Ciovo island and Trogir town
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Discover all the reasons that make Ciovo island Trogir Riviera a jewel and an excellent choice for summer holidays.

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Even though this website includes only four Split County islands, Ciovo should be the fifth, despite many considering it a peninsula.

This island is considered a peninsula since two bridges connect it with Trogir town, the Riviera capital.

The old vehicle bridge has long been the island's most significant problem, but in 2018 the new drawbridge was constructed, making the island's connection faster and safer.  

The island covers 28.8 square kilometers with 6000 inhabitants, with the highest peak Rudine (209 m).

The island enjoys a typical  Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation, and an archipelago of two small picturesque islands (Drvenik Veli and Mali) with countless hidden bays and beaches.

You can see that only a narrow canal between Ciovo island and Trogir town separates it from the mainland.

Okrug Gornji, Okrug DonjiArbanija, and Slatina are the most prominent places on the island.

What makes Ciovo Island so attractive?

Several reasons make this island an excellent choice for your summer getaway.

It's the nearest island or peninsula to Split Airport, less than 6 miles. Once on the island, you can find excellent boat connections from Trogir or Slatina village to Split town.

If you prefer to take a bus to visit Split, there is a regular public bus connection from N° 38 to Split town.

You can easily see some fascinating Croatian landscapes from Ciovo Island, Krka, and Plitvice National Parks. Krka National Park is only 39 miles from Ciovo, while you can get to Plitvice Lakes in a 3-hour drive or take one of many guided tours.

Ciovo island beaches

The island of Ciovo, including two small islands, Drvenik Veli (Big) and Mali (Small), offers many beaches, from sandy, pebble, or rocky, a few family ones to several secluded beaches.

Near Okrug Gornji (Upper) village, there is the most popular beach on Trogir Riviera. It is 5km from Trogir center, easily reachable by the road that follows Ciovo Island's south side to Okrug Gornji.

Kapokabana Ciovo island beach
Copacabana beach

A two-kilometer-long gravel beach is called “Trogir Copacabana” because of its beauty and popularity. The vast number of beach bars and few restaurants keep this place alive through the night.

A water sports center, “MAX,” has a complete water sports offer for your active summer holidays.

Beach Mavarstica is located in a bay in the southern part of Ciovo, south of Okrug Gornji (Lower) village. The beach combines sand and fine gravel, with a portion reserved for naturists.

Ciovo island Mavrastica beach
Mavarstica beach

The beach of Mavarstica is ideal for an escape from the crowded beaches and surrounded by pine wood. There are no facilities on the beach, only a crystal clear sea.

Island Ciovo beaches nera Arbanija and Slatine

Arbanija beaches. Arbanija is a small, peaceful place on Ciovo island's north side. It's located only a few miles from Trogir town.

It has numerous coves made of gravel or rocky beaches where you can escape from other island's crowded beaches.

One of the most popular Arbanija beaches is the Tri Sestrice (three sisters), a beautiful fine pebble beach.

3 sestrice (3 sisters beach)

Slatine Kava beach – Near small Slatine village, on the far east corner of the Ciovo Island, facing Split Marjan hill and only 12km away from Trogir, there is a beach called Kava.

It's the most prominent beach among the much smaller inside Slatine Bay, the real natural beauty. The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for all who wish to relax in the shade of pine trees and enjoy the silence and crystal sea.

Kava beach

Drvenik Veli i Drvenik Mali  islands

These two islands on the western side of Ciovo make up part of the island. Both islands are regularly connected with Trogir and Split port.

Those looking for peace can hire a boat and tour small islands in front of Ciovo – Drvenik Veli and Drvenik Mali, where you can find some sandy beaches. In Trogir, you can rent a boat from Trogir Marina.

Both islands hide many beautiful coves. The most beautiful is the cove of Vela Rina, a pier for smaller yachts. On Veli Drvenik, there are two stunning coves, Solinska and Krknjasi, often visited by private boats.

Getting to the island

If you are arriving in Croatia by air, then the Split airport is the closest airport to Trogir Riviera and the island of Ciovo. It's only a few miles from Trogir town. There is a local bus line from Split airport to Trogir bus station.

Once you get to Trogir, you can easily reach Ciovo island. There are no ferry connections to the island, but during the high season, there is a regular boat (it runs every 30 minutes) connection to Okrug Gornji.

Ciovo island mapCiovo Island boat connection

Getting to the island from Split

Trogir Riviera is only 30 km from Split. With a car, it takes 25 to 30 minutes to get there. The cheapest way, but not the fastest, is by city bus line N° 37, which leaves from the Sukoisanska bus hub.

From Split, you can reach this island by sea. There are two ship connections:

  • Jadrolinija Ship line 606 (only passengers) – Split – Trogir- Drvenik Mali- Drvenik Veliki. Here, you can check your schedule from June to October 2021.
  • Private Bura Company fast boats Line 616 run by Bura Line on the route Trogir – Slatine (Ciovo island) – Split and vice versa begin with navigation from May until September 30, 2021.