Municipality Zadvarje


Zadvarje is a municipality located in the central Dalmatian hinterland and the hinterland of the coastal massifs Dinara and Biokovo, but it also covers a fraction of the Adriatic coast - the famous bay Vruja and the Dupci pass.

Within the borders of this relatively small municipality (13.2 km2), with nine settlements and a total of some three hundred inhabitants, there are several unique, highly attractive and biologically very important elements: the magnificent Cetina canyon with one of the largest waterfalls in the Croatian karst, Velika Gubavica, and the fascinating and rugged slopes of the pass Dupci and the bay of Vruja. In the southeast, the Zadvarje landscape borders the Nature Park Biokovo, merging with its wooded northern slopes. The settlement developed along the local road connecting the coast and the hinterland. It started evolving in the 18th century as an important market town at the foot of the fortress from the time of the Venetian-Turkish wars. At the end of the 19th and early 20th century Zadvarje started to flourish due to the start of construction and operation of the large hydroelectric power station Kraljevac. Terraced houses were built along the road, with their ground floors for commercial purposes and characteristic doors "na koljeno". The houses are built of stone, with one or two floors and pitched roofs. Some have spacious courtyards at the rear.

At the town centre formed a square, the so-called Obor (pen), where a rustic pole with a lamp was preserved and could serve as a flag pole. The famous fairs and derneks of Zadvarje once took place at this point. The southern side of Obor is closed off by the old stone building of the Cetina hotel, built in the early twentieth century. At its back there is a walled garden within which were once stables for horses and a blacksmith’s workshop. A little further to the south and the bottom of the hill, there is a large water tank with a naplav and fountain.

The administrative centre of the municipality, the settlement of Zadvarje, developed on the edge of Zadvarska ljut, a spacious karst plateau with a small karst field in the west, which, taking almost a quarter of the municipal territory, brings respite to the experience of the dramatic relief of the Cetina canyon and Gubavice, Dubci and Vruje. As a natural corridor between the hinterland and the coast, the area of Zadvarje has always been well controlled, as evidenced by the rich toponomastic and architectural legacy.

This unique record of municipal natural and cultural attractions is toured using the exquisitely designed trail of the MedPaths project, which includes both coastal and hinterland karst vistas of the Zadvarje area.


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