View from Sveti Jure, Mount Biokovo

Mount Biokovo, actually part of a mountain range, is the highest mountain in Dalmatia and the second highest in Croatia – it rises to 1,762 metres at its highest point.

If you plan on visiting Mount Biokovo, it is possible to base yourself at any of the little coastal towns in the Makarska Riviera – although Makarska itself, of course, would be the most suitable.

Mount Biokovo
Mount Biokovo

What to see and do at Mount Biokovo

The part of the Mountain that is best for visiting (as it has been designed for this purpose) is the area designated as Biokovo Nature Park. It is open from the beginning of April to mid-November each year, with longer opening hours during the summer months.

The Mountain is very suitable for walking and hiking, with Vosac peak (1,422m) only 1.8 miles from Makarska city centre (on a well signposted route). From Vosac, it takes two hours along another well marked path to Sveti Jure (St. George), the highest peak in the area at 1,762 metres. There are amazing views of the Croatian coastline and its islands from Biokovo – on clear days, even parts of Bosnia and Italy (across the Adriatic Sea) can be seen!

View from Sveti Jure, Mount Biokovo
View from Sv. Jure peak

Organised hikes (of various levels of difficulty) on Biokovo also exist for those wishing to join a professionally guided group. You can also visit the Nature Park on an organised tour that’s perhaps a little less strenuous – see this page from the Biokovo Nature Park for a list of companies that organise these tours.

There is a Botanical Garden in the village of Kotisina which has a variety of vegetation. In general, the mountain also has a profusion of wild flowers and plants. One of the better known types of geranium (called Biokovo) comes from here. For animal life, the Mountain is home to a number of goats.

The mountain is also well known for its caves.

Getting to Mount Biokovo

As Biokovo Moutain is just “behind” Makarska, the easiest way is to first reach this town (if travelling from elsewhere) by bus. See our Getting to Makarska section for details on how to do just that.

You can also enter the Nature Park by car or bike.

View from Mount Biokovo
View from Mount Biokovo over the Adriatic Sea

General Info on Mount Biokovo

Part of the Mountain is designated as Biokovo Nature Park – check out more information on the Park’s official website.