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Excursions

Boat excursions: Makarske Riviera Panorama, Island of Hvar, Korčula or peninsula Pelješac
 
EXCURSIONS IN THE REGION


Cycling paths on Makarska Riviera

Path start from Drvenik, from where it take us to Zaostrog. After 3 km, we arrive in place

Zaostrog where we can see Franciscan museum and farther by the beach to the places

Podaca, Brist & Gradac. From Gradac we continue by local road to Biokovo through olive

groves, and after by old Dalmatian road trough old villages. On this path cyclist can taste

natural, untouchable watter from two mountain wellspring, in old Zaostrog and Drvenik, from

where we ride to the beach, to the end of path.

 

Technical details:

Drvenik-Zaostrog-Podaca-Brist-old Gradac-old Zaostrog -old Drvenik

Hilly path distance 27.5 km; asphalt 14.7 km, macadam 12.8 km

Path time 2 hours


Photo-safari on Neretva

Surely anybody wants to escape from hectic everyday life and turn away briefly from the enormous commitments and the elusive rhythm in which we live. When you are daydreaming and sometimes wander off into the wilderness of relaxing, you probably often wonder whether there are such places that would give you a true transformation and ensure mental peace? Neretva valley is a place from your imagination. This is an untouched part of nature, a place where you will feel the wildness, but also meet the hospitable hosts. Ride through narrow canals and a backwater of Neretva in traditional Neretva vessel is a unique experience that gives you a sense of nirvana. The vessel is very significant because of the events of births, weddings and dieing. Neretva vessel meant life, and today it represents a proud and indelible mark of tradition that inspires every precious visitor to our valley. The vessel will be managed by the host who will depict life in the Neretva and show you how Neretvans catch fish and cultivate citrus fruits - symbols of the Neretva: mandarin oranges, figs and grapes. He will reveal little secrets of the well-known delicious of the Neretva, make a pledge with jug full of Neretva wine and, of course, sing. In such a perfect labyrinth of the Neretva Channels, ornate with beautiful water lilies, the habitat of unique bird species are hidden, disguised with sedge and cane, and finally Lake Kuti - the secret of the sunken city. Finally, it should be recognized, that no words can describe what a man feels in this adventure. It offers space for discovering of yet undiscovered beauty to everyone. The trip includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum Narona which is opened in 2004 year, after the archaeological research and sensational discovery of the remains of a Roman temple Augusteum. 

The Paintball yard is located at the nearby sites and can also be included in the excursion program. 
 


 
Ride in the traditional Neretva vessel on Baćinska Lakes  
Baćinska Lakes - photo-safari

 
Baćinska Lakes are a natural pearl of preserved nature. Woven of seven beautiful lakes, of which six lakes are merged in a blue-green ring. The lakes are embed between the Neretva River Delta, the sea and surrounding hills, and are located only two kilometers from Ploče. The visitor will feel breathless for the beauty of the site from whichever direction. If you are traveling from the west on Adriatic Highway, which meanders over the blue sea and islands, in the twinkling of an eye you'll notice that the blue horizon is replaced by a magnificent view of a green oasis. If you come from the south, through the peaceful and rich Delta of the Neretva River, the last look at the sedge drift by the wind will be exactly at the Baćina Lakes, were in a small space all the beauty of this region is gathered. 
The best and most beautiful experience is certainly sailing on the lakes in the Neretva traditional vessel. You can feel clear water under your fingers - the water where there is still fish, eels and frogs. The coasts of Baćinska Lakes are surrounded by reeds, in which the song-birds and marsh-birds are hidden, and still many secrets are not revealed. As the vessel gently makes swirl on turquoise water, from somewhere in the sedge the wild duck will appear, a frog will utter on water lilies and the egret will make her dignified walk across the shallows. Careful eye will be able to notice a water turtle that slid noiselessly into the water or a copperhead that moves through the grass. Through narrow passages maybe you will be suddenly scared by coot or duck while listening to birdsong and the sound of wind through the reeds. It is difficult to describe with words what you can experience at Baćinska Lakes. If you like water, birds and nature, you will be full of impressions and you will remember all scents and pictures. You will want to come back to Baćinska Lakes. 
 


 
Excursion to Imotska Krajina, Red and Blue Lake visit  

Town of Imotski has two jewels of nature: Red and Blue Lake. Blue Lake becomes the beach in summer. At arranged meanders, the swimmers are stepping down to the lake and the beach, while the access to the Red Lake is not granted over the precipitous cliffs that surround it. The area of Imotska krajina can be divided into three natural zones: the karst area with the fields rim and spacious karst areas and bays in the wider area - Imotsko polje, a large tectonic sag and mountain massif Biokovo.

Red Lake - (Crveno jezero) is a karst cave filled with water in the vicinity of Imotski. The International speleodiving expedition was organized in 1998 by Croatian Speleological Federation. On that occasion, the height difference of 528 meters was precisely measured and the depth of the lake of even 281 meters was determined. According to some data, the Red Lake might be the deepest lake in Europe. 
The lake was created by the collapse of the arch above the pit. There is a legend according to which the houses were located above the lake in the past, and suddenly they perished in the ground. At that place the lake was created. Its name comes from the red rocks at the edge of the lake.

Blue Lake - (Modro jezero) is one of the most beautiful karst lakes in Croatia. 
The water level in Blue Lake fluctuates considerably during the year, so oftenly, the lake completely dries. At the bottom of the lake, in this case, you can actually play football. During the summer months, usually there is enough water for swimming, and it is not uncommon even to play various water sports. Special care is given for water quality and coast tidiness.
 


