Sites and Activities

The city of Kastela has been welcoming guests for over 150 years, and with its pebble beaches, palm trees and clear waters, you will be able to enjoy many relaxing days by the sea side, sunbathing, swimming, diving, sailing and much much more. But you will not stop there… The extraordinary position of the holiday house Ruza offers you the opportunity to capture much more of Dalmatia, with the biggest concentration of history combined with spectacular sites and adventure activities.

Sites

Split - The ancient heart of Dalmatia

Split, 20 km from holiday house Ruza, is busy and big (it's Croatia's second largest city) but it remains one of the Adriatic's most fascinating ports. It is a city of typical town of Mediterranean mentality, known worldwide for its talented athletes (the largest number of Croatian Olympians comes from Split). It's also home of the palace of the czar Diocletian that dates back over 1,700 years, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Split offers a wealth of museums, Roman ruins, old Croatian, Romanesque and renaissance architecture under a dramatic mountain backdrop.  There's plenty of sightseeing in Split and it makes an excellent base for exploring the many islands that lie just offshore. From Split, you can easily visit Brac, Hvar and Vis. There are numerous places to dine and stores located there, making life almost constantly pulse inside the walls that are nearly 2000 years old.

The most memorable shopping experience in Split has to be the Pazar, the open-air market, followed by Peskarija, the covered fish market.


Trogir - "the most beautiful little town in the world"

The town of Trogir, 6 km from Kastel Stafilic, is listed on UNESCO's registry of world heritage monuments and a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage - from the Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The most well known monument is the Trogir cathedral, constructed in Romantic style, whose west gate was designed by the famous architect Radovan. The unique historical core, Radovan's portal, the art collections which have been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries offer a tourist beauty, personified in the relief of Kairos. It is no surprise that Trogir is called “the most beautiful little town in the world”.


Salona - One of Croatia’s richest Roman sites

15 km south of Kastel Stafilic are the ruins of the ancient city of Salona, the capital city of the roman province of Dalmatia. In ancient times, it was the crossroads of sea and land routes of the ancient Mediterranean. During its golden age, from 1 A.D. to 4 A.D. it was one of the most developed cities in the world, with a population of 60,000. It was destroyed in 640 A.D. in the siege of Avars and Slavs, and refugees from Salona moved to the abandoned Diocletian's palace and so founded the middle-aged city of Split. The archeological site of Salona is one of the richest Roman sites in Croatia.


Klis -  Medieval fortress and delicious local spit-roasted lamb

Klis is a small village, 15 km from Kastel Stafilic, on the outskirts of Split. The main attraction of Klis are the ruins of a medieval fortress. The fortress at Klis once had great strategic importance as it guarded the pass between Mosor and Kozjak mountains, the route by which any force coming from the east had to come to reach the coastal region of Split. The strategic importance of this place meant that there was some sort of fortification here for millenia. The castle we see today was built in the 16th century at the time of the Ottoman invasions of Europe and was last used used for military purposes by the occupying Italian and German forces in the Second World War. The fort's hilltop location is a good place to watch the sunset. Klis is also well known for its restaurants that serve delicious spit-roasted lamb, known as “janjetina”.


Sibenik - One of the oldest Croatian cities

The historic city of Sibenik, 55 km away from holiday house Ruza, is located at the point where the Krka river joins the waters of the Central Adriatic. Sibenik is one of the oldest Croatian cities.

Several examples of world architecture can be found, including Cathedral of St. James, built over many years and embracing both Gothic and Renaissance styles. This church is notable enough to earn a place on the UNESCO world heritage list. Sibenik is also home of the late basketball star Drazen Petrovic and actor Goran Visnjic, known to millions as Dr. Luka Kovac in the hit TV Series 'ER'.


Dubrovnik - “Jewel of the Adriatic”

George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city: for him, it was paradise. Millions of people also take home happy memories from this "jewel of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik is a city of a unique political and cultural history, of world-famous cultural heritage and beauty (inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO).

The city centre is a walled collection of marbled streets which are still as shiny as they were when they were first paved thanks to city workers who drown them with purifying water night in, night out. Every day these, now trouble-free streets are trounced upon by locals going about their day to day life and tourists exploring them.


