Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Crljenak Kaštelanski: Kaštela Celebrates 20 Years Since Discovering Original Zinfandel

March 10, 2021 - Crljenak Kaštelanski, easier pronounced as 'Tribidrag', is the most famous indigenous Croatian wine globally. It is the original Zinfandel, after all. 

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that this year, the people of Kaštela will make a toast to their well-known Crljenak Kaštelanski lineage, as it has been two decades since this forgotten variety returned.

Namely, twenty years ago, Kaštela discovered that their crljenak was the ancestor of the world-famous and renowned American zinfandel. Thus, the hard-working locals rolled up their sleeves to return this well-deserved splendor to their vineyards.

Thus, friends and admirers of wine and wine products came together in the Crljenak Kaštelanski Association, donated 500 vines to the winegrowers, and so the story began. A story about vineyards, vines, wine, taverns, festivities, evenings of wine, jazz, chocolate, evenings of crljenak under the stars, pairing food and wine, fairs, cooking competitions, gastronomic and wine tours, and more. 

Numerous events were organized in honor of that lineage and, finally, quality wines. Wines that have been crowned with numerous awards, plaques, and recognitions.

But how to continue preserving the heritage of their ancestors, further develop the story, and deliver a complete destination product in today's experience industry?

Thanks to Jakša Bedalov, Srećko Radnić, and the young Ivan Perišin, the celebratory program "Year of the Crljenak" will be held in Kaštela, the ancient homeland of zinfandel.

"We go first to Kozjak, at over 400 meters above sea level, to see where our ancestors planted vineyards and where we plant Crljenak," said Jakša Bedalov. 

"Our ancestors built borders, dry stone walls, as anyone calls these walls that enclose fertile soil and keep the earth from rushing down the slope. Clearing the fertile land was a very demanding job. You have to throw out a stone, dig up the ground, then stack the stone at the bottom and fill the ground again, for at least 60 centimeters of good soil," he says proudly and explains how you can buy half of Slavonia for one hectare of this hard Dalmatian land.

"I started rebuilding the vineyards of my ancestors in 2007, and now I have more than 14,000 vines, all indigenous varieties: maraština, dobričić, plavac mali, crljenak... I have more than 7000 red vines, high up on Kozjak. At the foot of the mountain is 800 meters above sea level. We are going to climb up, and you will see the view of Kaštela Bay. The Americans who had been touring the vineyards for years did not believe me that the ancestor of their zinfandel was growing there. But when they tried crljenak, they realized all the beauty and benefits of our climate for the vine," Bedalov adds.

Srećko spoke about the projects and events that will mark the 20th birthday of Crljenak.

"Our vision is that the projects "Creative and cultural industries," "Creative street" and "Kaštelanski Crljenak" will be the initiators of the overall development of our space. Both economically and socially! We are guided by the idea of the joint action of stakeholders in cultural and creative industries, local producers, and tourism, which is the latest practice and the most effective form of action in areas focused on tourism. The best example comes from the famous Napa Valley in California," Srećko said.

"We are expecting to celebrate 20 years since discovering that Kaštela is the ancestral home of the world-famous and recognized zinfandel, and our crljenak is its direct ancestor. Last year we celebrated "Crljenak Day" for the first time, and this year we will celebrate "Crljenak Year," for which we have prepared a special program. I want to point out how we will shape the "Story of our hero - the crljenak who returned home." We will present the documentary "In Zinfandel's Homeland" and organize a fair."

And it will all start with the “Creative Spring” event, which will be held for the fourth time in the preseason, from May 1 to June 21, over seven weeks and seven themed parts.

"We have "Gastro Week," then "Crljenak Kaštelanski Week," then "Film Week" and "Music Week," and then "Flower Week." "Kaštela Roads" will follow - boat tours, wine carriages, and at the end "Week of creative and cultural industries," Radnić says, announcing the premiere of another event - "Kaštela Culture Olympics," i.e., "OK Kaštela," but also traditionally "World Cup in Cuttlefish and Broad Beans."

