Located on the island of Hvar, in the district of Jelsa, in Croatia, the Pitve-Zavala Road is an epic adventure. The road links Pitve and several beautiful small villages with awesome beaches.
The road is gravel. 4x4 recommended. This road tests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. It’s 8.9 km long. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails.
The road bypasses a dangerous old tunnel, the Tunel Pitve. It’s a fire road over the top of the hill, suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles rather than normal cars. During your stay on the island of Hvar be sure to drive through this road. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day.