Drvenik - Gradac tour

 

The route starts in Drvenik, on the eastern side of the promenade in Donja Vala, where you will take the paved road stretching along the sea through Gornja Vala and within 3 km reach a 100-metre gravel path that will lead you to Zaostrog. In Zaostrog, the route passes right next to the Franciscan monastery, which is worth a visit, and continues down a paved road right next to the sea leading to Podaca and Brist, and then along pebble beaches to Gradac. The route takes a turn uphill in Gradac, where you start you climb towards Biokovo up the paved road surrounded by olive groves. This part of the route has a slightly higher ascent so our recommendation is to take a break before continuing on. Soon after, you will pass onto a gravel road with several smaller ascents that will lead you through the old villages of Brist, Podaca, Zaostrog and Drvenik, full of magnificent Dalmatian rural architecture and many historical building and monuments, of which the most important one is the Gradina Fortress, once the largest fortress on the coast of Makarska. This route offers two resting spots for cyclists at two mountain springs in Zaostrog and Drvenik, where they can refresh themselves with some water. Right next to the spring is a paved path going downhill towards the sea and the ferry port.