"We will spend all this in our "Creative Kaštelanski Crljenak Street," which stretches from Kaštilac in Kaštel Gomilica to the tower Nehaj in Kaštel Štafilić, streets and squares along the coast, where various cultural events will take place.

The vineyards and wineries are the platforms for all these events because the vine and wine are the drivers of this whole story of recognizability and visibility of Kaštela as a favorite tourist and wine destination.

"The activities that we will carry out during the celebratory year are numerous. In addition to the symposium on the topic of crljenak, the story of the hero, and the project of protecting or designating origin for wine or vineyards, and remembering winemakers along "Crljenak Kaštelanski Street," the plan is also to open the Crljenak museum, then the Crljenak kaštelanski fair, and the label Zinfriendly," said Srećko of the important jubilee, where the City of Kaštela, the Tourist Board of Kaštela, the Museum of the City of Kaštela, the City Library, but also Split-Dalmatia County will lend a hand.

"We are doing all this in our honor," points out 23-year-old Ivan Perišin, who is planting a new, fourth vineyard with his father Vlado, giving them a total of more than 8,000 vines.

"The plan is to plant 2,500 new vines by my birthday on April 19, and all the land is on the slopes of Kozjak, at some 400 meters above sea level," says the young winegrower, adding that the tavern where they keep their wine, on the Kambelovac waterfront, is as old as Hajduk, from 1911. 

"The inhabitants of these areas were fishermen and farmers. The vineyards are their work, and our goal is to preserve what they left us," adds Bedalov, whose tasting room and tavern are also on the Kambelovac waterfront.

Together, they are working for Crljenak Kaštelanski to be recognized around the world. 

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Sunday, 1 November 2020

Making Kastela Great Again: Lockdown's Amazing Cambridge MBA Project

November 1,  2020 - What do Melinda Gates, NASA, the WTA tennis tour, Cambridge University and lockdown in Dalmatia have in common? They are all helping Making Kastela Great Again - a great lockdown story. 

I meet a lot of crazy people in Croatia, and truly no two days are the same. Many of those crazy people have even crazier ideas, the majority of which never see the light of day, and many of which are forgotten once the bottle of rakija is finished. 

And then there are those crazy people with crazy ideas who actually deliver on those ideas, even when the odds are stacked very heavily against them. 

Crazy people such as Dalmatian Feliks Lukas, a proud Kastela native, whose most impressive accomplishment until this Spring (at least in my eyes) was to bring the WTA Women's tennis tour to a Dalmatian island outside of peak season, attracting some great international names, both on and off the court. I think I am right in saying that the WTA Bol Open is the only tournament on the tour to take place on an island. 

And while the tennis is the highlight, there are also plenty of other incredible moments, as Feliks' considerable charm has helped bring extra promotion for Croatia, as we featured earlier today with this incredible piano performance by Lola Astanova on Zlatni Rat on Bol. Lola had performed at the tennis tournament and was due to make the video, but Feliks managed to persuade her to do so on Brac instead. It is really beautiful, so if you have a few minutes to listen and watch, you will not regret it. 


I met Feliks at the beginning of the year in Zagreb, as he wanted to present me with another of his crazy plans - this time teaming up with senior students from the Cambridge MBA programme with the expressed aim of Making Kastela Great Again. 

And not just any MBA students, but including one whose incredible story of mother of two in Sri Lanka with little experience to leading the team designing the Mars Rover for NASA after 6 years working on SpaceX with Elon Musk, a feat that caught the eye of none other than Melinda Gates.


Melony Mahaarachchi was on holiday in Croatia ahead of starting an MBA programme at Cambridge University and met Feliks:

"A friend of mine, Marino Franinovic, who was at that time advisor of Vice President of EIB, Mr. Vazil Hudak somehow knew or met Melony's husband and he invited me for a drink. I don't know how they met. They were here just for a couple of days in Croatia on a family vacation. She was with her two kids and her husband and I spoke about issues I have as an entrepreneur and the lack of entrepeneurial spirit in Croatia and how young, talented people were leaving the country. They were surprised as they thought it was paradise.


