Živogošće

On the southern part of the Makarska Riviera, at the foothill of mount Biokovo lies Živogošće. It consists of three smaller, non-coherent places on the coast: Porat - Mala Duba – Blato, and old hamlets along the old road. It is only 20 km away from Makarska, 80 km from Split and 120 km from ancient town of Dubrovnik.

Živogošće has been inhabited since Illyrian and Roman times, to which Illyrian tombs on top of hill Suzina stand as witnesses. Also, villa Rustika in Mala Duba and Blato does the same. The well known Licinianus epigram from 474 years BC is comprised of 16 latin hexameters – the most beautiful specimen of classical literature – carved into a living rock above the spring of Pokrivenice on the coast. In it the roman questor Licinianus celebrates the source of «drinking water», which still flows there.

As a settlement, Živogošće is known from the mid 13th century. The Franciscan monastery in Živogošće, founded in 1616, used to be area's center of spiritual life and literacy, with a rich library and valuable art work.

It gained it's present shape during the last 40 years when a more significant tourism development in these areas begins. Natural beauties of olive groves and pine woods hovering over small pebbled beaches that are 6 km long, clean and crystal clear sea, all in the foothill of a big mountain(hilltop Sutvid – 1155 m) and all giving tourists a unique lure and pleasure of stay.

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