The beautiful Adriatic sea, somewhere in the middle of it's croatian coast, sneaked in between the island of Ciovo and the peninsula of Marijan, at the bottom of mountain Kozjak, forming the bay of Kastela, positioned in the sun's travelling path. The area between Kozjak and the sea, with its beauty, mildness and fertility has always attracted people. To the prehistoric man it gave shelter; centuries ago it was covered with villas and planted with Mediterranean plants like vines and olives.Three picturesque places - Kastel Stafilic, Kastel Novi and Kastel Stari (Kastel eng. - citadels), are located along the 6-km long coast of the Kastela Riviera. They are one of favourite destinations of domestic and foreign tourists. Kastel Luksic is a tourist resort in the central part of the Kastela Gulf, famous for the botanical garden with Mediterranean vegetation, as well as for nice pebble beaches. It has a 70-years-long tradition in tourism.

history of KASTELA

The barbarians devasted it in the early middle ages. The Croats settled here in the seventh century and created here the centre of their state. Here they converted to Christianity and built their settlements along the slopes of the Kozjak mountain. During the war with Turks they moved from the mountain villages towards fortifications erected by royals along the coast, in order to protect themselves and their peasants. Thus, 500 years ago there was a significant development of some twenty castles, fortifications, of which nowadays only seven are preserved.
Around them settlements were sprouting to finally merge together into the town of Kastela. Seven little stone pearls in one shell; the magic number 7 will always remain the symbol of richness and variety of our town.
This region has been attracting people since ancient times, from ancient Greek seafarers, Roman patricians, Croatian kings and rulers, industrious fruit and vegetable growers to present-day tourists.

KASTEL GOMILICA - castel of nuns

In 1529 the benedictine sisters built this fortification (kastel) on a sea reef called
Gomilica. The castle's entrance was protected by a tower erected above a stone bridge permeated with arcades. At the entrance there was a moveable wooden bridge. Between the walls of this castle inhabitants from Gornje (Upper) and Donje (Lower) Kozice moved in a settled down after the Turks destroyed their villages. Maybe the nuns planted also the 7 centuries old Medunac oak at the church of St. Kuzma and Damjan, one of the oldest churches in Kastela.