Sveti Jure is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.762m (5,780ft) above the sea level, located in the Split-Dalmatia County of Croatia, along the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. The road commands a breathtaking panorama of the folds of the mountains stretching down to the seashore and islands of Croatia, and the view to the sea and inland is amazing. You should be prepared to back up if you meet an oncoming vehicle.
Located in the Biokovo mountain range, within the Biokovo Nature Park, this is a must do. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country. The road to the top, through national park Biokovo (national park Biokovo is open from 7.00 to 20.00 hours) has a fee entrance. The route is recommended during all seasons. During winter time check the snow conditions. Don’t choose windy time because the wind can be very strong on Biokovo. Check carefully the weather report before the trip. There are some narrow parts, impassable for 2 cars at the same time. Not for newbies. The road to the summit is rough and very narrow in places. Actually so narrow, that passing by is possible only on the special islands, which are placed not so often. Is it actually worthy to take a risk and drive there up. The view from the top is unimaginably beautiful, including the Adriatic Sea to the west. You’ll find many fine viewpoints along this long climb.
The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). The top of this mountain is large rocky dome, occupied by a a television tower and the building of telecommunication devices. Until1964, when these towers were built, Sv. Jure chapel was standing there. Then it was moved a little bit to the north, few meters below the summit. It was there since 1646, till modern technology came. On the summit you will see relatively large parking lot designed for roughly 30 to 40 cars. You need to drive very slowly, even a small mistake can cause accident. There accident can mean fall about 1 km down.
There are 3 possible routes to reach the summit. Starting from Makarska, the ascent is 30 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.662 meters. The average percentage is 5.5 %. Starting from Biokovo, the ascent is 21.74 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.370 meters. The average percentage is 6.3 %. And starting from Podgora, the ascent is 24.59 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.692 meters. The average percentage is 6.8 %. From the entrance to the Nature Park, at 365m above the sea level, the Biokovo Tourist Road is 23km long, climbing up to the peak, at 1.762m. The speed limit is 30km/h. It’s forbidden to overtake. Drive with great caution. Take extreme care with the wind. The 3 last km are terrible with a gradient up to 14%