Activities

Bicycling

Author: Arhiva PP Biokovo
Cycling is possible on two cycling trails using own bicycle; use of helmets is compulsory. The cycling trail Staza – Saranać is a gravel trail, while the other, leading from the Park entrance to the peak of Sveti Jure, is an asphalt road. The time required for the climb and the trails as a whole largely depends on the fitness level of the cyclist. One needs to be cautious as well, since the road is narrow with a number of lay-bys, and the traffic volume on it is considerable during the tourist season.

Staza – Saranać

Staza – Saranać cycling trail passes along the Rodić Road, and it is 8 kilometers long. The trail leads from the Staza mountain pass (897 m.a.s.l.) to the hamlet of Saranać, located on county road Šošići – Kozica (ŽC 6199). The Rodić Road was named after Baron Gavrilo Rodić, the Dalmatian Governor who advocated its construction. Its opening ceremony took place on May 30, 1878. The road led from Makarska over the Staza mountain pass to the village of Kozica, where it connected with the main road of Dalmatia linking the cities of Zadar and Dubrovnik.

Trail length: 8 km

Elevation difference: Staza pass 897 m.a.s.l.; hamlet of Saranać 740 m.a.s.l. (157 m in total)

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Gravel

Note: Use of bicycle helmet is compulsory during cycling in the Park!

Entrance - peak of Sv. Jure

The cycling trail connecting the Park entrance with the peak of Sv. Jure starts from the entrance to the Biokovo Nature Park located next to the Makarska - Vrgorac state road (D 512) above the settlement of Podgora, at  365 m.a.s.l. The trail ends at the peak of Sv. Jure, the highest peak of Biokovo (1762 m.a.s.l.). In total, this rather difficult cycling route is 23 kilometers long, with the ride taking approximately three hours. Actual climbing time depends on the fitness level. The trail is asphalted throughout.

Trail length: 23 km

Elevation difference: Entrance to the Park 365 m.a.s.l.; Sv. Jure peak 1762 m.a.s.l. (1397 m in total)  

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Bicycle rental possibilities: Not available

Trail type: Asphalt

Note: Use of bicycle helmet is compulsory during cycling in the Park!

Hiking/walking

Author: Ante Šarić
Hiking trails of Biokovo require experience and mountaineering skills, since their difficulty level typically ranges from medium to high. There are fifteen hiking trails in total, providing an excellent choice to mountaineers. Drinking water is available only on several trails, and each trail requires hiking equipment. There are viewpoints as well, providing amazing vistas of the mountain of Biokovo and the sea.

Podgora/Srida Sela – Vrutak – Staza – Podglogovik

The trail starts from Podgora, passing next to the water reservoir and the potable water spring of Vrutak, continuing through the Staza area and the forest of black Dalmatian pine. The final section passes along the Biokovo Road to Podglogovik.

Trail length: 4 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 660 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Tučepi/Srida Sela – Sv. Kate – Mali vrv – Badališće – Ravna Vlaška

The trail passes through old fields and abandoned hamlets, with a steep climb through rocky terrain in its final section (not demanding technically, but very hard).

Trail length: 4.7 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 945 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Tučepi/Grubišići – Logršća voda – Kolovrat – Lađana

The trail passes through old and mostly abandoned hamlets; the hiking climb starts at the hamlet of Grubišići. The trail then passes next to the red cliffs to the left of the trail. Sections marked by macchia and low shrubs are interspersed with rocky hairpin turns. The trail then enters a pine forest with the water spring Logršća voda.

Upon leaving the forest, the trail steeply rises in its final part as it winds through talus cones and rocks (this section is not technically demanding, but it is hard). Towards its end, the trail passes next to a chapel and through the locality of Viskovića staje in the area of Mala Lađana, finally reaching the Biokovo Road after a short climb.

Trail length: 5,5 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 930 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Makarska/Kotišina – Pržinovac – Štrbina – Vošac

The trail begins in the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo, located approximately two kilometers from Makarska, which can be reached by car or on foot. Visitors approaching via the Makarska – Vrgorac state road should take the turn towards Kotišina – a village above which the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo is located. The village of Kotišina can also be reached by walking from Makarska. Hikers should take the Petra Petice Street, passing along the right side of the city cemetery to the Adriatic Highway and the pedestrian crossing, and continuing next to a large transformer station where the concrete section of the trail starts. The walk to the village of Kotišina takes approximately 30 minutes.

The hiking trail starts at the main entrance to the Botanical Garden, steeply rising through wide stone hairpin turns, and eventually reaching pine forests after passing through the area marked by talus cones and bare rocks. After three hours of hiking and permanent climb, one reaches Pržinovac - a plateau best known as a paragliding take-off site, offering amazing views of the coastal area of Makarska. An intersection on this site offers the choice to proceed left towards the mountain pass and the sightseeing point of Štrbina and further on towards the peak of Vošac, or to continue straight towards the Biokovo Road. Taking the first option, visitors reach the beech forest and then the site of Štrbina after half an hour of pleasant hiking. A somewhat steep climb further on to the peak of Vošac (1422 m.a.s.l.) takes 15 minutes.