Imotski - Town of the Blue and Red Lakes

Imotski, 60 km from Kastel Stafilic, offers a totally different atmosphere than the one by the Dalmatian coast. It is a mediaeval town located in the hinterland of the Biokovo Mountains, near a rich karst field (Imotsko polje) with well-kept vineyards. Imotski is famous for its amazing two lakes - Plavo jezero (the blue one) and Crveno jezero (the red one). Crveno Lake has still not been completely investigated and it is believed to be the deepest lake in Europe (the water is over 250m deep and there are approximately 500m from the highest bank to the bottom). Blue Lake is situated near the town, which makes it very suitable for strolling and in the summer months, it is even a swimming area. Occasionally during very dry seasons, the lake will dry up, allowing for the local curiosity of playing a match on the bottom. The fortification named Topana, located on the slopes of the Blue Lake, dominates the town. The fortification was built in the 10th century.  


Sinj - Town of knights

Sinj, 30 km from Kastel Stafilic, is a town in the continental part of Dalmatia. The town grew around an ancient fortress held by the Ottomans until the beginning of the 18th century, and the Franciscan monastery with the church of Our Lady of Sinj (Gospa Sinjska), a place of pilgrimage. The major attraction the town is known at home abroad, is certainly the traditional Tilters Tournament of Sinj (Alka). It takes place every year on the first Sunday in August to commemorate the victory over the Turkish army in 1715. The tilters, dressed in the traditional costumes, ride on horseback in full gallop, trying to thrust a ring (alka), hanging from a wire, with a lance. The tilter who scores the highest number of points (punat) is declared victor.


Medjugorje - One of the world’s biggest Catholic pilgrim places

Medjugorje is a unique phenomenon in the modern world. It is believed that Our Lady appeared in front of a group of children already in 1981. Thanks to Her apparitions, this simple village parish has become a place of gathering of a multitude of pilgrims from all over the world, and it is today one of the biggest prayer centres in the world. Medugorje is situated 150 km from Kastel Safilic, in Bosnia and Hercegovina, close to the Croatian border


Mostar -  Where the mediterranean meets the orient

Only a two hours drive away from Kastel Stafilic, one can discover a unique blend of mediterranean and oriental architecture and atmosphere. Mostar has preserved a great part of its authentic oriental architecture and the way of life conceived on the boundaries of civilisations. The vivid city has many cultural and religious features, including some of the most impressive relics left by the Turkish, Ottoman, Empire during their rule in Europe. Discover the most popular city highlights, such as Bazaar, the Mosque, and typical Turkish house and of course the famous Old Bridge.


The Krka National Park - A world of spectacular sceneries


If you would like to experience something very special go for a swim under the waterfalls of Krka river. Clean fresh river water and untouched nature will make this an unforgettable adventure.

According to connoisseurs, but also visitors, it is the most beautiful park of the Croatian karst. The Krka National Park is situated only 55 km from holiday house Ruza. It offers various kinds of spectacular sceneries, particularly waterfalls and cascades, the most attractive of which are Skradinski buk  and Roški slap. The former is the most impressive of all with a 46 m drop over seventeen limestone steps. In the upper course of the Krka River one can visit Visovac Islet, the Franciscan monastery.


The Plitvice Lakes National Park - Home of Old Shatterhand and Vinettou

The most famous national park in Croatia - The Plitvice Lakes National Park - is only a three hours drive away from holiday house Ruza. Everyone knows the magnificent scenery of the azure lakes surrounded by wooded hills. This region is famous for the legendary series of movies about Old Shatterhand and Vinettou written by Karl May. It is the beauty that is the reason why the whole park was listed in the UNESCO Register of World Natural Heritage.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is comprised of sixteen lakes interconnected by a system of waterfalls and brooks. There are several caves, springs and flowering meadows in the park. There is a system of foot-paths and tourist tracks among the lakes, so that the tourist needn´t be afraid of getting lost in this place.


The Biblical Garden Stomorija in Kastel Novi

Coexistence of nature and spirituality can be felt at this extraordinary place called the Biblical Garden Stomorija. It is located close to Kastel Novi, on the southern slopes of the Kozjak montain. There, in 1189, a little church of Marija od Špiljana, known today as Gospe Stomorija was built. Planes, olives, figs and vine - plants mentioned in the Bible - have been growing there for centuries. Many other plants like Jude’s tree, laurel, acacia, spices, aromatic herbs are growing in this extraordinary place. From there, you can also enjoy a marvellous view over the Bay of Kaštela.

