Bogomolje is a small village
located in the east part of the island of Hvar, 19 km west from Sućuraj and
32 km east from Jelsa. The village is located in the inland of the island,
but has beaches in coves on both south and north side. Administratively, the
village belongs to Sućuraj municipality.
It was first populated in the 16th century by people fleeing to the island
from the Ottomans via Živogošće on the Makarska Riviera. The parish church of
St Liberan was built in the late 17th century, but before that Bogomolje and
Gdinj (village 6 km west) had a joint church in Gdinj (16th century). In the
village there is also a greek-catholic church built in 1934. In the first
half of the 20th century some of the people from Bogomolje moved to village
Lovište on the Pelješac peninsula, where they had agricultural lands.
There is a market,
post office and local theater in which the cultural association „Aleleho“
(meaning the scary ghost of Bogomolje) organizes a manifestation called
„Bogomoljske ljetne večeri“ (Bogomolje’s summer nights), where people enjoy
themselves every Saturday night with music, food and drinks.
Bogomolje (in the narrow meaning) consists of 4 smaller settlements: Selo
(the center), Račevina (west), Jerkov Dvor (south) and Glava Maslinova
(east). The inhabitants of Selca kod Bogomolja (9 km east, towards Sućuraj)
consider themselves also to be from Bogomolje. Selca consists of 3 smaller
settlements: Jerkovići (settlement with restaurant), Zaglav and Marinja
Glavica. Between Bogomolje and Selca there is an uninhabited settlement
Čiškin Gložak. The people from Bogomolje are traditionally farmers and make
wine, a type of local brandy called „rakija“ and olive oil. Around the
village there are fields filled with ethereal herbs, among which lavender is
the most represented. These products can be bought from locals on picturesque
booths when you visit the village, of even when you just pass thru the
village on the road from Sućuraj towards Hvar.
Except for these settlements, which were inhabited during history, lately
houses are been built in almost every coves nearby. Most of these houses are
intended for tourism, but some for permanent living. The first inhabited
Bogomolje’s cove was Bristova (on the north side), which has been a port of
Bogomolje for centuries. In the 1911 a small boardwalk was built in the cove
where steamboats called „vapori“ used to dock. Other coves on the north side
of the island are: Stara, Zavala, Solotiša, Male and Vele Gačice, Mala and
Vela Pogorila. On the south side of the island there are coves: Lađena,
Pelinovik Donji and Gornji, Smokvina. South from Selca the coves are: Kozja,
Duboka, Leprinova and Aržišće, and on the north Moševčica.
Bogomolje’s coves have beautiful pebble stone beaches which, with their
special charm, attract tourists who want peace, quiet and untouched nature.
There are private apartments and bed-and-breakfasts available in those coves.
You can get to almost all the coves by car on asphalt roads or macadam.