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Coordinates: 43°07′36″N 17°11′16″E / 43.12667°N 17.18778°E / 43.12667; 17.18778
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Sućuraj is located in Croatia
Location of Sućuraj in Croatia
Coordinates: 43°07′36″N 17°11′16″E / 43.12667°N 17.18778°E / 43.12667; 17.18778
Country Croatia
CountySplit-Dalmatia County
 • Municipality45.1 km2 (17.4 sq mi)
 • Urban
15.0 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
 • Municipality426
 • Density9.4/km2 (24/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density20/km2 (51/sq mi)

Sućuraj (known as San Giorgio in Italian) is the smallest town on the island of Hvar in the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea, 3 NM (5 km) from the Dalmatian coast and 77 km from the town of Hvar.

In the 2011 census, the total population was 463, in the following settlements:[3]

In Sućuraj, tourism and fishing are the primary economic activities. The town is the official centre of the eastern part of the island of Hvar.

The island of Hvar has a Mediterranean climate, including a high percentage of sunny days. Sućuraj is one of the sunniest and hottest places on the island, with more than 2700 hours of sunshine per year. Around the centre of the town, there are two beaches, Cesminica and Bilina.

Sućuraj is typically accessed via ferryboat from Drvenik on the Makarska riviera.


Sućuraj has existed for more than 2300 years, although it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The first known inhabitants of Sućuraj were the Illyrians[citation needed]; their Queen Teuta had a home here in 3rd century BC.[citation needed]

In the 7th and 8th century the Croats who lived here till today colonized Sućuraj. Sućuraj has fallen under a myriad of flags in its history, including the Illyrians, Romans, Croats, Venetians, French, Austrians, and Italians. In the 20th century alone, Sućuraj was part of six countries.

The oldest building in Sućuraj is the Augustan (today Franciscan) monastery. Its original construction date is not known, but it was first rebuilt in 1309 and most recently in 1994. Sućuraj got its name from the Church of St. George, which is mentioned in the Statute of Hvar from 1331. That church was destroyed at the end of the 19th century, and a new one was built. Most of the inhabitants of Sućuraj came from the coast in the 15th century, fleeing from the Turks. From that time till today the church of St. Anthony (built in 1663) has also survived. An old Venetian fortress (fortica) built in 1613 also still stands, although not in its original condition.


  1. ^ Register of spatial units of the State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia. Wikidata Q119585703.
  2. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements" (xlsx). Census of Population, Households and Dwellings in 2021. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. 2022.
  3. ^ "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Sućuraj". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.