Image of Podgora municipality within the Split County
Podgora (pronounced [pôdɡora]) 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 first mentioned in the 19th century as the birthplace of Don Mihovil Pavlinović, a priest, politician and writer. He was also the first person to speak Croatian in the Dalmatian parliament, seeking the unification of Dalmatia and Croatia. Organized tourism started in Podgora in 1922, when the first hotel "Praha" was built. During 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 World War II events.