Zivogosce is situated at the foot of Mt Biokovo, in the southern part of Makarska Riviera.
It consists of three small, remote villages situated along the coast– Porat, Mala Duba and Blato. It is only 20 km from Makarska, 80 km from Split and 120 km from Dubrovnik. Zivogosce was inhabited since Illyrian and Roman times, as evidenced by Illyrian tombs on the top of a hill Suzina and remains of rustic villa in Mala Duba and Blato.
Known Licinianus epigram from 474 Mr BC, comprised of 16 Latin hexameters - the finest example of classical literature - carved into solid rock above the Pokrivenice on the coast. It celebrates the Roman quaestor Licinijan source "fresh water", which still flows there. As Zivogosce village was first mentioned in mid 13th century Zivogosce Franciscan monastery, founded in 1616, was for centuries the center of spiritual life and literacy in this region, with a rich library and valuable art works. It gets present form in the last forty years when tourism significantly started to develop in these areas. Natural beauties of olive groves and pine forests, which are hovering over small pebbled beaches, 6 km of interconnected beaches, clean and unpolluted sea, all in the foothill of the mountain give tourists a special lure and pleasure of staying.
There are lots of opportunities for sport and recreation, thanks to an idyllic location places along the coast at the foot of the mountain Biokovo.
With a range of facilities on the sports field like tennis and bowling, there are bike and hiking trails and a popular water sports.
Fans of romantic walks will choose seaside promenade in nearby Podgora, while adventurers choose Biokovo Nature Park with its educational trails.
There are also two smaller ports for yachts and boats.
IGRANE - ŽIVOGOŠĆE BIKE TRAIL
Trail type: Hilly
Length: 25.6 km
Terrain: 12.3 km asphalt, 13.3. km macadam
The route begins from the post office in Igrane and takes the paved road towards Zivogosce to the Franciscan monastery. From the monastery, and the Sensimar Adriatic Beach Resort, the trail continues along the main road towards Dubrovnik, 1 km to Mala Duba, and in that village runs along the shore eastwards to Velika Duba (auto camp). In the foothills near Matijaševica, a single track along the sea-line runs to Blato Bay and further through the Dole and Boban auto camps to the main road. Passing over the creek, the trail returns to the main road, and on the northern side, there is a gravel turnoff that heads towards the hamlet Strnj (westwards), and further down the old road to the cemetery in Zivogosce. Above the cemetery, the trail turns towards the northwest and passes above the Church of St. Michael (Mihovil), and further towards the old village of Drašnice, where it descends back to the main road near the bus station in Drašnice. After crossing the Adriatic Highway, and continuing through the village of Brskovac, the trail descends down to the local cemetery, before turning towards the southeast and taking the local roads through Drašnice towards Igrane. The gravel trail through the olive groves brings you back to Igrane, and the route ends at the post office.
More info: www.dalmatia-bike.com/en/staze/igrane-zivo