Located on the western edge of Ciovo Island in Dalmatia, Croatia, Okrug Gornji is a traditional village which now makes up the town of Okrug, together with its neighbour, Okrug Donji. Surrounded by lush subtropical vegetation and with stunning views along the inlet strewn coastline, there are few places from which you can have breakfast on your private balcony and look over such a beautiful scene.
The beaches of Okrug Gornji are an absolute treasure. Consisting of fine white pebbles, which are wonderfully smooth and comfortable under foot, are ideal for lazy days in the sun, and the water which laps them is so clear that a snorkel really isn’t necessary. Swimming in the sea from an Okrug Gornji villa is a genuine delight, and the region is known as one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving centres around, with visibility of over 50m usual. The back of the beach is lined by wonderfully atmospheric little beach bars and restaurants, as well as water sports centres offering scuba diving, water skiing and jet ski rental.
Okrug Gornji is a fantastic spot in which to develop a taste for the Dalmatian way of life. There are a wonderful range of restaurants and traditional taverns to visit, serving the finest of Dalmatian food and drink, traditional to the core. If you feel that you might need a little exercise after a particularly leisurely lunch, there are plenty of tennis courts, a fitness centre and a good range of local walking trails to explore.
There are some wonderful sightseeing expeditions to be done from a holiday rental villa in Okrug Gornji. Trips to the mainland for explorations of Split, the River Krka and the Shrine of Madugorje are very easy to take and well worth doing from any Okrug Gornji accommodation.
The UNESCO protected town of Trogir is just 2km from a self catering Okrug Gornji holiday rental, separated by a large drawbridge. With a history dating back as far as the 3rd century BC, Trogir is filled with remarkable monuments to the region’s history, and is certainly worth taking a day trip from an Okrug Gornji villa for. The Garagnin-Fanfogne Palace, Cathedral of St Lawrence and Cipiko Palace are all extremely worth exploration, even if you only have a few hours. Those looking for varied evening entertainment from a holiday rental apartment in Okrug Gornji will also get to know Trogir well, as the town has a magnificent range of bars, clubs and restaurants providing everything from club nights to folklore events, classical concerts to theatrical performances.
The warm, Mediterranean microclimate of Okrug Gornji makes it a real favourite with beach lovers. Blessed with over 2,700 hours of sunshine each year and daily temperatures routinely in the mid 30’s (˚C) from June until September, the beaches have limitless appeal. Sea temperatures are also magnificently warm during the summer months, reaching around 25˚C most years.
A holiday rental property in Okrug Gornji is just a 15 minute drive from Split International Airport (SPU), which receives a good range of inbound flights from the UK, arriving from airports including Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN). A hire car is not necessary unless you are going to use your self catering Okrug Gornji rental villa as a base for further exploration of the Dalmatian Coast.