Dalmatia

Dalmatia - historical heritage

KNIN

The name Dalmatia was first mentioned in the year 8 BC, as a Roman designation for the area between the mountain of Promina and the river of Cetina, a place inhabited by the Illyrian tribe Delmata, as part of a wider community of Illyrian tribes.  Ancient monuments, records and buildings still exist and are part of the Croatian cultural and historical heritage. They are also included in the attractive tourism offer, testifying to the rich and turbulent history of Dalmatia. Its history was marked by the ancient Greeks and Romans, Christians and Turks, each leaving their mark in the heritage of the region, influencing its further course and development.

Nowadays Dalmatia is the largest tourist region in Croatia, covering four counties and extending over around 400 km of the coastal area. The area is said to represent the real Mediterranean. A compound of stunning natural beauties, united in their own diversity: the wide sea, numerous green islands and islets, nature parks, rocky mountains, lakes and swollen rivers still attract and delight modern tourists and residents, just as they did in past times.

The town of Podgora is situated in the heart of Dalmatia, in the middle of the Makarska Riviera. It is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the region, attracting visitors with its natural beauty, tourism and culinary offer, as well as the quality hotel services (the best of which are provided by the Medora Aura Family Beach Resort, a perfect place for a family holiday).

The largest tourist towns of Dalmatia

Northern Dalmatia

SIBENIK

Dalmatia is famous for its thousand-year-old cities and archaeological sites under UNESCO protection. The central cities and the largest tourist destinations of northern Dalmatia are Zadar and Šibenik.

The City of Zadar emanates three thousand years of history woven into the archaeological and cultural treasures of the ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. The church of St. Donat from the 9th century is a trademark of the city and one of the best known monumental buildings in Croatia. In front of the church is the Forum square, which was set in place by the first Roman Emperor Augustus – and taking a walk along the Kalelarga, Zadar's most famous street and “older than the city itself”, is also a special experience. As to modern attractions, Zadar is the proud owner of the first sea organ in the world, driven by the energy of the waves, as well as a light installation named Pozdrav suncu (Sun Salutation).

Šibenik is the oldest coastal city in Croatia that was not founded by the Romans, but the Croats in the 11th century. It therefore has a special significance in the history of the country. The Cathedral of St. Jacob is placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the most important Renaissance building in Croatia, with a particularly interesting external part with carvings of 70 specific faces, citizens of Šibenik from the 15th century.  The city’s must-see attractions are the four well-known fortresses offering a fantastic view of the city and the sea.

Northern Dalmatia abounds with rich and distinctive flora and fauna, scattered green islands, lakes and rivers with numerous waterfalls, which is why three of the eight national parks in Croatia are situated there. These are the Paklenica National Park, the Kornati National Park and the Krka National Park.

Central Dalmatia

SPLIT

The largest tourist centres of Central Dalmatia are Split, Makarska and the islands of Hvar and Brač. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest ferry port in Dalmatia. It is famous for its cultural and sporting events, as well as numerous historical monuments and buildings such as the famous Diocletian's Palace, which was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian around the year 300 and is now placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The small streets and squares still teem with life, restaurants, cafes, shops and other facilities enjoyed by both the locals and visitors. Be sure you take some time to have a coffee on the renowned Split waterfront, and visit many interesting sites such as the Statue of Gregory of Nin, the Iron Gate, Peristil, the Cathedral of St. Duje, and many others.

Makarska is the central town of the Makarska Riviera, one of the most beautiful Adriatic rivieras. Ithosts many tourist towns with an attractive offer based on the benefits of the climate, especially clear water and beautiful beaches, traditional culinary delicacies, active nightlife, festivals, and modern hotel and apartment accommodation.

This certainly includes Podgora, a town that lives both for and on tourism. The town is known for its traditional hospitality, its long promenade along the seafront, its excellent culinary offer, its ecologically clean sea and beaches, the mountain of Biokovo in the background and incredible sunsets. Tourism in Podgora is particularly suitable for family holidays, and the best hotel accommodation is provided by the four star Medora Aura Family Resort. The hotel is situated in an attractive location by the beach, with two outdoor swimming pools, a wellness centre, bars, a restaurant, entertainment facilities, a children's playground and stunning sea views from almost every room. 

