When we planned our trip to Croatia we pinned the park on our itinerary for two reasons: the amazing view from the top of the mountain and the experience of driving the high narrow road to the get to the peak.
Biokovo is the second highest mountain range in Croatia, part of the Dinaric Alpes. The protected area, of more than 19 ha, is home to over 1500 species of plants and animals. The highest peak, Sveti Jure (Saint George), has 1762 m.
The 23 km access road from Makarska to the peak was built in 1964. As we started driving to the top, the view became more and more spectacular, with a lot of serpentines, having the towering cliffs on one side and the abyss on the other. Some articles place it on the list of the most dangerous roads in Europe.
There is not enough space for two cars. At one point we encountered a bus coming from the opposite direction and we had to drive backward to the nearest shoulder.
The view from the top of St Gorge peak, over the islands and hinterland, is fascinating.
People used to inhabit the area of Biokovo in early times, bringing life to the fertile valleys. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were over 600 shepherds. Today, you can see the remains of prehistoric dwellings and shepherds (Illyrian).
Along the road, there are many lookout points with magnificent views, restaurants and even bike repair stations.