Kaštela (pronounced [kǎʃte̞la]) is a town and a suburb of Split, in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. The town is an agglomeration of seven individual settlements which are administered as a single municipality with populations individually ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 residents. The town is located northwest of the city of Split, west of Solin and east of Trogir, on the central Dalmatian coast. With a total population of 37,794 as of 2021 census, it is the 14th largest town in the country.

Grad Kaštela
Town of Kaštela
Top: Kaštel Sućurac; Kaštel Gomilica; Center: Kaštel Kambelovac; Kaštel Lukšić; Kaštel Novi; Bottom: Kaštel Štafilić; Kaštel Stari
Kaštela is located in Split-Dalmatia County
Location of Kaštela in Croatia
Kaštela is located in Croatia
Kaštela (Croatia)
Coordinates: 43°33′N 16°23′E / 43.550°N 16.383°E / 43.550; 16.383
Country Croatia
County Split-Dalmatia
 • MayorDenis Ivanović (HDZ)
 • Total57.6 km2 (22.2 sq mi)
3 m (10 ft)
 • Total37,794
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code021
Vehicle registrationST

Geography edit

Settlements edit

The Town of Kaštela consists of following settlements (populations parenthesised):

Overview edit

The Kaštela Riviera is a fertile area, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) in length, featuring the first Roman floating docks and 50 places on the long, verdant area, northwest of Split. It is divided into Gornja (upper) and Donja Kaštela (lower), and it consists of seven old and two relatively new settlements. The Kaštela region with its Mediterranean tone, picturesque landscape and unique composition of natural environment attracted people since prehistoric times. From ancient Greek sailors, Roman patricians, Croatian kings, rulers, Venetian royals to the present sun and sea lovers, as well as mysterious legacies from the past[citation needed].

Once an ancient Greek port, a stopover point for Roman veterans and a summer place for Croatian kings is today a tourist resort, carrying the same name. Along its long sandy beach there are terraces and viewpoints, tennis and other sports grounds, surrounded by greenery of pine and tamaris trees.

The Jadro River (the original water supply for the ancient city of Diocletian's Palace)[3] flows through the town of Solin and provides water supply to both Split and Kaštela. Contemporary studies indicate favourable water quality levels of the river near the headwaters at Jadro Spring.[4] Certain other studies of hydrology and sedimentation have been conducted in this area.[5]

Population edit

Town of Kaštela: Population trends 1857–2021

Economy edit

The industrial zone is developed, and there is an aluminium extraction facility in the vicinity of Kaštel Sućurac and the Split Airport is located in Kaštel Štafilić. Present area of Kaštela and its inland in the vicinity of ancient Salona were inhabited very early (the finds from the Roman and Old Croatian period).

Culture edit

Folklore society KUD 7 Kaštela was formed in 1980. Society organizes annual "Tamburica & Mandolina" folklore summer event, with folklore societies from Slavonija and Dalmatia.[6]

Twin towns edit

Kaštela is twinned with:

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Register of spatial units of the State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia. Wikidata Q119585703.
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2021 Census". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in 2021. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. 2022.
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan, "Diocletian's Palace", The Megalithic Portal, A. Burnham ed, Oct 6, 2007
  4. ^ Štambuk-Giljanović, Nives (2006). "The Pollution Load by Nitrogen and Phosphorus IN the Jadro River". Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 123 (1–3): 13–30. doi:10.1007/s10661-005-9066-8. PMID 17054013. S2CID 21572417.
  5. ^ P. Zannetti, Environmental Modeling: Computer Methods and Software, 1996, Computational Mechanics Publications, 462 pages ISBN 1-85312-342-0
  6. ^ "Enjoy Croatian culture at the traditional 'Tamburica & Mandolina' night". croatiaweek.com. Croatia Week. 16 August 2023. Retrieved 20 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Gradovi prijatelji". kastela.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 6 February 2020.

External links edit

  Media related to Kaštela at Wikimedia Commons

43°33′N 16°23′E / 43.550°N 16.383°E / 43.550; 16.383