Podstrana

Podstrana is a tourist village and a resort in the Mediterranean environment. It is granted a rich vegetation and clear sea in a picturesque and ecologically preserved environment, ideal for a getaway from everyday life. Podstrana is situated only 8 km from Split and its riviera are the places like Strožanac, Grljevac, Sveti Martin and Mutogras situated along the shore, near the Adriatic highway which leads to Omiš. Airport Resnik is near the city of Trogir and it is 25 km from Podstrana

Community of Podstrana spreads along the coast in the direction northwest –southeast, from the lower course of the river Žrnovnica to the hill Mutogras, while its width is up to the mountain Perun.

From Podstrana you can have a wonderful panoramic view towards the sea and the island of Brac, it spreads for 6 km along the coast and there are pebbly and sandy beaches with pine trees and tamarisk.

This region had been inhabited by Greek population already in 1. century AD which confirm the findings on the hill of Mutogras. Later, the illyric tribe called Pituntin occupies this area until the invasion of Avars and Slavs in 7th century about which roman historian Polonius senior mentions in his writings.

In the past, this region had been a battlefield with Venetians because of the dominance on the sea, then with Turks and later French in the 19th century. In the church of Saint Martin one can find relics of a sarcophagus of a roman general Artorius Castus which is thought to be a legendary king Arthur. He had a right of the sword – the right to decide about someone's life or death and enjoyed the estates in Podstrana where even today one can find the remnants of roman colonies.

There are a lot of findings which confirm the turbulent history of Podstrana, especially ones near the church of Saint Martin where the relics of medieval graves, gravestones from 1. century AD and remains of the church of Saint George on Vršina – example of early croatian heritage.

Nowadays, inhabitants are still involved with agriculture (olives, peach plantations, vineyards...) and tourism. About 2000 families in this region work in tourist business. Podstrana has a very good tourist offer – a large number of family hotels, pensions and private apartments so altogether, thee are about 1900 registered sleeping places.

Due to its geographical position, guests can choose among various facilities: walking tracks, climbing or cycling, rafting, golf, visit historical sights and go to excursions to nearby excursion sites.

On the beach on can practice diving, windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and parachuting above water. Daily excursions, riding in the Cetina region (30 km away) and fish picnics can be organized as well.

After demanding sport activities, guests can taste an excellent gastronomic offer of national and international dishes and wines in numerous taverns, restaurants, pizzerias and bars. Nightlife in Podstrana takes place mainly on cocktail beach bars. The vicinity of the city of Split and Omiš offers various possibilities to all who want to explore the night life. „Le Meridien Hotel - Lav“situated in Podstrana can offers you sauna, swimming pools, casino, disco club „In motion“, wellness center...

 
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