Exploring Podgora, Croatia, the Pearl of Adriatic
This region of Makarska Riviera is featuring several interesting tourist hotspots and one of them that is definitely worth visiting is Podgora. Even though it is believed that Podgora has existed for several hundred years, the first written source that confirms the existence of Podgora dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Back then, Podgora was a small fishing village and one of the stops for traders that were conducting business in the Adriatic Sea. The reason why Podgora was mentioned is the fact that this is the place where Don Mihovil Pavlinovic was born. He was a famous Croatian politician, priest, and writer.
It is interesting that organized tourism in Podgora started in 1922 making it one of the first places of this kind in Croatia. This was the year when the first hotel in Podgora was built. During the Second World War, Podgora was an important place for the partisans who fought the oppressors. This is where the Partisan Navy was formed. Today, Podgora is almost completely committed to tourism. It has about 3,000 residents that are known for their hospitality.
If you want to explore Podgora, it’s better to prepare a good plan. In case you need some help keep reading because we will point out some of the best things to do and see there.
This is one of the most attractive and most visited nudist-friendly beaches in Makarska Riviera. It is situated between Tučepi and Podgora. Obviously, if you are planning on visiting a beach with your kids, you should avoid Dračevac Beach. It is located in an area that is not inhabited, so you may have to bring some basic items with you. Another great thing about this beach is that it is less crowded. There are a few beach bars in this area.
Podgora City Beach
If you are not in the mood for traveling around and you just want to visit a beach close to your accommodation, you can’t go wrong with the City Beach. Located in the central part of the city, this beach consists of small stones and pebbles and beautiful turquoise water. Although this beach can get quite crowded during holidays and certain periods of the summer, there is enough room for everyone to enjoy beach activities. While we are talking about activities, don’t forget that you can get involved in parasailing, jet skiing and use pedal boats to explore this area. There are numerous beach bars and restaurants on this beach.
Brac Island (Croatian: Otok Brač) is one of the most visited places in Croatia. This is the highest island in the Adriatic Sea. It is situated west of Podgora and you can easily find boat tours that will take you there (and bring you back). Brac Island is known for the incredible shiny white stones, extraordinary wines, and tasty cuisine. Of course, this is the home of one of the most famous beaches in Europe – Zlatni Rat.
Biokovo Nature Park
Biokovo Nature Park is one of the eleven parks of this kind in Croatia. As the name suggests, it covers the mountain range of Biokovo nestled right above Makarska Riviera. A wide range of animals including turtles, snakes, lizards and many different birds like bats, shrews, and eagles live in this park. There are also over 1500 different types of plants found in this park. Every year, more than 50,000 domestic and foreign visitors explore Biokovo Nature Park. The authorities are currently working on a project that will make this place even more popular.
Podgora is an amazing place. It has many beautiful beaches, interesting historical sites and structures and great places where people can eat, drink and sleep. As one of the most visited places not only in Makarska Riviera but in Croatia, it is quite natural that this is a place where you can find numerous accommodation options.
Those interested in staying in a hotel with excellent reputation can count on Hotel Medora Auri. This hotel is situated in one of the best parts of the town, close to beaches and other attractions and places of interest. Hotel Medora Auri is a modern hotel with clean, neat and comfortable rooms, perfect amenities and top-notch hotel services.