Located close to the highway and just 10 min away from Dalmatian coastal highway our camping site is a great base to explore Croatian towns ( Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Šibenik, Imotski, Tilj, Sinj, Vrgorac), national parks ( Biokovo, Krka, Plitvice) and explore Bosnia-Herzegovina ( Mostar, Kravice National Park, Međugorje).
Imotski is city of Mediterranean architecture in the heart of Zagora, mainly thanks to the stone steps, that we often run into in the larger coastal locations. It’s a town where Ottoman’s met Venetians, place of mythological tales born from amazing lakes (Blue & Red lakes). Imotski region (Zagvozd is part of the same region) is very different and unique.
What to see:
- Football stadium (one of 10 strangest stadiums I the world). The stadium is built in 1989. to be a home for the local football club but what’s interesting about the stadium its location. It lays on the stones above Blue Lake.
- Lakes (Blue & Red)
The name – Red lake name derives from red cliffs at the edge of the lake. It’s believed to be one of the deepest lake sin Europe. The last depth measurement was made in 2013 when 255m were measured. It cannot be reached by foot, but viewed from the top and it does not dry so it can be visited during the whole year. It’s impossible to throw a rock from the street to red lake.
Blue lake is one of most beautiful karst lakes in Croatia located near town Imotski. It lies in a deep hole that was probably formed by a collapse of an underground cave.. Water level could reach more than 90 meters in the early spring when the snow from nearby mountains melts. At the end of the summer the lake might disappear that is why there is a football field at its bottom. The lake is very accessible, there are trails that to the bottom of the lake.
The fortress is located near to the mountain slopes of Modro jezero (Blue lake) and dominates over the town. The fortress was built in the 10th century and throughout history had a great strategic significance. The patron of the Imotski border- land is Our Lady of the Angels, and a small church of the same name is located in the fortress’ surroundings. The fortress was under Ottoman rule for over 200 years. Today, this fortress is a favourite place thanks to the extraordinary panoramic view, and many cultural events are held here during the summer.
Hvar is the longest of all the islands in the Middle Dalmatia, fourth Adriatic island by size and located south of Split. The highest peak is at 628 metres above sea level called St. Nicholas. Departing from the Drvenik (25 min drive from camping Biokovo) ferry port to the Hvar island, you will arrive to Sućuraj (located at the east of the island. The locals have a lot of wineyards, olivetree gardens and lavender fields that they’re working in, an many of them afre fishermen as well. The island was inhabited 6000 years ago and many ceramic items have been found on the island from that age. In the times of ancient Greece there was a colony on the island called Pharos, and in the course of the centuries the today’s name of the island developed, just as the name of the island’s biggest town.
Biggest town on Hvar, well known for it’s fortress callef Fortica, dating from the 16th century, the cathedral, the Arsenal and the theatre (The buildding was initially a warehouse for the galliots, and in the 17th century a theatre was opened in the building’s first floor. This is the oldest public theatre in Balkans.) The Franciscans monastery from the 15th and Benedictine monastery from the 17th century are also valuable historic monuments. Hvar today is also known as the St. Tropez of Croatia because of the many celebrities that visited the town and numerous accomodation facilities.
The oldest city in Croatia, well known for the Petar Hektorovic fortified medieval house with it’s fishery called Tvrdalj from the end of the 15th century, and the church of St. Stephen. The Starigrad field nearby is known for the well preserved land registry division system with pahtways and stone fences. The field and the historic part of the Starigrad city have been put under the UNESCO protection as a world heritage site.
Of other things worth mentioning to anyone planning to visit the island, numerous beaches, one of the nicest being in Zavala and on Pakleni islands, on Jerolim (nudists beaches) and Klement, as well as in Pokonji Dol.
There is also the Grapčeva cave near Humac where the archaeological remains were found – the pottery dating back to neolithic.
Among the most popular activities offered on the island we should mention biking, as the island is fairly big and very long, , having good road connections among the towns and villages.
For the people appreciating good wine and food, we should mention that here is a very roog selection of wine on the island, among which probably most popular being the Zlatan Plavan and Zlatan Otok. Make sure to try the gregada, a sort of a potato and fish stew that is prepared on the island.
Island Brac is the biggest Dalmatian island and among ll the islands in the Adriatic sea, it has the highest top – it’s the Vidova gora on 778 metres above the sea level.
Departing from the Makarska (10 min drive from camping Biokovo) ferry port to the Brac island, you will arrive to Sumartin.
On the north side of the island, we will find the Kopacina cave that is an archaeological site with remains that date back to paleozoic era. In the Vicja bay near Lozisce there is another archaeological site – remains from the time of ancient Greece are now a part of the Archaeological museum in Split.
Also close to Sumartin there is the village Splitska, a port where from the famous white Brac stone was brought to Split and was mostly used to build the Diocletian’s palace. On the subject of stone processing tradition, apart from being next to one of the oldest quarries, Pucisca village has the famous stone carving school established.
For the people that love cultural and historic monuments, it would be worth to mention that the island has plenty christian churches dating from the Middle Age, most important being the one in Splitska, from the 13th century and the one in Postira from the 15th centura A.D.
On the south side of the island it would be worth to mention the Bol village and it’s superpopulat beact Zlatni rat, and the hermitage from the 15th century called Pustinja Blaca. Initially this was a cave witha stone fence, but in the course of the years the hermits built sleeping chambers, kitchen, warehouse, chapel and other buildings. Some 50 years ago, the hermitage has become completely deserted. The Pustinja Blaca, being located so close to a naked cliff is one of the visually most interesting tourist destinations on the island.
From the gastronomic point of view, the island is famous for it’s lamb, wine and olive oil. For the real foodies we reccomend tasting a simple but famous meat dish specific for this island – vitalac.
Mostar is a small town in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it takes approx. 1:30 min drive from camping Biokovo to Mostar.
It’s famous for its bridge Stari Most which was built in the 16th century by the Ottomans over the Neretva River and was once considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture. It was destroyed in the Yugoslavian war during the 90’s and it took 11 years to reconstruct the bridge. It was re-opened in 2004.
Some pieces of the Mostar Bridge were recovered from the Neretva River and used in the newly reconstructed bridge. The Stari Most Bridge is one of the most important landmarks of the country and the city was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) in the Middle Ages, who guarded the old bridge (Stari Most) at the time.
The 21-meter high bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and on most days you will find local divers jumping from the Stari Most Bridge putting on quite a show. These guys collect money from tourists for the dive, so make sure to drop a few coins to appreciate their efforts.
The Mostar Bridge Museum right next to the bridge allows the visitors to learn about the history of the bridge and about the reconstruction of the bridge. There is also a small market along the bridge, where you can purchase local goods and souvenirs.
After visiting the Mostar Most, which is the main landmark of the city, you should also see the Muslibegovica House. It was constructed 300 years ago by the Ottomans and it is considered one the most beautiful houses in the Balkans. The house has separate sections for men and women and provides an insight into the life of the wealthy family that occupied the house in the middle-ages.
Another must is to climb the minaret of the Koski Mehmed Pasina Dzamija (Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque) where you get the best views of the entire town. War history boffins should walk along the former front-line, on Bulevar Revolucije, where the city was divided in 1993 during the Yugoslavian War. The Croats were on the west side and the Bosniaks were on the East side of the front line.