Zaostrog - Tourist guide

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Zaostrog is a village and harbour on the Makarska Riviera, 16 km northwest of Ploce. The village consists of an older part below a steep limestone section of Biokovo Mountain, and a newer part, a coastal zone. Chief occupations are farming, olive growing, fishing and tourism.

Zaostrog is situated at the part of the Mediterranean of total ecological cleaness, the beaches are beautifull with nice white pebbles while thanks to the favourable sea currents you can enjoy it from May to October, and choose your staying in any part of the year because of the mild climate.

National and international food and beverages you can taste in numerous restaurants or pizzerias or later you can have fun in exotic cafés by the sea.

On the cemetery in Zaostrog there is the Gothic church of St. Barbara, restored in the Baroque period, when a bell tower was added to the front. For a period there was an Augustan convent in Zaostrog, abandoned because of the escape from the Turks in the year 1468. There the construction of the Franciscan monastery began in the 16th century and was completed in the 17th century.

In the interior of the church are marble Baroque altars, a wooden Baroque organ-loft and the organ by master Petar Nakic (18th c.). The church also contains the busts of the poet Andrija Kacic Miosic and of the writer Ivan Despot, works by Ivan Rendic

The monastery keeps a library and the archives with documents important for the period of the Ottoman occupation in these regions, as well as a collection of art exhibits from the 16th-18th century and an ethnographic collection. The donation of painter Mladen Veza was opened to the public in 1989.

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