Kastela, Split – The pearl villages of the adriatic

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Kastela is made of 7 beautiful villages. Often many tourists won’t visit this area. They will simply catch a tourist bus that takes them directly past Kastela into Split old town. Kastela can’t be seen from the main road to Split as the villages are spread along the coastline directly next to the sea. These villages have existed since the 15th century so there is a lot of history. The villages have largely remained the same over the last few years and stretch along 20km of coastline between Split and Trogir. There are no high rise hotels that ruin the scenery as you find in some parts of the Mediterranean. Kastela is only 10 minutes drive from Split Airport.

I’ve travelled all over Croatia and I can tell you that if you really want to experience the real Croatia then take a trip to Kastela. Although there is tourism in the area it isn’t overpopulated with tourists like Split and Hvar. There are many local people in this area and it allows you to really get a feel for Croatia. The locals prefer to visit these beaches rather than driving to Split and there is always space to place your towel. Parking also isn’t a problem. There is also a community feel with several small supermarkets, a butchers, early morning market stalls selling fish and local produce. There are several excellent places to dine either eat in or take out. You will also hear the distinct ringing of the church bells on the hour every hour. Religion is still a big part of Croatians lives.

If you enjoy walking, running or cycling then this is also a great location. You can walk along the coastal road through the neighbouring villages for miles. The views are breathtaking with panoramic views across the ocean to Split. If you are visiting Split for your vacation then why not take some time out for a trip to Kastela.

Today I will be covering recommended cafe’s in the area, places to dine and suggested walks in the area.

 

Recommended Cafe/Bar’s in Kastela, Split

I can highly recommend that you visit these two bars in Kastela.

Twister Bar – Kastel Luksic  – Address: Obala kralja Tomislava 7, 21215, Kaštel Lukšić, Croatia  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLz_lEMfVI

This bar is situated directly by the ocean with chairs and tables outside. The panoramic views across the ocean to Split are breathtaking. They also have Free Wi-Fi Internet. Excellent coffee, soft drinks and alcohol

Bugsy Bar – Kastel Luksic – Address: Obrov 1 Kastel Luksic 21215 Kaštela – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bugsy-Bar/228415897348277

This bar is situated close to Kastel Luksic Harbour. There are two levels with the upper level allowing views across the ocean. Excellent coffee, soft drinks and alcohol

 

Recommended Restaurants in Kastela, Split

I can highly recommend you visit the following restaurants in Kastela. I have personally dined here and the food is delicious.

Konoba Intrada – Address: Obala Kralja Tomislava b.b. , Kastel Novi, 21216, Croatia

This restaurant has been popular for years and I can see why. They make delicious fresh pizza using stone pizza ovens. You can purchase family size pizzas that will feed many people. They also sell sea food and locals will drive from Split town because of its reputation. My personal favourite is their fillet steak dish (also known as beef steak). The menu’s have been translated to English.

Villa Zarko – Address: Obala kralja Tomislava, 21215, Kaštel Lukšić, Croatia

Excellent pizza cooked fresh in a stone pizza oven. They also have a large terrace for dining outside. Part of this terrace allows for a wonderful view of the sea.

 

Suggested Walks in Kastela, Split

All walks start at the Castle in the Centre of Kastel Luksic.

Walk from Kastel Luksic to Kastel Novi
Approximate Time of 20-30 minutes in one direction.

Standing outside the castle make sure the church is on your right hand side. Now keep walking following the road along the sea. After 10 to 15 minutes walk you will reach the next village Kastel Stari. There is a small park here and you will find a nice ice cream shop here. The ice cream in Croatia is similar to Italian ice cream. Continue walking and you will pass some bars and restaurants by the sea. You will then reach Kastel Novi. Continue to walk passing Split Banka on your right and passing Ribola on your right.
Now you have reached Kastel Novi. If you liked the restauraunt I mentioned earlier then this is your chance to take a break for a meal at Konoba Intrada.The restaurant sells stone baked Pizza and also grilled fish and meat. The pizza in Croatia is delicious and I personally believe that the pizza here tastes as good as they do in Italy.

If you prefer to walk further you can continue and walk through the next village Kastel Stafilic passing several beaches on the way. You will eventually reach Resnik. This is another beautiful location and the beaches here are very popular with tourists. If you would like to visit Resnik you can also drive there by car and park at the Resnik Hotel all day for a small number of euros.

 

Walk To Kastel Luksic to Kastela Marina
Approximate walk of 30-40 minutes in one direction

This walk takes you through two neighbouring villages Kastel Kambelovac and Kastel Gomilica after which you will reach Kastel Marina.
Kastel Marina is a large Marina that caters for the Split area. You are able to hire yachts from the marina with or without a skipper.
Standing outside the castle in Kastel Luksic facing the church make sure you turn right following the sea road. You will pass Bugsy Bar on your left hand side. On the left hand side after a few minutes you will see Hotel Villa Zarko. This is one of the restaurants I mentioned earlier. They have delicious pizza and steak dishes and a balcony with a sea view. Carry on walking following the road and you will pass several residential houses that face on the sea. At the end of this road there is a beautiful building on the sea that is a Musical School for Croatian Children. To the left of this there is also a pizzeria restaurant that serves good pizza. When you continue to walk from here you will pass several beaches in the area. You have an opportunity to stop for a swim. You will also pass the harbour in each of the Kastela Villages. Each town has its own harbour as fishing is an important part of village life. You will see some of the villages that were used for filming for the Game of Thrones series. At the end of the walk you will reach Marina Kastela. You will find a cafe here that you can buy a well deserved drink.

 

So next time you visit Split in Croatia why not consider staying in Kastela or taking a day trip. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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