Trail length: 6.6 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 1146 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Makarska – Makar – Kruška – Štrbina – Vošac

Starting from Makarska and the square Kačićev trg (with the old Venetian fountain), a walk through the town takes visitors to the hamlet of Makar. A steep climb over rocky hairpin turns leads to the site of Vrba with a water reservoir. To the right of the trail, there is a water spring closed by small metal door. After Vrba, the trail proceeds with a relatively easy climb through a predominantly pine forest to the site of Kruška. This is where one comes across an intersection of hiking trails. To the right, hikers can reach Tučepi in 2 hours and 45 minutes, and Kotišina in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The trail proceeding straight takes hikers to Vošac in 1 hour and 15 minutes; Sv. Jure in 3 hours and 45 minutes; Bast in 3 hours and 45 minutes; and V. Brdo in one and a half hour.

Approximately five minutes after this intersection, we reach the next intersection. There, the trail branching leftwards takes hikers to Bast in 3 hours and 45 minutes, and to Veliko Brdo in an hour and a half. The trail proceeding straight leads to Vošac and Sv. Jure. This is where hikers should proceed straight along the hairpin turns to the Mali Vošac mountain pass, and further on to the Štrbina sightseeing point (1338 m.a.s.l.), with the peak of Vošac (1422 m.a.s.l.) rising above it. Continuing onwards, there is an intersection after 200 meters, where the trail branching to the left takes hikers to the Toni Roso mountain lodge on the peak of Vošac (1422 m.a.s.l.). The branch of the trail proceeding straight descends towards the Vošac mountain lodge (1300 m.a.s.l.), which can also be reached by car using the Biokovo Road.

Trail length: 7.05 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 1422 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Makarska – Makar – Kruška – Štrbina – Babina Vrklja – Sv. Jure

The oldest hiking trail leading to the peak of Sveti Jure from the south side takes hikers from the village of Makar (229 m.a.s.l.) across the Vošac mountain lodge (1422 m.a.s.l.) and the mountain lodge under the peak of Sv. Jure (1594 m.a.s.l.), to the peak itself (at 1762 m.a.s.l.). The village of Makar is located right above Makarska. Those arriving by car should park on a widening in front of the local cemetery and the chapel of St. John. The climb first briefly leads through the settlement to its last houses along an asphalted road, and then continues along a well-built trail.

At the very beginning, the trail is wide and paved with stones. Following a constantly winding section marked by hairpin turns, hikers eventually reach the locality of Vrba with a water reservoir. Following this locality, the trail continues with a light climb through a predominantly pine forest to the site of Kruška with an intersection of trails. This is where hikers should continue straight through the hairpin turns to the Mali Vošac mountain pass, and further on towards the Štrbina sightseeing point (1338 m.a.s.l.) with the peak of Vošac above it (1422 m.a.s.l.). What follows from the mountain lodge at Vošac is a well-marked and well-built section of the trail leading to the chapel and intersection at Babina vrklja. This is where hikers should follow the direction towards the mountain hut under the peak of Sv. Jure. The trail leads further through dolines covered in beech forest. The telecommunication tower and the peak of Sv. Jure can be seen nearby. The climb to the top is secured by rope.

Trail length: 10.9 km

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Elevation difference: 1762 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Milići – Očijeski – Sv. Jure

The starting point of this route is in the village of Milići, located at around 400 meters above sea level, approximately three kilometers from the center of Zagvozd in the direction of Vrgorac on the D62 state road. In the beginning, the trail is marked by a mild climb through the macchia and low shrubs, passing along numerous fences, large and small karst valleys, and the remains of a stable at 830 meters above sea level.

Soon after the stable, at approx. 900 meters above sea level, the trail proceeds in a steep climb through a dense beech forest protecting hikers from the sun all the way to the glade above Očijeski. From the well at Očijeski, a marked trail leads further towards the peak of Sv. Jure. After crossing a very steep and demanding slope, the trail again enters a beech forest, somewhat less dense than the first one, providing hikers with the first glance of the destination upon leaving the forest - the peak of Sv. Jure with the dominant TV transmission tower.

Trail length: 4.7 km

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Elevation difference: 1269 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Makarska/Veliko Brdo – Baškovići – Miletin bor – Prasina dolac – Baškovića staje – Lokva

The first part of the route starts with a walk along the asphalt trail uphill to the center of the settlement, followed by a turn northwest towards the hamlet of  Baškovići (420 m.a.s.l.). The walk to the last houses in the hamlet takes approximately 40 minutes, and it is also possible to drive to that point. There is no shortage of marks and signposts, so orientation is hardly a problem. What follows is a climb along a slope covered in weaver's broom, all the way to the exit to a path cleared for firefighting purposes. One part of that section of the trail leads along a talus cone that makes the climb somewhat harder than usual. On the locality known as Miletin bor (650 m.a.s.l.), there is a take-off site for flying afficionados in love with heights.

