Podstrana is a small town in central Dalmatia, located in the coastal part of historical Republic of Poljica, near Split.
It faces the sea and the islands, with the high hill of Perun (533 meters), a coastal reef of the Mosor mountain range, behind it, stretching along the 6 km long indented coast.
The cradle of what is today Podstrana is Stara Podstrana (Old Podstrana), which loyally guards a line of old houses made of rock situated beneath the hill of Perun, in whose courtyards and narrow streets the spirit of olden days pulsates uninterrupted.
Stara Podstrana guards its rich history and beauty in the conserved nature, magnificent churches and historical buildings, which reveal an impressive historical culture. The oldest church dates from the 11th century.
In summer, when everything is peaceful and quiet, with the song of cicadas and the gleam of old lanterns, the most beatiful verses are recited in the courts of old Čitovnica, at the poetry gathering for one's body and soul called "Dobrojutro more" ("Good Morning, Sea"). For a complete gastronomic experience, "o' praske" nights and olive oil days take place in Stara Podstrana, accompanied by the traditional Dalmatian klapa songs.
Stara Podstrana's patron saint, St Anthony of Padua, did not let the town be forgotten, so each year on 13 June, a procession passes through the town in his honour.
This space of rock, thorny broom, sea and sun, changed its appearance, its structure and the demographic structure throughout the history. It has inspired us to revive it, and reveal to you all the charms of Stara Podstrana.
It is adorned not only with houses made of rock and the conserved nature, but also with a breath-taking panorama. Tranquil at dawn, when roosters and birds wake it from its sleep, when the first rays of sun overcome the old windows to reach the sleeping local.
It delights at dusk, when the last rays of sun bring out all the beauty of the sea, the islands and the rocks, and makes the hearts of the romantic and those less romantic skip, inviting to the beloved's embrace.
Villa Gorica is a part of Stara Podstrana. As inheritance, it was passed on from generation to generation in our family. It is as if its every rock had an impression of the exhausted, wrinkled arms of the worker who had built this dream house with love and patience. It withstood the burden of years, alone, with sorrow in its walls, waiting for the young hands to restore it to its well-deserved splendour. Today it shines like never before.
Close to Villa Gorica, it was sad to look at the old olive orchard of our fathers as it silently wept and looked around in shame, thinking whether its saplings would ever soar to the sun. Today it is no longer sad, nor ashamed; today it proudly soars to the sky. To keep it company, we have planted new olive trees, so that the old olive trees can tell them their story and teach them everything.
There is an old saying: "An olive tree is like a mother – if you leave it and forget it, it will always take you back with open arms when you return."
Along with the olive orchard, we have peaches, vegetables and a vineyard, all ecologically grown. We would be delighted to show you all of this, so you too can enjoy the wonders the nature gives us.
Long beaches with numerous entertainment facilities are only 3 km away from Villa Gorica. After the beach, you can enjoy bicycle and mountain treks in Stara Podstrana, from which a beautiful view, ideal for photography enthusiasts, stretches. In the evening, you can enjoy Dalmatian konobas (trattorie) with their traditional dishes and a game of balote.
The house consists of 3 rooms with double bed, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen with a dining room, a living room, 2 terraces, a garden,a pool and a parking for 3 cars.