Kastel Novi, Croatia


Kastel Novi is situated between its older brother, Kastel Stari and Kastel Stafilic.

Being built by Koriolan Cipiko's cousin 40 years after the construction of Kastel Stari, it was named Novi that means new in Croatian.

The three villages are now so merged that the transition from one to another is imperceptible.

Marin Studin's statue The Messenger of freedom on the waterfront marks the boundary between Kastel Stari and Novi.

Kastel Novi developed around a fortified summer palace built by Pavao-Antun Cipiko, a nobleman from Trogir and a nephew of Koriolan Cipko who built the neighbouring Kastel Stari. He built its stronghold to protect his lands and the Spiljani's peasants from the Ottomans.

The fortress was erected in 1512 in form of a rectangular keep with slanting ground floor walls. Next to it was a fortified settlement encircled by a defensive wall for the Kozjak's refugees. The fortification was connected to the village by a drawbridge.

After the Ottomans retreat, the village enlarged outside the protective walls by backfilling and levelling.

Brce – the town square consisting of the town Loggia dating back to 1775 with a clock tower and a small bell developed in front of the northern entrance to the village where once was a drawbridge.


The small renaissance church of St. Roch is situated in the north-west of the settlement. It is built in 1586. on the remains of an older Gothic church and adorned with a statue of St. Rock, another work by Marin Studin.


The new parish church of St. Peter Apostle is built on foundations of a middle-aged monastery of St. Peter of Klobucac from the 13th century. It is mostly known for its treasury of silver and ecclesiastical vestments.


Promenaders searching for peace and nature could direct to the slopes of Kozjak covered with fields, vineyards and olive groves. Among them, there is a little church Our Lady of Spiljana or Stomorija from the 1189.

Its interior is interesting for a fragment of an old Christian relief on the wall of the church's apse representing two dolphins and a cross.


This chapel surrounded by centuries-old trees and having in its courtyard a water spring was an ideal place to grow the Biblical Garden that contains the majority of 110 the plants mentioned in the Bible.


Also, there is a small vineyard containing all local grape varieties in one area of a garden. The most famous is Crljenak Kastelanski known worldwide as Zinfandel. Although very appreciated and spread, especially in California, this sort is now rather rare in Kastela. However, it is still cultivated in the vineyard of Mr. Radunic in Novi.


Hikers that want to climb higher could take a marked mountain path from Kastel Stari leading to Malacka saddle.


Here, like in all Kastelas the accommodation is generally offered in private houses and apartments.


West of the fortress, Novi's small harbour is protected by a 180 meter long breakwater in rather shallow water of 2 m. It is very well sheltered from the winds except from the south-westerns. As the harbour is mainly occupied by local boats it is only possible to berth at the first thirty meters of the pier. Otherwise, Marina Kastela in Gomilica is very well equipped and capable of accommodating even the meta yachts www.marina-kastela.hr.

Kastel Novi is interesting for its simplicity and its calm although in the evening its narrow streets and its waterfront becomes rather lively and animated.


Tourist board

Brce 1
21215 Kaštel Lukšić


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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