The route continues in the direction of southeast along a firefighting path, leading the visitors to an intersection marked by a signpost after only a couple of minutes of hiking. Here, the trail becomes steeper and steeper, climbing through a mountain passage all the way to the base of the Veliki Borovac rock. This is where we encounter yet another miracle of the human will - a path carved into rock, called Skaline. The trail proceeds through a pine forest until the Mali Borovac mountain pass (1253 m.a.s.l.). Continuing through the forest until an intersection, the trail then divides into two branches. One branch continues straight towards Lokva and the Slobodan Ravlić mountain hut, while our branch heads to the left, towards Šibenik and Motika.

Trail length: 6.2 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 1170 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Baška Voda/Bast – Korito – Osićine – Sv. Ilija

A marked hiking trail begins in the town of Baška Voda. Those who prefer to avoid walking all the way from Baška Voda to the village of Bast can drive that part of the route. Vehicles can park approximately 100 meters before the church of St. Rocco, on a large parking lot in the middle of the village. Upon passing the village, a very steep climb starts along a livestock trail, through the passage of Oštri umac, to the water source of Korito where hikers can replenish their water supplies. After Korito, the hiking trail proceeds further through the Oštri umac passage, along a talus cone, all the way to the first intersection of hiking trails, where one should turn left towards the Osičine mountain shelter.

The branch is well-marked, and easy to notice. After the turn, the trail continues very sharply uphill, through a pine forest this time, all the way to the mountain shelter PS Osičine (1353 m.a.s.l.). After passing this mountain shelter at the locality of Osičine, hikers should continue further through the forest, until they come to the intersection of their trail with the Biokovo Hiking Trail (Biokovska planinarska staza, BPS). At this intersection, one branch of the hiking trail proceeds to the right (eastwards) towards Motika, and one branch proceeds left (northwards) towards Sv. Ilija. The markings of the latter trail lead to a sinkhole with the abandoned site of Matijaševića stanovi, where one can also find water in the western part of the sinkhole next to the rock. A pole or a rope is required to reach the water; however, it is questionable whether the water is potable. If there is no other choice, and water from this source must be used, hikers are recommended to disinfect it.
Upon leaving the sinkhole, hikers reach a ridge that leads to the peak of Sv. Ilija in only 10 minutes. 

Trail length: 5.32 km

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Elevation difference: 1317 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Brela/Kričak – Sv. Kajo – Nevistina stina – Sokolove Staje – Sv. Nikola

The trail begins on the site of Kričak in Brela, at the elementary school with a large parking lot where visitors arriving by car can leave their vehicle. Alternatively, drivers can continue for about one kilometer to the end of the settlement of Gornji Kričak. This is where one finds a gravel trail and a hiking signpost pointing towards Nevisitna stina. Hikers can reach the site of Nevistina stina in about half an hour of hiking. The site offers wonderful views of the Makarska Riviera and the nearby islands.

The trail leads further across a mountain pass to the north side of Biokovo, where one can see the church of St. Nicholas in the distance. What follows is first a descent, and then a new ascent through the abandoned village of Sokolove Staje, with the trail eventually reaching the church of St. Nicholas.

Trail length: 3.15 km

Trail difficulty: Easy

Elevation difference: 317 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Brela Gornja/Subotišće – Sv. Nikola – Bukovac

The trail begins at the Brela Gornja Presentation Center in the hamlet of Subotišće. What follows is an easy climb along the educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia, ending at the church of St. Nicholas at 550 m.a.s.l., requiring approximately an hour and twenty minutes of easy climbing.

The trail then continues further, first through the forest and across a large talus cone, and then through the forested area of Bukovačka draga, owing its lush vegetation to water sources scattered right next to the hiking trail. After almost two hours of climb from the church of St. Nicholas, hikers reach a meadow with the Bukovac mountain hut located at its southern end (1030 m.a.s.l.).

Trail length: 4.87 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 763 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Throughout the year

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Šute – Kamenica – Šutine staje – Vraca – Sv. Ilija

The trail starts in the hamlet of Šute (260 m.a.s.l.), proceeding to the site of Šutina kamenica (590 m.a.s.l.) and then towards the site of Šutini stanovi site with a hunting hut (970 m.a.s.l.), followed by the Vraca pass (1486 m.a.s.l.). Following an intersection with the Biokovo Hiking Trail, the route continues along a narrow ridge to the peak of Sv. Ilija (1640 m.a.s.l.) with the chapel of St. Elijas open for visits.

Trail length: 5.3 km

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Elevation difference: 1347 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Vrh Turije – Lozovac – Ljubović – Sv. Jure

The starting point of this route is on the pass of Turija, approximately ten kilometers from the center of Zagvozd in the direction of Vrgorac. Some five hundred meters before the tunnel, at 647 meters above sea level, there is a branch turning right towards the area with a number of old livestock stables known as Lozovci; the turn is marked with a panel and markings.

