Gradac is the most southern Place out of 16 villages along the Riviera. Gradac is the second biggest Municipality after Makarska and consist of 5 more smaller places Brist, Podaca, Zaostrog, Drvenik Gornja Vala, Drvenik Donja Vala. It is hard to say which of the nature scenes and legends are more remarkable, that the sun hides behind the mountain hill after its first sunrise, so it could rise for a second time the same morning or seven springs of high quality drinking water that mixes with underground streams in the sea into a medicinal mixture which used to bring legendary queen Teuta to take her baths here, or maybe the fact that Gradac has 36 unique beaches and lagoons along its 16km of shoreline. Even the climate in Gradac is a bit milder than in the rest of the Makarska Riviera. The mountains form a huge wall around Gradac and protect it from colder eastern and northern winds, less rain than in Split and northern Makarska area.
Here are some general advantages with Gradac compared to other Croatian tourist destinations; Milder climate due to a unique microclimate, you can reach some of the best Croatian attractions both north, south, east within one hours max two, a genuine domestic atmosphere, no industries within 80km, an unspoiled and un exploited tourist area.
Gradac and its environs have been inhabited since prehistoric times. This is evidenced by numerous stone cairns from the Bronze and older Iron Age. In ancient times, this area was probably a Roman civitas Biston who, as a coastal center, belonged to the colony Narona, an important Roman stronghold on today's Croatian ground. On the locality of Gradina, a cornice fragment of a monumental building from the period of 2nd to 3rd century was found, as well as the Roman coins samples. Next to Laguna hotel many graves were found, so it is considered that the Roman necropolis was once located in that place.
The former medieval town on the slopes of Biokovo was named Lapčan or Labinac, and the Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porfirogenet (X. century) refers it as Labineca. Today, one of the hotels bears that ancient title. Todays name of Gradac was first mentioned in the 1649 year. It was named after the fortress located on a hill above the present church of St. Michael, and was probably built during the Candian War (1645-1669).
Today in Gradac you can enjoy the unforgettable experience of Dalmatia and summer from the unique natural scenario. Here, the vertical of rough Biokovo gradually turns into soft and gentle slopes covered with pine and olive trees, which are to be merged with the horizontal blue sea, surrounded by pearl necklace made of white stone pebbles - the most beautiful and longest beach on the Adriatic.
Since we believe the location of Gradac is our biggest advantage let’s see what we have around us. Geographically seen, there is hard to find any other place in whole Croatia that has more famous attractions within 1-2 hours. There is so much to do and see that even 14 days in our hotel wouldn’t be enough if you would like to see them all. Cultural, nature, historical, religious, rural, gastro, eno and shopping there must be something for everyone’s taste. If you have seen the biggest attractions many small and „secret“ are still waiting for you. The perfect combination of a quite beach resort where you can relax and recharge in between your expeditions, the comfort of our hotel and finally the individual help you get from us while exploring our Country is what will guarantee you a perfect vacation. Even if you have seen it all or just miss a few since last time, stay a few days to recharge your batteries in peaceful Gradac and we make a nice combination with some of our partner hotels in a total different scenery of all Croatia’s corners. Istra, Kvarner, Zadar-Area, Konavle, Slavonia or some of the 1000 different islands - you choose.
More Famous Attractions – We put them in this category because they are either on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTE, OR National Parks. Some of the destinations can be very crowded. Travel time by car and distance. Click the Attractions and it will take you to the official tourist webpage of the destination.
The Makarska Riviera is a world know tourist destination and one among the top Croatian coastal tourist areas. The Riviera lie in between Dubrovnik and Split and stretches for around 60km, it consists of 16 similar smaller and bigger villages from which everyone has something unique and picturesque. Hundreds of adorable white pebbly lagoon beaches, turquoise crystal-clear water, towering high grey-white mountains sloping practically to the sea. Thick pine woods, ancient olive trees, and the mixture of 1000 colours, herbs and Mediterranean cultures is what puts these mountains and shores on the world tourist maps.
Almost all Villages are connected with „lungo mare“ walking trails along the water and the almost 2000m high mountains are all criss-crossed with biking and hiking trails. The town Makarska is the administrative and tourist centre of the Riviera and offers for some the ultimate night life, shopping, and long crowded beaches. For others can it be way too much and they rather prefer a more laidback and mature atmosphere in the Villages Gradac, Podgora, Tucepi, Brela and Baska Voda. All towns have their advantages, Gradac is the less touristic exploited with an incredible nature, and it lies in the absolute south and is closest to Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Baska Voda and Brela lie in the north and are closer to Split, Trogir and Omis. Tucepi and Podgora are in the middle and lie just a few minutes from Makarska. Busses and Taxis go frequently between the whole Riviera.
More Famous Attractions
1. Dubrovnik – 98km
2. Holy Shrine Medjugorje (Herzegovina) - 45km
3. Mostar - 80km
4. Korcula Town – 50km by boat – 100km by car
5. Hvar Town – 64km by boat – 100km by car
6. Split – 100km
7. Trogir – 125km
8. National Park Island Mljet – 105 km
9. National Park Krka Waterfalls – 190km
10. Sarajevo – Capital of Bosnia &Herzegovina – 210km
11. Etno Village Kokorici –10km by foot over the mountain – 35km by car
12. Bacina Lakes – 8km;
13. River Neretva „SwampSafari“ –25km
14. Delta River Neretva – 20km
15. Narona– 30km
16. Drasnice – FreeclimbingZone – 30km
17. Makarska – Administrative Centar for Makarska Riviera 35km
18. Omis – 80km
19. Nature Park Biokovo – 40km
20. Nature Park Blidinje (Herzegovina) - 130km
21. Waterfalls Kravica (Herzegovina) - 43km
22. Ston - 50km
23. Canyon Cetina - 65km
24. Vjetrenica (Herzegovina) –95km
25. Wine Road Peljesac 15kmby boat – 50km by car
26. Wine Road Hercegovina – 45km
27. Wine Road Imotski – 75km
28. Wine Road Konavle – 120km
29. HutovoBlato (Herzegovina) –50km
30. Pocitelji (Herzegovina) – 65km
31. Local Moutain Peaks St. Paskal, Vrisje, St. Ilja, Viter 3km-10km
06.06. - Beach volleyball tournament
20.06. - International street-ball
02.07. - Festivity "Our Lady of the visitation" Podaca
10.07. - Big summer masquerade ball
11.07. - Fishermen's night - Podaca
17.07. - Local products fair Gradac
20.07. - Saint Margaret – festivity Brist
01.08. - Festivity "Our Lady of Angels", Zaostrog
02.08. - Festivity "Our Lady of Angels", Zaostrog
02.08.-04.08. - Water-polo Gradac cro cup - cadets
05.08. - Celebration of homeland thanksgiving day - Rich entertainment programme
13.08.-16.08. - Water-polo Gradac cro cup - juniors
15.08.-17.08. - Water-polo Gradac cro cup- young juniors
21.08.-24.08. - Water-polo memorial cup
25.08. - Traditional a cappella group (KLAPA) - Gradac
29.08. - Fish stew competition, Gradac
05.09. - Open air party „adio lito“ (goodbye summer), Brist
20.09. - Traditional folk feast of bikla (red wine mixed with a goat milk in old village Podaca)
29.09. - Festivity of St. Michael,Geadac