If you decide that Podstrana is your place for vacation this summer then certainly after you have discover all the secrets of the Podstrane explore the sights and natural beauty of the cities and places near Podstrana. We would definitely recommend an independent tour to the city Split, Salona, Klis, Omis, Sinj, Trogir and Makarska.
Split is the largest city, as well as the most important cultural and economic center of Dalmatia. Split is surrounded by the hill Mosor on the north, the hill Kozjak on the northwest, and the hill Perun on the east. City of Split is more than 1700 years old and we link it to the ancient Greeks and the colony Asphalatos, the Illyrian tribe Delmati and finally the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who laid the foundations of today’s Split by making a palace like a Roman military fortress, close to the Adriatic Sea. The historic core of the city – Palace of Diocletian, is since the 1979 listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is a magnet for many tourists. Other interesting sites include the cathedral of Split, the bell tower of St. Duje, the city´s square, Prokurative, Mestrovic gallery, the museum of Croatian archaeological monuments and monument to Grgur Of Nin. The old city core is found under the hill Marjan. The islands in the area of Split are Brac, Hvar, Solta, and Ciovo. In the center of Split there is the famous sandy beach Bačvice, where people often play the local sport called “Picigin”. While staying in Split you must go for the walk on the hill Marjan and enjoy it’s natural beauties. The hill Marjan it is known more as a “lungs” of the city of Split. Today, “the most beautiful city in the world” is especially attractive tourist destination, not only because of the Imperial Palace and Peristyle, but also for the unique waterfront which is a meeting point for all the citizens, a blend of past and present, a place where old and young people spend most of their free time. Split with a rich heritage and cultural offers a large number of gastronomic specialties which you can enjoy in the world class restaurants and taverns. Also nightlife offers something for everyone, from discotheques, bars and casinos to alternative gigs and themed bars.
The Fortress Klis is situated on the hill of the same name. Due to its location on the high, natural sheer rocks above the crossing between the continental and coastal parts, on a pass that separates the mountains Mosor and Kozjak, the fortress served as a major source of defense in Dalmatia. Klis Fortress is a symbol of resistance of the united Dalmatians in the fight against the Turks. The Fortress has three levels and is surrounded by a triple ring of city walls whilst the most important parts of the fortress are the Kneževa kuća (Prince House), the church of St. Vitus, the powder-magazine, the officers’ barracks and the Oprah tower. From it you have a beautiful view which extends over the surrounding parts areas and even as far as the island of Vis
The Solin is located at the river Jadro, 5 km from Split, Solin is important cultural center and an archeological site. Originally, the city had existed under the name of Salona, which was a Greek colony in the 3rd century BC and after that a roman. From the old records we learn that the former Salon was a port of the Illyrian tribes Dalmatians, who traded with the Greek sailors. Julius Caesar’s 48th BC proclaimed Salon the center of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The area of Solin includes Solin, Vranjic, Mravince, Kučine and Rupotina.
Sights to visit in Solin:
The Amphitheatre – In the north-western part of the city is located amphitheater. The famous Danish architect and archaeologist, explorer Ejnar Salone Dyggve thought to have been built in the II. century AD, during the strong rise of Salona. It is assumed that could accommodate 18,000 spectators.In the vicinity of the amphitheatre, to its south, there was a cemetery for gladiators killed in the arena. From their epitaphs, we learn their names, origins, homelands and fighting specialities.
Gospin otok – Lady’s Island, the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia, surrounded by backwaters Jadro in the Middle Ages was the first settlement of the Croats. On the island in the X. century on the site of the shrine of Our Lady’s Island, Croatian Queen Jelena built two churches, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Stephen. On the shrine of Our Lady’s Island, every year is celebrates the feast of the Our Lady.
Hollow Church, the basilica of St. Peter and St. Moses
Hollow Church is one of the most important historical sites in Croatia, with the remains of three-aisled basilica dedicated to St.Peter and St. Moses, in which in the 1075th King Zvonimir was crowned as King of Croatia and Dalmatia. Coronation basilica was built within the existing early Christian basilica from the 6th century and with the coronation basilica and monastery was located. This church is also known to the people as Hollow Church since the early Romanesque church was built on the foundations of the destroyed basilica. This fact has made this early-Romanesque three-aisled basilica particularly famous.