The trail is wide and well-maintained, and the climb is easy. The Lozovac water well follows next, located only ten or so meters from the trail, and retaining water throughout the year. At 857 meters above sea level, one reaches the final traditional livestock complex, called Peškirića staja. The trail is rather monotonous from there on; initially, it is easy, but then it becomes steeper and more demanding. The markings are densely placed and visible in this section of the trail. After slightly over 2.5 kilometers of hiking, at around 1100 m.a.s.l., hikers come across a rather steep and demanding climb half a kilometer long, ending on the northeastern edge of Ljubovića dolac (1266 m.a.s.l.). From that point onwards, hikers can see the transmitter on the peak of Sv. Jure, which marks the end of the climb.

Trail length: 5.15 km

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Elevation difference: 1062 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Župa/Roglići – Čulija – Sutvid – Sv. Rok

The climb starts from the hamlet of Roglići (400 meters above sea level), at the birthplace of Josip Roglić (1906–1987), Croatian geographer, natural historian and member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts. The marked trail starts with a mild climb, becoming steeper and steeper as it continues, initially leading through dense macchia and karst terrain, and then through an increasingly dense and shady forest.

After an hour and a half of hiking, one reaches the Akademik Josip Roglić mountain hut at Čulija (900 m.a.s.l.). A single-storey construction made of stone with ten beds has no supplies, and the only water source is a small reservoir. 
From the site of Čulija, around an hour of climb remains to the peak of Sutvid (1332 m.a.s.l.), representing the highest point of the climb. Additional half an hour of hiking eastwards lead hikers across Luetića pojata to the small church of St. Rocco (1227 m.a.s.l.). 

Trail length: 5.5 km

Trail difficulty: Medium difficulty

Elevation difference: 816 m

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Available

Biokovo Hiking Trail (BPS) – Bartulovići (Brela Gornja) – Šošići (Gornje Igrane)

This multiple-day hiking tour takes hikers along the trail Biokovska transverzala. The route starts at the Brela Gornja Presentation Center in the hamlet of Subotišće, continuing further towards Zaveterje and the hamlet of Bartulovići, which is where the actual hiking trail starts. This very demanding and hard multiple-day tour requires an excellent fitness level.

Trail length: Approx. 30 km 

Trail difficulty: Difficult

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Recommended equipment: Recommended equipment includes seasonal hiking clothes, high-quality hiking boots and sufficient quantity of drinking water.
In the summer, due to possible sudden and harsh weather changes, as well as elevation and temperature difference, hikers are advised to take warmer clothes with them - including windproof jacket or raincoat. Do not forget your hat and sunscreen for sun protection.

Availability of drinking water: Not available

Alpinism/climbing

Author: Arhiva PP Biokovo
Rock climbing has a rich history on Biokovo, with the Brela climbing site a renowned climbing destination. This top-class site for sport climbing includes around 70 routes, mostly medium-difficulty. The climbing guide Rocks of Croatia from 1975 listed as many as 18 climbing routes on Biokovo back in those days.

Climbing site Brela

Modern rock climbing on Biokovo started in 1955, when the rock climbers from the city of Split designed the first climbing route on the peak of Šibenik. The first mention of Biokovo as a climbing site can be found in the rock climbing guide Rocks of Croatia of 1975, with 18 listed routes on the mountain. In the 1980s, Austrian rock climbers led by Christian Hacker designed a number of routes in the area of Gornji Kričak near the town of Brela. These rock-climbing tourists recognized the superb quality and major potential of the rock, making it one of the most attractive sport climbing sites on the Adriatic coast.

Brela climbing site is a high-quality, compact sport climbing rock, with around 70 prepared sport routes, mostly medium-difficulty. The climbing site faces southwards, with fully vertical surfaces in some sections. 
Both the horizontal and the vertical routes take maximum advantage of the potential of the rock. Elevation difference of the routes ranges between six and seventy meters (three lengths); grades range from rather easy 4a-category climbs to 7c+ routes. Details can be checked on the sketch of the climbing site.

Number of routes: 69

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring and autumn

Route grade: 4a - 7c+

Climbing site Smokvina

Smokvina climbing site is located above the village of Bast near the settlement of Baška Voda. This small climbing site has 29 routes in total, taking maximum advantage of the potential of the rock.

Elevation difference of routes ranges from six to twenty two meters, and route grades range from 4c to 7b.

Number of routes: 29

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring and autumn

Route grade: 4c - 7b

Paragliding and flying

Author: Arhiva PP Biokovo
Pilots fly under their own responsibility, and only those with experience are permitted to use the available take-off sites Pržinovac and Miletin bor. Registering at take-off site is compulsory. These take-off sites serve paragliders and hang gliders for sport and recreational flying.

