Island of Čiovo

Geography of Čiovo

Čiovo is located in central Dalmatia, protecting the city of Trogir and Kaštela gulf. On its SE part it is only two km from the cape Marjan, on its northern part it is connected to the mainland with a small bascule bridge in the old centre of Trogir, and actually Trogir spread itself onto the island. Besides the portion of Trogir, on the island there are several towns: ArbanijaŽednoOkrug GornjiOkrug DonjiSlatine and Prizidnica.

The vegetation is typically Mediterranean, consisting mainly in understory (holm oakmyrtlewormwoodjuniper etc.). On the northern side (exposed to the wind bura) are forests of pine and cypress. Major crops include olivesfigsalmondsvines and citrus fruit.

Heritage of Čiovo

The church and the Dominican monastery of the Holy Cross (Sv. Križ) (5 kilometres (3 miles) from Trogir) were built in the 15th century by the masters Ivan Drakanović and Nikola Mladinov. In the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony (Sv. Antun) There are a painting of Palma the Younger and a sculpture of St. Magdalene by Ivan Duknović. Along the coast is the church of St. Jerome. On the eastern coast, up the cliff is the nicely located hermitage church of Our Lady of Prizidnica. Along the south-western side of Čiovo, vis-a-vis the beach, is a small island called Fumija, with the remains of the late antique or early mediaeval church of St. Fumija and farm buildings of the Benedictine monks from Trogir.

Čiovo island