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Exploring for Sveti Jure on 1,762 meters

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Exploring for Sveti Jure on 1,762 meters

Today again, a fantastic morning at the campsite, clear blue skies, despite or perhaps because of the strong wind, here called Bura.

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So we quickly changed for the windproof clothes, put on hiking shoes and we were ready to go, along the coast towards the Makarska, we decided for today.

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Shortly after the town of Makarska we followed the country site road 512, which already indicates that it should go up high today.

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Slightly above the village of Podgora, the 23-kilometer toll road to Sveti Jure starts.

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The highest point of 1,762 meters above sea level is the Sveti Jure peak in Biokovo in Croatia.

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There is road until the top, which can be used until a parking close to the top (next to St. George church) always passing the Biokovo Nature Park.

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The Biokovo Nature Park was declared a Natural Park due to its unique geomorphology, its extraordinary biodiversity and its scenic natural beauty in 1981.

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The Biokovo has all the typical Karst phenomena to offer - naturally formed hollows, caves, ice pits and deep holes. The deepest hole is the 788 meter deep Amfora, the fourth deepest cave in Croatia.

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The Biokovo at first seems glance poor and barren, but it is home to numerous plant and animal species. In addition to jungle-like forests with oak, beech and fir trees and the Dalmatian black pine numerous plant species are found, including many endemic species.

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A plurality of tracks refer to the lives of people in the mountains, as the archaeological remains, the small churches, chapels and pastoral districts.

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The 23-kilometer road leads to the top of Biokovo, the St. Jure (St. George), which is also the highest paved road in Croatia apart from the hiking trails.

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Very narrow and curvy the road is first passing a horse farm, which in addition to rides in the Natural Park also offers a delicious cuisine.

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And the farther you go up, the more narrow and bendy the route is. Appearing vehicle from front must return to a possible pass-by corner, otherwise no passing is possible. Nothing for people with a fear of heights.

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However, landscape and views are easy to describe as fantastic, no question about that. At the summit itself, there are some, however, tight parking spaces, which quickly overwhelm even experienced drivers.

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Below the summit, which carries a 90-meter high TV tower, there is a chapel located, as one hardly ever finds a summit in Croatia, which does not have a chapel.

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A small path around the TV tower leads to the chapel, however, it was closed.

Coordinates 43° 28′ 22″ N, 16° 56′ 19″ O

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