Pržinovac

Take-off site is located at 1300 m.a.s.l.

Landing site: Landing site Rt Ramova

Note:

OPERATOR OF BIOKOVO TAKE-OFF SITE:
Edel Club (Klub padobranskog jedrenja Edel – Makarska)
Obala kralja Tomislava 27, Makarska
Cell: +385 (0)98 732 110
E-mail: matko.benkovic@st.t-com.hr
Person in charge on site: Mr. Matko Benković

Miletin bor

Take-off site is located at 650 m.a.s.l.

Landing site: Landing site Rt Ramova

Note:

OPERATOR OF BIOKOVO TAKE-OFF SITE:
Edel Club (Klub padobranskog jedrenja Edel – Makarska)
Obala kralja Tomislava 27, Makarska
Cell: +385 (0)98 732 110
E-mail: matko.benkovic@st.t-com.hr
Person in charge on site: Mr. Matko Benković

Educational trails

Author: Arhiva PP Biokovo
Sridivice educational trail is a continuation of the educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia, thus creating a loop trail starting from the Brela Gornja presentation center of the Biokovo Nature Park, and it is located near the old and neglected pasture of Sridivice. The trail has three information panels, showing the map of the Sridivice pasture with hiking trails, and informing the visitors about the practice of nomadic livestock breeding and the importance of agricultural diversity and biodiversity in the conservation of pastures and sustainable development of Biokovo.

Educational geological trail Pod Vilovikom

Educational geological trail Pod Vilovikom begins at km 9 of the Biokovo Road, between Lemešini doci and Jakičuša. The trail is easy and marked, and it takes about half an hour of moderately paced hiking to explore it. The information panel marking the starting point of the trail is located on the Biokovo Road itself, and two additional information panels placed along the trail explain the origin of limestone and geomorphological phenomena of Biokovo.

Trail length: 0.5 km

Duration: 45 minutes

Elevation difference: Biokovo Road 1050 m.a.s.l. – end of the geological trail 1070 m.a.s.l.  (20 m in total)

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 3

Educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia

At its current stage, the educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia is 2.7 kilometers long, and it leads from the Brela Gornja Presentation Center of the Biokovo Nature Park in Subotišće to the church of St. Nicholas. Nine information panels provide an overview of the life of ancient Berulia and its inhabitants.

Words and images are used to tell stories about sites such as the Church of Our Lady of Health from the 17th century, a protected cultural site; Tomaševo guvno, a threshing floor for wheat; the site of Gorčina known for its almonds and Marasca cherry; Klešići, an old settlement on rocky cliffs; Vodice water well, a valuable source of "live water"; Mrkore viewpoint, a site on rocks marked by unique structure and colors; the site of Dubrava, once a place of lush vineyards and Marasca cherry orchards, and covered in dense pine forest today; Church of St. Nicholas, a cultural monument from the 13th century. The trail is easy, and requires approximately one hour of hiking.

Trail length: 2.7 km

Duration: 2 hours

Elevation difference: Brela Gornja Presentation Center 277 m.a.s.l. – St. Nicholas 550 m.a.s.l.  (273 m in total)

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 9

Educational trail Topnički put (Artillery Trail)

Educational historical trail Topnički put or Artillery Trail leads from the Staza pass (897 m.a.s.l.) to the slopes of the peak of Supin (1033 m.a.s.l.), and includes historical artillery and machine-gun nests, trenches and remains of water reservoirs and barracks once used as fortifications in World War I for the defense against the forces of the Entente.

The trail is easy, approximately one kilometer long, and requires around half an hour of hiking. Five information panels along the trail inform the visitors about the historical importance of the Church of St. Elijas, life of soldiers in trenches, the Sarajevo assassination, the Artillery Trail itself, World War I and the Rodić Road. 

Trail length: 1.5 km

Duration: 1.5 hours

Elevation difference: Biokovo Road / Church of St. Elijas 897 m.a.s.l.  – base of the peak of Supin (end of trail) 930 m.a.s.l. (33 m in total)

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 7

Educational trail Sridivice

Educational trail Sridivice is a continuation of the educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia, completing a loop trail that starts from the Brela Gornja Presentation Center of the Biokovo Nature Park, and it is located near the abandoned old pasture of Sridivice. The trail was designed within the BBio Project "Sustainable development of the border regions through preservation of autochthonous breeds and establishment of gene centres in Buhovo and Biokovo".

It is equipped with three educational panels that include the map of the Sridivice pasture with walking trails and that provide information to visitors on transhumance livestock breeding and on the importance of agricultural diversity and biodiversity for the conservation of pastures and sustainable development of Biokovo. 

Trail length: 3 km

Duration: 2.5 hours

Elevation difference: Gorčina site / educational trail PDB 325 m.a.s.l.  – St. Nicholas 550 m.a.s.l. (225 m in total)

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, summer, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Trail type: Forest path

Number of interpretation panels: 3

Schools in nature

Author: Ksenija Protrka
Schools in nature can be organized by prior arrangement. They are intended for pupils of lower elementary school grades, and the topics are determined in consultation between teachers and educational experts.

