The island of Ciovo in Croatia and its best attractions

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One of the more interesting locations in Croatia for a holiday stay is Ciovo Island. Located near Trogir, it is a slightly cheaper alternative, while providing easy and quick access to the biggest attractions of Dalmatia – the surrounding islands, Trogir or Split.

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An additional advantage of Ciovo is the rich offer of accommodation – hotels, apartments, rooms, villas – there is something for everyone. And if we add to this the great weather and the surroundings of beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, we have a place dreamed of relaxation.

The island of Ciovo
The island of Ciovo

The island of Ciovo (Central Dalmatia region in Croatia) is connected to the mainland, and more specifically to the city of Trogir, by a drawbridge. The airport in Split is 8km away, the ferry port, also in Split, is 25km away – this makes it easy for tourists from all over Europe to access the island, while also making it quick and easy to visit various mainland and island destinations. Ciovo has a population of 6100. It is a heavily hilly island with the highest elevation of 209m above sea level, located in the village of Rudine. Among the most famous tourist destinations on the island of Ciovo are the towns and resorts of Okrug Gornji, Okrug Donji, Arbanija, Slatine.

Ciovo, an island in central Dalmatia with an area of 28.8km² (length 15.3km, width up to 3.5km) has more than 6,000 inhabitants, with its highest elevation being Rudine (218m). To the east, Ciovo is about 2km from the mainland (Cape Marjan), and in the northwest it is connected to the mainland by a drawbridge (in Trogir). The island of Ciovo actually encloses the bay of Kastela. Annual precipitation is about 900 mm. The south side of the island is exposed to sirocco winds, but it is protected from bora, unlike the north coast (protected from sirocco, but exposed to bora). There is no flowing water on the surface of the island. Salt water is found in Slatine, Saldun and near Sveti Kriz. There are also several caves, and the most famous are Bilosaj and Anicina Jama (Anna’s Well).

Okrug is located in the western part of the island of Ciovo, 3km from Trogir, and is divided into Okrug Gornji and Okrug Donji, with a total population of about 3,000.It is also a very popular tourist destination offering numerous restaurants, nightclubs, beach parties. Okrug Gornji offers a magnificent panorama – you can see the nearby archipelago with the islands of Solta, Drvenik the Large and Small. The main attraction of Okrug Gornji is the over 2km long beautiful pebble beach, known as Copacabana.

What to see on the island of Ciovo?
What to see on the island of Ciovo?

Arbanija is located in the northeastern part of the island of Ciovo, with a population of about 500. Arbanija is characterized by beautiful beaches and forests, which is why it is often chosen for a relaxing and peaceful holiday.

Slatine is located on the eastern side of the island of Ciovo, with a population of about 1,100. It used to be a settlement that made its living mainly from fishing and livestock breeding, but today the main income-generating activity here is tourism.

Some of the greatest sights on the island of Ciovo include the ruins of the pre-Romanesque church of St. Peter near Slatine, the medieval church of St. Mauro in Zedno, the church and monastery of St. Cross located about 5km from Trogir, the church of St. Fumija on the islet of Fumija, the sanctuary in Slatine, and the 15th century church in Arbanija.

The island of Ciovo is also a location offering numerous opportunities for active recreation. In addition to all kinds of water sports, hiking, horseback riding and cycling are popular here.

When looking for an interesting vacation destination in Croatia, consider one of the villages on the Island of Ciovo.

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