City of Kaštela originated from seven villages of the former Kaštela Municipality. Seven old settlements developed in Kaštela at the coast, around the castles built in the 15th and 16th century by nobility and clergy: Stafilic, Novi, Stari, Luksic, Kambelovac, Gomilica and Sucurac. With nearly 50.000 residents, the City of Kaštela is situated in the bay, between the cities Trogir and Split.
The word Kaštel, comes from the Latin word castellum and means fortified castle. There are many old castles, ruins of castles to explore in this area. The whole Kaštela region with its Mediterranean charm and lush vegetation, picturesque landscape and the unique natural beauties was attracting people since the prehistoric times. Along it`s long and beautiful sandy beaches there are lots of stunning viewpoints and attraction, surrounded by aromatic forests.
The locals grow olives and vines and have their own gardens full of organic vegetables. Another thing to explore is the famous Dalmatian cuisine and the restaurants in Kaštela. We are certain that the Kaštela, with their uniqueness, will attract your attention, but wait until you hear a couple of stories about the Kaštela. And, while at the restaurant, ask for their famous wine, Crljenak Kaštelanski.
Crljenak kaštelanski is an old, almost forgotten Croatian sort of grape, which has recently hit the spotlight. Why? Well, it was found that Crljenak kaštelanski and American Zinfandel share identical genetic profile, or in other words, it is the same variety, which resolved the mystery of its origin. Under the name of Zinfandel, from the Imperial State nursery garden of Vienna (where guys were collecting sorts from all over the Monarchy) this grape was introduced to the United States during the early twenties of the 19th century.
There is another fantastic story from Kaštela and not many people know it – the story of Miljenko and Dobrila. These two shared the same destiny as Romeo and Juliet of the Shakespeare’s tragedy. Perhaps they were an inspiration? However, the story is found in Kastel Lukšić. In the seventeenth century, to a noble family Vitturi, daughter Dobrila was born. The family Rušinić got a son, Miljenko. The two fell in love, but their relationship was forbidden because of the hostility between their families. Dobrila's father tried everything to stop the marriage of these two, unsuccessfully. At the end, their parents allowed them to marry, but Dobrila's father could not bear this and killed Miljenko. Dobrila lost her mind and soon died of grief. They were buried together. There is an engraved message on their tomb, it says "Peace for lovers" and in Kaštel Lukšić there are still two of the castles, both Vitturi and Rušinić. So, explore it, because it looks like Kaštela is hiding more than you hoped for.
As for accomodation in Kaštela, there is everything you might like. Whether you wish to stay at a hotel in Kaštela, or you are more of a family type who likes to do things on their own and enjoys staying at an apartment in Kaštela, or at a holiday villa perhaps, the accommodation in Kaštela is diverse, so there shouldn’t be a problem finding a place to stay. For everyone who wants to be more in touch with the nature, there are four campsites in Kaštela, actually in Kaštel Stari and Kaštel Štafilić..
Among other things to do and see, there are a couple of museums, for example the Museum of the Kaštela region, which is situated in the old historic castle of the Cipiko family in Kaštel Novi. Besides, Kaštela has a lot of entertainment places such as the summer stage for cinema and other performances or events, dance terraces and several nightclubs. Your holiday in Kaštela,this natural resort, will be truly special. It is not surprising that since prehistoric times Kaštela was a man's refuge.