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Podgora

Podgora Holidays

Spend your holiday to Croatia in Podgora, a picturesque town nestled between the mountains and the sea. It's the perfect destination for a laidback beach holiday. This small town also has some fantastic cultural attractions, a decent nightlife and plenty of outdoor activities available. Add a trip to the nearby city of Split, and there's never a dull moment on a Podgora holiday.

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A rich seafaring culture

Podgora has been a fishing village since medieval times, and even today boats still bob in the marina. The town is renowned for its restaurants that offer delicious fresh fish specialities, such as seafood platters and squid ink risotto.

In the summer, Podgora has a programme of fun cultural events. Many have a nautical theme – fishermen's feasts and beach parties are particularly popular.

Wander inland and you'll see that pretty Podgora still boasts a crop of medieval churches, some with stunning ocean views. One of the town's most notable buildings is the Ijak Lighthouse, located on a rocky islet. This weatherbeaten tower is devoted to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. Meanwhile, on a hill overlooking the town are three prehistoric tumuli (burial mounds), which also served as watchtowers.

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  • Croatian
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Sun-kissed beaches and watersports

Podgora is fringed with a pretty shingle beach, lapped by glimmering turquoise waters. Many Podgora holidays are spent soaking up the sun or swimming in the sea. However, there are lots of activities available. Beach volleyball is a popular summer sport. In terms of watersports, water skiing, parasailing and kayaking are all available.

The town also boasts a diving centre, which takes you to prime locations around Podgora, allowing you to explore its underwater world. It's also possible to charter a boat, which can take you to several nearby islands around the coast. You can even fish for dinner at the same time.

A child-friendly town

While Podgora might seem like a quiet town, there are lots of child-friendly activities on offer. Head to Don Mihovil Pavlinovic's Square and you'll find a playground with swings, slides and carousels. Kids will also love taking a ride on the toy train that travels around town, stopping at places of interest. An inflatable aqua park on the local beach is also a popular spot.

Older kids will love indulging in some of the area's more adrenaline-fuelled activities. These include paintballing and zip-lining at Zip-line Tucepi. Restaurants in the town cater to children's tastes, serving delicious pasta and classic pizzas.

Night life

Despite its small size, Podgora has a decent nightlife. Try a glass of locally-produced wine at a tavern, as you watch the sun set or listen to some live music while enjoying a cocktail. The town's most happening spot is The Banana Bar, the place to go for an upbeat summer evening.

If you'd like a broader selection of wining and dining spots, take a 15-minute taxi ride to the larger town of Makarska. Here you'll find several clubs and cocktail lounges alongside a crop of local tavernas and restaurants. Podgora holidays really can be about letting down your hair as well as relaxing.

Further Adventures

Podgora is an ideal base for visiting other attractions. It's located in the foothills of Biokovo Nature Park, a spectacular area of lofty limestone mountains, dreamy olive groves and pine forests. Hiking and biking trails wind through the trees, so you can get out and be amid nature. For a simple walk, head to the Kotišina Botanical Garden, which boasts hundreds of flower species.

The town of Makarska is 15 minutes by road, while the city of Split is a 90-minute journey. The stunning old town is encircled by the ancient Diocletian's Palace. Most of the city's major attractions are inside these walls, and museums, shops and restaurants line the narrow streets.

Podgora holidays have something to offer everyone. Couples will appreciate the idyllic scenery and local gastronomy, while families will love the range of activities on offer. Groups of friends will be sold on lazy beach days, watersports and nightlife. Book your holiday to Podgora soon, before everyone else discovers it too.