Gradac is the southernmost touristic locality of the Makarska riviera about 40 kilometers distant from Makarska, situated halfway between Split and Dubrovnik. Nowadays, Gradac is a modern touristic destination. The first hotel was inaugurated in 1919., but a more important touristic activity began after the 60-ties. The guests coming to Gradac these days have available considerable accommodation facilities of which private accommodation provides about 1600 beds in smaller hotels and boarding houses, and in bigger hotels there are 1500 beds available.
Along with the rich gastronomic offer, there are also sports and recreation facilities such as tennis courts, water sports, diving club, bycicle tours, walks along the beautiful beachese. There are also many cruising tours and excursions for visiting the surrounding countryside: the Korcula and Hvar islands, the Peljesac Peninsula, Dubrovnik, the sanctuary of Medjugorje, etc. Thanks to the unique combination of the Mt.Biokovo and the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic, the vicinity of the most important touristic destinations, Gradac is an attractive place for a pleasant vacation, and the guests visiting it regularly come back again.
The Gradac area was inhabited even in prehistoric times. An evidence of this are the numerous stone piles dating back to the Bronze and Early Iron Ages. In Roman times, the Gradac area was most probably the seat of the Roman civitas Biston, which as a coastal center belonged to the colony of Narona, an important Roman stronghold on the nowadays Croatian territory. At the locality of Gradina was found a cornice fragment of the monumental building from the 2nd - 3nd century, as well as the Roman coin pieces. Near the Laguna hotel were found many tombs, hence it is thought that on this location there was once a Roman necropolis.