Presentation of the destination
Podstrana is a small peaceful village in Split-Dalmatia in Croatia. It is located about 8 kilometers south-east of the city of Split, in a basin at the foot of Mount Mosor which rises to 1330 meters in the mountains with gentle slopes of Perun. Podstrana is bordered by a water course, the Zmovnica river, by Mutogras hill and by the Adriatic Sea at 2,5 kilometers from the city center. The village is pierced by freshwater springs that give it a special charm. Its coast is made up of 9 kilometers of coves and sandy beaches or round and smooth pebbles. The Mediterranean climate reigns there. This is conducive to the cultivation of olives, grapes, carobs, cherries, citrus fruits and peaches that have made the region famous. Wine lovers also know this region for the good wines that are produced there. Agriculture, along with tourism, is the first income base in the city. Place of invasions of Avars and Croats in the seventh century, Podstrana was also a place of immigration for the Illyrians, Greeks and Romans whose traces through archaeological remains well preserved and accessible to walkers. In summary, this small town, of less than 8000 inhabitants year, has preserved an intact cultural and natural heritage that you will appreciate. A small authentic village, away from turbulent cities, Podstrana is the perfect stopover for a few days of intense rest to meet nature and history.
Points of interests / things to see
Podstrana and its region were built through waves of successive immigration and occupation. Monuments can help you trace the storyline in the footsteps of history. Here is some information that may be useful to you. If it is a modest city, Podstrana is nevertheless an old city and full of memories of lost civilizations. Greek remains remain archaeological ruins in Mutogras Hill that you can join following a small winding path that sinks to the southeast of the city. The Romans left us a few monuments such as the site of the Church of Saint Martin and the house Cindro. The latter has kept its lush garden in the Mediterranean tradition. Restored in 2001, the estate hosts cultural events each year in the summer period.
A place of conflict between ethnic groups and religions between the Xth and the XIIIth century, Podstrana knew different occupants. The Venetians, the Turks, and then, in the nineteenth century, the French, fought to conquer this little corner of Paradise. For 10 years, Napoleon became the new occupant after the fall of the Republic of Venice and the departure of the Turks in the late eighteenth century. After the departure of the French, Dalmatia knew the independence shortly before, under Italian and Austro-Hungarian tutelage, it did not fall into the whirlwinds of the First World War. Croatian peoples also fight during the Second World War before joining the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for 60 years, which is considered in the current political discourse as one more occupation in the history of the country and the region. It was in 1996 that Croatia gained independence as a result of deadly civil wars that still mark the memory of the region. The municipality of Podstrana greatly values its dead soldiers for the freedom of future generations, and this is a thematic that you can find in discussions, cultural events and memorials.
In addition to the archaeological remains of the Greco-Roman times and the commemorative plaques of the various wars undergone by the city, you can also discover the cultural richness of Podstrana through the many shrines that you will find there. Built at different times, they have distinct architectural characteristics and tell each a part of the history of Podstrana. Start perhaps with the remains of the Saint Martin Church located on a site that has many vestiges of the antiques. As mentioned for the first time in a peace treaty of 839, the church seems to date back to Roman times. The remains of the building and the archaeological site are accessible to the public. The Church of Juraj is the oldest religious building in Podstrana still standing. Overlooking the city from the top of the Mutogras hill, at the level of the mountain pass, the construction of the XI century is emblematic of the pre-Romanesque style in Dalmatia, characterized by its simplicity. If you are passing on May 1st, you will be able to attend a Jurjevdan, that is to say a traditional festival during which a blessing of the surrounding fields takes place. > Then continue with the Saint George University Church. Built on an important rocky plateau west of PÃ © run, the sanctuary dates from the end of the 14th century. In addition to admiring the construction, you will have a breathtaking view of the sea, its islands and the mouth of the river Zrnovnica. The churches of Saint-Antoine and Saint-Roch was erected in the 17th century and was independent at the time of construction. Entirely restored, the sanctuaries today consist of two naves connected by large arches supported by an enormous central pillar. The wooden altars have been preserved. You will also find, to the south-east of the church, a stone tower with a baroque style. The parish church of Notre-Dame de la Conception is one of the only churches located directly in the center of the village. Its exterior facade is sober but the interior is rich with five Baroque altars. The main altar is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament since the eighteenth century. Stone balustrades, a wooden choir, sumptuous chandeliers and silver cult objects command admiration. A more recent church built in the vineyards of the west of the city, is also worthy of interest even if it is smaller. The Church Saint-SÃ © bastien was built in 1939. In fact, it was rather a reconstruction: in 1748 a small votive chapel had been erected e at this place when the plague was spreading in the area. Destroyed in 1927, it took 12 years before the city decided to rebuild this small place of worship that testifies to part of the history of Podstrana. The Church of Our Lady of the Fed dates from the side of 1956. It was built on the foundations of an ancient Benedictine monastery erected in 1129. The Church is, therefore, surrounded by the remains of a medieval cemetery which may also be of interest. Finally, there is The parish church of Our Lady of Health is the most recent church in the city, the first built since the integration of Croatia into the USSR. The building dates from 1991. The central room is of polygonal shape, composed of 16 coasts, with an entrance by the south side that is joined by a large staircase.
