Kastel Stafilic, the last one in a row, owes its name to Stjepan Stafileo - a nobleman from Trogir who built his castle here in 1508. Today this fort with a yard is known as castle Rotondo. Nearby stands the picturesque Nehaj tower, built in 1548 at the western part of Kaštel Štafilić by Ljudevit and Ivan Lodi. The tower was built up to the...more
Kastel Novi (The New Castle) was built by Pavao Antun Ćipiko from Trogir in 1512. The castle was built in rectangular form, and was encircled by a defensive walls. The castle now dominates on the sea promenade (Riva), one of the most beautiful in Kastela. The promenade is surrounded by a number of cafes and restaurants and makes a nice...more
Kastel Stari (The Old Castle) was built in 1476 at a sea reef by Koriolan Cipico, a nobleman from Trogir. He was known as a writer, humanist and a military leader in the battle of Lepanto. The mansion was a combination of fortress and a palace. It was connected to the mainland by a drawbridge (brvno). After the fire in 15th century the castle was...more
There is another castle in Kastel Luksic, and this one belonged to Rosani / Rusinac family. The castle was built in 1482 on the edge of the sea, and later abandoned due to security reasons. Rusinac and Vitturi castle are connected by Miljenko and Dobrila legend, the local version of Romeo and Juliet. The story dates back to the second half of the...more
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Kastel Luksic is one of the most impressive churches in Kastela. This baroque church was built from 1776 till 1817. Is is a real treasury of artwork, paintings and statues, among others inside are to be found Piazzetta's Baroque crucifix (17th century), an chalice cover of Palma Junior (16th century)...more
North of the Vitturi Palace stands the classicistic-style Vitturi Park that dates back to the 18th century. Because of its historical value the park was declared a monument of park architecture in 1968. This park and only a few others like Gučetić's in Trsteno, Garanjin's in Trogir and Borelli's in u St. Filip and Jakov are the rare...more
Kastel Luksic stands on the border between the eastern (more industrialized) Kastelas and those on the western side that are more picturesque and open to nice beaches of the Kastela Bay. In the center of Kastel Luksic stands Vitturi palace, one of the best preserved castles/palaces of Kastela. It was built by Nikola and Jerolim Vitturi, noblemen...more
The castle in Kambelovac is unique in Kastelas because of its shape - it is the only cylindrical castle. The fortress was built in 1517, by brothers Jerolim and Nikola Cambi from Split. The purpose of this castle was to protect themselves and residents of Lazan and Krusevik settlements. Originally the castle was built on an islet but today the area...more
Kastel Gomilica is one of the most picturesque castles in Kastela. It was built on a reef called Gomilica in the 16th century by Benedictine nuns. The entrance to the castle is protected by bridge. Today some houses are still in use but most of them are ruined and are waiting for some reconstruction projects. So, this picture-postcard image looks...more
"Tridesetsedma" is a local name for the local bus on line 37 that connects Kastela with Solin and Split on the east and with Trogir on the west. The bus is almost an institution of its own, an integral part of the local identity. It takes the old road, passing near the centres of all Kastelas and stopping in all of them. Buses are old, noisy and...more
Split airport (code SPU) is actually located in Kastel Stafilic, the westernmost of seven Kastelas. So, reaching Kastela by plane is easy from Zagreb as well as from a number of other European destinations. Note that the airport bus will just zoom through Kastela on its fastest way to center of Split. If you plan to visit Kastela it is better to...more
There are two shopping centres in Kastel Sucurac. One is Emmezeta and the other one is Getro. In Emmezeta you can find different shops with food and drink, clothes, shoes...
Not really a danger, but a word of warning for those who plan on booking accommodation in Kastela: Split airport is actually located in Kastela and this means it can be quite noisy, especially on busy summer weekends when hundreds of charter and low-cost planes land and take off from the airport.
Check with the hotel / pension if they have sound-proof windows or bring some ear plugs!
With a short exception of the area around the former Jugovinil chemical factory, it is possible to walk by the sea from Kastel Sucurac to Kastel Stafilic. The path goes by small fishing ports, old centers of Kastelas and near the beaches of Lower Kastelas. I did most of my pictures here during a walk I did with my sister in spring 2007. We started...more
The Kastela Bay was one of the largest industrial sites of former Yugoslavia. Huge shipbuilding yards and a port were located on Split peninsula, while the coast of Kastela was occupied by two huge cement factories, steel works and a huge chemical plant. Cement factories still work, but luckily with new air filters so days of dusty skies are mostly...more
While Upper Kastela (Sucurac, Kambelovac, Gomilica) have lost its once picturesque coast due to heavy industrialization in the second part of the 20th century, the Lower Kastela (Luksic, Novi, Stari and Stafilic) still have the old charm of small fishing villages dotted around the Kastela Bay. Here it is possible to find nice pebble beaches in the...more