Nature Park Biokovo

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Nature Park Biokovo
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,587 contributions
Oct 2020
Biokovo Nature Park is beautiful and expansive. While it can be a while before you're allowed in (given that they let in only 25 cars per hour due to the narrow road from the entrance to the top), I'd say it's worth at least an hour or two wait. Better yet, if you want to avoid the crowds, go early in the morning, not on a weekend, and in the off season. (We went on a beaut Saturday in October, showed up at 11am and got to go in with the 12 o'clock group).

The drive up offers stunning views, as do the top and the skywalk (which is included in the 50 kn entry price per person, or 25 kn if you're on a bicycle). There are places along the way to stop and have a picnic (at picnic tables), there were a few photo-op pullouts, and there were outhouses at the skywalk (and in the parking lot before starting the drive up). There are also lots of little walking trails, and some old ruins.

All in all, we had a great day out, and we thought the 50 kn per person price was definitely fair.
Written October 14, 2020
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424TarikFX🇧🇦
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina31,286 contributions
Sep 2021
I have been several times before at Mt Biokovo Nature Park, but this is my first visit after the Skywalk opened. It's well worth a visit, but too little is being done to make it more accessible for visitors. In summer, those with cars have to wait 3-4 hours or don't manage to get in at all. I was lucky to be on the motorbike. But, the road is in a very poor condition, full of potholes and with sand and gravel in the curves, so each day a few visitors with motorbikes and scooters fall, often with injuries
Written September 14, 2021
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Eric_Ga56
Theix, France160 contributions
Jul 2020
Magnificent landscapes all along the route. This very narrow road is not dangerous, you have to drive slowly and take your time ... Sometimes it may be necessary to reverse but there are always places to put the car.
To do absolutely and preferably in the morning, there are only 25 cars per hour that go up
Written August 29, 2020
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juno_usa
Nashville, TN190 contributions
Jun 2020
Actually it is overpriced for what it offers (OK, 50 kn is really not that much, but it is per person and not per a car, and you can just drive up to the hill and take a look around at the top for this price....currently the main viewpoint in the middle is under construction, there was no toilet etc.). However, the view is really spectacular so it is worth visiting. Driving up to the highest point is challenging but manageable, don't be afraid if you can drive well. I did not felt it dangerous at all.
Written June 20, 2020
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Trogirani
Split, Croatia187 contributions
Jun 2020
Fantastic day trip. New view point over the cliff was not completely finished when we were there, but soon to open. We went all the way to the top of the mountain (quite some way from the entrance), encountering cows and wild horses along the way. Road is paved all the way, but very narrow (one car can pass only), loads of bands and have to pull back at some points when approaching cars are on the road. Outstanding view from the top of the mountain! Can see Italian coast on clear days! Well worth visiting, but take off peak times to avoid congestion on the road.
Written June 14, 2020
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Dieter V
Buggenhout, Belgium49 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
The views are fantastic and the surroundings are nothing less than breathtaking.

However this was probably also our worst experience in Croatia:
First some context: I am a seasoned traveler. Not easily scared and open for any (most) challenges, but this is probably the most dangerous road I have crossed, including some mountain roads in Peru/Argentina and South-East Asia.

Driving up the narrow roads, I started to wonder how one can cross each-other during high season. Once in a while, you have a spot where you can pass each other (read: two normal cars passing each other). My worst nightmare became true when two tour buses came down on a spot where no passing was possible. These drivers are used driving there, but forced me to back up on a road as narrow as a car + 0,5 meter. With limited vision and a bend, I started to reverse downwards... My rental car got damaged by the rocks (of course.... Murphy... Luckily, I had/have extended my car insurance. The tour bus was of course gone as soon as he saw the opportunity to drive).
In the end it turned out well, but my wife got scared and I was, given the events, not at ease. Talking with a park guard at the info point at 1440 meter, I started to understand that they are also scared when driving these narrow road (not even considering that rocks can come down due to changing weather).
Don't get me wrong. This is a park with fantastic views, but once in a while there is a price to pay: My damage is just material...
Some learnings:
* If you are a seasoned biker: grab that bike and accept the challenge!
* If you have a motorbike go ahead but mind the "blind" bends.
* Tour buses go up in the morning and return the same way
* A string of cars can come on your way and you may have to cross at really narrow places. Bear in mind the kind of risks you want to take. You may be very skilled, but your opponent in the other car... I don't know...
* You can't do this trip in just 1,5 hours (as stated by some in other reviews)! You need focus and at least 2-3 hours.

