A common summer retreat for Split inhabitants, this charming resort has beautiful beaches and a rich cultural heritage.
Though Podstrana is located just 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the center of Split, this small town has a much more relaxed and low-key atmosphere than the larger city. Explore its ancient remains and historic buildings, relax on pretty pine tree-backed beaches and enjoy a tour of the town’s thriving culinary scene.
First inhabited by the Dalmatian Illyrian tribes, Podstrana was later settled by the Romans, then the Croats and the Venetians. Originally an independent town, Podstrana is now connected to Split and functions as a city suburb. Enjoy visits to the two contrasting centers.
Walk through Gornja Podstrana to see the old part of town, where many centuries-old houses and historic buildings still stand. The town has several intriguing old churches including the Church of St. George on Perun Hill and the Church of St. Anthony and St. Rocco. Stop at the Cindro Mansion, a 17th-century historic house. Attend one of the summertime cultural events in its lush, flower-filled gardens.
Many visitors spend their days on Podstrana Beach, which stretches 4 miles (6 kilometers) along the coast. Bring a chair to sunbathe on the pebble and sand shores and swim in the sheltered Adriatic Sea. This relatively quiet beach is good for relaxing. Find numerous watersports facilities for sailing, windsurfing and other recreational activities.
For more outdoor adventure, try trekking along the paths of the green hills surrounding the town. Ascend sloping trails, which weave uphill through picturesque vine and olive groves. After some outdoor activity, stop to eat at a tavern in town or along the beachfront, where you can watch the sun set over dinner. Podstrana has a reputation for quality restaurants and traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Common local dishes include seafood risotto and grilled meat stuffed with smoked ham and cheese.
To get to Podstrana, board the bus from the center of Split. Buses are frequent and reliable. Parking is limited, so leave your car in Split and make the short bus trip from there.