STIVAŠNICA

Stivasnica is a tourist place located in the bay connected to the south side of Ražanj, 12 km southeast from Rogoznica, near the Punta Planka (Cape Planka or Cape Ploce). Due to its geographic location, beaches in Stivasnica are mainly rocky, covered with concrete terraces and some pebble stones. Perfectly clean sea, peace and quiet, distance from the noise and crowd, accommodation in private apartments and villas of high class that are almost all located near the sea, is a warranty of a fully relaxing vacation liberated from everyday stress.

For guests looking for more active vacation, in addition to bike paths, there is a sports court for basketball and football, and Boccia court. In neighboring Ražanj, in the center there is a super market, café bars, restaurant, information center that is located next to a small open market offering fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh fish from this traditional fishing village. From Ražanj to Rogoznica (2 km by the sea), during the summer season there is a regular daily boat line.

While staying at Stivasnica do not miss to visit Cape Planka which is the most outstretched part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, and it is a geographical and climate divider of the north and south Adriatic. It is a place of strong north and south collision of wind, cyclones and anticyclones, and sea currents. The largest waves of the Adriatic Sea crash there and on the other hand the sea is as calm as you could possibly imagine. It all creates a stunning natural spectacle which noone should miss because you can neither see nor experience similar things anywhere in the world.

One of the miracles attributed to the Christian saint John, the bishop of Trogir from the 11th century is related to Cape Planka. According to the legend, after the shipwreck by Cape Planka he walked on the waves and saved the lives of King Coleman and all the sailors. In memory of him and his miracles, at this place a votive church was built in 1324.

The Church of St. John, a protected site of national religious heritage, is located on Cape Planka in a rugged desert landscape. The church is oriented east-west, and is rectangular in shape with a semicircular apse. The church bears the Gothic feature of the pointed arch and the Romanesque feature of the massive flange, and an even older pre-Romanesque tradition is evident in the division of the interior walls with shallow arches between the pilaster strips. Solid in shape, its thick walls were built on whenever it was possible. Though the church is more than 10 meters from the sea, waves carrying destructive salt still manage to reach it. Over time, they’ve encircled the church with jagged rocks that now form part of the overall structure.

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