My advice: go up that mountain till the first stop (restaurant) and second stop (approx. 1220 meter). Take a hike from there and be safe(r).

To the management of the park: choose! Or you only allow busses and bikes. Or cars and bikes. Tour busses and cars at the same time is nothing less than unacceptable!
Happy to comment if one may need additional information or clarification!
Written September 16, 2017
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Robert L
Friendship, ME27 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Horrible experience with the horses in the park ! Do not go near these beasts. They appear to be tame and looking for a food treat and a little attention. DO NOT feed these animals or encourage proximity. My friend was seriously head blocked by one of these creature 3 weeks ago and has been in and out of the Split ER as well as private clinics for complications from a head trauma experienced when the horse pushed him to the ground. This should not have happened ! The Park should post warnings that these may appear to be docile sweet creatures. They are not. Very angry !!!
Written June 23, 2017
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Factual
Los Angeles212 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
Biokovo.com (E-mail: park-prirode-biokovo@st.htnet.hr) shows great photos and offers a good interactive MAP: click on "Map" (not "Satellite"). Although there is a way to hike from town up the mountain, my hubby and I didn't try it. Instead, we drove up the road into the park. From the biokovo.com map, on the list of icons, click on "entrance to the park" then zoom in. To get there from Makarska (Villa Lelas was a great place to stay), drive south on 8, turn left on 512 (ask your lodging host: toward what villages, since there are road signs), then watch for the park sign and turn left to enter the park. See the white road on the map, into the park? First it meanders (through the forest), then there are long sharply-angled switchbacks (up the mountain face), then the switchbacks end and the road goes north. Keep this in mind as you read on.

At the park ENTRANCE, the ranger was very helpful, showing us the road on the map, the key points, trail heads, detailed hike descriptions. No fewer than 14 pictorial signs (my favorite--universal language!) prohibit digging up plants, picking flowers, sitting on tree branches and petting birds (see for yourselves), harassing wildlife, walking off trails, off-leash dogs, camping, fires, and more (see photo #1 of 13).

The ROAD is paved and the surface is smooth and in good condition. At first, the road is two lanes wide through relatively level forest (see photo #2 of 13).

Then it narrows to the width of roughly 1.5 car (see photo #9 of 13) as switchbacks go up the face of the mountain. The long, straight parts of the switchbacks are often lined with reassuring boulders, stone blocks, or a rail on the downhill side. The hairpin turns are perhaps 2-3 lanes wide, with room for cars traveling in opposite directions to pass one another, and with room to park and (on clear days) admire the view of islands in the Adriatic.

Past the switchbacks, even though the road becomes more level, it remains narrow with imperfect edges, so one car might have to back up to a wide spot to let another car pass in the opposite direction. We drove only as far as the info stone hut, where we parked to go on a hike.

HIKE The trail we took leads to a mountain top, but we never intended to reach the top. We just wanted to walk for a couple of hours, out and back. From the info stone hut, we crossed the paved road, then walked along the gravel road, past the toilets, and beyond. At the end of the straight part of the gravel road, we found the first trail marker: a red paint circle with white paint inside the circle (see photo #10 of 13). We looked around for the next trail marker, walked to it, and looked around for the next trail marker, and did it again and again. There is mostly no detectable trail (and the park entrance sign prohibits walking off trails?). We walked over and between and around rocks, on dirt and grass and around bushes and trees, from trail marker to trail marker. Be careful not to twist an ankle! We were glad to have given up more driving in exchange for walking and getting a feel for the land, a close look at wild flowers, stone huts, and sinkhole gardens along the way. It's austere and not as postcardly breathtaking as alpine landscapes, but wilderness boosts inner peace, the flowers have captivating details for macro photos, and you never know when you might glimpse wildlife (we didn't).

