Comprised of three smaller coastal villages: Porat – Mala Duba – Blato, and old hamlets scattered along the old road, Živogošće it is only 20 km away from Makarska, 80 km from Split and 120 km from Dubrovnik.
Živogošće has been inhabited since Illyrian and Roman times, to which Illyrian tombs on top of hill Suzina stand as witnesses. Also, the well-known Licinianus epigram from 474 BC, comprised of 16 latin hexameters – the most beautiful form of classical literature – remains carved into a living rock above the spring of Pokrivenice on the coast. In it the Roman questor Licinianus celebrates the source of «drinking water», which still flows there.
As a settlement, Živogošće was mentioned for the first time in the mid-13th century. The Franciscan monastery in Živogošće, founded in 1616, was this area’s centre of spiritual life and literacy, with a rich library and valuable art work.
It gained its present form during the 1940s, when a more significant tourism development in these areas began. Olive groves and pine woods providing shade to small pebbled beaches stretching for miles and miles, clean and unpolluted sea right at the foothill of a gorgeous mountain (summit Sutvid at 1155 m) are a true treat for the modern traveller.
Živogošće Tourist Board: www.zivogosce.hr