"We kept in touch, and then Melony contacted me out of the blue and told me about the MBA programme in Cambridge. One of the projects that could look into was regenerating a Mediterranean town. She thought of me and beautiful Croatia with the young people leaving and asked if I could suggest a town which could use such expertise. As a proud native of Kastela, it was the obvious place. It will be a great experience for all."

From Mars to Kastela... 


Pretty crazy so far. All was set for the team's arrival in Kastela in mid-March, when Melony and her three Cambridge colleagues would arrive for 4 weeks. Flights were booked and paid for. And then... 


The flights were cancelled, and there was no chance of the Cambridge team coming for several months. I assumed that the project would be delayed like so many projects in Croatia and all over the world. And I forgot about it. 


Until a few months later when I caught up with Feliks in Kastela. He told me that the final report was almost ready and he would send it to me when it was done. How was this possible? Did they manage to come after all?

No, they have still not managed to visit, but they had all the expert help and more that they could have dreamed of, as Feliks spent weeks visiting every corner of Kastela with his iPhone, taking short videos, explaining, making suggestions. Here are a few short clips to give you a flavour. 

And so they began... I guess if Melony is used to working remotely on projects to Mars from Earth, then Cambridge to Kastela is not so far... Melony has kindly agreed to an interview with TCN about her Croatia experience, which we will bring to you in due course. 


The team set to work, guided by Feliks' diligent work on the ground, many Zoom interviews, and plenty of research. They looked at every single aspect of the destination (and I have no doubt that Feliks showed the every single aspect via his iPhone), so that despite their physical distance, they were able to put together a really very innovative economic development plan for Kastela, one whose main focus was intriguing.


There was plenty of research required away from Croatia of course. Best practices and lessons learned from other similar European destinations of course. 

The 83-page final report has now been finalised and it makes for a fascinating read. As it has not been officially presented yet due to the corona situation, it would be wrong of me to cherry-pick its findings. I will perhaps invite Melony to introduce it during our interview. 

I do have a copy of the final document if anyone would like to read it offline (need to check this is ok to forward) - please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject Kastela. 

And if you come across a crazy guy called Feliks Lukas on your travels around Croatia, buy him a coffee and take him seriously. I have a feeling that bringing WTA women's tennis to Dalmatian islands and Making Kastela Great Again are just the start...

You can follow the latest from Kastela in the dedicated TCN section.   

Sunday, 18 October 2020

First Children's Map of Split, Solin, Kastela and Trogir Released

October 18, 2020 - The first children's map of Split, Solin, Kaštela, and Trogir has been launched by the Split Scout Association.

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that Split and the surrounding cities of Solin, Kaštela, and Trogir received the first children's map of their areas, realized through the project "SCOUTCITY - a city tailored to children" led by Ivan Jarebic, head of the Split Scout Association.

According to Edi Perić, president of the Split Scout Association and the creator of this map, it was originally conceived as a summary of information for children and parents about facilities (sports clubs and civil society organizations) that offer extracurricular activities, which is its content.

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All primary schools, city museums, and striking historical and cultural monuments are inscribed in it. The map designer is fellow citizen Vana Bašić, a visual design student in Split who is in her final year.

However, thanks to the cooperation with "Parks and Plantations," more precisely with their landscape architect Igor Belamarić, this document has turned into an excellent teaching aid in biology, especially regarding the biological heritage of Split and the surrounding areas.

Thus, the map contains a list of typical Split trees, a simple vegetation map of Marjan, listed Mediterranean plants in the park, areas protected by Natura 2000, as well as places in Split with publicly available drinking water (without water on the beaches), stations for electric bicycles, bike paths, places available for children with pets, and all children's playgrounds under the jurisdiction of "Parks and Plantations."

