Discover Podstrana, Split – Travel Guide by Bolt Travel
Feel like a royal in the town of King Arthur and the Elite Suburb of Split
Podstrana is a coastal town located just 8 kilometres from the city of Split. It consists of five villages: Gornja Podstrana which is the oldest village located on the slopes of the Perun Hill and four villages Strožanac, Grljevac, St. Martin and Mutogras which are located along the coast.
Because of its perfect location, beautiful natural surroundings, stunning beaches and an abundance of restaurants, bars, hotels and other amenities, Podstrana is considered an attractive tourist destination, one of the most elite suburbs in Split and it is usually compared with the city of Santa Monica in California, USA.
The Legend of King Arthur
Have you ever heard about the legendary King Arthur? I am sure you have. However, did you know that Podstrana is linked with the famous King Arthur? Near the church of St. Martin, there is a sarcophagus and an inscribed gravestone of Lucius Artorius Castus, a Roman soldier which is considered to be the famous King Arthur, according to modern historical theories.
According to archaeological findings and historical resources, Lucius Artorius Castus lived between the 2nd and 3rd century AD. He was a centurion who served in many legions throughout his extensive military career. Lucius served in Syria and Judea as well as in the provinces of Dacia and Apennine Peninsula in what is today Romania and Italy. Near the end of his career, he was transferred to Britannia where he was in charge of two Roman legions based in modern-day York, England. After his rewarding military career had finished, he decided to retire and live in the area of nowadays Podstrana, where it is believed that he and his family had originated from.
Podstrana is situated at the foot of Perun, the slope of the mountain Mosor. It is located just 7 kilometres from the city of Split and 15 km from Omiš. It consists of five villages: Gornja Podstrana which is the oldest village located on the slopes of the Perun Hill and four villages Strožanac, Grljevac, St. Martin and Mutogras which are located along the coast.
Along the beautiful coast, Podstrana is rich with plenty of beautiful beaches. All beaches are covered with small pebbles and provide easy access to the sea. On the beaches, you may find many bars and restaurants where you can relax and have a meal while spending some time at the sea. You can also try different water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, rowing, sailing and windsurfing.
As a tourist destination, Podstrana provides a good choice of restaurants and local tavern which serve excellent local Croatian, Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisines. The most popular restaurants in Podstrana are considered to be Restaurant Arkada, Restaurant Amigos and Konoba Argola.
Shopping in Podstrana
Podstrana has a few grocery stores that are open every day where you can find a huge range of groceries. If you want to go to a larger supermarket and shopping centre then we recommend City Centre One and Mall of Split which is only 5 kilometres from Podstrana. Besides the hypermarket in the centre, there is a large selection of fashion, footwear, perfume shops and a pharmacy.
Nightlife in Podstrana
As a vibrant destination, Podstrana has a bustling nightlife which is especially emphasised during the summer season. During the period, the local community organises different events and festivals where local citizens and tourists can enjoy participating in activities and listening to live music. You may also visit one of the many cafes and beach bars in Podstrana which serve cocktails and play live music. If you are looking for a more wider choice, you can always visit nearby Split.
What to Do in Podstrana
Due to its excellent location, Podstrana is the perfect space to choose as a starting point for visiting different sights in Croatia. For frequent visits, we recommend that you visit these top sights:
Split is located only 8 km from Podstrana. It is one of the best known and most visited tourist destinations in Croatia and the second largest city in the country. It is an eternally young city which lives at a slow pace that is very easy to get accustomed to. This city is rich in historical monuments of which we recommend the following: Diocletian’s palace (the heart of the city), the Iron Gate, the statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin, the cathedral of St. Duje, church of St. Francis, Cathedral of St. Peter, the main court, city basement, St. Anne’s monastery and many others.
Omiš is a small Mediterranean town located at the mouth of the river Cetina. Of its historical characteristics, we emphasize the following: the fortresses Mirabella and Fortica, the parish church of St. Michael, Franciscan monastery, churches of St. Peter, Holy Spirit, the Illyrian seminary, old cemetery, medieval town centre, the pole of shame and the old town lodge. Sports fans can take part in river rafting on the Cetina, free climbing, windsurfing, swimming marathon, beach volleyball and other activities.
Trogir is located in the centre of Dalmatia. Its port is preferred by seafarers because of its favourable location and natural protection. It is often named the “museum city” because it is full of historical monuments such as the old city centre, Kamerlengo fortress, tower of St. Mark, sculpture of the Blessed John Orsini, chapel of St. Jeronimo, Ćipiko palace, Renaissance church of St. John the Baptist, portal of Radovan, museum and pinacotheca.
If you are planning to travel further, you can organise a one-day trip to:
Dubrovnik – One of the most popular tourist destination in Croatia. Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.
Medjugorje – a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is one of the most visited places of Catholic pilgrimage in the world since the Virgin Mary appeared on Apparition Hill in 1981. Some famous sights in Medjugorje include two statues of the Virgin Mary, “Queen of Peace”, which one marks the site of the 1st apparition and the other is placed in front of the St. James Church; the “Risen Christ” statue from which drops of water run and a concrete cross on the top of Cross Mountain, to the south.
Mostar – a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, straddling the Neretva River. It’s known for the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge), a reconstructed medieval arched bridge. The nearby alleys are full of shops and market stalls.
Šibenik – is a city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It’s known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. The 15th-century stone Cathedral of St. James is decorated with 71 sculpted faces. Nearby, the Šibenik City Museum, in the 14th-century Prince’s Palace, has exhibits ranging from prehistorical to the present day. The white stone St. Michael’s Fortress has an open-air theatre, with views of Šibenik Bay and neighbouring
Brač and Hvar islands – the two most popular visited islands in Dalmatia. Both islands are well-connected to the mainland by ferry. These picturesque islands are filled with small towns and lovely beautiful beaches around the islands.
National Park Krka – Nature reserve with walking trails, waterfalls & riverboat trips, plus monastic and castle ruins.
National Park Plitvice Lakes – National park known for lakes, alpine forests, waterfalls & caves, plus hiking trails. The national park was included in 1979 in the UNESCO World Heritage List.