Cemetery Manastirine – Manastirine the most important old Christian cemetery of Salona, where is buried a Solin bishop Dujam, tortured and killed in the first persecution of Christians in 304 AD during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. Large three-aisled basilica was erected over his grave in the fifth century.
Sinj is the center of the region of Cetina. Numerous archaeological finds testify to the human presence of the Cetina region already in prehistory. Many of them, dated between the late copper age and the Middle Bronze age, are attributed to the so-called culture of Cetina. In the Bronze Age there lives an Illyrian Delmata civilization whose development is continued until the arrival of the Romans. The Sinj has long objected to the Roman Government, but the numerous revolts were smothered in blood. After the fall of the Roman Empire, barbarian invasions were frequent. At the beginning of the 7th century, Croats from White Croatia (area around the Vistula in Poland), settled in Dalmatia. Archaeological finds of the century 7-9 that accept Christianity through the Franks. They formed the first political party, the Croatian Principality and then Kingdom, when Sinj was the center of the Cetina region. In 1513 Sinj fell into Turkish hands until 1686 when came under Venetian rule. The Turks are still trying to retrieve Sinj. In 1715 occurred the most important battle, when 700 defenders of Sinj reject tens of thousands of Turks. To commemorate the glorious victory in honour of the Patroness Saint Miraculous Madonna of Sinj, who defended Sinj from Ottoman invasion, every year in the city of Sinj is performed on the of 15 August, Knight game-Alka. Alka occurred at a time when in Europe there were many similar game of Knights. All are now left to oblivion, only the Alka of Sinj, in the wake of its 300th anniversary is protected by UNESCO.
Omis is a picturesque town with a true Mediterranean atmosphere situated in the heart of Dalmatia, between two very important tourist center, Split and Makarska. It is surrounded by cliffs, is under a rocky hillside near the river Cetina and the Adriatic Sea, which creates a landscape of rare beauty. Omiš is also known as a city of turbulent and interesting history. In a relatively small space, you can see the church from different historical periods, and the old fortresses testify a pirate history of Omis. For those that prefer active holidays, rafting on Cetina river, free climbing, windsurfing, swimming and waterpolo are just some of the activities that Omiš Riviera has to offer. The gastronomic offer is equal to the natural beauties; there is a wide choice of restaurants and wine-cellars as well as coffee-bars and night bars. There is a wide selection of restaurants and wineries, as well as cafes and bars that offer a good night entertainment for young people.
Omis – Fortress Fortica
Fortress Fortica is situated on top of Dinara mountain, with a tower overlooking the entire city, Cetina canyon to the islands of Brac, Hvar, Solta and middle part Poljica. In ancient times the Pirates from fortress controlled a large sea and land area. Fortress Fortica was designed for defense against the enemy, and it served also as a shelter. The fort can be reached on foot from Omis in a about 20 minutes following the path marked by signposts.
Trogir is a historic town and port on the Dalmatian coast, located by the Kastelan bay, close to the cobbled bridge connecting the shore to Čiovo. Trogir is composed of eight villages: Okrug Gornji, divulje, Drvenik Mali (Plate), Drvenik Large, Okrug Gornji, Plano, Trogir and Žedno and is located 28 kilometers from Split. The town of Trogir is a real town-museum with very long history. With 2300 years of urban continuity Trogir combines ancient Greek and Roman architecture as well as Venetian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in all of Central Europe. As such, city of Trogir is on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1997. Trogir city core has a preserved castle and tower, the cathedral of St. Lawrence (Sv. Lovro) and dozens of other interesting and important sites.
Makarska is small town in the south Dalmatia. It is located southeast of Split and northwest of Dubrovnik. Makarska lies in a beautiful bay underneath the mountain Biokovo. Makarska is also the center of Makarska riviera, which extends from Brela to Gradac. Makarska riviera is famous for its sunny climate and long pebbly beaches. In the Makarska there are some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Croatia, like the mountain Biokovo, which is a protected nature park and the canyon of the wild river Cetina. The Franciscan convent from the 16th century and St. Marko Evangelist Church are worth seeing, as well as the Shell museum with thousands shells from the Adriatic and other parts of the world. There are numerous cultural sites and events in Makarska. For music lovers there is the Makarska Jazz festival and numerous other events that will leave everyone satisfied.