Partner city from: 18. 3. 1992
Number of inhabitants: approximately 32 thousands
Distance from Hradec Králové: approximately 1016 km
Kastela is a seaside resort in the southern part of Croatia. A port founded at the time of ancient Greeks and Roman is nowadays a tourist centre with sand beaches, attractions and more or less 32 000 inhabitants. The partnership agreement with Hradec Králové was signed in 1992. Kastela is a common name for seven Croatian towns (fortresses) of central Dalmatia that were founded in 15th and 17th century as a protection against Turkish invasions. Their names are: Kastel Gomilica, Kastel Kambelovac, Kastel Luksic, Kastel Novi,Kastel Stari, Kastel Sucurac, Kastel Stafilic.
The oldest of these fortresses is the Kastel Stari, whose builder was Koriolan Cipiko. A combination of a castle and a palace was built on an island in the sea and it was joined with land only through a wooden bridge. All other fortresses were inspired by this model. As the fortresses were situated in a fruitful about 20 meters long belt, the inhabitants started to settle down in this area to stay. The seaside belt where all the towns are situated is called Kastela Rivieras. Above the Kastelas there is the mountain range Kozjak. The area between Kozjak and the sea is very fruitful, nowadays especially grapes, fruits and vegetable is grown there.
However the main source of living is obviously tourism. The year 2009 is, from the point of view of tourism, especially significant. Kastela Riviera celebrates this year the 100th year anniversary of tourism and same as in many resorts in Adria this anniversary is joined with the presence of Czech people. First touristic pension was 100 years ago opened in Kastel Luksic in 1909 by a Czech citizen doctor Henrik Soulavy. The director Jiri Menzel even included the story of doctor Soulavy in his documentary film “My Croatia” that he is making for the Croatian radio – television and which is to be first released in autumn. The film shows using individual stories, that the pioneers of tourism in Adria were Czech people. Tourism and culture are the principal areas of cooperation between Hradec Králové and Kastela. This year the deputy mayor Pavla Finfrlova visited Kastela to discuss possibilities of further cooperation.