The official site of the Tourist Board Split-Dalmatia County
Trail info
Length0.96 km
Elevation309 m
Asphalt: 0.27 km
Macadam: 0.69 km
Bottom elevation234 m
Top elevation309 m
Start pointVrgorac
End pointVrgorac


Gradina fortress (also known as Grad) above Vrgorac belongs to a chain of forts in the Dalmatian Hinterland that were strategically positioned along important traffic routes that have connected the hinterland with the coast since prehistoric times. It was most likely erected in the Late Middle Ages and upgraded during Ottoman rule. The access path from the east features the Turkish Avala Tower and a vaulted water tank located nearby. The Gradina fortification complex is divided into three parts. Through the bailey defended by a low wall, one reaches the inner part of the fortress, which is surrounded by tall walls. Within the walls, there are the ruins of several buildings such as barracks for soldiers and their officers, storage for weapons and ammunition, an oven, and a room for religious services. The tallest and oldest part of Gradina Fortress is a square tower with battlements built on a natural rock. This was the residence of medieval lords and Ottoman dizdars. It offers a view of Vrgorac and the surrounding karst fields of Rastok, Jezero and Bunina.

  • Start 43º 12’ 17.204” N / 17º 22’ 7.59” E
    Pod Matokitom Street, Put Gradine
  • 0.08 km turn left
  • 0.18 km arrival at the walking trail
  • 0.32 km Avala tower
  • 0.41 km Gradina fortress
  • 0.67 km turn right
  • 0.70 km Parish Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary; from here, go onto Hrvatskih Velikana Street
  • 0.96 km return to the starting point

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