Trogir: Streets of the Old Town
Walk, historic street pattern (World Heritage Site)
Trogir old town measures no more than 250m from west to east and no more than 100-150 metres from north to south, yet it is one of those places where you can wander freely for an hour or more in narrow trafficless streets and loose your self in the polished limestone architecture. While it is effectively possible to become ‘lost’ you are never more than 75 metres from either side of the town and the shores of the island on which it sits. So although the further west you go the streets can be slightly disorientating if you become unsure of your whereabouts simply head along one of the cross streets to the outside of the town to establish your position.
While the whole of the old town is residential particularly above ground level, you will find that the eastern end, nearer the cathedral and Trg Ivana Pavla II has more of the shops, interspersed with small courtyards occupied by restaurants. The further west you travel these tend to disappear and more residential houses and hotels begin to appear, though the narrowness and almost random pattern of the streets does not change.
Around half way along the length of the town you will reach Blazenog Augustina Kazotica. This is one of the few streets that links the north and south sides of the island and has many of the more tourist orientated shops on it along with several of the more prominent restaurants including the Alka and the Don Dino.
Beyond this the streets become slightly more open and definitely more residential until you reach the park and sports field at the western end of the town.
The street plan of Trogir is at the heart of its listing as a World Heritage Site as it is said to date back beyond most of the buildings that now line the narrow alleyways to the town’s Greek routes of the 3rd Century BC. The listing also mentions the high number of fine civic buildings surviving in Torgir and this is certainly true, but as you walk around also watch out for fragments of Greek, Roman and Medieval architecture in the form of finely carved doorways, window surrounds and balconies.
By foot the town is open 24 hours.
Sunday, 8 April 2012