Educational workshops

Guided tour through the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo

Target age group: Preschool age group and lower elementary school grades

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: April, May, June, September

Suitable for individual / group visits: Group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Not accessible

Note: By prior arrangement

Guided tours

Author: Arhiva PP Biokovo
Spring and autumn are the right time to take a guided tour through the Biokovo Nature Park. Both available tours include a visit to Kotišina Botanical Garden, located on the littoral slopes of the mountain above a village of the same name. The Botanical Garden was founded by Friar Jure Radić, for the purpose of scientific research, conservation and analysis of the unique plant world of Biokovo.

Half-day guided tour

Half-day guided tour is provided by Park staff, and takes up to three hours. During the program, visitors get acquainted with the plant and animal world of Biokovo, and with the cultural heritage and geology of the mountain.

The guided tour requires prior arrangement, and it covers the area of Brela Gornja,  educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia, the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo, the massif of the Biokovo Mountain and the Biokovo Road.

Duration: 3 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessibility depends on the specific area: Brela Gornja, educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia and the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo are NOT wheelchair accessible; the Biokovo Road IS wheelchair accessible.

Recommended equipment: Adequate hiking footwear and clothes

Full-day guided tour

Full-day guided tour is provided by Park staff, and takes up to six hours. During the program, visitors get acquainted with the plant and animal world of Biokovo, and with the cultural heritage and geology of the mountain.

The guided tour requires prior arrangement, and it covers the area of Brela Gornja, educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia, the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo, the massif of the Biokovo Mountain and the Biokovo Road.

Duration: 6 hours

Recommended time of year for visit: Spring, autumn

Suitable for individual / group visits: Individual and group visits

Accessible to persons with disabilities: Accessibility depends on the specific area: Brela Gornja, educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia and the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo are NOT wheelchair accessible; the Biokovo Road IS wheelchair accessible.

Recommended equipment: Adequate hiking footwear and clothes

Accommodation and catering

Author: Dario Odak
Catering services are mostly offered by taverns. Accommodation can be found in the house of rural tourism Vrata Biokova, located in the vicinity of the Staza viewpoint. Activities such as horse or donkey riding can also be arranged.

Mountain hut - Bukovac

The construction of the mountain hut began in 1976, and the hut was completed in 1984. The facility was built by mountain lovers and hunters from the municipality of Brela, with the assistance of the municipality. The mountain hut is managed by PD Pozjata from Brela.

Important information:

Capacity: 10 persons
Offer: beds, water

Contact:

Phone: +385 (0)98 771 819
Contact person: Željan Bekavac

Mountain lodge - Toni Roso

Located on the very peak of Vošac, named after the Makarska mountaineer Toni Roso who tragically passed away, the facility was originally built for military purposes after World War II; it has been open to hikers since 2005. Its dominant position offers unique views of the entire coastal area of central Dalmatia. The mountain lodge is managed by the speleological club SAK Ekstrem from Makarska.

Important information:

Capacity: 14 persons
Offer: beds, water

Contact:

Phone: +385 (0)98 968 7786
Contact person: Dragan Delić

Mountain hut - Slobodan Ravlić

The mountain hut has been open to hikers since September 12, 1981. Named after the Makarska mountaineer Slobodan Ravlić who tragically passed away, the mountain hut is managed by HPD Biokovo from Makarska.

Important information:

Capacity: 18 persons
Offer: beds, water

Contact:

Phone: +385 (0)98 225 852
Contact person: Drago Erceg

Mountain hut - Pod Jurom

The mountain hut is located next to the Biokovo Road, just below the peak of Sv. Jure. It was built during the construction of the TV transmitter on the peak, and it has been open to hikers since 1983. The mountain hut is managed by HPD Biokovo from Makarska.

Important information:

Capacity: 18 persons
Offer: beds, water, electricity

Contact:

Phone: +385 (0)98 225 852
Contact person: Drago Erceg

Mountain hut - Akademik Josip Roglić

The mountain hut Akademik Josip Roglić is located on the north side of the mountain of Biokovo, on the site of Čulija at 900 m.a.s.l., and it is owned by the Roglić family from Župa. The mountain hut is a former stable of Josip Roglić's family, adapted into a mountain hut and opened in 2006, on the occasion of one hundredth anniversary of his birth.

Important information:

Capacity: 10 persons
Offer: beds, water

Contact:

Phone: +385 (0)91 130 1964
Contact person: Stjepan Roglić

Tavern - Roko

Located under the crowns of walnut trees in a renovated family house from 1903, this tavern offers traditional fish and meat dishes of the Dalmatian cuisine, by using fresh and domestic produce from the family garden. Accommodation in the village is also available, as well as the transfer of visitors from their place of stay to the tavern. The family also owns a family farm, and there is a large private parking available, together with a playground for children and a bowling court.

