The fertile, about 20 kilometres the reign
of the first Roman floating docks and 50 places on the long,
green area, north-west of Split. It is divided on Gornja
and Donja Kastela, and it consists of seven old and
two relatively new settlements. The Kastela region with its
mediterranean charm, picturesque landscape and the unique
composition of natural beauties was attracting people since
the prehistoric times. From ancient greek sailors, roman perticians,
Croatian kings, rulers, venetian royals to the present lovers
of sun, sea and mysterious legacies from the past.
Once an ancient Greek port, a stopover point
for Roman veterans and a summer place for Croatian kings is
today a tourist resort, carrying the same name. Along it`s
long sandy beach there are terraces and viewpoints, tennis
and other sports grounds, surrounded by greenery of pine and
People live of vineyards orchards and vegetable
gardens. The industrial zone is also developed, and Resnik,
the airport of Split, is also there. Present area of Kastela
and its inland in the vicinity of antique Salona were inhabited
very early (the finds from the Roman and Old Croatian period).
Seven old settlements developed near the coast, around the
castles built in the l5th and l6th century by nobility and
clergy: Kastel Stafilic, Kastel Novi, Kastel
Stari, Kastel Luksic, Kastel Kambelovac,
Kastel Gomilica and Kastel Sucurac.
WE ARE CERTAIN THAT THE KASTELA, WITH
THEIR UNIQUE FLAIR, WILL ATTRACT YOUR ATTENTION AND ENVOKE
THE WISH TO GET BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH THIS CHARMING AREA.
there is an olive, there is the Mediterranean, and the olive
tree of all olives grows already some 1500 years in Kastel
Stafilic. It bears a witness of continous noble surroundings
and the arts and crafts of local farmers.
walk through the narrow typical coastal streets of Kastel
Novi, along the stone halls and arcades leads you to the cellars
of Kastela`s winemakers. That is where they store their excellent
wines, a product of their lovingly and knowingly cared for
vineyards. In these streets people live and work, rest and
sing, love and quarrel, whilst during the "festa" they turn
into a real-life theatre.
The heritage and historic wealth is kept in the museum of
Kastela, among the stone walls of the Cipiko tower.
The oldest fortress in Kastela is the centre around which
an interesting architectonic unity evolved. It is a classic
example of traditional seaside construction comprising a central
square where public meetings and business transactions took
place, there was an extensive market offering a variety of
fish and other goods. Seeing the wealth of the fruits of the
earth it is not surprising to find it mirrored in the lush
precious jewellery and native costumes, as well as in the
unequalled beauty of their shrines.
The central castle in the magic row of seven, the richest
in izs reanaissance beauty, drowned in the greenery of ancient
parks and avenues, remembers the romantic legend of the tragic
love between Dobrila and Miljenko.
The cherry trees spread all the way up towards the Kozjak
mountains, while the tamaris and pine trees are true sunshades
along the beaches in Luksic.
hard fishermen`s bread coated with seven crusts, softened
in wine and olive oil, together with tasty fish is a symbol
of fishermen of Kambelovac.
The Kambelovac harbour is colorful and saturated with picturesque
motives, housing typical local boats like "lauti, svjecarice,
gajete, kajici", fishing nets and ropes, lobster traps and
lamps, sunshades and sails, rowing tools, masts and behind
all that the lovely stone houses built throughout the past
five centuries around the castle Cambi with the most beautiful
tower in Kastela.
built it, benedictine sisters, therefore it`s grace and beauty,
engrossed in it`s mirrored reflection in the calm sea.
With it`s miniature architecture, hugging the tower encompassed
in the blue of sky and sea, it seems to escape reality in
search of long forgotten times, which only the baroque guardian
the solid rock it`s own and croatian history is written...The
old croatian motive embedded in the sheer rocky outcrop in
the sea at Putalj and Kastilac is a continuous reminder. Part
of these memories are treasured in museum Podvorje.
The two belltowers of Sucurac - the one a witness to a sad
truth from the past; the other a guardian of faith and hope
for the future.