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Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

No matter whether you're into hiking, cultural exploration, sports or pure beach relaxation, Podgora is your perfect destination this summer.

Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast
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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.

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Beach-goers

Finding the perfect beach is easy in Podgora. There is something to suit even the fussiest beach-fans. 

Photo: Dario Odak

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.

Sports enthusiasts

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.

Nature-lovers

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.

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City-slickers

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

 

TRAVEL

Could Oslo-Copenhagen overnight train be set for return?

A direct overnight rail service between the Norwegian and Danish capitals has not operated since 2001, but authorities in Oslo are considering its return.

Norway’s transport minister Knut Arild Hareide has asked the country’s railway authority Jernbanedirektoratet to investigate the options for opening a night rail connection between Oslo and Copenhagen.

An answer is expected by November 1st, after which the Norwegian government will decide whether to go forward with the proposal to directly link the two Nordic capitals by rail.

Jernbanedirektoratet is expected to assess a timeline for introducing the service along with costs, market and potential conflicts with other commercial services covering the route.

“I hope we’ll secure a deal. Cross-border trains are exciting, including taking a train to Malmö, Copenhagen and onwards to Europe,” Hareide told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

The minister said he envisaged either a state-funded project or a competition awarding a contract for the route’s operation to the best bidder.

A future Oslo-Copenhagen night train rests on the forthcoming Jernbanedirektoratet report and its chances of becoming a reality are therefore unclear. But the Norwegian rail authority earlier this year published a separate report on ways in which passenger train service options from Norway to Denmark via Sweden can be improved.

“We see an increasing interest in travelling out of Norway by train,” Jernbanedirektoratet project manager  Hanne Juul said in a statement when the report was published in January.

“A customer study confirmed this impression and we therefore wish to make it simpler to take the train to destinations abroad,” Juul added.

Participants in the study said that lower prices, fewer connections and better information were among the factors that would encourage them to choose the train for a journey abroad.

Norway’s rail authority also concluded that better international cooperation would optimise cross-border rail journeys, for example by making journey and departure times fit together more efficiently.

The Femahrn connection between Denmark and Germany, currently under construction, was cited as a factor which could also boost the potential for an overland rail connection from Norway to mainland Europe.

Night trains connected Oslo to Europe via Copenhagen with several departures daily as recently as the late 1990s, but the last such night train between the two cities ran in 2001 amid dwindling demand.

That trend has begun to reverse in recent years due in part to an increasing desire among travellers to select a greener option for their journey than flying.

Earlier this summer, a new overnight train from Stockholm to Berlin began operating. That service can be boarded by Danish passengers at Høje Taastrup near Copenhagen.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about the new night train from Copenhagen to Germany

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