Trogir, Where UNESCO Meets Game of Thrones and the Original Zinfandel
February 14, 2020 – Where to go to maximise the number of experiences in one place in Dalmatia? The case for Trogir.
Tourism is changing, and people these days seem to want to get the most out of a holiday. With the Instagram god to feed, the days of sitting on one beach for a fortnight are becoming rarer.
But sometimes you don’t have to keep from place to place to enjoy unbelievable experiences on a daily basis.
Take Trogir for example – a destination which has SO much to offer, but which is often overlooked in favour of its bigger neighbour, Split.
I was in Trogir earlier this week, and my very fun day included a long overdue return visit to fabulous Vina Kairos, high in the hills over the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old town of Trogir. It was more than four years since my first visit, when we featured Kairos and its enigmatic and innovative winemaker, Ljubo Jelacic, who is busy restoring the traditions of the birthplace of Zinfandel in the region where the iconic California grape variety was born. You can read about that first visit and a presentation of Kairos here.
As I surveyed the magnificent view in the February wind, I was struck not only by its beauty, but also about the wealth of fantastic things so close to each other. The birthplace of the original Zinfandel for wine lovers (with plenty more vineyards to visit in nearby Kastela. The view included views of no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites worthy of a visit (Trogir and Diocletian’s Palace in Split – perhaps three if your vision was good enough to take in the Stari Grad Plain on Hvar), and Game of Thrones film locations in Kastela and Split.
The Kairos vineyard is GORGEOUS – here it is with a little more life on the vines. The Kairos vineyard is a great place to take in so much of the magic of Dalmatia, while enjoying local specialities and indigenous local grape varieties.
And then wander around the historic old town, which has an incredible amount of hertiage packed into its stone walled town.
Here, for example, is arguably the prettiest square in Dalmatia, the main square in Trogir.
And all this magic – and more – is just a few minutes from Split Airport, so accessibility is among its many attractions. Indeed, as we wrote recently, the accessibility and range of fantastic attractions in Trogir makes it the ideal start and finish of a holiday in Dalmatia, especially for those holidaying on an island. No last-minute ferry stress to take into consideration. Learn more about why the town is the perfect start and finish to a Dalmatian island holiday.