Podstine (Hvar) Crag
Podstine crag literally means “UnderRock” in Croatian. It is the closest crag to the town of Hvar and the only one in walking distance from it, although a challenging walk. This could be the place for you if you are located in the town of Hvar and stuck with no car or other transport, looking for some climbing.
Please do not place bolts without consulting with us using the contact info here. We are trying to make sure that the equipment used is adequate for marine environments and that the crags are being developed in accordance with the local standards.
Parking – Near the Podstine hotel, just after the small tunnel. May be difficult in the summer to find a spot
Approach Park before or after the tunnel if you can find spots (usually not available after). Take one of the stairs to the coastline and then take a sealine path until you pass the last house (big one). From there, there is 10minute hike through the forrest trail. Again, there will be a sealine walk for the last 50m.
Season – Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer (maybe too hot)
Climbing – Moderate and easy. Not too many routes.
Equipment – Sport climbing equipment, up to 70m rope, up to 15 quickdraws.
Route list – Click here
When in Hvar, the easiest way to reach it is to follow the signs towards Podstine hotel (which is near the crag) and take your car there, but be careful since parking is very very difficult to find in the summer.
Other ways include renting a boat or inflating your own in Hvar harbor and getting yourself 3Km from the harbor to the west. You can’t miss the crag.
At this time around around 20 sport routes have been bolted in sectors A and B. Other sectors have not yet been opened for climbing and may be on a private property.
The crag is facing south and is suitable for climbing all through the year, as are all crags on the island. Due to the fact that is at the sea level, mild sea breeze is making it easier to climb in the summer. Also, you can enjoy the sea while you are waiting for the perfect time.
I have a question regarding Podstine climbing sector: is this possible to walk to a top and set up top rope belay from above?
(necessary when you don’t hjave partner who can belay lead climb)
First of all thank you for providing this homepage and the information.
Following your description we tried to reach the crag but we could manage to pass along the sealine path. Is it possible that the crag is no longer reachable by foot due to the hotels at the coast line?