A few weeks ago, a friend, who happens to be Canadian came back from a European backpacking trip. During our conversation and review of the trip, the town of Trogir came up. I’ve never been myself, but my parents have visited in their younger days and even they claim that it’s one of the most unique towns in all of the Balkans. Despite that much beauty exists in other Balkan countries such as Bosnia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia, Croatia easily beats every other Balkan country in terms of tourism year in-year out.
There’s no question that Croatia is beautiful, especially it’s coast, so without a doubt I’d have to say that Westerners are more inclined to go to Trogir and other parts of Croatia than any other Balkan country.
Trogir lies 27 kilometers west of Split, and has a very small population of just under 11,000 residents. What makes Trogir unique is how well preserved/restored it is for a medieval city, especially for a medieval city on the water. Trogir’s prime location made self-governance difficult. Greece, Rome, Venice and Austria-Hungary occupied the island at different points in history. But the Italian influence seems the most prominent. In terms of food, the island offers amazing pasta dishes, and Italian is freely spoken around the island.
My friend said that Trogir was breath taking – a picturesque town designed for wandering, taking photos and enjoying some very yummy ice cream while at it. Trogir may have Italian roots, but it also has Balkan hospitality. Throughout the island, restaurants offer homemade wine and rakija. Trogir is popular for its architecture and natural beauty, but its Balkan hospitality is its true charm. I suppose what makes Trogir unique is that it’s not a posh island by any stretch of the imagination – but not overrun by tourist even at peak summer times.