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PodstranaCroatia

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.

Top hotels in Podstrana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Le Meridien Lav, Split
Le Meridien Lav, Split
5 out of 5
Grljevacka 2a, Podstrana
The price is £195 per night

This Podstrana hotel is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Strozanac Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bacvice Beach and Split Riva. Znjan Beach and Port of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (669 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, varied and delicious breakfast, very well taken care of the cleanliness and tidiness of the environment."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Le Meridien Lav, Split
Hotel San Antonio
Hotel San Antonio
4 out of 5
Grljevačka 30, Podstrana
The price is £66 per night

Located in Podstrana, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Strozanac Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bacvice Beach and Znjan ...

3.7/5Good! (216 reviews)

"Loved the hotel, the location the staff were amazing :). They let us keep our bags there till our room was ready and then again after we checked out which was fab as our flight wasnt till 10pm :) great service :) highly recommended and definitely would go again :D"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2019

Hotel San Antonio
Hotel Eden
Hotel Eden
4 out of 5
Strožanacka cesta 76, Podstrana
The price is £131 per night

This Podstrana hotel is on the beach, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Strozanac Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bacvice Beach and Split Riva. Znjan Beach and Port of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (503 reviews)

"Large rooms, huge beds, friendly and helpful staff. Stunning views and fantastic food."…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Hotel Eden

Popular places to visit in Podstrana

Bacvice Beach
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Bacvice Beach

4/5(63 reviews)

Join local residents at this lively and well-equipped urban beach located in the center of Split.

Diocletian's Palace
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Diocletian's Palace

4.5/5(239 reviews)

Explore the historical heart of Split and view the remnants of the Roman complex from which the city evolved.

Split Marina
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Split Marina

4.5/5(198 reviews)

Charter a skippered yacht for a special day out or simply admire the gleaming vessels moored at this chic, sleek marina.

Split Riva
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Split Riva

4.5/5(179 reviews)

Stroll along Split’s attractive waterfront promenade, admiring views of the harbor and the glimmering Adriatic Sea. 

Kasuni Beach
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Kasuni Beach

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Backing onto the pine-covered foothills of the Marjan peninsula, this scenic pebble and sand stretch has an appealing laid-back atmosphere. 

Meje Beach
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Meje Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Meje Beach during your travels in Split? You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Top things to do in Podstrana

Blue Lagoon & Trogir tour from Split
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Blue Lagoon & Trogir tour from Split

£54
Per adult
National Park Krka from Split
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National Park Krka from Split

£53
Per adult
National Park Plitvice Lakes from Split
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National Park Plitvice Lakes from Split

£147
Per adult
Private tour to Hvar & Pakleni islands from Split
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Private tour to Hvar & Pakleni islands from Split

£1,041
Per adult
Private tour to the Blue cave and 5 island hopping
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Private tour to the Blue cave and 5 island hopping

£1,268
Per adult
Split to Dubrovnik private transfer via Ston and picture stops (and vice versa)
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Split to Dubrovnik private transfer via Ston and picture stops (and vice versa)

£277
Per adult

Reviews of Podstrana

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 48.07692307692308%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.384615384615385%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Susan

24 Oct 2019

Awesome!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Oct 2019

Nice beaches

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Nothing to recommend about Podstrana apart from clear water at the beach for swimming and its proximity to Split.

4/5 - Good

JACKIE

4 Oct 2019

Quiet area with an assortment of restaurants and a few supermarkets. Lovely view of Split and the islands.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Oct 2019

It is suitable for people looking for a quiet relaxing time with Split a short bus ride away The beach and sea is very clean and great for swimming

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Didn’t really look around Podstrana always taxi back and forward to split old town.

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