It is interesting to note that Edi Perić and Igor Belamarić met during a joint visit to Tirana a year ago, organized by the City of Split, led by Mayor Andro Krstulović Opar, who was personally in the delegation.

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"Igor joined us with full strength as a volunteer, so that our meeting in Tirana led to exceptional cooperation that, we both believe, continues. Our next content for the children of our city will be in the same co-production and will be even more attractive," announces Perić.

According to Perić, Split-Dalmatia County prefect Blaženko Boban also stood behind the project, so the digital form of this map has just started to be made in the county IT sector.

"Many have contributed to this achievement, and the cooperation with Igor, a lover of his profession and a dedicated volunteer contribution, is an example to all others. Thanks to the City of Split and the Mayor for the partnership on this project, which was funded through a tender of the Ministry of Science and Education and to a lesser extent by the County," he states and adds that every child in all Split primary schools visible on the map, including Žrnovnica, will receive a free copy. 

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

From Trogir to Podstrana, Split to Dicmo: Public Bicycle System to Connect Urban Agglomeration of Split

October 17, 2020 - The cities and the municipalities that make up the urban agglomeration of Split will soon be connected by a public bicycle system. 

The project for the development of public bicycle systems in the Urban Agglomeration of Split plans to further popularize the use of bicycles as an alternative form of public transport in the UAS, by developing and improving the cycling infrastructure network that will enable faster access to public transport stops, but also serve as an upgrade and supplementing the existing form of public transport on the daily routes of the inhabitants of the urban agglomeration.

The project is called "Choose a bicycle!", which was applied for co-financing with European Union funds within the ITU Call "URBAN MOBILITY - Development of public bicycle systems in the Urban Agglomeration of Split."

As part of the activities of this integrated project, the City of Split and 7 partners - cities and municipalities from the Urban Agglomeration of Split (Solin, Trogir, Kaštela, Podstrana, Klis, Dugopolje and Dicmo), will receive 41 new stations with a mixed contingent of 242 bicycles and two bicycle roads will be established - in Split (in the area of Trstenik Bay) and Trogir (in the area of Brig-Lokvica). Through project activities, an analytical basis will be prepared - a document for establishing an integrated system of bicycle roads in the Urban Agglomeration of Split, which will be the basis for establishing a planned integrated system of bicycle roads in the Urban Agglomeration of Split.

These 41 new locations with bicycle terminals will be distributed in eight local self-government units per the analysis of needs and possibilities for the implementation of the system, as follows:
City of Split: 16 terminals with 50 electric and 20 classic bicycles;
City of Solin: 6 terminals with 12 electric and 26 classic bicycles;
City of Trogir: 3 terminals with 10 electric and 10 classic bicycles;
City of Kastela: 6 terminals with 30 electric and 30 classic bicycles;
Municipality of Podstrana: 2 terminals with 6 electric and 6 classic bicycles;
Municipality of Klis: 2 terminals with 4 electric and 8 classic bicycles;
Municipality of Dugopolje: 4 terminals with 10 electric and 10 classic bicycles;
Municipality of Dicmo: 2 terminals with 4 electric and 6 classic bicycles.

The project's total value is HRK 13,609,435.83, of which the grant amounts to a total of HRK 10,893,396.68. It is planned that the activities for implementing the public bicycle system will be carried out by June 2021, and the construction and marking of bicycle roads by mid-2022. The project application was prepared by the Development Agency Split - RaST d.o.o., with the support of the Service for International and EU Projects of the City of Split.

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Split Diver Boris Milosic After Guinness World Record for Walking Underwater

February 29, 2020 - Boris Milosic is a 23-year member of the Split Diving Club. He was first in the public eye exactly a year ago, when he set a world record for diving in the Bi-Fin discipline in Serbia.

