Whether you agree or not, I consider Podstrana Croatia the most appropriate small Riviera for couples and families with children just a few steps from Split.  It’s a nearest Split town’s Riviera.

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

Split Podstrana Riviera
Split Podstrana Riviera

The vicinity of Split, excellent bus connections, beautiful beaches, natural beauty of centuries-old countryside, great choice of accommodation from apartments to comfortable hotels, are just some of the benefits of this little municipality.

Come to Podstrana, and discover all the secrets of this apparently small place!

It is the most ideal combination of tranquility and harmony of nature and the sea in only 6 km long coast with gravel beaches at the foot of Perun, the slope of the mountain Mosor.

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.

Getting To Podstrana Croatia

If you are arriving to Podstrana by car via the highway you should exit the highway in Dogopolje and then drive direction Split and later Omis. From the highway exit there is about 15 km to Podstrana.

Split and Podstrana are connected by dense network of bus lines. If you’re traveling by car, I would advise leaving it in Podstrana and taking the bus into Split avoiding the worst problem in Split (a parking place).

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Luxury beach house in Podstrana

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

  • Bus number 60 connecting Split, Stobrec, Podstrana, Dugi Rat and Omis.
  • Bus number 30 Split-Mutogras-Split
  • To help you move around Split or to download Split city bus lines.
  1. From Airport to Podstrana 27 km 30 minutes – Google Map
  2. From Split Center to Podstrana  11 km – Google Map

Hotels & Apartments in Podstrana

I can assure you this tiny riviera has more family friendly hotels than any other riviera. The beaches in Podstrana stretch over 6 km, lined with small family hotels and apartments by the sea.

You will have no problem finding accommodation that is directly at the beach.

Map of hotels and private accommodation in Podstrana:

Recommended Private villas:

Family Hotels:

Le Meridien Split – The Best 5 Stars Hotel

Le Meridien Lav Hotel beach
Le Meridien Lav Hotel beach

The Le Meridien Lav Split is a 5-star hotel offering a range of modern amenities including a kids pool and a fitness center. The hotel also provides a beauty center, 24 hour room service and valet parking.

This hotel has the best private beach. Hotel offers a range of outdoors activities, including hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Hotel also can arrange a visit to Split.

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