This guide covers a day trip by bike from Trogir to Ciovo Island, which has a couple of beautiful sights within cycling-distance.
A Trogir day trip by bike
As I already learned in the last instalment of this trip report, the coastal city of Trogir is a fabulous destination in its own right.
There is however plenty to see and do outside the city as well, and today I would discover some interesting sights in the immediate surroundings of Trogir.
The plan for my Trogir day trip was simple: I would rent a bike and cycle around the island of Čiovo.
With little traffic and good-quality roads, Čiovo is a great destination for cycling.
On Ciovo, you can find a couple of beautiful beaches and swimming spots as well as some beautiful sights.
I rented my bicycle at ‘Joke Bike & Scooter Rental’ in Trogir, which is conveniently located just a few hundred metres away from the old town.
Both the rental rate and the quality of the bike were good and the service at Joke was certainly friendly as well.
From Trogir to Ciovo
Ciovo is connected to Trogir’s old town centre and the Croatian mainland by two short bridges, making the island easily accessible by bike or other vehicle.
Once you have crossed the bridge you can turn right towards Okrug Gornji or left towards Mastrinka and Slatine, which was the direction I took.
The first couple of hundred metres on the main road towards the New Čiovo Bridge isn’t the most attractive stretch to cycle.
After the roundabout in front of the new bridge, you have to cycle a bit uphill towards the Žedno turn-off, which is perhaps one of the most strenuous parts of an otherwise easy journey.
From this point on, the road becomes much more scenic and you have some lovely views over the sea and Croatian mainland on your left-hand side.
While you are cycling on Ciovo you will instantly notice how calm and relaxed it is on the island.
Compared to the primary road on the mainland in Trogir, there was barely any traffic around.
Once you pass the village of Mastrinka, the road narrows and becomes even more quiet, making this an especially pleasant stretch to bike.
The main goal of my day trip from Trogir was the Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica, which is located on the south-eastern side of Ciovo.
The last mile before you reach the small parking lot for the church takes you through a pretty forest.
Through the trees you can already spot the azure blue waters of the Adriatic Sea down the steep cliff.
Walking to the church
Before I visited Trogir, I had never heard before of Ciovo and the Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica.
By chance one of my followers on Twitter who happens to know the area around Trogir very well sent me a DM telling me it was an absolute must-see.
Indeed, the Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica turned out to be an absolutely stunning sight.
It’s not so much the church itself but rather its scenic location on some steep cliffs right above the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea that makes it the most stunning sight on the island of Ciovo.
From the parking lot, a short trail runs over the cliffs towards the church.
Walking towards the church you can’t help but to stop several times to take in the gorgeous view.
Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica
The Church and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Prizidnica was built in the 16th century and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Although the church doors were unfortunately firmly shut and there wasn’t another person around in miles, it was still a lovely sight to see and the solitude and the stunning views certainly contributed to this.
If you walk along the church you will see an outdoor altar from where you can enjoy sweeping views of the sea and the church itself.
A quick dip in the sea
If you continue to walk straight ahead, the trail will lead you from the church down to the water.
Even if you don’t plan to swim, it’s well-worth walking down to admire the beautiful views over the sea and the rocky Ciovo coast.
Although this place might not be the most suitable for swimming for all due to the rocky nature of the shoreline which requires a bit of climbing, I still loved to take a quick dip here.
You really can’t beat the views and the overall setting of this place, which indeed really felt like my very own private sanctuary.
After a refreshing dip in the sea it was time to head back to the parking lot to reunite with my bike.
Cycling back to Trogir through the Ciovo countryside seemed to go much faster than the right out here and it didn’t take long before I reached the village of Slatine again.
Beachside coffee stop
As I still had some time left, I decided to make another stop in Slatine at the village beach.
This wide pebble beach is much more family-friendly and suitable for swimming for children thanks to the shallow waters which only gradually get deeper.
Along the northern coastline of Ciovo there are also a couple of appealing-looking beach bars, cafés and restaurants.
I stopped at the beachside ‘Boom Bar’ in Slatine for a coffee and some ice cold water – which was much needed after all the cycling across Ciovo.
Back in Trogir
Although I only had a look around the eastern side of Ciovo, it’s well-worth it to explore the western half of the island as well.
Especially the area of Ciovo around Okrug Gornji is reportedly known for having a couple of good beaches and swimming spots, as well as having some great-quality restaurants such as Konoba Duga.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to check out in person all these tips I got, as I had to head back to Trogir.
After I returned the bike at the rental shop, I of course had to end my Ciovo day trip with a cold beer overlooking the old town of Trogir.
I had a great day trip renting a bike in Trogir and cycling around the beautiful island of Ciovo.
The roads in Trogir and on Ciovo are perfect for cycling and the further you get on the island, the quieter and more relaxed it all becomes.
The absolute highlight was the Church of Our Lady of Prizidnica on the eastern tip of Ciovo, which is such a special sight thanks to its remote location and amazing cliffside setting high above the sea.
Ciovo also has some good beaches, swimming spots and restaurants, making it easy to combine some culture with a bit of relaxation and some culinary delights.
Ciovo could even be the perfect place to base yourself if you stay for a longer time in the Trogir area.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘Across Europe by Train: Interrail in the Age of Corona‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Bucharest to Warsaw (Embraer ERJ-175)
2. Walking Through an Empty Warsaw in Corona Lockdown
3. Review: Four Points by Sheraton Warsaw Mokotow
4. Review: LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class Warsaw to Zurich (Boeing 737 MAX)
5. A Stopover Walk Through the Old Town of Zurich
6. Review: Railjet Train Zurich to Feldkirch
7. An Evening in Friendly Little Feldkirch
8. Review: Nightjet Train Feldkirch to Graz
9. A Short Walk Along the Sights of Graz
10. Review: Emona EuroCity Train Vienna – Ljubljana – Trieste
11. Zidani Most: Europe’s Most Picturesque Train Station
12. Review: Ljubljana to Zagreb by EuroCity Train EC 1211 ‘Sava’
13. Flying With Trade Air on a Let L-410 Turbolet Across Croatia
14. Review: Palace Derossi, Trogir, Croatia
15. A Visit to the Tranquil Island City of Trogir, Croatia
16. Cycling on Ciovo: A Trogir Day Trip by Bike (current chapter)
** rest of the chapters to follow soon **