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The story of Kastav

As along with many other towns situated at the meeting point of Central Europe and the Mediterranean, Kastav has a rich tradition and a recognisable identity. Throughout its history, Kastav has been an administrative, commercial and cultural hub of Istria and Primorje. It has been and it still is the centre of the Croatian national question, which enabled the town to retain its autonomy, language and customs even when other larger towns started to emerge in its surroundings.

In ancient times, the Kastav region stretched all the way to Mount Učka’s slopes and many feudalists fought for the town. Kastav’s town nucleus was fortified with a medieval wall with nine towers situated on a 365m high hill served, and it still serves as the centre of the area, and it still witnesses the greatness and importance of Kastav from the old days.

The town of Kastav successfully combines its historic values with the contemporary way of life. Since the Republic of Croatia declared its independence and the town of Kastav regained its position as an independent district the bearers of the town's progress have become small and medium-sized enterprises who enjoy favourable conditions for expansion, especially thanks to the vicinity of Rijeka and Opatija - the commercial and tourist centres of the region.

Every summer Kastav hosts various international events such as Kastav Summer of Culture, Guitar Festival and Kastav Blues Festival. They feature performances of world-famous artists and attract numerous tourists from Croatia and abroad.

Kastav is also known for its festival of new wine, the traditional Bela Nedeja which takes place on the first Sunday in October, then its carnival, which starts on 17 January (the Feast of St. Anthony), various concerts of brass bands, meetings of accordionists and winemakers, and numerous art exhibitions.