Kastel Kambelovac, Croatia


Kaštel Kambelovac, situated between Kaštel Lukšić and Kaštel Gomilica, is now completely merged with them.

Contrary to other Kastelas, it did not formed from one fortification but it developed around a couple of them built during the 15th and 16th centuries that gradually enlarged and merged into a unique settlement.

Kambelovac got its name after the Cambi family and its fortress, nowadays the only one preserved. The brothers Jerolim and Nikola, noblemen and landowners from Split, built a fortified castle on a sea reef to protect their lands and their peasants. The refugees from the Kozjak's villages Lažani and Kruševik took their shelter there against the Ottoman's attacks.

The fortress Cambi, once composed of a defense tower dating back from 1566 around which a village formed and of another fortification in the west of a settlement, is nowadays reduced to a cylindrical tower. It was the only fort in all Kastelas having a cylindrically shaped tower probably to be easily defensible. Next to it is a palace with a renaissance balcony. The northern walls of the village are partially preserved as well as another house of Cambi family half in ruins in whose vicinity is also the preserved village gate.

Being formed by merging with a couple of villages Kambelovac did not have a central square. It was made by backfilling and levelling at the same time as the Cambi's fortress originally surrounded by the sea was connected to the mainland. Nowadays, the main village square houses numerous public events during the summer months.


Baletna Skola, the main municipal beach is situated in the west of the town center, halfway between Kaštel Kambelovac and Kaštel Luksić. This agreeable pebbled beach in the shadow of tamarisk trees is also suitable for children.


Accommodation is as in all of Kastelas manly offered in private houses and appartments.


The busy little harbour located in the central part of the settlement full of local boats is protected from all winds. Small boats can berth temporarily next to the breakwater on the western exterior part. For bigger boats and the mega yachts there is a marina Kastela in neighbouring Kastel Gomilica www.marina-kastela.hr.


Hikers would be happy because Kastel Kambelovac is the starting point of a hiking path leading to the Kozjak ridge. On this part of the Kozjak at 325 m, under the cliff of Koludar is located the Koludar mountain lodge and a little bit further the mountain shelter Orlovo gnijezdo.

The same Koludar rock is also popular among sport climbers due to three climbing routes.

These marked paths are also leading to two churches, the small church of St. Martin of Kruševik today known as the church of Gospe na Krugu (Our Lady on the Circle) or the church of Gospe od Snijega (Our Lady of Snow) and the medieval Church of St Michael (Sveti Mihovil od Lazana) in front of which on the edge of a cliff there are the ruins of a 16th century guard-house

Further uphill toward east there is the Chapel of St Luke (Sveti Luka) and close by at 799 m the path leads to Veli vrij, the highest peak of Kozjak.

From all these points there are gorgeous views of the sea and its islands.


Every July Kaštel Kambelovac hosts a festival of traditional a cappella singing “Evenings of Dalmatian Songs” whose purpose is promotion of klapa's singing arranged in modern or traditional manner.

Klapa Cambi is from Kambelovac www.klapacambi.hr


Tourist board

Brce 1
21215 Kaštel Lukšić


00 385 (0)21 227 933

Tourist Information Center (TIC)
Obala kralja Tomislava 18
21216 Kaštel Novi

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