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Game of Thrones in Kastela

The town of kastela lies on the coast of kastela Bay and with a population of more than 40 000, it is the second largest town in the Split-Dalmatia County. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it developed around fortifications – citadels (kastela), in seven villages (Kaštel Sućurac, Kaštel Gomilica, Kaštel Kambelovac, Kaštel Lukšić, Kaštel Stari, Kaštel Novi and Kaštel Štafilić), each of them with its own specific traits so typical of this Mediterranean area.

An interesting village is Kaštel Gomilica that developed around the historic fortification Kaštilac, which from the 16th century stands nearly intact on a small island, surrounded by sea and connected with the mainland by a stone bridge. The entrance to the citadel is protected by a high tower entered across a drawbridge.

This unique, romantic and mysterious fortification in Kaštel Gomilica was chosen as the setting for the fourth season of the popular television series Game of Thrones, based on the third book from the series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin.

If you’re looking to snuggle down in safety, you can’t do much better than have the mountains behind you and the sea in front of you. At least that’s what the Dalmatian nobility thought when they looked at the invading Ottomans in the 15th and 16th centuries. The 20km stretch of coast between Trogir and Split, backed by long, low Kozjak hill, looked like the perfect place to relax in a well-fortified castle. One after the other, rich families from Split filed down to kastela bay to build their mansions. The Turks never reached them and the castles remain today.

kastela is the name given to the seven little ports around these coastal fortified castles, and it is a delightful day trip from Split or Trogir. Starting in the west, from Trogir, you’ll come first to Kaštel Štafilić, a castle on an islet connected to the mainland by a drawbridge. There’s also a Renaissance church in town. Next up is Kaštel Novi, built in 1512, and then Kaštel Stari, built in 1476 and the oldest in the bay. An arcaded cloister stands in the middle. Further on is Kaštel Lukšić, the most impressive of all and the only one you can enter.

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