If your perfect vacation includes a dose of adrenaline, then Podstrana is definitely the right choice for you. There is hardly a sea, water, mountain or air activity not offered in the greater Podstrana area.
There are truly not many other towns or cities in the world where you can start off the morning riding the river rapids, find yourself a hundered meters up in the air, hanging from a wire in the middle of the Cetina canyon around noon, be climbing the nearby mountain top accombanied by professional climbing instructors in the afternoon and then fly a paraglider down to the beautiful sandy beach where you can still manage to take a swim before sunset. When spending your vacation in Podstrana, the only question is how many different activities your body can take in a day!
But, no worries, you don’t have to be in perfect shape in order to enjoy the wide range of outdoor activities available in Podstrana. Most of them are appropriate for all ages, and below you can find just a small portion of the wide offer of adrenaline experiences you can choose from once in Podstrana.
Zipline is one of the latest additions to the town’s tourist offer and, according to many, one of the most spectacular.
During the three-hour Zipline adventure you’ll experience the amazing canyon of the Cetina river in a really unique way. How unique, you might wonder. Well, more than three hours of crazy high-speed sliding down 2 km long wires, some of which running at more than 100 meters above ground, that unique.
You’ll definitely be telling your friends all about your Zipline adventure long after returning from holiday, and for the maximum amount of jealousy be sure to take a second or two during the crazy rush across the Cetina canyon for a photo
One of the perks of a vacation in Podstrana are surely the long theme trails which, thanks to the efforts of local enthusiasts, are growing in number each year.
There are several dozen trails in the area today that will take you – wherever you like! Following the well-marked trails leading from the very centre of Podstrana in just a few hours you can reach the tops of the surrounding mountains, old pirate fortresses, amazing vantage points and numerous quaint villages of the region. Whatever direction you decide to take, you’ll find a trail that will lead you through untouched nature to a hidden, secluded place, not to be found on tourist maps. Podstrana is in fact a place of countless surprises – the question is only whether you are bold enough to discover them all…
HIKING AND TREKKING
The town of Podstrana lies in the embrace of three steep mountains – Dinara, Perun and Mosor.
For centuries these mountains served as natural protection from enemies, whereas today they represent a perfect venue for hiking tours. Except for offering a number of well-marked theme trails suitable for recreational hikers and all-year-round tours, each spring the mountains around Podstrana become the venue of the Spring Trekking Cup – a series of hiking/trekking marathons which, apart from endurance, also test one’s resourcefulness and orientation skills.
The Spring Trekking Cup today consists of three competitions – Imbertrek, Jesenice Trekking Cup and one of the oldest trekking races in Croatia – Mosor Grebbening.
Each year the Cup attracts hundreds of professional athletes to Podstrana and the area, but also hordes of recreational runners , competing at somewhat shorter and easier courses. The Spring Trekking Cup is an adventure-run that celebrates nature and promotes a healthy life-style, and in spite of it formally being a race, most competitors put less value into the time it takes them to finish the race than into the time actually spent on the mountain with their families and friends – because this is what trekking really is about.
GREAT AND SMALL GUBAVICA WATERFALLS
For tens of thousands of years the Cetina river shaped and formed the landscape along its course – it carried rocks, cut through mountains and slowly worked its way to the sea.
During its millenary journey it created one of the most beautiful canyons in Croatia, a place hiding a new surprise at every corner. Two of the most amazing ones are perhaps the two waterfalls near the village of Zadvarje – the Great (Velika) (49 m) and Small (Mala) (7m) Gubavica, special among hundreds of others in the world for the fact that you can actually swim under them.
The location represents a breathtaking natural oasis in which the Cetina river, just meters away from the two mighty waterfalls, for a moment calms down and forms a nice swimming pond with a spectacular view of the roaring water masses dropping down from almost 50 m above you!
Rafting on the Cetina river has for over two decades been the favourite activity of many tourists spending at least a day in Podstrana.
