Podstrana Split N°1 Best Alternative

Podstrana Split

It is not by chance that I chose Podstrana Split,  which can be an excellent alternative for those who want to choose a quieter place for their summer vacation.

This is particularly true during the high season (July and August) when Split becomes a giant hive, and the only way to avoid this mess is to choose accommodation in Podstrana.

Where is Podstrana Split?

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

Municipality Podstrana belongs to Split-Dalmatia County. It is located southeast of Split along the D8 coastal road. Check where Podstrana is on the map!

Podstrana Split Map

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

Podstrana Split upper old town

History of Podstrana

The first known inhabitants of Podstrana were the Illyrians, the members of the Dalmatian tribe. At the end of the 1st century, the Romans founded the oldest settlement in this lively area called Pitunium. Read more on this page!

With the arrival of the Croats, the villages emerged on the mountain slopes, mildly sinking into the sea. The oldest town Gornja Vas, facing the sea and the sun, was established near the Mura spring water.

In the year 839, the first Croatian peace contract was signed between Croatian duke Mislav and the Venetian dodge Peter Tradonik after the victory of the young Croatian state over Venice. It was signed near the church of St Martin in Podstrana.

Some of the monuments that you must not forget to visit during your stay in Podstrana are Old Village, Ruzic palace, house Cindro, the church of St. Jure with the cemetery, church of St. Jure Perun, a marble statue of the Virgin, a statue of St. Anthony of Padua from the 18th century, the church of St. Ante and Rocco, the old parish church in Podstrana, the church of St. Fabian and the remnants of an ancient villa.

Advantages of Podstrana Riviera

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

  • Podstrana, apparently a tiny place, is an ideal combination of tranquility and harmony and the only place to avoid Split summers town crowds when it turns into a giant hive.

  • Podstrana Split beaches stretch over 6 km with many small family hotels and apartments. Beaches are more peaceful and less crowded than any beach in Split.

  • This Riviera is easily reachable from Split.
  • Podstrana is only 27 km from Split airport. If you are arriving in Podstrana via the highway, you should exit the highway in Dugopolje and then drive in the direction of Split and Omis. From the highway exit, there is about 15 km to Podstrana.

  • Podstrana is a budget-friendly destination, and accommodation prices are much lower than in the Split town area.

Getting From Split to Podstrana

I've already mentioned that Podstrana Split riviera is only a couple of miles from the Split old city center. There are only 6,8 miles or 11 km.

The most frequent bus lines from Split to Podstrana and back are:

  1. Bus number 60 connects Split, Stobrec, Podstrana, Dugi Rat, and Omis. To help you move around Split, check the Split city bus line n°60!
  2. Bus number 30 Split-Mutogras-Split.
  3. From Airport to Podstrana is 27 km and 30 minutes – Google map!

The final bus stop where you have to get off the bus from Podstrana riviera is bus stop TRZNICA (open green market). It's just a few meters from the Silver Gate of Diocletian Palace. It is the penultimate station of the n°60 bus line!

Bus ticket from/to Podstrana to Split will be around 2,5 Euro. From January 1st, 2023, Croatia will pass from Kuna to Euro.

Podstrana Split Riviera Beaches

Enjoying the sea and beaches is one of Croatian tourism's main assets, and Podstrana's coast and waters are among the cleanest in the country.

Beaches in Podstrana, Croatia, are gravel with good access to the sea. Some parts also have concrete piers. The beaches in Podstrana stretch over 6 km, with many small family hotels and apartments by the sea.

In Podstrana, you will not find natural shade, but you will be fine finding accommodation directly at the beach.

Things To Do In Podstrana Split

Podstrana offers many exciting holiday activities for all ages thanks to its position between Split town and Omis town. Staying in Podstrana Riviera, it isn’t compulsorily to go to Split to book one of many tours.

I know that for most visitors, the main goal will be to visit Split town and its famous – Diocletian Palace. Regardless of the distance between Podstrana and Split, you will have no problem booking excursions.

Some hotels in Podstrana, like five stars Le Meridien Lav and four stars Hotel Split, can be arranged for guided visits to Split, Trogir, and Omis.

It’s also possible to book a rafting trip on the Cetina River and island tours on speed boats. Bicycles, cars, and scooters are also available for rent. You can even book horse riding in Podstrana!

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

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

Where To Stay In Podstrana Split

Podstrana is an excellent alternative to the Split city center, especially if you want to combine a beach and a cultural holiday.

Podstrana Riviera offers all accommodation properties on its 6 km long beach. If you’re looking for properties with a sea view, then Podstrana provides a lot of private apartments for people that want a beautiful view of the crystal-clear sea.

Podstrana’s five stars hotel

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

The Diocletian Spa and Wellness Centre includes an indoor infinity pool, saunas, steam baths, and whirlpools with many treatments.

Lav Meridien hotel Podstrana

Podstrana Split offers some excellent four stars hotels. All hotels are family-run hotels, and all are on the beach looking at the nearby islands. Here are some best hotels:

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