The coastal village of Drvenik, home to 500 souls, lies in the southern region of the Makarska Riviera, embedded in the charming and equally majestic backdrop of the Biokovo Mountains and the deep blue Adriatic Sea. The tranquil tourist resort spreads over two small bays. To the north lies Donja Vala, the center of Drvenik, from where the ferry port operates a connection to the island of Hvar. The many travelers who use this ferry service and pass through, enliven the atmosphere in the streets of Donja Vala.

Gornja Vala is located in the southern Bay of Drvenik and is, similar to Donja Vala, characterized by modern houses and holiday cottages. There is a small harbor which forms the center of the district. Both settlements are connected by the  "Adriatic Highway" coastal road and by the around 2 km long waterfront promenade.

The inhabitants of Drvenik lived above the coast along the once densely forested slopes of the Biokovo until 1962. The town got its name from its former location, seeing that "drvo" means wood in the Croatian language. However, an earthquake destroyed the old mountain village and its associated rural charm. Due to the massive destruction of the town, the locals moved to the coast and rebuilt there. Thanks to the beautiful coastline with many small idyllic bays, interesting ferry connections, and the Biokovo Mountains, a seaside vacation here in Drvenik consists of a variety of excursions, hiking and climbing.


Beach Gornja Vala

Central Dalmatia, Riviera Makarska, Drvenik

type of beach gravel, fine gravel
Beach Donja Vala

Central Dalmatia, Riviera Makarska, Drvenik

type of beach gravel, fine gravel


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