Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Podgora, Croatia

It's supposed to get really warm here later this week, and in Finland it already is: I just had a txt from my mum saying it's +28 C in the shade! It'd be so nice if it was still like that next week, I much prefer these rare moments of sweating to the usual shivering/freezing. :P ...and on days like that, wouldn't it be great to be somewhere near to a sea? The place in this postcard would do nicely for me.. The Croatian coast looks SO pretty!

Podgora is a small town in the Split-Dalmatia county of Croatia. It is located on the Adriatic coastline of Dalmatia. The town has a population of 1,500 (2001) while the municipality of Podgora (which includes several smaller towns) has a population of about 3,000 (2001).

Podgora has a largely tourism-based economy. With its five hotels, it has four times as many beds as inhabitants. It is located 65 km south of Split and 135 km north of Dubrovnik.

This little fishing village, is mentioned first time in the 19 century as a birth place of Don Mihovil Pavlinović, priest, politician and writer, the first person to speak Croatian in the Dalmatian parliament, seeking the unification of Dalmatia and Croatia. The organized tourism started in Podgora in 1922, when the first hotel "Praha" was built. During the World War II, on September 10, 1942 the Yugoslav Partisans formed the Partisan Navy in Podgora. In 1962 Josip Broz Tito unveiled an impressive monument on a small hill above the port of Podgora, "The wings of a seagull", in remembrance of the World War II events.

Today, Podgora is a modern tourist destination, with favorable climate, the pebbly beaches and cozy bays with the sea which is relatively warm very early in the year. Podgora is an attractive seaside resort from the early spring to the late autumn. Its beautiful landscape, the azure sky and limpid sea make Podgora the peerless beauty spot of the Adriatic. The nature park Biokovo (1776 meters) offers possibilities for mountain biking, climbing and wanderings course. All kinds of water sports such as diving, water-skiing, windsurfing, rowing, waterpolo and swimming are very popular in Podgora. Tennis, football, basketball and mini golf courts are waiting for you. Your pleasure will be increased by the well organized trips to near islands, Dubrovnik, Split or the Krka waterfalls, by the unforgettable morning or evening promenades along the sea or by the romantic fishing expeditions at night.

The stamp is from a miniature sheet of two stamps issued in 2010, with the theme 'minerals'.

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