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"Mountain stronghold" Top 5 Page for this destination Croatia Off The Beaten Path Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Croatia Off The Beaten Path: 138 reviews and 278 photos

  Kastel Klis
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  • Kastel Klis - Croatia
      Kastel Klis
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  • The view from the top - Croatia
      The view from the top
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  • Looking down from Klis - Croatia
      Looking down from Klis
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  • Lamb for lunch - Croatia
      Lamb for lunch
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The fortress at Klis once had great strategic importance as it guarded the pass between Mosor and Kozjak mountains, the route by which any force coming from the east had to come to reach the coastal region of Split. The strategic importance of this place meant that there was some sort of fortification here for millenia. The castle we see today was built in the 16th C at the time of the Ottoman invasions of Europe and was last used used for military purposes by the occupying Italian and German forces in WW2. Nowadays the fortress is a romantic ruin, presenting a dramatic profile high above the modern road.

The castle is open to visitors, and we did drive right up to it and take a short stroll around, but we weren't actually looking for a sight-seeing experience. Far more important in our mind was lunch, and the promise of delicious local spit-roasted lamb for which Klis is particularly noted. Rather confusingly, Klis village is actually in 3 parts - which we didn't realize as we headed off up the hill - all simply signposted "Klis" but all in different places around the hilltop.

So, if it's the castle you're looking for - and the views promised from its ramparts - you need to turn off the main road after you have passed through the first part of Klis. If the lamb is your goal, stay on the main road, go through the tunnel and keep going up the hill a bit. You can't miss it - the restaurants are right by the roadside and the lambs are turning on their spits outside their entrances.

Klis is 9km from Split, above Solin. The road is well signposted out of the city.

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  • Updated Aug 8, 2006
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