Trpanj, as an old settlement, in his long history has a remarkable cultural herritage starting with a late Roman Gradina to various churches, chapels and monuments.


Gradina is on the hill right above the harbour. It was most probably built in turbulent periods of late Antique, when a great Byzanthine emperor Justinian
whiped away East Gots from Illyrcum and raised many fortreses along the coast in order to provide safe navigation. The staircase and the path leading to this most significant cultural monument, and an excelent lookout as well, was built in 1936.

As late as prehistoric age, the advantages of the locality where Trpanj is situated today have been recognized, so that population continuity of the area can be traced from ancient times to present. 

Thus, on the slopes of hill Gradina that dominates with the harbour examples of hand-made prehistoric pottery were found, that along with remains of walls, show that a prehistoric settlement was there.

There are two theories of possible origin of the name of 'Trpanj':

If the word Trpanj comes from a verb "trpjeti", meaning to endure, to suffer, to bear, then the name represents the sufferings that first inhabitants had to endure since the nature did not give them furtile land and wide fields to cultivate successfully.

Tourist board of Trpanj

   Žalo 7, 20250 Trpanj