SIYP: Where is your favourite place to drink coffee or go out at night in Trogir? Maja: On Radovan’s square, behind St. Lovro Cathedral, there are two cafes which have been my favourite places since high school — and that’s all year round and not just during the summer season. We can even say that they’re the daily haunt of the people of Trogir from all generations. I’m talking about the cult cafes Galion and Smokvica. If you want to drink coffee like a true local, you can’t go wrong by sitting in one of these two places. If it’s not too hot I recommend having a coffee on Trogir’s waterfront. And if you’re up for a scoop of ice-cream, go to the square that’s popularly referred to as the 7 Palms (from the 7 palms that once stood there), and where you now have Đovani, Malibu and 7 Palmi. If you’re going out for a night on the town, you can’t go wrong wherever you go… besides the places I’ve just mentioned, you can find refreshments on every corner. And the drink menus are getting better and better. Have a drink at Vrata o´grada, Riva, Calebotta (where you can find food as well as drinks, like at Vanjaka, Trs, Idro, …).
SIYP: Where is your favourite place to relax in Trogir? Maja: For a more peaceful time, if you’ve had enough partying, definitely take a walk in the park Žudika, and peek in the courtyards of old palaces such as Ćipiko or Garagnin-Fanfogna.
SIYP: What is the best way to discover the city? Which activities do you recommend? Maja: Definitely a leisurely walk, with a lot of looking up, down, left, right. Don’t be afraid to get lost, you’ll always find your way out. If you like photography (like I do) and if you like taking home unique photos from your holiday, get lost in the streets of Pasike (the western part of the city). Be sure to explore the beautiful scenic vistas in front Pajtunove house and the yard at 8 Gradska street, which is full of colour and flowers. And if you're lucky, the beauty of the stone and flowers will complete the patchwork from tiramola and create a beautiful play of colours between the clothes, stone and sky. Anyone who comes here to get to know Trogir, will best do so if they start from the very beginning — The Trogir Museum. Only after getting familiar with the history of the city, will a walk though the city streets become much clearer. Climb the bell tower of St. Lovro and see all that history from a different perspective. Also, visit the Kamerlengo tower. Just walk around and discover, every stone has a story and if you look carefully enough you may learn it ...
SIYP: Where is the most ideal place to shop? What do you recommend as a souvenir from Trogir? Maja: Next to the northern city gate, at the city gates’ square, are artists who sell their works, while some of them actually paint while at their stands — definitely stop and have a look. On the same square, at 4 Gradska vrata street, is the newly-opened gift shop Cro crafts that sells authentic local products and souvenirs made by local craftsmen; including natural cosmetics, liquors, hot sauces, and all the way to imaginative didactic toys to designer items and jewelry. A similar place, filled with interesting items which are especially dear to me, is "Stari Trogir", located at 6 Blaženog Augustina Kažotića street. I’ve already mentioned the lively 8 Gradska street, but you can buy paintings and handmade boats made of palm trees that are just as vivid (and you’re sure to buy at least something small and have a chat with the family Tomaš that makes them). If you’ve decided to bring a bottle of Croatian wine home with you... Delicium Nostrum on Obrov is simply made for you.
SIYP: Which of the local specialties do you recommend as a "must-try" for visitors? Maja: Obviously Trogir's rafiole for desert and baked octopus. Yum-yum.
See the exhibition by Maja Maljković: PROJECT 365 - Not a day without pictures in the Atrium of the Museum of Trogir from 16th to 27th November.