Trogir: Walk the shores
Circular walk with views: 1.3 km
It is possible to walk right around the exterior of the old town of Trogir either as a whole or in sections - it provides a pleasant walk that will take you no more than an hour (assuming you do not pull over for a beer on the way)
Departing from the main city gate (1) on the north shore and walking clockwise. The gate dates to the 17th century and presumably replaced an earlier narrower gate - it is one of only 2 or 3 areas where the city’s defensive circuit survives. Crossing the road you can walk through the park and along the water front (2) this gets you away from the only busy road on the island (that leading to the bridge to Ciovo) and the park is quite pleasant - there are views from there east towards Split.
(3) Crossing the main road again continue west. There is an opportunity here to walk across the lifting bridge to Ciovo which gives good views of the Riva. Starting along the Riva to the west you will soon come to the southern gate, with the small Logia inside it (4) now occupied a tourist shop. The south gate is older than the north one and stands beside the last remaining original stretch of the town wall. The remaining wall was knocked down by Napoleon’s occupying forces during the first decade of the 19th Century in an attempt to encourage cooling breezes to run through the town’s streets.
From here you are on the Riva (5) where there are a number of attractive bars, pizzerias and restaurants. This broad thoroughfare is pleasant to walk along and gives excellent views of the harbour and Ciovo. As you head west you will pass the entrance to Blazenog Augustina Kazotica (6). This is the only street in the town which runs from side to side (north to south) in a straight uninterrupted line. There are many tourist shops lining this route, the option to cut the circuit in half and also several fine restaurants including the Alka and the Don Dino/Zara.
Continue west along the shore and you will reach the Fortress Kamerlengo (7). From there you can walk around the west end of the island past the football pitch (watch for the sprinklers) and then as you walk along the western shore a graffiti painted pergola or gazebo (10) that is know as Marmont’s Gloriette which was errected in honour of Marshall Marmont, Napoleon’s governor of his provinces along the Croatian coast often viewed as the most progressive of all colonial rules to have held way over the area. From there you will then past St Mark’s Tower (8) before taking the path along the north shore overlooking the Kanal and the small boats moored there. You are probably better off on the shore here as the parks tend to be a bit patchy and poorly maintained. There is the option to cross to the mainland by the foot bridge (9) where you can find parking areas and the town market or investigate the northern end of the Blazenog Augustina Kazotica (6) before reaching your starting point again at the town’s main gate (1).
Sunday, 8 April 2012