Activities

Rafting, kayaking and canyoning adventure on the Cetina River

Without any doubt, the Cetina River is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia for kayaking and rafting. It is situated in the peaceful countryside of Dalmatinska Zagora and has found it's way through fields and cliffs creating rapids, waterfalls and lakes, surrounded by wild vegetation and canyons. The natural harmony in and around this river is still unharmed.

Experience a real adventure in the canyon of the Cetina river, which is due to its wilderness, its rearing and timelessness called the river Horse, and enjoy the hidden beauty of its canyon, which can be till 120 m deep. Explore the 40 m high waterfall Gubavica and have a swim in it.

Two good start-off points are the towns of Trilj and Omis, both 35 km away from the holiday house Ruza.


Freshwater fishing on the Cetina River

Croatia’s rivers, such as the Cetina River, and lakes are amongst the cleanest in the world and as a consequence are well stocked with trout and course fish. So if you haven’t had a lucky day fishing, you will at least have had a very pleasant day out.





Cycling


Kastel Stafilic is a great place to start your cycling adventures as it is close to some of the most wonderful cycling circuits in Dalmatia. The level of difficulty of these varies considerably, some being designed for the recreational cyclist and some for the sports cyclist. For example, the great bicycle tour of Makarska - a town only 55 km away from Kastel Stafilic - leads up and over the Biokovo Mountains. The circuit ascends across the Biokovo area of Staza, through the Biokovo Nature Park to the highest peak of Sv.Jure (1,762 m), where you can finally relax and enjoy the spectacular view of the Dalmatian Coast - and look forward to the downhill journey back.


Boating

If there was just one thing in Croatia you could say was uniquely Croatian, you would say it was its boats. Every port has - as has Kastel Stafilic-, lined up along its quays, wooden boats, which have such beautiful line and elegance. Pleasant boat trips to the nearby islands of Drvenik, Solta and Brac are offered. These trips can be from a few hours to a whole day. If you go for a day the trip usually includes a “fish picnic”, which is locally caught fish prepared à la Croatian. Delicious!

If you want to hire a boat, whether it be a little rowing boat or big motor boat for big game fishing, or whatever, you’ll be able to hire one in the nearby town of Trogir. They can be hired by the hour, by the day, with a driver or without a driver.


Scuba Diving

Croatia’s Adriatic Sea is not only an attractive nautical destination, but it also draws many lovers of the underwater world. The clarity of its turquoise waters, the beauty of its depths, the variety of marine life and the fascinating shipwrecks hidden at the bottom of the sea, are all part of its appeal.

A diving centre in Kastel Stafilic caters for the inexperienced diver as much as for the experienced and offers courses which are both accessible and affordable. It also hires equipment and offers excursions that are within easy reach. We are happy to provide you with more information!


Hiking or walking in the Kozjak mountain

Walking in Kastela is a wonderful experience. Whether it be a gentle walk along the kilometres long sea promenade or a hike up the Kozjak Mountain by which the Bay of Kastela is surrounded. It stretches 16 kilometers in length from Klis on the east to the Malacka saddle to the west. Its rocky part along the ridge, the longest in Croatia, is impressive, but not its height (50 to 250 m). The highest point is Veli vrj - 779 m. There is 80 km of marked mountaineering paths through Kozjak and neighboring mountains suitable for recreational mountaineering. The rocks of Kozjak are well-known for rock-climbing routes (some of them are near the Malacka mountaineering house). These routes are not demanding and could be climbed by recreational mountaineers. Mountaineering association of Kastela would be glad to provide mountain guides to groups and individuals and enable them to enjoy a beautiful view over Kastela, the Bay of Kastela, Trogir, Split, Central Dalmatian islands and the Kastela Hinterland.


Rock Climbing

About 60 percent of Croatia’s surface is mountainous which, together with its unusual karst phenomena, makes it one of the most interesting places to climb in Europe. Some of the most interesting routes can be found close to the holiday house Ruza:

Velebit at 1,758 m is one of Croatia’s tallest mountains and the longest mountain of the Dinar system. It is part of the Paklenica and Velebit National Parks and includes the famous vertical rock formation, known as Anica Kuk, which is one of the most popular training areas for Croatian mountain climbers.

Also a great place for rock climbing are the Biokovo Mountains, with Sveti Jure as its highest peak at 1,762 m. The most important feature of these mountains is that the highest mountain regions here do not have the form of a ridge but of a high plateau (up to about 1,700 metres), with a very complicated relief, with many gorges and peaks, caverns and spurs. The edges of the plateaux often finish in huge vertical cliffs that plunge into deep, flat karst fields.

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