Okrug municipality is located on the west side of the island of Čiovo. It consists of two villages - Okrug Gornji and Okrug Donji. It is interesting, and not so imaginative, if you ask us, that the name of this Dalmatian villages comes from the Croatian word "circle" as both places are situated along a circular bay on the west side of the island.
However, the mild Mediterranean climate, lush vegetation, an archipelago of picturesque islands, innumerable small hidden bays and beaches make the Okrug Riviera one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia.
Okrug is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The nearby city of Trogir (2 km), which is under UNESCO protection, offers the possibility of enjoying the 4000 years of history, but also to explore the wild night life of the area. Yes, Trogir is known for its nightclubs, which will make party people happy. Geographical position of island Čiovo makes it possible to make short trips to Waterfalls of Krka (60 km), town Split (33 km) and Međugorje (170 km). In addition, the airport is only 8km far, in case you wanted to know this.
Settlement Okrug was referred to by its present name in the year 1461 and was situated on the coast near the parish church of Sv. Tudor, which dates from the 11th and 12th century. Around church there is a cemetery into whose mortuary are incorporated fragments of pre-Romanesque sculptures and decorations. The parish church of St. Carl of Borromeo was built in 1735. In the cove Racetinovac preserved are the ruins of the summer residence of Nikola Andreis, a professor of philosophy and medicine in Padua, from the 16th the century. On Kraljevec, where Bela IV once lived, are the remains of a Benedictine monastery. There are numerous historical sites in Okrug Gornji for you to explore, so don’t be lazy, put your shiny shoes on and ask the local for the direction. You might find new friends along the way!
Okrug Gornji has a beautiful view of the archipelago which includes the islands of Šolta, Drvenik Veli and Mali Drvenik. Beaches in Okrug Gornji are pebbly with the clearest sea, ideal for families with children.
As any other Dalmatian village, Okrug Gornji values its Mediterranean cuisine. There are numerous taverns and restaurants where you and your family and friends can have a daily dose of fresh, organic food on the table. People from Dalmatia rarely eat without the glass of fine wine on the side, so ask the locals for their homemade wine. They are considered to be experts in winemaking, as they have thousands of year’s long history in vine growing.
As for your accommodation in Okrug Gornji, you will find anything except from hotels. Most of the time tourists are settled in apartments in Okrug Gornji. The lack of hotels is actually not a bad thing; it makes this place more peaceful, without the huge crowds. Naturally, you will choose a place according to your budget, so if you want a holiday villa you will probably find the one that suits you. And, a place like this definitely has to have something for people who like to be outdoors all the time, so yes; there are a couple of amazing campsites.
All things said, Okrug Gornji is a small place with hidden coves, numerous picturesque and intact beaches, plenty of sunshine and unspoiled nature that you will quickly fall in love with.