is located Drid hill that dominates the entire area. It used to be the seat of Drid County, whose ruins can still be seen on the hill. St. Philip and James’s cave is located along the old main road, near Marina. It is situated at an altitude of 140 m, and in the cave is a chapel. The cave was visited by the Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1891. In the cave were found numerous items, such as prehistoric knives, terrines, cups, glasses, Roman coins, heads on relieves from Late Antiquity etc.

The Tower of Marina is a recognizable landmark of this area. It was built by Venetians for protection from attacks from land and sea. Fort and walls surrounding town were added to the tower for protection against Turkish army. In one period it served as a summer house for bishop Franjo Marcello. Today it is a 4**** hotel. It definitely represents the biggest jewel in this area’s culture.

You can come to Marina by road, air and sea. The Marina district is located alongside Adriatic road. From north you can come by D1 road or by A1 motorway exiting on Šibenik or Prgomet exits. Resnik airport is only 15km away from Marina. Marina has very good bus connections from all biggest cities in Croatia. There are also local bus lines that connect Marina district to Trogir.

Newly built recreational tracks will contribute to development of Marina as a sport destination. Marina district is involved in program Cycle Croatia and her tracks are connected to tracks of Rogoznica and Primošten. It is believed that this action will be recognized by large number of foreign and domestic bike clubs, tourist agencies and sport federations so they can bring their activities to this area. No matter if you amateur or professional, riding on these routs is the best way to completely explore this area, buy local vine or olive oil or just relax in the shadow of a tree on a hidden beach. Riding on these routes you can enjoy untouched nature and local hospitality. Every route is completed with places where you can try local cuisine or spend the night.

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.

Source: Portal Trogir