For the seventh consecutive year, Marina Kaštela will host the 25th edition of the Mirno more project!

Peace Fleet Mirno more, the largest humanitarian sailing project for children,  has set out on a trip along the Croatian coast for the 25th time. Marina Kaštela welcomed over 1150 participants aboard 115 boats, who enjoyed the rich programme that was organised on both sea and land. Evoking the unique spirit of the Fleet, this sailing project of solidarity and mutual understanding brought together socially disadvantaged, physically and mentally impaired young people from 31 countries who, through play, were given an important life lesson: “We can and must live together in peace!”

Over 11000 young people have so far embarked on the adventure of the Peace Fleet, thus raising their voice against intolerance and for peace.

After visiting Marina Kaštela, Martina Klenner-Auvillain, delegate of the Republic of Austria in the Republic of Croatia, said: “One may argue that the contribution of the Peace Fleet-Mirno more is small, but, given that it provides young people with first-hand experience on learning how to jettison prejudice and keep an open mind towards others and being different, I find their contribution to peace to be essential. Or, in the words of the Peace Fleet: We are all together in the same boat!”

This is all good enough reason for the captain Joško Berket to host the Peace Fleet – Mirno more for the seventh time in a row. “Mirno more has become the way of thinking in my family’s private and professional life. Being a part of this invaluable social and humanitarian project fills me with immense gratitude and pride. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the organisers, supporters and volunteers. We will do our best to be good hosts. I wish everyone a pleasant stay in Marina Kaštela.”

This year, the organisers were presented with a special gift – olive oil from a tree that was planted together with the children participating in the Peace Fleet in 2013 as a symbol of peace.

Even though Kaštela in its current form is known as the picturesque 7 villages between Split and Trogir, they do have their own identity, culture and even a rich history of local food and wine. The combination of dry and rocky soil, the abundance of underground water due to the Kozjak mountain, the sunny climate and the closeness and safety of the Bay of Kaštela provide a background to this rich history.

Traditionally the people living in Kaštela were either farmers, who had to work very hard to grow food on the dry soil, and fishermen, who had to compete with other fishing villages along the coast. A typical homecooked meal, even today, would consist of a fish soup and boiled or grilled fish swimming in olive oil, with a side of swiss chard and potatoes. This basic formula is then slightly changed up by using local calamari or beef instead of fish, and sometime Italian rice instead of potatoes.

As many of the labourers working in the fields consumed dried figs, almonds and citrus fruits the combination of those ingredients became an integral part of domestic desserts such as Kaštela cake (Kaštelanska torta). Dishes such as pašticada, peka (under the baking bell), prosciutto, broad beans with cuttlefish, lamb with bread under peka (under the baking bell), play an important role, and foods such as broad beans and tomatoes even have festivals dedicated to them. Kaštela is also famous in Croatia for its abundance in fruits, and you can find cherries, figs, kiwis and pomegranates from Kaštela in the biggest farmers markets, from Split to Zagreb.

In today’s gastronomical offer, old fashioned dishes are inspiration for the modern cuisine. This is how the Pepefiš delicacies by the Dražin family from Kaštela was created. Dražin have won several international awards for their combination of marinated salty anchovies and sweet and sour peppers. Many of these delicacies are must-try dishes featured in the restaurants of Marina Kaštela as well as Bavadria’s banquets.

Since every superb meal goes well with a good glass of wine, the story continues with Crljenak, an original grape from Kaštela that went on its journey to America 200 years ago and became one of the favourite red wines – Zinfandel. The long discussion regarding the origin of this wine has found its conclusion in Kaštela, as it was proven with modern genetic testing, that the seeds come originally from the old vineyards on the slopes on the Kozjak.

Today, Kaštela is undergoing a renaissance of their wine making. You can taste a glass of this superb wine with an intense ruby-red colour, soft rounded fruity aromas and very elegant structure in the Spinnaker restaurant in Marina Kaštela.

Welcome to the home of Zinfandel – Crljenak of Kaštela!

For the first time ever, Marina Kaštela is hosting the 11th edition of the Croatian Small Ship Building and Tourist Attraction Fair taking place between April 4th and 7tt. This will be the first major fair in our new state-of-the-art Sailing Centre.

This year the fair has been elevated to a higher level due to the growing interest of domestic and foreign exhibitors as well as the expected increase in the number of visitors. The organisers of this event emphasize that the reasons for cooperation are not only the improved capacity and infrastructure of the marina, but also the vision and dedication of Capt. Joško Berket’s and his staff at Marina Kaštela. Both Marina Kaštela, and its sister company BavAdria, have not only been involved as founders and sponsors of a number of local sports teams, but have also been widely praised for building an indoor pool that mostly serves the local population.

The fair is intended to promote old crafts practiced in small ship building yards and hence put the ship building sector into the foreground. The fair will also promote vessels and equipment adjusted to the modern needs as well as a broader assortment of tourist attractions.

In addition to Marina Kaštela, this unique event is an excellent promotion for Kaštela as a modern tourist destination with the opening of numerous content possibilities.

Marina Kaštela wants to welcome all those who love the sea to the 11th edition of Small Ship Building and Tourist Attraction Fair. Admission is free for all visitors!