Important information:

Offer: food and drinks
Opening hours: upon request

Contact:

Address: Cesta Domovinskog rata bb, Brela Gornja 21255 Zadvarje
Phone: +385 (0)21 729 175 
Web: www.brela.com/konoba-roko/index.htm

Tavern - Panorama

The tavern is located in the hamlet of Šošići on the road towards  Vrgorac. In addition to food and drinks, its offer includes a bowling court.

Important information:

Offer: food and drinks
Opening hours: upon request

Contact:

Address: Šošići bb, 21 327 Podgora
Phone: +385(0)21 615 876
Cell: +385(0)91 582 5826

Tavern - Opačak

Opačak tavern and winery is located in Sridi Sela, and offers traditional dishes and a large selection of wine.

Important information:

Offer: food and drinks
Opening hours: upon request

Contact:

Address: Gornji Tučepi bb 21325 Tučepi
Phone: +385 (0)21 679 962
Cell: +385 (0)98 433 961
E-mail: vina-opacak@st.t-com.hr

House of village tourism - Vrata Biokova

This "house of village tourism" is located in the vicinity of the Staza viewpoint at 897 meters above sea level. It offers traditional, healthy food prepared in Dalmatian style, as well as mountain sightseeing opportunities and horse and donkey riding.

Important information:

Offer: food and drinks
Opening hours: upon request

Contact:

Address: Staza
Phone: +385 (0)21 613 902
Cell: +385 (0)98 924 5051 
E-mail: elvis.prgomet@gmail.com

Tavern - Veza

The tavern is located right next to the church in Sridi Sela. It offers Mediterranean cuisine, with a particular emphasis on traditional dishes prepared under a bell-shaped lid.

Important information:

Offer: food and drinks
Opening times: from April 10 until October 15, from 9 till 23; closed in the remainder of the year.

Contact:

Address: Gornji Tučepi bb 21325 Tučepi
Phone: +385 (0)21 623 224

Attractions

Biokovo Botanical Garden Kotišina

Author: Stipe Srzić

Located on the littoral slopes of the mountain of Biokovo, above the village of Kotišina, the Botanical Garden lies at 350 to 500 meters above sea level, and it is partly situated in the Biokovo Nature Park.

The Botanical Garden was established by Friar Jure Radić (1920–1990), a Franciscan scientist, with the aim of scientific research and monitoring, protection and conservation of the plant world of Biokovo, in order to popularize it and raise awareness of its importance. The site is not a classical botanical garden, where every plant would be introduced according to strictly defined rules. Instead, it is designed as an enclosed part of nature with natural forms of vegetation and autochthonous flora. On a relatively small area, one can encounter very diverse habitats, such as rocks, talus cones, steep stone walls and arable plots. There is also the Proslap canyon in the area, with a cascade of the same name. The cascade is dry most of the year, and it is brought to life only during heavy rains.

Note:

Guided tours of the garden are available Monday to Friday from 8:00 till 15:00; Saturdays from 8:00 till 13:00. Prior arrangement required for groups of pupils and other groups.

Staza viewpoint, 897 m.a.s.l.

Author: Milan Bulatović

Left of the signpost at the parking lot in front of the catering establishment Vrata Biokova, there is a walking trail taking the visitors to the viewpoint offering a view of the Makarska Riviera and the islands after a five minute walk.

Above the parking lot, one comes across Podglogovik, the biggest and the most interesting secondary settlement once used for livestock breeding and abandoned today. On the way to the settlement, on the right side, stands the Church of St. Elijas built around the year 1880 on a prehistoric tumulus, with the Chapel of St. Nicholas opposite to it. Walking along the walking trail through the remains of the settlement, one reaches Plužine in approximately 30 minutes. Remains of shepherds’ dwellings and prehistoric (Illyrian) tumuli can be seen along the trail.

There is a gravel path branching from the trail that leads towards the abandoned settlement of Podglogovik, taking the hikers towards Saranač. This path was part of the so-called Rodić Road, which was built upon the orders of Emperor Joseph I for military and strategic purposes, under the supervision of the Dalmatian Governor Rodić. The road connected the settlements of Kozica and Makarska via Staza, and it was built in 1878. It represented the only road link between the towns of Imotski and Vrgorac on the one hand and Makarska on the other. A section 8 kilometers long is also marked as a cycling trail.

The abandoned settlement of Podglogovik also houses a mountain hut of the Vitrenik Mountaineering Society from Podgora.

Ravna Vlaška viewpoint, 1228 m.a.s.l.

Author: Stipe Srzić
This viewpoint is located at km 13 of the Biokovo Road. It is equipped with a telescope and includes an information center.
Open throughout the day during the summer months, the information center offers souvenirs and information materials about the Biokovo Nature Park.

Štrbina viewpoint (below Vošac), 1338 m.a.s.l.

