Information about Sućuraj, Island of Hvar, Croatia
Sućuraj is a small picturesque tourist and fishermen's town. Located on the East cape of the island of Hvar (central Dalmatia, Croatia), it is surrounded by the sea on three sides and is closest to the mainland. There are 357 inhabitants in the town living mostly from tourism, fishing and agriculture. The town evolved around a deep and narrow bay in which the port lies. The main parts of Sućuraj are named Gornja Banda (Upper Side) and Donja Banda (Lower Side). Gornja Banda is located on a slight slope north of the port and Donja Banda is located on the south side of the peninsula. The architecture is typical Dalmatian with stone houses and narrow streets. The place gets its charm from the combination of blue seas of the Hvar and Neretva channel as well as the view of the Biokovo Mountain, Pelješac peninsula and the islands of Brač and Korčula.
Sućuraj is the center of the Municipality of Sućuraj, which also includes the village of Bogomolje. The town has an elementary school, a post office, infirmary with the heliport for emergencies, local Port authority office, souvenirs shops, grocery shops, restaurants, bars, a hairdresser salon, exchange office, ATM and tourist info office.
Beaches and bays
Thanks to a climate with long sunny days, beautiful scenery, crystal clear sea and temperatures suitable for swimming from May to October, makes Sućuraj an attractive tourist destination. All of those who want to spend the day swimming and or sunbathing will find the place most enjoyable thanks to its more than 25 km of coastline with sandy, pebble or rocky beaches and bays. More details...
Climate, flora and fauna
The island of Hvar (and also Sućuraj) is well known for its mild Mediterranean climate and record number of sunny hours. The summers are dry, warm and long, and the winters are mild and short so the temperatures below 0°C are very rare. Thanks to such a mild climate, the flora and fauna surrounding Sućuraj is lush and diverse. More details...
Accommodation and restaurants
Tourism development started in Sućuraj at the beginning of the 1960's. Hospitable people offer their guests accommodation in numerous beautiful private apartments, boarding houses (pensions), holiday houses and rooms and in motor camp in the Mlaska bay, located 4 km from the town center. Gastronomically there is an excellent choice of restaurants, inns and taverns in Sućuraj which include traditionally local specialties such as fish, crabs, shellfish, wine and olive oil, as well as a range of meats and vegetarian dishes. There is also a pizzeria and an ice-cream parlour at your disposal.
Entertainment and culture
For those who wish to enjoy a relaxing pace and escape the noise, crowds and hustle and bustle of everyday life, Sućuraj is an ideal location. The pleasure is guaranteed, whether you enjoy a stroll through Sućuraj's narrow streets, a seaside walk, having your morning coffee or a refreshing drink. In the evening one can find entertainment in bars, occasional fishermen's night, and for those who prefer rock and electronic music, Sućuraj hosts the Tam Tam Music Festival. In the summer months there are some exhibitions and plays by traveling theater troops. More details...
History and sights
Archaeological finds testify of life in this area from the antiquities. The most important historical sights in Sućuraj are: The Franciscan monastery (once Augustinian) from the 9th century, the fort from 1613, St. Anthony's church from 1663, the lighthouse from 1889 and St. George's church from 1897, with the foundation of a much older church in its front yard. More details about history here, and about sights here.
During the tourist season there are daily boat trips. You can visit the Makarska coastline, Pelješac peninsula and the island of Korčula. The rest of the island of Hvar is best visited by car, but there is a bus and or taxi services available. The vicinity to the mainland and good transport links make one-day trips to Split, Dubrovnik and numerous other destinations in Dalmatia and Herzegovina possible. You can also rent a small boat, bicycle, scooter or car in Sućuraj. More details...
Sport and recreation
Those who love cycling, running and hiking can enjoy more than 40 km of paths and for those who love diving and fishing there is a lot of coastline available. Local football club Mladost has its own soccer field also available for all who wish to play. More details...
Fishing and agriculture
The people of Sućuraj are known to be skilled fishermen, olive and wine growers and the tradition remains to this day. More details about fishing here, and about agriculture here.
Infrastructure of the village: electrical power (220 V, 50 Hz), water supply (drinking water from the Cetina river and springs on Biokovo mountain), sewer system (with purification system), telephone and fast ADSL internet, mobile network transmitter with Ge network.
Sućuraj port (43°07'N, 17°11'E): located in the town centre, protected from all winds, dock length 663 meters, docks for yachts, ships and boats with connections for power and water, public toilette and shower, local port authority office.