DRVENIK VELI, DRVENIK ISLANDS - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
Drvenik Veli and Drvenik Mali
Drvenik town and beach
Drvenik Veli (Great Drevnik), along with its smaller companion Drvenik Mali (Small Drevnik) are real nature pearls among other tourist destinations in Trogir area. These two small islands are only five nautical miles South West from Trogir and very well connected with Trogir Harbour by frequent ferry connections. The main village is Drvenik on Drvenik Veli, population 168. The rest of the island is simply fantastic and non-polluted nature with numerous inlets, sandy beaches and hidden bays. These places are reachable by foot from village centres or by boat. The distance between the islands is only half a nautical mile which gives you opportunity to visit the other island very easily. Stay in the Drvenik islands if you are looking for beach-houses away from civilization, in hidden inlets and completely off the beaten track and yet a ferry ride away from the lively town of Trogir. There are few grocery shops and two restaurants on Drvenik Veli Island.
The main industries are agriculture, fishing and tourism. The coastline is constituted of many sand and pebble beaches. One of the most stunning is the Blue Lagoon, great for swimming and visiting by boat.
Drvenik Veli island has an area of 12.07 square kilometres and a maximum length is 5.5 kilometres. The sea around the island beautifully clear and clean and the beaches are great for swimming. The coast is rugged and consists of many bays with sandy and pebbly beaches.
Drvenik Mali is a small, unspoilt island 10 nautical miles south west off the coasts of Trogir. It measures just under 4 km squared and 60 people live there. Building is sparse, with several small villages consisting of a few houses each. The most significant is the village of Borak, where ships and ferries from Trogir dock. There is hardly any traffic, and you are "away from it all", enjoying the scent of Mediterranean pines, the soft lapping of the sea and the fresh air. There is a shop, restaurant and a cafe in the bay of Vela Rina, that is all! And you get a fantastic, uncrowded sandy beach. Most of the island is covered with olive groves, pine trees and vineyards. You can relax among the green Mediterranean vegetation, swim in the crystal clear unpolluted sea, go boating, diving, fishing and snorkelling and sunbathe on sandy beaches. It is a relaxing holiday above all.
Do venture out to the mainland, and visit the unforgettable Trogir and Split, also stopping off in the very charming village of Primosten. Just 50km further north is the amazing town of Sibenik, and the wonderful Krka waterfall National park.
Everyone wants to know how to get to this nature's paradise. A car ferry goes three times a day from Trogir, except on Fridays when there are two crossings from Trogir and one from Split. The journey takes approx 1 hour.
Trogir and Ciovo Island
Walking through the magical streets of Trogir is a wonderful experience. It is an ancient town, laid down according to classical architectural rules from Greek and Roman times. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site and regarded as the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe. In the middle age period Renaissance palaces and houses were built by the Venetian rulers of this area, and they are still there. As you walk through beautiful narrow cobbled streets you can glimpse medieval churches with stone carved doorways, shaded piazzas, Juliet balconies, arched medieval windows with exquisite carved pillars and rosettes. The towns fortifications were established in the 13th and 14th centuries and the principal forts on the seaward side of the town still stand.
Trogir from the air
Courtyard in Trogir
Trogir waterfront at night
Today Trogir is a lively tourist destination. Restaurants, simple and sophisticated, cafes and bars are located along a splendid harbour front that is busy day and night as well as in the quiet alleyways and narrow passages of the old town. The waterfront is a constant source of activity with sailing and motor yachts that are cruising the Adriatic passing through.
The old town is linked by a small bridge to the island of Ciovo. Ciovo offers the best swimming with, excellent beaches, some very busy, and some wild and deserted. The most popular is Saldun Bay overlooking the Trogir marina. The beach has cafes and restaurants, water sports and diving. Another good beach is Mavarscica, a pebbly bay lined with pine trees. On two small nearby islands, Drvenik Veli and Drvenik Mali, which are easily reached by a boat you can enjoy peaceful sandy beaches.
Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.
Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.
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