If you never look back at their ancestors, people will not look forward to its descendants.
Edmund Burke (1729. – 1797.)

Župa (parish) Biokovska, located on the north side of the mountain slope of Biokovo, has long been known as a cultural and religious center of Zabiokovlje. It belongs to the Municipality of Zagvozd and Imotski region. Thanks to its location, this picturesque village is ideal for visit cross-border places such as Medjugorje (57 km or 50 minutes by car). The nearest pebble beach in Baska Voda is 25 kilometers away. It was named for being the seat of the parish priest of the old parish Vrdol in the 19th century on territory of today’s Župa.

P1080520It consists of several hamlets including the one from which it derives the owner of the villa in Župa who is also the owner of Orbico group to which we belong. Roglić hamlet is known for the most beautiful old house of the eponymous family in Župa, which owner in 1994 restored and placed it under the protection of cultural monument. Right next to it he rebuilt the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes which was destroyed during World War II.

Bijakova, the name of the mountain slope that our ancestors used, gave their contribution to the local population and fed many cattle, and thanks to her, and quiet rural life, people used to live and 110, 120 and 130 years. The population built small wooden house, and since the Napoleon Road was built, people in Župa were building better houses closer to the road.

Lately tourism is developing: the growing concern of responsible ones for Zabiokovlje is noted so experts in tourism, ethnography and other institutions along with the population gave in collecting ethno treasures of this area and seek them from oblivion. A new highway and tunnel Sveti Ilija accelerated the revival to the whole Imotski region and the village of Župa too.


In this way population of village Župa return to their native land, build detached villas with pools mostly for tourism, tennis courts, and wine cellars, cultivate the land and engaged in viticulture, livestock breeding, cultivation of fruits and vegetables.

This is a story that you can not only see, but also to take part in it if you come to this rich region. Welcome!

The first traces of settlement can be traced back to the Neolithic period, as evidenced by archaeological finds from Grabovac and Zagvozd, and continuous population of the region from the Early Bronze Age (2000th to 1600th BC) when bearers of Cetina culture lived here.

Roglićeva kuća, spomenik kultureAfter immigration of the Illyrian tribe Delmati in the Late Bronze Age, who built fortified settlements and after their defeat by the Romans, Imotski was followed by a strong urbanization. We can see that on the remains of Roman municipalities near villages of Runovići and Lovreć.

The turning point in the history of this landscape had Frankish Empire because under its political influence within the Croatian Principality formed Imotska County, then called Imota. It ran through the entire Imotski field, and today its northwestern half is in Croatia and southeastern in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After the reign of Croatian-Hungarian kings, in 1493 Imotski regions was conquered by the Ottomans that ruled for 225 years, but without leaving any deep trace because of waking consciousness of the Catholic Franciscans who connected that with the Croatian national being. In 1718 the treaty of Passarowitz occurs and today’s delimitation is given to this area. Also the status of Military-administrative area of the Venetian military rule is defined.

The fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, continue to change rulers of Imotski region: Austria, France, Yugoslavia Monarchy, Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia. During the Croatian war for independence Imotski was not directly affected by the Serbian aggression, but a large number of its inhabitants fought on all Croatian fronts.

P1080538Although gastronomy of Dalmatian hinterland mostly is the same in its different parts, there are some features that distinguish a particular part of this region.

In Imotski that is definitely Studenački cheese produced from cow’s milk and is the most famous cheese of the Dalmatian hinterland.

Here are unavoidable meals from the spit and under the bell. As the main starter, there is always a combination of homemade cheese and prosciutto, king of specialties of the Dalmatian hinterland.

Real wealth of delicacies in Imotski town we will show through Sunday lunch in different seasons. Spring plates are full of soup, boiled lamb, tomato salsa, mashed potatoes and roast beef with potatoes. In summer the best are boiled or baked homemade chicken, roast lamb and various sauces.

In the autumn there are stuffed peppers, pork, breaded veal medallions and lettuce. Winter is reserved for traditional dish kaštradina, a dish of dried mutton and lamb, with the addition of rašćika, a descendant of the wild cabbage.

In addition to savory dishes, Imotski is also famous for its cakes of almond and walnut. The most famous is the Imotski cake with lots of almonds, a little flour, maraschino and jealously guarded ratio of ingredients for more than 150 years. Next to it, the greatest popularity has rafijoli, dough filled with a stuffing of walnuts, almonds and addition of flavorings, usually homemade brandy.

Dalmatia is a region of wine, which means that imotski cellars are also excellent guards of first-class splash from the vineyards of Imotski. Indigenous wine of this region is Kujundžuša, refreshing wine that is the most appropriate with fish and seafood, cheeses and salads. Of white varieties there are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, pošip and žilavka and black are trnjak (thorns) and Cormorant.

Through Imotski area circled the phrase “what will serve you the most expensive dish, if you have no one who will prepare it.” It is togetherness that is the most valuable thing you can take from this God-given area.

To see

Like other regions in Croatia, Imotski is rich in natural and artistic beauty.

            Be sure to visit the city of Imotski, whose town center has developed at the foot of the medieval fortress Topana. Distinguishing four parallel streets connecting stairs, “imotski Stairs”, there are so much of them that the exact number is not known.

            Special attractions are the two karst lakes near the city center, Blue and Red. The first one can be completely dried up so the locals play a football game on its bottom, and the latter is named after the red rocks.

            Already mentioned Prološko mud in the introduction is one of the last flood karst fields in Croatia. A small island Manastir (monastery) protrudes out of the water: on it are the remains of a Franciscan monastery from the 17th century.

            You should visit the Green Cathedral in Proložac Donji, village 6 kilometers from Imotski. This is the popular name for the church on open field. From monuments and archaeological sites there are the remains of the basilica in Zmijavci and tombstones inscribed with scenes from everyday life which has the most on the site Gljivica (fungus) and Cysts Great.

To do

If you love more culture or sports, or maybe you love both equally you will not be deprived of content in Imotski.
First of all, we recommend that you visit Imotski during City Day, on August 1, when in addition to musical entertainment, you can enjoy the old customs and souvenirs: minting coins, traditional dishes, and you can buy a jug, old sandals…

For those looking for cultural elevation here is “Imotska force”, a traditional summer cultural event which begins on the date of birth of the poet Tin Ujević July 5th and “Actors in Zagvozd”, where you will be able to see theater productions from all over the Croatia, but also listen to music concerts.

You should not miss to climb the mountain of Biokovo by the north side of the mountain range if you love adventure. There are mountain lodges and a number of marked trails on your disposal.

One of the most beautiful adventure races in Croatia will be held in July just in Imotski. In Imo Adventure or “Seven Lakes”, as they are also called the race, teams compete in running, swimming, diving, kayaking and climbing all over the Imotski area: polish trails, lakes, river Vrljika, steep cliffs, canyons…

So small place, and so much to experience! Good luck!


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