Interesting info about Podgora
How the sea and Biokovo shaped Croatia’s most beautiful beaches
Gravitational processes and occasional powerful flash floods on the steep slopes of Biokovo caused deposits of rock to collect in the foothills. Waves and sea currents fragmented sediment, shaped its fragments, and carried those fragments onto the shore. This is how cooperation between the mountains and sea created the unique pebble beaches Makarska riviera is known so well for today.
Sutikla was once home to a recognisable symbol of Podgora – a stone arch covered with earth and trees that the locals referred to as “Prolaz sriće” (Lucky Passageway). The passageway was destroyed in the 1962 earthquake, but you can still walk along the same lucky road today. And it will surely put a spring in your step.
The Legend of Tekla
Legend says that the first grave on St. Tekla Point belongs to a girl named Tekla who died on a sailing ship. Her devastated father did not want to throw her into the sea as per the old sailor’s tradition. Sailing near Podgora, he found her eternal resting place – St. Tekla Point. Its outline reminded him of the ship, and its cypress trees of its masts.
Copper coins and happiness
Until the mid-20th century, the tradition was to bury a few copper coins under the threshold of a newly-built house. It was believed that this brought longevity to the house and happiness to those who were to live in it. Thanks to this tradition, many Venetian soldi and gazete – copper coins with the inscription DALMA ET ALBA (17th and 18th century) have been preserved until today.
About dry stone walls
The high quality of dry stone walls — stone walls built in terraces down the slopes of Biokovo towards the sea — is proven by the fact that they remained standing through one of the strongest recorded earthquakes in Croatia, the large earthquake in 1962. These stone walls served as borders for hand-tended groves of olive trees, vineyards, almond and walnut trees, lemon, orange, and tangerine orchards, carob trees, and fig trees. In order to maximise their usage of the steep, karst terrain, farmers left holes in the retaining walls, out of which grape vines grew.
About sources of water
Podgora has been continuously settled since early history, thanks to its richness in water. The exact number of sources and creeks in the Podgora region is unknown, however it is known that they turned 24 mills in the early 20th century. Many of the walled and tended wells show cracks, likely caused by the earthquake.