The islands of Hvar and Brač are well-known tourist destinations with numerous historical and cultural sites, such as the Dragon Cave, the Blaca monastery and the stone museum on Brač, along with the unavoidable visit to Zlatni Rat, the most famous beach of the Adriatic. The island of Hvar features the old town of Pharos, the Hvar Fortress, the Blue cave and Hell Islands.

South Dalmatia hosts the Biokovo nature park, featuring the second highest mountain peak in Croatia (Sveti Jure, 1762 meters above sea level), a favourite place for hikers and paragliders. Biokovo is the site of the Kotišina botanical garden, with many wild plants, walking paths and a beautiful view of the Makarska Riviera and the open sea. 

Southern Dalmatia

DUBROVNIK

The most famous city of southern Dalmatia on a global scale is undoubtedly the magnificent Dubrovnik, a city of unique beauty and cultural and historical heritage, placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is known for its 1940 meters of city walls, the Rector's Palace, the Sponza Palace, Onofrio's Fountain, the famous street of Stradun, the Lovrijenac Fort, the famous stage for the performance of Shakespeare's “Hamlet”, and popular global film production locations. In the last few years, Dubrovnik has become particularly appealing to the numerous fans of HBO’s series “Games of Thrones”, who enjoy the many themed tours and show great interest in visiting the numerous locations where famous actresses and actors walked.

The area of southern Dalmatia includes the island of Mljet, the “green island” featuring the national park of the same name with two beautiful crystal clear lakes and preserved untouched wild nature.

Dalmatian cuisine

The aromas and flavours of Dalmatian cuisine have been preserved by a specific traditional way of preparing dishes. Numerous cultivated and wild herbs such as basil, sage, bay leaves or rosemary give a special flavour to dishes, which are mostly prepared from fish, shellfish, crabs and seafood. Meat is also regularly included, especially lamb.

Famous fish specialities include the traditional fish soup, grilled fish and boiled fish, while the best-known meat dishes are lamb prepared under a baking lid, turkey and chicken. All the dishes are prepared with olive oil, which is a trademark of Mediterranean cuisine, Dalmatia being full of rich olive groves with juicy olives.

The perfect geographical conditions combining the sea, land and hot sunshine provide excellent weather conditions for the cultivation of olive trees, as well as grapevines for the production of specific, superior and award-winning wines, such as plavac mali, Dalmatian Prosecco, postup, pošip and a number of other top-quality wines to complete the oenological experience.

We should also mention the popular Dalmatian smoked ham, which is considered one of the most original products of Croatian cuisine, due to its specific taste caused by drying with smoke and wind. We should also not leave out the aromatic sheep cheeses, particularly the one prepared on the island of Pag.

The culinary offer of the Medora Auri hotel

The culinary offer of the Medora Auri hotel is based on these Mediterranean dishes, with popular modern meals ranging from pizza to desserts being included in the daily menu. Show cooking is a unique experience in our hotel restaurant, where you can see how some of the dishes from the daily menu are prepared. A rich breakfast buffet will provide a great start of the day with delicious buns, coffee, spreads, cold cuts, fresh fruit and juices.

During the day, you can refresh yourself with a cocktail at a beach bar, eat a quick and healthy snack at the Taste bistro on the promenade by the sea, and in the evening you can try high-quality wine in a bar with a terrace and enjoy a fantastic sunset over the open sea. 

Hotel accommodation in Podgora

Accommodation
at the Medora Auri Family Beach Resort is a synonym for four-star comfort and fully justifies the standard of the service. The hotel rooms have a balcony and a beautiful view of the sea, Biokovo and the town. They are airyand equipped with all necessary facilities and air conditioning. In addition to numerous facilities such as bars, a bistro and playgrounds, the hotel boasts a selection of high-standard wellness services. You can choose to relax with a range of massages, in saunas or in the relaxation room with a whirlpool or with cosmetic facial and body treatments. Additionally, you can enjoy swimming in two outdoor heated swimming pools with a sun deck, deck chairs and parasols, or you can walk a few steps to the pebble beach and dive into the clean freshness of the sea. 

Reconstruction of the existing hotel and the construction of additional facilities