Kastel Luksic, Croatia

Kastel-Luksic

Kaštel Lukšić is situated in the middle of Kastelas, between Kastel Stari in the west and Kastel Kambelovac in the east with which it is merged. Transition from one to another runs totally imperceptibly.

Luksic had three fortresses, but it developed around the largest and the most important one, the Vitturi. It is now considered to be the most beautiful “maritime manor” of all Kastelas, once completely surrounded by the sea.

This fortified castle was built at the end of the 15th century by the brothers Nikola and Jerolim Vitturi (nobles from Trogir) to protect their lands and Ostrog's peasants from the Ottomans. The refugees from the Kozjak built a village around the fortification that continued to enlarge and becomes today's Luksic.

Over time, the fortress underwent many changes to finally achieve a look of an fortified summer residence. In the south, it was composed of a two-floor residential building and there is still an emergency exit towards the sea. The northern, defensive side consists of two three-floor towers with machicolations. It was joined with the mainland by a drawbridge that was replaced with a one-arc stone bridge in the 18th century.

In the middle of the palace there is a courtyard with arcades and galleries on both southern floors. During the summer time it hosts many exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows etc.

The castle has also became a cultural centre of the town that houses The Museum and the Tourism Board of Kaštela.

Due to many changes over centuries, this building is particular because it represents an original style, transition between the renaissance and the baroque.

HOUSE RUSINAC, MILENKO and DOBRILA

The Vitturi palace is associated with another fortified house in the vicinity due to the tragic love story between Miljenko and Dobrila, Croatia’s Romeo and Juliet from the 17th century.

As you already suppose, our Juliet, that is Dobrila from the Vitturi house fell madly in love with her Romeo, Miljenko from the Rosani house, locally called Rusinic.

The remains of that small fortification (Rusinac) Miljenko's birth house, the oldest in Luksic still stand on a cliff by the sea, a little bit in the west from Vitturi.

After numerous misfortunes and in spite of disapproval and hatred between their respective families, young lovers finally succeeded in getting married. Alas, after the wedding ceremony Dobril's father killed his new son-in-low with a pistol and shortly after, Dobrila got ill and died from the loss and sadness.

Her last wish was to be buried with her beloved in the same grave in the church of St. John (Ivan). That old church from the 16th century in the vicinity of Rusinac is the only witness of their tragic love. Its distaff belfry still sounds for them and on their tombstone is written "Peace for lovers".

CHURCHES

The new parish church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Blazene Djevice Marije) from the 18th century in late baroque style is equally interesting as for its exterior as well as for its interior. It is famous for the altar of the Blessed Arnir, the master-piece from the 15th century sculpted by Juraj Dalmatinac.

The old church of Our Lady of the Assumption in gothic and renaissance style built in 1530. is situated in the extreme north of the old village.

VITTURI GARDEN

Luksic has two interesting gardens. The older one, the classicist garden of Vitturi from the second half of the 18th century is situated in the east of the palace and above the harbour. It occupies the area of 7450 square meters and is accessible from the sea. This historic garden was declared a monument of park architecture in 1968 because it presents a unique and rare example of old Dalmatian horticulture.

OSTROG GARDEN

The newer one, School Botanical Garden of the Ostrog Primary School is also protected as a monument of park architecture due to its richness and the large variety of plants. It contains more than 1400 different plants originating from all over the world but mainly from Mediterranean subtropical climate. It also has olive grove that with 45 domestic and foreign species of olives represents the largest collection in Croatia.

ACCOMMODATION

Except for a couple of hotels, here, the accommodation is mainly offered in private houses and apartments.

BEACHES

Luksic's beaches stretch one after another.

In the western part of the settlement are situated Soulovy beach, below the Soulovy villa that is the ancient Tartaglia-Ambronsini fortification and Postanski beach.

Sumica beach, 200 m in the west of the town-center, after Rusinac is a pebble beach in the shadow of pine and tamarisk's trees, suitable for children.

Two other beaches, Ostrog and Ispod suda are located in the oriental part of the settlement.

Ostrog, the first one after the Vitturi palace and the harbour, below the Vitturi garden is an agreeable pebble beach abounding in natural shadow.

The second one, Ispod suda is a pebble beach, some 100 m in the east of Ostrog beach on the road to Baletna Skola in Kambelovac that offers a lot of shadow due to many pine trees.

MARINA

Luksic's harbour, located in front and east of the Vitturi palace, is well protected from all winds except of those blowing from the SW direction. It is occupied by local boats, but the smaller ones could berth in the interior of the western breakwater. Bigger boats should direct to Gomilica, in its marina Kastela that could receive even the mega yachts www.marina-kastela.hr.

HIKING

Hikers could easily reach the church of St. Laurent (Lovro) of Ostrog on Balovan ridge at 259 m.

Those searching for higher altitudes should direct to neighbouring Kastel Stari that is a starting point of a hiking path leading to Biranj at 631.

A little bit before this highest peak of the western part of Kozjak there is the Chapel of St John, patron saint of Kastel Luksic. Naturally, it offers a tremendous view of the sea and the middle dalmatian islands.

There is also a hiking path leading to the Kozjak mountain from Kastel Kambelovac.


If you like to promenade by the seaside just follow the cute waterfront (localy called riva) lined with tamarisk and palm trees stretching in the west till Resnik and in the east till Gomilica without interruption.


TOURIST INFORMATIONS

Tourist board

Brce 1
21215 Kaštel Lukšić

www.kastela-info.hr

00 385 (0)21 227 933


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

00385 (0)21 232 044








 
 
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