Dalmacija Danas writes that Boris Milosic will try to get into the Guinness Book of Records this weekend. This incredibly positive young diver is set to break the world record for walking underwater. The walk will be performed at the Marina pool in Kastela, around 5 pm on Sunday.

“The rule is that the body must be completely underwater and you must walk in the pool for as long as possible. One foot always has to touch the floor, and when walking, I have to watch the buoyancy of the body. Currently, the record is 79 meters, and I intend to become the first person to walk 100 meters underwater,” Boris Milosic said about making history on Sunday.

“Breathing is a mentally demanding sport. This is a pretty difficult discipline. There are dynamic disciplines where you are moving and static disciplines where you are not. This is something in between,” Boris added.

He will try to complete the venture in less than four minutes.

“I don't think a person who is not into diving can cross half a pool. I'll try to make it in less than four minutes, and if I enjoy it too much, it might be over four minutes - it will be ambitious for us.”

His love of diving was born during the school holidays.

“I was born and raised in Austria. My parents had a weekend house in Rogoznica where we spent the holidays. When I was a kid, I was afraid of the depth, until my dad threw me overboard, hahaa. I learned to swim and realized what I had missed. I have fallen in love with the sea and since then, every summer and sometimes in the winter I dive, even without a suit. Now I get crazy on land, while others are uncomfortable at sea,” Boris says about diving.

Diving requires great mental strength.

“It doesn't take me much time, maybe an hour and a half. It is very challenging for the nervous system and takes a long time to recover. In training, I have to think mentally non-stop, keep my focus on it, motivate myself every day because it is a difficult sport mentally. I try every year to get the best out of myself. I'm breaking new personal records; I'm just getting better and better. For the first time in the summer, I reached a depth of over 100 meters in the sea. I still have high goals for the future and that record is just the beginning of a more professional career,” Boris adds.

Boris is assisted by several sponsors and received a scholarship. He has one goal.

"I want to be the best of the best," Boris said ambitiously.

He regrets that diving is still not an Olympic sport.

“Our President Anna Arzhanova is working on this intensely and I have faith that we will soon be able to compete in the Olympic Games.”

He eventually said he was living his dream.

“It is nice to live in Croatia. While other people go to Austria, I came from there to Split. I had no one, I came only because of the sea and it was the best decision of my life,” Boris concluded.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Cambridge University MBA Project to Make Kastela Great Again

February 20,  2020 - Some very clever people from Cambridge University are coming to Kastela to help make it great again, including one young lady who Melinda Gates raves about.

Can a few good men and women change a country? It is a question I am beginning to ask myself more and more. 

Mate Rimac and his one-man car industry conquering the world is the obvious shining example of change, and if we could replicate that in every other sector, what a country Croatia would be. 

But while there are few examples to match Rimac, there is plenty happening, with positive change and innovation a small but increasing factor in the Croatia I am surrounding myself with.  

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I spent the last two days in Zagreb, attending the presidential inauguration, as well as a couple of very cool events. Soon after the inauguration, I popped into see Hajdi Cenan, CEO of airt, Davor Runje, CTO of airt, and Bozidar Pavlovic, CTO of Oradian give a presentation on AI applications in the banking industry. Almost all of the clever people I know in Zagreb were there, and a glimpse into our imminent future was as fascinating as it was scary. the next morning, young Bakic and his IRIM team presented their successful first year results from their partnership with, as well as announcing more Google financing for the coming year. We have two great video interviews with Rujana Bakic from IRIM and Lisa Belozerova from Google. Another thought-provoking experience, and this tired 50-year-old brain needed some light entertainment and a rest from all this brilliance. 

I was due for a catch-up drink with one of my heroes (please don't tell him), Feliks Lukas, the man who thought it would be fun to bring a women's WTA tennis tournament to a Dalmatian island out of the peak season, just for fun. The Bol Open is now extremely well established and an outstanding event, both in terms of the players (13 out of the world's top 100 ranked players last year) and the social side.

