Arbanija is a small settlement located on the north side of Ciovo Island. It's a tourist destination ideal for a quiet and relaxing family vacation.

Arbanija beach experience
Arbanija beach experience
Ciovo island rocky shapes
Ciovo island rocky shapes

Location and how to get to Arbanija

The easiest way to reach the place is by car. After passing Trogir - Ciovo bridge, you need to turn left and drive for a few minutes.
There are only a few public parking spots available in the village, so it is important to have one reserved while booking accommodation.
The alternative to car arrival is the local bus line operated by Promet Split. Check the schedule on Promet Split website. The relevant line is number 42, which ends in Slatine.

Pebble beaches on Ciovo island
Pebble beaches on Ciovo island

The village features restaurants located just near the sea. The atmosphere of eating favourite food while enjoying the sounds of sea waves is a kind of a dream holiday for many people.
Buffet Palandra offers an affordable food menu, which includes pizza, burgers, and fish dishes. It's located in the vicinity of the Holy Cross church.

Unlike more fancy destinations like Trogir and Split, Arbanija is the perfect spot for relaxation and enjoying sun, sea, and beach time in a more intimate fashon.
Even during the high tourist season, this place is not as crowded as more popular tourist venues.

The beaches in the village are a combination of concrete, pebble, and rocky shapes. Some of them have trees, which provide shade even during the hot sunny hours.

Small harbour and beach in Arbanija
Small harbour and beach in Arbanija

The most monumental building in the village is the Dominican church and monastery of the Holy Cross. It was built in the 15th century in Gothic style during the regime of Venice.
The Dominican monks are not there anymore; they moved to Trogir.
Mass is held in the church on special occasions. The main feast is celebrated on the first Friday after Ascension.
The church is visited by pilgrims from Split and nearby areas due to a miracle that was noted in the monastery's records on Holy Saturday in 1600. More people saw blood on the cross.

The village's origin is strongly related to the monastery's construction: the Dominican monks who arrived there in the 15the century were the first inhabitants. It is said that they brought their families and workers who were supposed to take care of their land, so the village population started to grow.

Church and monastery of the Holy Cross
Church and monastery of the Holy Cross
Church and monastery side view
Church and monastery side view

The best accommodation option in the village is hotel Sveti Kriz (Holy Cross hotel), located in the north part of the place, on the border with nearby village Mastrinka. It features apartments with a sea view and a restaurant near the sea.
Just as in other tourist destinations in Croatia, most of the accommodation options are apartments managed by private owners.

Holy Cross hotel
Holy Cross hotel

Zvonimir Peran     2022-06-07

I enjoy Croatia, beautiful country with interesting places, history, culture, and people. I want you to enjoy it as well.
Contact me on email info@croatia-tourism.com, or using the form below.

Contact us

We will help you experience the best of Arbanija Ciovo.

Latest on Croatia Tourism


Split in November 2022

November is one of the months with the lowest tourist activity in Croatia. Many excursions, especially those including island hopping tours, are paused till April. The weather is too fresh for swimming, even for the most courageous swimmers. Nevertheless, some people look for this kind of travel experience. Especially couples may appreciate a mor...

Marjan Vidilica (The First Viewpoint)

One of the most notable attractions of Marjan Forest Park in Split is Marjan Vidilica (often called The First Viewpoint). It's an ideal place for refreshment for visitors and recreationists which features a restaurant and panoramic view of the old town.

Stobrec beach - attractions, location, and prices

Stobrec is a small place located at the south entrance of Split. Featuring a lovely coast, pebble beaches, various accommodation options, and a clean sea, Stobrec is a favourite spot for many locals and tourists either to spend their entire holidays or enjoy beach time for a few hours.

Visit also


Fortress Kamerlengo Trogir - attractions, opening hours, and ticket price

Fortress Kamerlengo is the second most monumental building in Trogir, after the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It is considered to be a must-see place for all visitors who come to the beautiful town Torigr, sometimes referred to as "Croatian Venice".

Cathedral of St. Lawrence Trogir - attractions, opening hours, and ticket price

If you decide to go for a day trip to Trogir, you should not miss visiting the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, a monumental Romanesque building located near the main city square.

Trogir

On February 9, 2019. I decided to visit Trogir, a small coastal town 20 kilometers away from Split. Prior to that time, I had only a small portion of knowledge about it. All I knew was the fact that Trogir was a town with an interesting Cathedral to visit. After my visit, I can say Trogir is a small UNESCO pearl which will hardly leave anyone unim...

Related content


Zadar is beautiful in June 2022

Zadar is known to be the top destination of north Dalmatia. Featuring an imposing old town with the remains from the Roman age, a unique phenomenon called sea organ, and a beautiful Riva, Zadar is the perfect place for all generations, either for a day visit or multi-day vacation. I went to Zadar for a visit on June 7, 2022, to check the atmosphe...

Split nightlife in September 2022

Split is one of the Croatian tourist destinations which is lively all year long.
Despite the fact that the peak season is behind us, Split has a lot of things to offer to young people looking to have a good time out in September.

Split in September 2022

Many people consider September to be the perfect month for a visit to Split, Croatia. The weather is a bit fresher than during the peak season in August and there are fewer crowds around popular tourist spots.