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Island of Čiovo

Island Čiovo is above all popular for its numerous beautiful beaches and bays. The Čiovo Island is connected to the Coast and to Trogir by two bridges, a smaller one and a larger one. This stupendous island has been inhabited since the prehistoric times, but its documented existence dates to the Roman Empire. The historical name of Čiovo was actually Boa. There are a number of villages and settlements on the island Čiovo: Žedno, Arbanija, Slatine, Okrug Gornji i Okrug Donji, Bušinci, Mavarštica, Mastrinka, Rastići. More about these places and their beaches you can find on the Island Čiovo Places section on our site.

Summer Holidays on island Čiovo

The Čiovo Island is an ideal place for family holidays, i.e. holidays with children, because of its calm, clean pebble beaches. It is also perfect for younger people, who want to party, because of many beach bars with good dance music.

Discover island Čiovo

On Čiovo there are many historical and cultural sights. You can find out more about them on our site, in the section about the historical and cultural notabilities of the Trogir Riviera.

Monastery and the Church of the Holy Cross on the island Čiovo

On the island Čiovo, along the coastline and between the cliffs stand the Dominican Monastery and the Church of the Holy Cross. This Dominican Monastery was founded in the 15th century. Dominican monks lived in the monastery and surrounding buildings together with some Albanian families, who cultivated the land around the Monastery. During that period many Albanian families inhabited Croatia, mainly escaping from the Turks, so one of the nearby villages was named after the Albanian inhabitants of those days and is called Arbania. It is believed, that in the 17th century in the church of the Holy Cross of this Dominican Monastery, on the Crucifix, made by a Croatian artist Juraj Petrović, blood shed from the wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon was inspired many pilgrims from all over the world to come to the Dominican Monastery on the Island of Čiovo, which then became a holy shrine.