I thought we were just going to have a chat about Bol and a laugh about tourism incompetence in general, but Feliks had a twinkle in his eye. For he wanted to talk about something completely different. 


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For Feliks had a plan to help his native Kastela, seven historic settlements located on the water between Split and its airport and oozing in that cursed Croatian potential (to learn why the 'P' word is one of Croatia's biggest problems, click here).

Somehow he had managed to persuade four very bright minds on the Cambridge University MBA programme to offer their time and expertise for free to come up with a plan for the economic development of Kastela, as part of their official Cambridge University MBA programme. The project is fully backed by the university, and the MBA students arrive in less than a month, on March 16. 

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So how did this all come about, and how did Feliks manage to get such clever people to come and help make Kastela great again?

Including one lady, who so inspired Melinda Gates that she shared the story of Melony Mahaarachchi on Facebook. Six years with Elon Musk on SpaceX and leading the team at NASA on Mars Rover 2020... to Kastela. 

Just how did Feliks do it? 

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"A friend of mine, Marino Franinovic, who was at that time advisor of Vice President of EIB, Mr. Vazil Hudak somehow knew or met Melony's husband and he invited me for a drink. I dont know how they met. They were here just for a couple of days in Croatia on a family vacation. She was with her two kids and her husband and I spoke about issues I have as an entrepreneur and the lack of entrepeneurial spirit in Croatia and how young, talented people were leaving the country. They were surprised as they thought it was paradise.

"We kept in touch, and then Melony contacted me out of the blue and told me about the MBA programme in Cambridge. One of the projects that could look into was regenerating a Mediterranean town. She thought of me and beautiful Croatia with the young people leaving and asked if I could suggest a town which could use such expertise. As a proud native of Kastela, it was the obvious place. It will be a great experience for all."

I love it, and I look forward to meeting our guests down in Kastela next month and covering this story in some depth for TCN.  

We wish our smart guests the very best in their mission to Make Kastela Great Again. In order to get them started, here are 25 things to know about Kastela. 

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Not in Split? Advent in Kastela Announces Packed Winter Program

November 26, 2019 - Can't make it to Split? Don't fret, Advent in Kastela will spice up Split's surroundings from December 1, 2019, to January 5, 2020. 

Leteci odred, Crvena jabuka, Psihomodo Pop and New Year's Eve with Alen Nizetic - are just some of the performers the people of Kastela and their guests will enjoy this year as part of the "Advent in Kaštela 2019" program, which will take place at the Novi Park in Kastel Luksic, the City of Kastela reported on Monday.


The event program was officially presented by Kastela mayor Denis Ivanovic, together with his deputy mayor Jadranka Matok Bosancic, head of the Board for Social Affairs and General Affairs Sandra Zokic, and director of the Kastela Tourist Board Nada Marsic.


“It all starts on December 1st at 6 pm with the Luka Nizetic concert. This year we have paid special attention to our children, for whom we have prepared numerous events within the Advent Fairytale, while everyone else will enjoy concerts and the great gastronomic offer of our Advent houses. Also, on Christmas Eve, bakalar (or cod to non-locals) will be distributed at the cathedral in Kastel Stari, during which several Kastela klapa groups will spontaneously gather and spread cheer around the citizens with their songs.”

We tried to design the best possible program this time, too, so we hope that everyone will find something for themselves this year as well,” said mayor Ivanovic, stating that an ice skating rink has been set up near the Novi Park to the delight of the youngest. Between Christmas and New Year, a concert will be hosted by one surprise guest, who will be announced later. We can say one thing - it will be a big name in Croatian showbiz. 

Every Sunday, starting at 5 pm, the Advent candles will be lit at Dardin in Kastel Novi, on an 18-meter-long wreath. To conclude, on the Feast of Saint Stephen, everyone will be able to see a live nativity scene in Kastel Novi.

