This stretch of the coast comprises seven separate, but connected villages/towns. Each has a population of 4,000-6,000, and the whole area totals about 43,000 residents. The strip is popular with tourism and in the summer many locals come here for the serenity and peaceful atmosphere.
It is to the north of Split about 7 miles and goes for 12 mile length. You can take E8 road and then drive down to each off that road, or take a road that connects to all of them along the water coast.
BAck even in Greek era this was a string of ports for commerce. Romans used it for the same purpose, and made floating harbors there. Later is became a resort retreat for the Croat, Hungarian and Venetian gentry. I cannot say enough how nice the setting is and you can walk the whole length if you like. We walked the last 3 miles that connect the last 3 towns and that is the closest between the towns.
Kastela Gomilica was built by Benedictine nuns in 16th century, and this is the original design. The other castles and villages were built in 1500-1600 era for the most part, and so many of the original buildings are intact today.
St Lovre-St. Lawrence Bell Tower
Construction began in the 14th century and did not get completed until 16th century. The style by that time was Venetian Gothic, which also had control of the region. The Venetians tore down the first floor and rebuilt the works of that floor along with second and third floors for pattern after Palazzo d'Oro in Venice. The height is about 150 feet and around 20 steps to the top. On top are four statues, and the most wonderful views of the town and surrounding area.
Entry is 9-12 and 4-7 daily, with a fee of 10 kuna; $2
Ċipiko Palace stands on the Western side of Trg Ivana Pavla II. It was made of two parts, the main Palace and the small Palace, separated by an alley. They were linked at the first level by an aerial gangway that does not exist any more. The front of the main Palace, shown on the photo, has two triphorium in gothic flamboyant style.
Entrance for Dalmatians only ?
Look at this imposing entrance with an old wooden door under a medallion standing on two lions heads and where two servants hold a coat of arm with a lion that looks very much alike the Flandres lion. I suppose it is not as I have never read that the earls of Flandres had any connection with Trogir, but who knows !
On the other hand, if you look carefully (enlarge), you will see that the knocker is on the top left of the door and that only very tall persons should be able to use it ! Dalmatians only !