Kastel Novi

Pavao Antun Ćipiko, a nobleman from Trogir had his castle built in1512 in form of a rectangular keep. A settlement developed around the castle. It was encircled by a defensive wall on its eastern, northern and western side and by the sea on the south. At the entrance to the village on the northern side, Brce developed where the confraternity's house with a clock was built in 1775.

The parish church of St. Petar od Klobučca was built on foundations of a church from the 13th century. It keeps a rich treasury of silver and church robes.

In the field above Kaštel Novi vineyards were cultivated from ancient times. They were decimated by phylloxera in the 19th century and renewed with new vine species. Only a few old species left, and among them Crljenak kaštelanski, which is known in the world and especially in California as Zinfandel. The homeland of the American vine is Kaštel Novi where a few vines still grow in the vineyard of Mr. Radunić. Vine species of Crljenak kaštelanski found its place in the Biblical Garden.

The church of Gospa od Špiljana or Stomorija in the Field of Kaštela was built and founded as a privilege in 1189 by didići from the Špiljani village. They gained right to elect a parson who was provided for by the income of the privilege. A fragment of an old-Christian relief which displays two dolphins and a cross was built in the wall of the church's apse.

The church is surrounded by hundreds-of-years-old trees. There is a spring in the yard of the church. Due to all these fact this was an ideal place to establish the Biblical Garden in honor of the first visit of the Pope John Paul II to Croatia. All plants mentioned in the Bible already grow or will be planted in the garden. The Biblical Garden was designed by Dobrila Kraljić and architect Edo Šegvić.

Source: Tourist board of the town Kastela

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About Kastela

Our town is specific because of the fact that it developed around 7 settlements (Kaštel Štafilić, Kaštel Novi, Kaštel Stari, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Gomilica and Kaštel Sućurac) or around castles. Each village has its own particularity merged into character of this part of Mediterranean...

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Divulje Beach is located in the westernmost part of Kastela and is situated several hundred meters below the Split airport. The beach is pebbly outside and sandy in the sea. Beach is popular among families with small children and the elderly because of a very gentle sea entrance. There is shower, rent a deck chair and beach bar...

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Walking & hiking

Kaštela, owing to its geographic location, can be both a seaside holiday spot and a great mountaineering destination, with a breath-taking view of Kaštela Bay. Kozjak is a mountain located above the town of Kaštela, stretching from Klis in the east to the pass of Malačka in the west...

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Legend of the wine

Crljenak kaštelanski is an old, almost forgotten, Croatian species of grape which recently captured interest of the wine-making public. The reason for that was discovery that Crljenak kaštelanski and an American species Zinfandel have the same genetic profile. It was established that the two species are the same...

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Kaštela – flavours of Dalmatian cuisine

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Romeo & Julia from Kaštela

A legend from the second half of the 17th century tells of the tragic love of two young people from Kaštel Lukšić. A daughter, Dobrila, was born to the noble Vitturi family, and a son Miljenko to the Rušinić family. The two later fell in love, but their relationship was forbidden due to hostilities between their families...

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