"Kaštelanska Riviera" Kastela by diocletianvs

Kastela Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 47 photos

If you ever take a plane to Split, you will actually land in Kastela and pass them on your way to central Split. The image from the road is of quite an ugly place - hundreds of ugly, unfinished houses dotted on both sides of the road, followed by some scenes of post-industrial landscape of abandoned factories and dirty brownfields.

But don't let this put you off from visiting this place that was once promising to become one of the best "Rivieras" of Dalmatia. This dream of 1920s and 1930s soon ended when Yugoslav decision makers decided to make Split one of the most powerful industrial centres of the country. Smart as they were, decision makers of Split located their huge industrial zone on their back side which happened to be the only side of Kastela - along the Bay of Kastela.

Heavy industry is now a thing of the past, and Kastela are discovering and reinterpreting their past once again. The name comes from the local word for Castles - Kaštel - and there are seven different settlements along the bay on a long strip between Split and Trogir.

Kastel Luksic was once the dividing line between the lands that belonged to noblemen of Split and those that belonged to Trogir families. Starting from the Middle Ages all through the Renaissance and Baroque those families built a series of castles and palaces that gave names to seven Kastelas and are the main element of local cultural heritage.

The dividing line of Kastel Luksic also roughly divides the Upper Kastelas (Sucurac, Gomilica and Kambelovac) from the Lower Kastelas (Luksic, Novi, Stari and Stafilic). While the former still retain their post-industrial landscape the latter are better known for their beaches, sea promenades, hotels and pensions.

The area is definitely worth a visit if you are in the wider area of Split.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic castles and palaces, beaches and sea promenades
  • Cons:Heavy industry and uncontrolled urbanization
  • Intro Updated Jan 7, 2008
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  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Bas krasna stranica! :o)

  • halikowski's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Excellent page on a place which, as the author suggests, has interesting history behind the urban sprawl. P.S. Would you mind sending me your answer to my forum posting on import taxes -- it was deleted I think by the administrators

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    What an amazing place to visit with so much to see around. But no food & drinks tips here, obviously I am not invited ;-)

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    I wish you'd been our guide when we drove from Split to Trogir! I'm sure we'd have been left with a very different impression of this area. We'll just have to come back sometime! Thanks for a great page. leyle

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    hi ya

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Niksa, I just had to revisit your fabulous page. As you might know we will be in this area at the end of our September trip. I like your tips about the airport and especially the one about bus #37. Well done.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    I promised to be back... excellent page and indeed a thinker how to use the industrial area. The marina is a great start!

  • Jeca011's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 4:45 AM

    Znaci posle sto godina udjem na VT i odusevim se stranicama o kastelima. Vidim da je Dobrilin tj dvorac Vitturi totalno renoviran. Prelepo je. Pozz :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Yes, it would be great if someone could come up with a project to find a new purpose for that abandoned chemical plant.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Amazing how many castles can be found in one town. I like your smiling bus :)

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