Kastel Stafilic

The mediterranean is inevitably connected with olive trees. And olive trees grow in Kastel Stafilic for already more than 1.500 years. The exceptional Mediterranean atmosphere, the beauty of its green landscape and its always-sunny beaches, are a part of this towns charm.

This small picturesque place is an integral part of the City of Kastela. Kastela consists of seven villages in total, all lined up like little stone pearls between the UNESCO towns of Trogir and Split. Besides Kastel Stafilic, these are: Kastel Novi, Kastel Stari, Kastel Luksic, Kastel Kambelovac, Kastel Gomilica, and Kastel Sucurac.

Sheltered by the mountain Kozjak in the North, while surrounded by the islands of Ciovo and the peninsula of Marijan in the South, Kastela has long served as a natural refuge for man since prehistoric times. The mild climate and fertility of its Mediterranean climate landscape, all served to attract the Croats who first settled in the 7th century. They started building their villages on the slopes of the mountain; but during the period of Turkish invasions some 500 years ago, the people of Kastela managed to flee towards the coast and build fortifications. Small stone villages developed around these fortified castles, and their unique architecture is characteristic of the modern day Kastela.

The place with the most beautiful beaches on the Kastela Riviera

Gabine, Bile and Resnik in Kastel Stafilic are well-known as the most beautiful beaches on the Kastela Riviera. These fine pebble beaches with shady mediterranean pine trees are situated only a few minutes by walk from holiday house Ruza. They are all well-groomed and suitable for children. Their equipment includes beach and snack bars, sunbed and umbrella hires, showers and water sports facilities, among others.

Rotonda – The fort of Kastel Stafilic

The fort of Kastel Stafilic, today known as the tower Rotonda, was built in 1508 by Stjepan Stafileo on a rock embedded in the sea, as protection against the Turks. He had a grapestaphile (greek) carved into his seal. Next to the castle a fortified village was established, surrounded by a channel and a moveable bridge with protection towers, of which one is still preserved in it's original form. People from the area of Bijaci settled here.
The fort Rotonda is situated only a few minutes by wald from holiday house Ruza.

The Olive Tree in Kastel Stafilic

One of the oldest olive tree in the world grows in Kastel Stafilic for already some 1.500 years. People in Kastel Stafilic preserve this tree with love and care. Every year its olives are used to produce several dozen liters of fine olive oil. According to people, this oil is sacred. The olive tree in Kastel Stafilic, almost as old as the nearby city of Split which was established in the third century BC, was entered into Croatia's register of protected natural monuments in 1990. The exceptional importance of the Kastel olive tree is proven by the fact that a broad initiative has been launched to place it under the protection of UNESCO's international natural heritage list.

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