The village of Zastražišće spreads out over an elongated area, and is an agglomeration of six little settlements. Its strategic position gave it its name, which means ‘guarding post’. At the time the village was founded, guards were stationed on the Vela Glava hill (305m above sea level) to keep watch over towards Brač and the coastline below the Biokovo mountain range. Nowadays it is a lookout post in case of fire. The Vela Glava hill offers an exquisite view over the Makarska Riviera to the north, and the Pelješac peninsula and Korčula Island to the south. For those interested in history, there are also numerous Bronze Age grave-mounds (tumuli) around.
There is a large old distillery in Zastražišće, containing two huge cauldrons, from which two tons of lavandin oil are still produced during the lavender season, although in the halcyon days of the past up to 20 tons of the oil was produced.
Points of interest
Free climbing, Vela Stiniva
For adventurers who love free climbing in Vela Stiniva, there is climbing area right next to the sea.
Oil mill “Rubin”
Small family oil mill “Rubin” is located in Zastražišće.
Bays of Zastražišće
The bays of Zastražišće on the north side of the island of Hvar are beautiful places for swimming and enjoying the beach. Looking from west to east, name of beaches are: Vela Stiniva, Stanji mir, Sinjava, Dubac, Kjušna, Kruševa and Pokrivenik.
Village of Zastražišće
Village of Zastražišće consists of several hamlets: Mola bonda, Podstrana, Donje polje and Grudac.
The family farm “Kod kućera”
From eating table enjoy in spectacular view on Makarska promenade and island Brac, stunning. Ride donkeys, meet goats and taste cheese what they produce. Taste healthy food, relax with your friends or family and feel like home. The important thing is that you are through all time connected with nature.
2,500 years old olive tree
A 2,500 years old olive tree was found in Zastražišće, owned by Tihomir Beroš, still bears new olives every year.
Church of St. Nicholas
The 19th century parish church of St. Nicholas is worth visiting, not only for its interesting architecture, but for its magnificent view over to the Makarska Riviera and the Biokovo mountain range on the mainland, besides the beautiful vista over the olive groves around Zastražišće.