Small in size, large in number of vestiges of the past, it offers a huge potential for tourism. But it will never become a classic resort with large tourist buildings. Indeed, it is an "ethno village", a village where stone houses and ruins are preserved and under high protection. Out of respect for history and the ecosystem, local urbanization plans have made it very difficult to obtain building permits and, whatever the case may be, bails can not exceed 6 meters in height. Perfect balance between the remains of history and the pace of a 21st century agrarian village, life is quiet, as it is frozen. The calm is there. Nature and history weigh their weight. Spirits can abstract from the constraints of city life to taste calm.
In return, do not expect a classic destination. Some locals speak perfect English, but many do not understand foreign languages. The tourism infrastructure is not very busy, shopping and public transport are still few. However, the proximity to the cities of Split, Omis and Trogir will allow you to have access to typical tourism activities, such as rafting, paragliding, guided tours, museum visits or dancing dances. For your shopping and your adrenaline punctures, Split is located at about 10 kilometers and is easily accessible by the road. In addition, since a few years, the municipality of Podstrana organizes In the summer season sports and music activities, mini-football tournaments, windsurfing, theater performances in local languageâ € |
Tired of historical walks? Podstrana also offers you an ideal setting for idyllic baths in the Adriatic Sea. Small beaches and coves are often made up of pebbles smoothed by currents. The seabed, however, is sand. The water is extremely clear, in green and azure tones. You can enjoy free diving, go for a swim or simply relax on the hot stone beach. It may happen that you are the only occupant of the place at the time of your passage. The quiet reign, bathed in sun, protected from the wind by the surrounding mountains, you are surrounded by the Mediterranean vegetation and the smell of pine trees. You can at any time decide to go on an excursion in the surroundings to discover the local flora where to push up to the village of fishermen with the name of Stobreck. You will also be able to go up to ™ to neighboring islands, for example Hvar Island, known for its beauty.
Vacation rentals in Podstrana (Splitsko-dalmatinska županija)
How to get there ?
Looking for an oasis of calm? In search of authentic places? FÃ © rÃ © of history? The city Podstrana reaches you. To find accommodation, you will find no problem in welcoming hostels and hospices. You can also opt for a luxury hotel complex, located a little outside the city, which offers its services to business travelers and to people looking for relaxation. Known for its heritage, the village is also for its gastronomic offer. Many local restaurants serve healthy meals, typical of the specialties of Dalmatian cuisine, accompanied by wines from the region's excellent productions. The M2 and the E65, main roads of the region, pass a few kilometers from the city. A new axis linking Trogir to Omis is under construction. In the coming years, it will facilitate the access of the inhabitants and residents of the village to the airport of Split. Today, the easiest way to reach Podstrana is to take the plane, the bus or the train to Split where you can find a taxi or rent a car.
Hotels in Podstrana (Splitsko-dalmatinska županija)