One of the loose, domesticated, stocky horses grazing near the road was spontaneously cuddly and the new foal was adorable.

We drove back down the way we came up.

I think we were lucky to visit on a weekday in May, when there were not many cars, buses, and bikes, so we had to back up only once, and it was not on the switchbacks. If I had to do it again, all I would change would be to add a horse ride. This would best be done by staying not just one, but two nights in Makarska. That said, horse rides are available in many other places around Croatia, and if I wanted to add one extra night in Croatia, it would be at Linden Tree Retreat and Ranch (great place to ride horses) or in a mountain hut in either Paklenica Nat'l Park or the Northern Velebit Nat'l Park, not in Makarska.

Biokovo Nature Park is unfortunately not covered in the Lonely Planet guide to Croatia.
Written September 21, 2012
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NattJam
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland18 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
As a regular visitor to Makarska for more than three decades, I visit the Biokovo reserve on foot or by car at least once during each stay. Need I point out, I'm a great admirer of the virtually untouched beauty of this mountain region. Based on my experience, here are some tips for first-time visitors.
Road
The descriptions of the challenging road to Sv. Jure provided by many contributors here are quite accurate. If you relish such tracks, you’ll love every inch of the route – by car or motorbike. However, if you are not experienced in driving up winding, steep one-track mountain roads, this is no place to start acquiring such skills. You’ll enjoy your excursion more if you book a mini-bus tour with a local operator through your hotel or one of the tourist agencies in Makarska and neighbouring villages.

Hiking
Biokovo offers plenty of well marked trails for an unforgettable hiking experience. Having encountered more than one ill prepared hiker up there, I feel obliged to point out the obvious: Biokovo is an unspoilt mountain reserve – i.e. bring along your own food and water, good hiking shoes, warm clothes (even in the hottest summer) and a fully charged mobile phone for emergencies. Unless you’re a regular visitor to the area and are familiar with every pebble as well as signs of sudden change in weather, seeking the adventure off the marked trail can easily end in tears, or worse. And last but not least, take your garbage back down for disposal – the numerous inhabitants of the mountain you’re visiting have no use for it ;-).

Nature
The higher up you go, the more barren and rocky the landscape gets. Most of it breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring. Outside the winter season, the air is filled with the aromatic scent of hundreds of different herbs. With a bit of luck, you will come across an apiarist with his mobile beehives – the honey he sells is delicious beyond words.
Biokovo is home to a wide range of wildlife. From chamois and ibex to brown bears and snakes (some of which are venomous). The latter are not known for seeking the warmth of human company, but it’s nevertheless good to know they are around. About half way up the mountain, you’re likely to encounter wild horses, donkeys and cows. Actually, they are domesticated and most of them belong to the Biokovo farm (which also runs a restaurant worth visiting), but they move freely about the mountain.

Sights
If you have the good fortune to be near the top of the mountain in fair weather, you’ll enjoy a view of the Makarska Riviera and islands to remember for a lifetime and you won’t regret lugging your photo-equipment all the way up there. However, even on a sunny day, the mountain top may be suddenly enveloped in a thick cloud and you won’t see as far as your own feet. In this case, it’s best to wait till the cloud goes away, which may happen quite quickly, and not to wander about in the mist and risk getting lost off your trail.
One of the most spectacular views to be enjoyed on Biokovo is the sunset over the sea beneath. For an unspoilt enjoyment of this unique experience, it’s best to plan ahead and book a bunkbed in one of the cottages on the mountain (again, ask a Biokovo tour operator). Remember, it gets dark after sunset and a descent in the darkness – on foot or by car – may be more of a thrill than you’d care for. Spending a night at a Biokovo cottage, however, may easily turn out to be a highlight of your holiday.
Written September 25, 2015
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Igor H
36 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Did you know that, when you reach peak of Sveti Jure (St. George), in the winter, after the rain and north wind of bura clears the air, you can see Italian coast (some 200-250 km distance) across the Adriatic! Amazing to see. Throughout whole year, at the back of the mountain, at some distance, lies Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tree countries to see from the peak of the one...
Written February 21, 2017
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