What makes this river adventure especially attractive is the fact that it can be adapted to all. Families with kids and seniors will get to enjoy easy paddling through untouched nature, whereas adrenaline lovers will take a different route and measure their strength with a series of wild river rapids. Rafting on the Cetina river is an idyllic and peaceful nature trip which will, at your wish, turn into a first-rate adrenaline adventure in a blink of an eye. The choice is just yours to make!
For those who’d prefer to be in full control while exploring the Cetina canyon, kayaking is the right choice.
Much like with rafting, the level of adrenaline you’ll get to experience will largely depend on the chosen route. Small one- or two-person kayaks will enable you to closely explore even the most hidden and secluded parts of the canyon. Once in a kayak with a paddle in hand, the possibilities are practically endless – the only question is which route you are going to take?
Rafting, kayaking and Zipline are definetly adventures you are not bound to forget any time soon.
But if you really want to experience the Cetina river in its full splendor, there’s no better choice than Canyoning – an adrenaline adventure combining hiking along (and through!) the Cetina with swimming under waterfalls and mastering river rapids. Canyoning will give you a chance to truly “feel” the river, both literally and figuratively. But beware, this is an adventure no one gets out of dry 😉
Wind is something you don't usually look forward to while on vacation but you will probably change your mind once you try one of the most addicting and fun activities you can experience in Podstrana.
”If you don’t like windsurfing, means you didn’t try it yet” is a known saying by the locals here in Podstrana and absolutely a true one.
Doesn’t matter if you are a kid or an adult, beginner or professional, windsurfing is an activity that has something to offer for everyone.
If you are looking for an easy cruise through the waves, couple of windusurfing schools in town got you covered. But, if you are an adrenalin-junkie seeking some extreme excitement on your vacation – worry not. Thanks to stable and regular thermal winds that are always blowing on some locations in Podstrana – every day is a good day for extreme surfing.
Try it and put that selfie stick of yours in good use 😉
Podstrana and the rest of its Riviera boast some of the most amazing beaches and coves in Dalmatia, and the possibilities it offers for scuba diving and exploring the underwater world are among the best on the Adriatic.
Podstrana simply has it all – from shallow underwater plains accessible to all, to deep and hidden walls and cliffs to be explored only by the most experienced divers. Oh, yes, we forgot to mention one thing. At the depth of only 3 meters not far from the town of Omiš you can find a sunken wreck of a World War II ship. And you know what they say – where there’s a shipwreck, hidden treasure can’t be that far either…
More experienced divers will no doubt be amazed by the cove of Vruja, which represents one of the best scuba diving sites in Croatia. This is a location of a large freshwater source and is, due to the mixing of fresh and sea water, exceptionally rich in fish and as such one of the most popular dive-in locations in Croatia among spear fishermen. At the location of Vruja dives are possible to the depth of over 100 meters, whereas the sea bottom is almost completely unexplored since none of the many diving expeditions were able to determine the exact depth of the freshwater source of Vruja, after which the entire cove was named. But beware – this is not to be taken as a challenge! Diving at such depths is an extremely dangerous sport and recreational dives of this type are allowed only under expert guidance. If you are, nevertheless, bold enough and do find yourself in the blue depths of the Vruja cove, keep your eyes wide open. According to a local legend, at the very bottom of the Vruja, right next to the great freshwater source, you’ll find an ancient sunken city full of treasures and secrets just waiting to be discovered.
The view from high up on the Mirabela or Fortica fortress is surely something you will remember for a long time, but nothing beats a view you fought your way to with your bare hands.
Podstrana is, among other things, also widely known as one of the top two free climbing locations in Croatia, and adrenaline lovers are especially drawn to it by the fact that all climbing routes are just a couple of minutes away fom the town of Omiš. Regardless if you are just a beginner or already an experienced free climber, in Podstrana you will definitely find the right climbing route for you. Here you can take your first climbing steps, or you can truly push yourself to your limits. Whatever you do, there is always the big reward waiting for you at the top – a breathtaking view of the red roofs of the old town, the numerous islands of Dalmatia or the amazing Cetina canyon. And, finally, something important to note: required climbing equipment hereabouts includes a camera! Because wherever you turn once at the top, you’ll get a view worth capturing.