At the centre of the Croatian coast lies Podgora, a small town situated in the heart of Dalmatia, on the Makarska Riviera. Well known for its clear blue seas and breathtaking sunsets, holidaymakers will enjoy the leisurely pace of this part of the world.
Finding the perfect beach is easy in Podgora. There is something to suit even the fussiest beach-fans.
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Podgora boasts a range of water sports, from water skiing to surfing, from tubing to banana riding. You can even rent a jet ski or a speed boat and visit nearby islands of Brač or Hvar or find a secret hideaway in one of the quiet bays.
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If adrenaline sports are your thing, why not give parasailing a go? Rent a parachute, hook it up to a speedboat and you're off!
If you want to take your water sports to the next level, you will find a diving centre offering diving lessons and diving trips to approximately a dozen locations around Podgora, catering for all experience levels.
Podgora's ideal location makes for a unique climate, attracting travellers all year round. Although the sea is pleasant for swimming from May until October, early spring and autumn in Podgora are just as relaxing.
If swimming and sunbathing aren't your style, Podgora has you sorted.
For fitness enthusiasts and athletes there are a number of tennis, volleyball, basketball and football courts and the entire Makarska Riviera is connected by a network of cycling trails. Shorter and less demanding trails are ideal for families with children, and for the more adventurous types, cycling or hiking Biokovo, the mountain overlooking the town is recommended.
Biking and hiking trails will lead you to picturesque places in the surrounding area, including Tučepi or Baška voda.
You will also find paintball, zip-lining, bungee jumping, rafting, and many other adrenaline sports.
Biokovo Nature Park is situated right next to Podgora, encompassing the mountain. The highest point in the park sits at over 1,700 meters. Although a challenging hike, the view from the top is more than worth it. The national park also offers mountain biking, hiking and climbing.
The town of Podgora is a hub of cultural activities. If you're looking for evening feasts, and cultural events, you won't have to wander far. On the first Sunday in August, you can visit the fair and other local events in honor of St. Vincent, the patron saint of the town, plus enjoy different shows, exhibitions, or concerts as part of the Podgora Cultural Summer.
With something to suit every taste, Podgora is a destination which will not disappoint.
Top tips for what to see in Podgora
- Makarska riviera: As Podgora is located in the center of Dalmatia, all Dalmatian tourist hot spots are at your fingertips.
- Take a trip to the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula or Vis
- Omis and Cetina River (37 km): The ancient pirate town of Omis and Cetina River for rafting, free climbing and paragliding
- Split (65 km): The ancient Roman city built 1700 years ago
- The Red and Blue lakes (64 km): Located in the Imotski region are a hydro and geomorphologic phenomenon
- Međugorje (64 km): Visits and pilgrimages to Međugorje, one of the most famous and the most visited holy places in the world
- Dubrovnik (165 km): 'The pearl of the Adriatic' is famous worldwide for its old town center surrounded by the city walls.
This article is produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by the PodgoraTourist Board, Split–Dalmatia County Tourist Board and Croatian National Tourist Board