The geographical "center" of Dalmatia - Čiovo island - abuts the historical core of ancient Trogir, the UNESCO-protected town, the bridges of which anchor it onto the mainland. The woods of Čiovo hide numerous places of worship, and its waters hide a wealth of marine life. Swaying branches of pine beckon you to the restful coves that they are watching over, while the developed hospitality industry presents numerous entertainment options in a more urban setting.
Čiovo - the island of runaways and solitary souls
Čiovo island has always stood in the path of conquerors. The many witnesses to this fact are today prime cultural attractions. A number of them date back to the middle ages, and of these perhaps the most valuable and famous is the monastery of the Holy Cross near Arbanija, highlighted by a gorgeous cloister and a valuable collection of medieval art.
Čiovo was once an island oasis of spiritual peace, as attested by the many beautiful sacral buildings. Our Lady of Prizidnica is a well-known sanctuary where hermit-monks have been settled since the Middle Ages. Just over a mile away lies the town of Slatine, with its priceless Romanesque church of Saint Peter. Žedno village contains a church of Saint Maurice from the fourth century, another refuge of hermit monks.
Čiovo island - a quiet holiday in idyllic towns
The island of Čiovo abounds in towns where idyllic joy awaits the visitor. Arbanija and Slatine are an excellent idea for a family holiday. Bušinci and Mavarštica, with their numerous shingly beaches with crystal-clear waters offer incredible views of the Central Dalmatian archipelago: Brač, Šolta and Hvar. Okrug Gornji and Okrug Donji, being Čiovo's largest towns, are well-suited for a diverse spectrum of activities, both on their beaches and in man-made facilities.
Čiovo island - a step away from the pearls of the Adriatic
An excellent location makes Čiovo the ideal starting point for visiting the numerous landmark sites in the region. Within arm's reach are the UNESCO-protected towns of Trogir and Split, as well as the ruins of Salona, the largest Roman settlement on Croatian soil. Nature lovers should by no means miss a trip to the Krka national park.
Čiovo is surrounded by several small islands, whose waters are ideally suited for diving and fishing. Especially notable are Kraljevac (King's place), once a refuge for Bela IV, the King of Hungary, on the run from the Mongols, and Sveta Fumija (Saint Euphemia), crowned by the remains of an early Romanesque church and its outhouses surrounded by typical Mediterranean brush.