 
Visit of the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Mary in Zaostrog

The largest and most important monument of culture in this area is the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Mary. It is believed that the monastery was founded in the 14th century. It was founded by monks known as the “hermits of St. Augustine”. After the fall of Bosnia in 1463 they withdrew to the islands. The abandoned monastery was settled in 1468 by the Franciscans from the Province of Bosna Srebrna, and they are still acting today. 
Monastery in Zaostrog often is referred to as Kačićev monastery. In addition, the permanent gallery of one of the most famous Croatian painter, Mladen Veža, born in Brist in 1916 year can be found in monastery. Within the monastery museum you can find the ethnological collection - rural furniture and farm tools and various pieces of Croatian folk costumes. The collection has been entered in the register of movable cultural monuments protected by the state.
 


 
Nature Park Biokovo

Protected Nature Park Biokovo lies on the mountain named Biokovo, and the mountain itself is placed as a huge wall above the Makarska Riviera. That karst coastal area of unique natural features is prolific with deep pits, caves, abysses, and beech forests. Some of these caves are so deep underground that, even during the summer heats, in its interior they hide the snow and ice which were during ages, used to preserve food. For a tourist exploring of the mountain, interesting are visits to the botanical garden and Peaks Vošac and St. Jure, peaks accessible by Biokovo road. Recreation enthusiasts can enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding and many other activities, and the real adventurers can enjoy paragliding.

The Botanical Garden is located above the village Kotištine. Sv. Jure is the highest peak of Biokovo. The peak can be reached by car, which makes it especially attractive and accessible place. Every year, on the last Saturday in July, the pilgrimage is held here. A magnificent view of the Makarska Riviera and the central Dalmatian islands is sprawl from the peak, and when the weather is clear, you can see the peaks of the Italian Apennines.
 


 
Sightseeing of cities that are under UNESCO protection:

Split, Trogir

Split is not only an urban, cultural and traffic center of Dalmatia with road and sea connections to numerous Dalmatia summer resorts, but is itself often a destination of tourist and excursionists. A city with 1700 years of existence, with a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, among which the most important is the Diocletian's Palace, is a part of the world heritage by UNESCO. Split has attractive facilities and warmth of a modern Mediterranean city. 
  
Dubrovnik
This old town, surrounded by thick walls and towers, looks like a precious jewel immersed by the sea. This old town is also a treasure trove of beautiful architecture and works of art jealously preserved over the centuries. 
The beautiful palaces, old monasteries and churches, libraries, treasuries, as well as cobbled streets and squares are just part of what you can see and feel from the rich history of this city. 
 

Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Walking in Mostar is like walking through time. 
In this town, signs of ancient times are visible at every step. They are located next to each other, leaning on one another, entwined in a strange and unrepeatable symbiosis of unbelievable elements.
 
 
 
A tour of Makarska, visit of Malacological Museum and Vepric Shrine 
 
Makarska has always been an administrative, political, economic, cultural and educational resort, and since the middle of 20th century, also a tourist resort of Makarska Riviera. 

Today, Makarska is a city with more than 15 thousand inhabitants that encompasses picturesque villages under the Biokovo, Veliko Brdo, Puharići, Kotišina and Makar from which the name of Makarska is derived.  
Makarska is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Croatian coast, attractive for its nature and climate attributes and rich in tourist attractions and friendly hosts. The town's history can best be introduced in the Franciscan monastery, which celebrated its 500th anniversary. In its area the monastery keeps a collection of old pictures, a library, a unique Malacological Museum and Institute "Mountain and Sea". The Church of St. Mark is located at Kačić square and on its north side, in the old school, the Gojak gallery, public library, music school and Radio Makarska Riviera are situated. 

Malacological Museum of the Franciscan monastery was founded by Fra Jure Radić in year 1963. With an interesting exhibition of sea snails and shellfish from the Adriatic and the whole world, the Malacological museum became the most famous Malacological collection in Croatia. With its rich malacological collection, the museum holds a valuable Herbarium with herbs from the Biokovo Mountain, together with a small paleontological collection. 

Vepric is the shrine near the town of Makarska. It came into existence in 1908 year, and the natural cave and scenery with hills, vegetation and stream, reminiscent the visitor on Lourdes. The chapel with the sacristy, the altar on the square, confessionals, Stations of the Cross, home for a spiritual exercises and routes for the procession were built in the shrine. Because of its natural beauty and peace this place has a very good attendance throughout the year. 


Visit to Omiš and rafting on the river Cetina  

Hinterland tour of Biokovo Mountain to the top of the river Cetina canyon, where from a cliff the beautiful view stretches at the canyon and the estuary of the river into the sea, the town of Omiš, and the island of Brač, will leave you breathless! 
A boat ride to one of the many resting places on the River will provide you the full enjoyment of this clean, green river. In a pleasant and natural atmosphere you will have the opportunity to discover the magic of good Dalmatian cuisine. On the return, the shorter retention in Omiš is scheduled. Omiš is a small town known as a strong pirate stronghold in the middle Ages. 
Visit to Medjugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Kravica falls (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
 
Medjugorje is one of the most famous Roman Catholic shrines in the world. It became famous because of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in year 1981, after which the religious tourism began to develop. Since then, this Herzegovinian place, near Sarajevo, is one of the most visited tourist centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Annually, about a million Catholics from around the world visit Medjugorje. The Church of St. Jakob in Medjugorje is the central meeting place in the shrine of Queen of Peace. 
 
Vintage in Imotski 
Mandarin Harvest 

The Neretva River Delta, or - as many refer to as "Croatian California" - is the largest Croatian producer of Mandarin. Every fall during the harvest, the Neretva valley comes to life in a special way. Everywhere you can find mandarin pickers. Visitors themselves can participate in the harvest or at least walk through the numerous Mandarin plantations savoring not only their fruits, but also a variety of local dishes and drinks.


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