Kastel Stari, Croatia


Kastel Stari, as the adjectif “stari” in its name suggests (in Croatian “stari” means old) is the second oldest of the seven Kastelas. Only Kastel Sucurac is more ancient than Stari.

It is situated between Luksic in the east and Kastel Novi in the west and the three of them are so well merged that the transition from one to another is imperceptible.

Koriolan Ćipiko, writer and army leader from Trogir, built his mansion in 1476 at a sea reef to protect his lands and peasants from Kozjak's village Radun from the Ottomans. The new constructed building was a combination of a fortress and a summer palace separated from the mainland by a trench and spanned by a drawbridge.

Soon after, when the refugees from Radun and Svecurje villages settled around the Cipiko fortified house Kastel Stari started to develop. Over time, the fortress was connected to the mainland by backfilling and levelling.

Nowadays, in font of that ancient fort transformed into a residential building there is Brce, the central square. (It is dominated by a giant silver linden) and the square serves as a green and a fish market as well as a stage for different performances and plays during the summertime.


All of the tree village churches are worth of visit.

The small renaissance church of St. Joseph from the 17th century is in the centre of the village.

The Baroque church of St John the Baptist from the 17th and 18th century, with its luxurious interior is adjacent to the waterfront.

The old Celio Cega house from the 16th century, west of the church is still preserved.

A bit farther west, foundations of the Andreis castle are also still noticeable.

The new parish church Our Lady of the Rosary, located in the north-west of the historic center is one of the largest churches of the Split county. Its construction lasted for 101 years, from 1871 till 1970.


Park around the Palace Hotel is a monument of park architecture founded by Mr. Kamber, former owner of the hotel at the beginning of the 20th century. The park stretches on 35 000 square meters, and is interesting for its luxuriant vegetation. Cypress, pine and laurel are the most representative species.


In addition to the Palace hotel and a camping, in Stari, accommodation is offered in private houses and apartments.


Dardin or Paicevo, a nice pebble beach with concrete parts located almost in the center extends eastward to the Palace Hotel. It is well equipped and has also the ramp for the disabled.

The beach situated in front of the Palace hotel is a concrete beach.


Stari is a starting point of a marked footpath leading to the Malacka saddle (488 m) where are located Malacka (480 m) and Split-Cesmina (520 m) mountain lodges. The place is also a starting point of hiking paths through Kozjak and Kaštela Hinterland.

In the vicinity, about 1 km in the west of the lodges are two sport climbing areas with 13 routes.

From Split-Cesmina hut a signed trail leads in an easterly direction for about 45 min to the top of Malacka (562 m), and then climbs another 30 min more to Biranj (631 m), the highest peak of the western part of Kozjak.

A little bit before the peak stands the medieval Chapel of St John of Biranj, patron saint of Kastel Luksic.

St. Georges of Radun, a pre-Romanic church from the 10th and 11th century is also in the vicinity. It is preserved in its original shape and it witnesses about the existence of Radun village whose inhabitants built their new settlement around the Cipiko castle and thus founded Kastel Stari.

All these spots offer marvellous views of the Adriatic sea and its islands.

Stari also offers a nice walk along its beaches and its seaside promenade lined with rows of stone houses, cafés and restaurants.


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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