You can see the full program for Advent in Kastela here

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Kastela's Romeo and Juliet Star in New Tourism Promo Video

October 17, 2019 - The award-winning producers of Central Dalmatia's Heart of Adriatic are back with a new promo video for Kastela. 

A new promotional video highlighting the magic of the Kastela riviera between Split and Trogir has been released. 

"Kastela - Seven Reasons to Visit" is a historically themed short film inspired by the popular local legend of Miljenko and Dobrila (a kind of Romeo and Juliet characters who lived in Kaštela during the17th century).

The film contains some of the most distinctive and attractive historic and natural locations in Kastela, shown through a story of two young lovers from opposing families, who are meeting in secret, and communicating through secret messages throughout the city.

Three versions of the video have been posted online - the full 7-minute version.

A shorter, 3-minute trailer. 

And a short teaser. 

The video is a successful collaboration between Moonstone Production, Dalmatia Film Festival and the Tourist Board of Kastela. There will be a special presentation of this film in Split on October 19 at 19:00 at the Zlatnavrata cinema hall, as the part of Dalmatia Film Festival.

The video comes from the same creative minds that put together arguably the most successful promotional video in the history of Dalmatian tourism, The Heart of Adriatic. Now with almost ten million views on YouTube, the 2013 promotional video of Central Dalmatia won Gold medal at the Baku International Tourism Film Festival. The new Kastela video will possibly not hit those heights, but a very nice promotion of the destination. 

To learn more about the seven villages of Kastela - including that Romeo and Juliet sotry -  here are 25 things to know

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Property of the Week: Renovated Stone Villa by the Kastela Sea

October 16, 2019 - A trip to the Adriatic coast between Split and Trogir to Kastela for the latest TCN property of the week.

Between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the Adriatic coast lies a piece of Dalmatia that is often overlooked by tourists. Arriving at Split Airport, most passengers head into the city of Split, whose centrepiece is Diocletian's Palace, while those in the know looking to enjoy a warm and easy welcome on their first evening make the short journey to the gorgeous old town of Trogir. And between the two UNESCO sites and jewels of Dalmatian tourism lies seven villages known as Kastela, each with their own fantastic heritage and stone traditions, each with their own beaches. And largely overlooked by the many tourists who drive between Split and Trogir. 

And they are missing out, for Kastela is a fascinating place - here are just 25 things to know about Kastela, but there are many more things, including some great real estate opportunities close to the beach. The week's Trogstan Property of the Week comes from Kastel Stari, a gem for stone lovers close to the water.  

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A fantastic fully renovated stone property located 2nd row from the sea in Kastel Stari, of 300 sqm in total, two floors, on a 2764 sqm land plot, with a 45 sqm backyard, ideal for different purposes - residential/commercial, all connections, usage permit.

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For more photos, information and to book a viewing, check out the original Trgostan listing.

Friday, 4 October 2019

1.4 Billion Kuna Agreement Signed for Water Supply in Kaštela and Trogir

ZAGREB, October 4, 2019 - A 1.43 billion kuna (€193 million) co-financing agreement for the construction and reconstruction of the municipal water supply infrastructure in the Kastela and Trogir agglomeration was signed in Split on Thursday. The work should be completed by December 2023.

The agreement was signed by Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Ćorić, the CEO of the Hrvatske Vode water management company, Zoran Đuroković, and the CEO of Split's "Vodovod i Kanalizacija" company, Tomislav Šuta.

The project provides for the construction and reconstruction of more than 125 kilometres of the water supply network and over 230 kilometres of the public drainage system. After its completion, over 8,600 households will be connected to the public drainage system and over 1,600 households to the public water supply network, Minister Ćorić said.

About 70 percent of the project cost will be co-financed through the EU operational programme "Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020."

Also signed was a 16.1 million kuna (€2.17 million) co-financing agreement for the construction of municipal water supply works in Lećevica, a village in Split-Dalmatia County.

More Trogir news can be found in the Lifestyle section.

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