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Zaostrog Croatia
Zaostrog Croatia
Zaostrog has streched itself in the natural and spacious basin, surrounded by high and steep slopes of massif Biokovo-Rilic. Zaostrog is the small place and a dock in the south of Makarska riviera. It has around 350 inhabitants.

Tourist offer
The inhabitants of Zaostrog live mostly from renting rooms and apartments as well as from agriculture and fishery. There are about 800 beds in private accommodation, villas, apartments, boarding houses, hostels. There are 3 campsites in Zaostrog: Dalmatia, Eklata and Viter.
Zaostrog has got a fantastic location due to the nearness of many attractive tourist resorts like Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Omiš, Makarska, Imotski, the islands Brac, Hvar, Korcula, the Pelješac Peninsula; as well as due to trips to nature park Biokovo and a very famous photo-safari along the Neretva Delta.

Sport: football field, indoor football field, basketball courts, tennis courts, jet-ski, water sports, footpaths, jogging...

Zaostrog beach
Zaostrog beach
Gastronomy offer and entertainment
There are a few restaurants with standard fish and meat specialities, several pizzerias, fast-food and cafés. The centre of Zaostrog turns itself into the place of entertainment accompanied by live music on the campsites' terraces and in the centre itself in one of the restaurants.

Other services in the place: an ambulance station, supermarkets, baker's  shops, a post office, an exchange office, Internetcafe, chemist's, souvenir shops, market place...

History and the cultural sights
Zaostrog was inhabited in the Roman Age as evidenced by many antique monuments among which is a relief of god Demetrius and a tombstone of Aurelia Veturie. They can be seen in the monastery's collection. According to the documents of the Byzantine emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus, the fortress Ostrog (after which Zaostrog was named) below Viter, was the capital and fortification of the Croatian state Pagania, which was founded by the people from the Neretva.
Zaostrog was mentioned for the first time in 1494 in Croatian and Turkish. There are 3 churches in the old place: the old Gothic church of St. Barbara, a small church of St. Roko from the 17th century and the new St. Barbara church from 1872. Besides those churches there are also three chapels: St. Anthony's chapel in the village (1893), Our Lady's chapel in Kucine (1911) and St. Elias chapel on Prosik (1894).
More than half millenium old Franciscan St. Mary's monastery, the most famous  cultural, religious and educational centre of the upper Makarska riviera dominates Zaostrog. In this monastery visitors can see a museum, an ethnological collection, a gallery and a big library with more than 30 000 literary works, mostly from the older Croatian literature. There is a botanic garden with more than 250 plants planted in the monastery garden.


Zaostrog is a favourite tourist destination because of its beautiful pebbly and sandy beaches which go along the pine-tree alleys, as well as the catering and tourist establishments. Near to everything but miles away from the ordinary, Zaostrog offers everything one could ask for - entertainment, beautiful nature and the unforgettable holidays on the Dalmatian coast.


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