Ciovo has many beautiful spots, but expect to take a drive...
Ciovo has many beautiful spots, but expect to take a drive to find them. Slatine was probably (once upon a time) a pleasant sleepy fishing village, but has been spoilt by the number of tourists now coming to Ciovo and the number of apartments newly built to accommodate them. Thankfully no large hotel complexes, but a continuous 7 miles of coastline is now built up from Trogir to Slatine and beyond. The other side of the island is much more unspoilt and offers opportunities for walking.
Beaches are pleasant enough but quite crowded from about 10am onwards. Recommend going to the beach in the evening.
Trogir is worth a visit, but I think one would appreciate it more at low season as the crowds did rather spoil the experience.
Traffic can at times be horrendous, especially around Trogir and the bridges. If you can avoid arriving or leaving on a Saturday, then do so - we endured a 1.5 hour traffic jam to get off the island.
Be warned about parking. Traffic wardens don't seem to go to bed! I received a 300 kuna parking ticket late at night for having parked within 4 metres of a solid white line. I was lucky - just as I got back to the car, the one parked in front was already being lifted onto the back of a truck. The man operating the hoist smiled at me and said (in English) 'just in time'!
I would recommend buying plenty of food before crossing over to the island. Local shops are mainly 'Tommy' convenience stores and have a very limited range of fresh produce, especially meat and fish. Find a Plodine or Konzum on the mainland and stock up before crossing the bridges.
In short, Slatine (and Ciovo as a whole) are worth a visit, but I have seen many more beautiful and unspoilt places in Croatia. Proximity to the airport (Split) is leading to the island being overwhelmed by visitors. As a result, road infrastructure cannot cope and too many apartments are being built.