Podstrana Croatia The
Most Beautiful Split Riviera

Podstrana Croatia is a small Split city municipality located about 7 km from Split historic city center. It’s a nearest Split town’s Riviera.

I cannot go wrong if I recommend Podstrana as the most convenient small Riviera for couples and families with children just a few steps from Split. This recommendation is of greater value particularly during the high season (July and August).

Podstrana Croatia map

Municipality Podstrana belongs to the Split-Dalmatia County. It is located southeast from the city of Split along D8 coastal road.

It is a beach town without a town center that spreads along the coast among small villages of Zrnovica, Strozanac, Grbavac, Grljevac, Sveti Martin and Mutogras.

The most fascinating part of today’s Podstrana is old Podstrana, a village of  centuries-old stone houses at the foot of steep cliffs Vrsine,  the witness of the spirit of the past with breathtaking views to Split and surrounding islands.

History of Podstrana

The first known inhabitants of Podstrana were the Illyrians, the members of the Dalmatian tribe. In the end of the 1st century the Romans founded the oldest settlement on this lively area and called it Pitunium.

Gornja (Upper Podstrana) view!
History remains near Podstrana
15th century, Cindro (De Cindris)palace
Tavern Carevi Dvori in Gornja Podstrana, only 15 minutes away from Split

With the arrival of the Croats, the villages emerged on the mountain slopes mildly sinking into the sea. The oldest village Gornja Vas, facing the sea and the sun, was established in the immediate vicinity of the Mura spring-water. If you are interested to know more about Podstrana Croatia history, here are the most reliable resources to read !

Advantages of Podstrana Riviera

If you decide to spend a week or even more days in Split, it would be advisable to pick up Podstrana as a base for your holidays. There are some reasonable reasons for this:

  • Podstrana, apparently a small place is an ideal combination of tranquility and harmony and only place to avoid Split summers town crowds when it turns into a big hive.
  • Podstrana beaches stretch over 6 km with many small family hotels and apartments.  Beaches are more peaceful and less crowded then any beach in Split .
  • This Riviera is easily reachable from Split, by frequent local bus service. There are two bus lines every an hour from Split Sukosan bus station to Podstrana Riviera. Bus number 60 connecting Split, Stobrec, Podstrana, Dugi Rat and Omis and Bus number 30 Split-Mutogras-Split. Check line 60 timetable !
Bus line N°60 from Split to Omis connecting all Podstrana settlements
  • Podstrana is only 27 km from Split airport . If you are arriving to Podstrana via the highway you should exit the highway in Dugopolje and then drive direction Split and later Omis. From the highway exit there is about 15 km to Podstrana.
  • Traveling by car, Podstrana offers a lot of parking places as almost every accommodation property (hotels, apartments, private pensions) guarantee the safe parking.
  • Podstrana  is a budget friendly destination and accommodation prices are much lower then in Split town area.
  • Beaches in Podstrana Croatia are gravel with a good access to the sea. Some parts also have concrete piers. The beaches in Podstrana stretch over 6 km, with a lot of small family hotels and apartments by the sea. Perhaps in Podstrana you will not find natural shade, but you will have no problem finding accommodation that is directly at the beach. See the photo below, to get an idea of how private apartments on the beach are!
Private apartment rentals on one of many Podstrana beaches

Things to do in Podstrana Croatia

Local travel agencies

Thanks its position, between Split town and Omis town, Podstrana offers  a lot of interesting holiday activities for all ages. Staying in Podstrana Riviera it isn't compulsorily to go go to Split to book one of many tours. 

From some hotels in Podstrana, like 5 stars Le Meridien Lav and 4 stars Hotel Split, can be arranged guided visits to Split, Trogir and Omis . It's also possible to book a rafting trip on Cetina River and island tours on speed boats. Bicycles, cars and scooters are also available for rent.

Podstrana Croatia offers various activities on its own territory like cycling trails in Podstrana with 8 different trails from easy, flat and pleasant trail to a demanding mountain trails with breathtaking views.

If cycling isn't for you, I suggest hiking in Podstrana as it does not require a lot of effort but  is the best way to tour the region and discover all its natural and cultural assets. There are a lot of marked hiking trails that begin in Strozanac, all the way to Mutogras and Gornja (Upper) Podstrana.

For those looking for more adrenaline activities, Perun climbing area is the perfect place, with difficulty levels ranging between 4c and 8a. You can contact some local agencies for more information.

Some local travel agency organize excellent recreational kayak rides, along the coast of Podstrana and Stobrec bay and entering in gentle Zrnovnica river to enjoy the idyllic river landscape with lush vegetation.

If you’ve decided to spend three or four days in Podstrana, or perhaps even more than a week, I advice not to miss out these tours:

Where to stay in Podstrana Croatia

Podstrana makes a great alternative to the Split city center, especially if you'd like to combine a beach and cultural holiday.

Podstrana Croatia Riviera on its 6 km long beach offers all types of accommodation properties.

If you're looking for properties  with sea view, than Podstrana offers a lot of private apartments for people that want a beautiful view of the crystal clear sea.

My favorite partner Adriatic.hr offers about 276 properties with sea view.Take a look at all the accommodation near pebble beaches in Podstrana.

Hotels in Podstrana Croatia

Recommended 4 and 3 stars with its own private beach!

Hotel Eden 4 stars Podstrana Hotel
Hotel San Antonio 4 stars Podstrana hotel
Hotel Split Podstrana 4 stars hotel
Hotel Bozikovina 4 stars hotel Podstrana
Hotel Neva 3 stars hotel Podstrana
Hotel Sunce (Sun) 3 stars hotel Podstrana

Podstrana 5 stars hotel!

Le Meridien Lav 5 stars hotel

Le Meridien Lav is the only five star resort located in Podstrana, 8 km south of Split, it has a 800 m long beach line, landscaped gardens and it overlooks the city and the surrounding islands.

The Diocletian Spa and Wellness Centre includes an indoor infinity pool, saunas, steam baths, whirlpools with a large selection of treatments.

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