Author: Ksenija Protrka
Some 800 meters away from the point where the trail leading towards Vošac branches from the Biokovo Road, there is a parking lot in front of the mountain lodge under the peak of Vošac (currently under renovation). A walk along the walking trail that takes approximately 15 minutes brings visitors to the Štrbina viewpoint, offering views of Makarska and the islands.
This viewpoint can also be reached via a hiking trail from Makar.

Vošac viewpoint, 1422 m.a.s.l.

Author: Hrvoje Škrabić
Vošac viewpoint is located on the peak of the same name. It can be reached via a medium-difficulty walking trail, with the walk taking approximately 20 minutes from the parking lot in front of the mountain lodge under the peak of Vošac (currently under renovation). Alternatively, visitors can also take the hiking trail from Makar.
The Toni Roso mountain lodge on the peak itself is managed by the SAK Ekstrem speleological club.

Sv. Jure viewpoint, 1762 m.a.s.l.

Author: Ksenija Protrka

The viewpoint is located on the highest peak of Biokovo. It is six kilometers away from the branch leading from the Biokovo Road towards Vošac, and it is the end point of the Biokovo Road. The peak of Sv. Jure can also be reached by taking the hiking trail from Makar via Vošac, the hiking trail from Veliko Brdo and Baškovići via Lokva on the littoral side, and the hiking trail from Milići and from the pass of Turija on the hinterland side.

There is a TV tower and the accompanying building for telecommunication equipment on the peak of Sv. Jure, together with the Church of St. George built in 1968 to replace the Church of St. George that had previously stood on that site, and that was probably built immediately upon baptism of the local population. It is certain that the original church existed here as early as in the 12th century, as testified by a stone plaque that was placed above the altar of the old and demolished church. The old church was also mentioned in historical records in 1640, and it underwent several renovations in its history, until it was finally demolished in 1965 in order to free up room for the TV tower and the telecommunication building.

The peak of Sv. Jure offers amazing views of the hinterland region of Zagora and of the islands; in excellent weather conditions, visitors can also see the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring Italy (Monte Gargano).

The road leading to the peak of Sv. Jure, the highest peak of Biokovo, is the highest asphalted road in Croatia; the Church of St. George on the peak is the highest-altitude church in Croatia.

Ravna Vlaška Information Center

Author: Stipe Srzić
The Information Center is located next to the Biokovo Road, at km 13 from the entrance, in front of the viewpoint of the same name. During the summer months, it is open for visitors daily during the morning hours.

Visitors can obtain materials and information about the Biokovo Nature Park in the Information Center; they can also get acquainted with the geological history of the mountain by examining the geological pillar, watch photographs of flora and fauna, learn about the ice pits and life of the locals in ancient mountain settlements built for seasonal livestock breeding, and they can purchase souvenirs. The site also includes an old adapted military facility, which has been transformed into a stable for autochthonous breeds. Near the stable, a pen for animals has also been built, and a loop trail equipped with information tables provides visitors with yet another opportunity to explore the area.

Note:

Opening hours during the visiting season: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 till 20:30.

Marineta Information Center

Author: Ksenija Protrka
Marineta Information Center is located on the seafront in Makarska. It is part of the office of the Public Institution in charge of managing the Biokovo Nature Park.

Note:

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7:00 till 15:00.

Opening hours during the summer months (July 1 – September 1):

Monday to Friday from 7:00 till 15:00 and from 18:00 till 21:00;

Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 till 12:00 and from 18:00 till 21:00.

 

Podgora Selo Presentation Center

Author: Ksenija Protrka
This Presentation Center is located in Podgora, as part of the administrative building of the Public Institution in charge of managing the Biokovo Nature Park. Visitors can have a look at the permanent exhibition of Park photographs at the Center.

Note:

For the time being, the Presentation Center is open only for organized school groups and only upon request and on prior notice at phone/fax +385 (0)21 616 924.

Brela Gornja Presentation Center

Author: Hrvoje Škrabić
Brela Gornja Presentation Center is located in the building housing the heritage collection of Brela, and it is open for visitors daily during the summer months. The exhibition Biokovo at the Presentation Center allows visitors to learn about the natural characteristics and beauty of the Nature Park; various materials and information on the Park can be obtained here as well.

Brela Gornja Presentation Center is also the starting point of the educational trail Paths of Ancient Berulia that connects with the educational trail Sridivice, thus creating a loop trail starting from the Presentation Center.

Note:

Opening hours during the visiting season: daily from 7:00 till 13:00; closed on Wednesdays.

Kotišina Presentation Center

Author: Ksenija Protrka
Kotišina Presentation Center is located in the Marin Kovačević Memorial House in the village of Kotišina, three kilometers away from Makarska. The Center offers various materials and information on the Kotišina Botanical Garden of Biokovo.

Note:

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 till 15:00; Saturdays from 8:00 till 13:00. During the visiting season (April to October), the Presentation Center is also open in the afternoon hours, from 16:00 till 20:00.

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