Updated: Apr 13, 2020
Difficulty: easy - medium Lenght: about 3 km one way Time: 45 minutes walk
One of many walking/cycling trails leads from Podpec to Kotišina village. This track is actually a part of a much larger web of trails, that connect nearly all old villages on Makarska Riviera.
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These (mostly gravel) roads were initially built for fire prevention, but soon enough became favorite routes for all nature lovers. You start at approximately 300 meters above the sea level, in Podpec hamlet ,whose name literally translates to "under-the-caves". Look above your head, and it will all make sense to you. Podpec hamlet is a part of old Tucepi's area (or, how locals like to call it "upper" or "gornje Tucepi". To understand the difference and meaning of this "upper" and "coastal" adjectives, read this article about Villa Nina). From here, the track heads west.
Winding across the hills at the foot of Biokovo mountain, this route offers amazing views of the Riviera, and some great photo-ops.
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Our route ends in Kotišina village - a host to both the Botanical garden and the XVII century fortress you can read about here. We chose to go from Podpec to Kotišina but you can go the other way round, starting in Kotišina and ending up in the beautiful small village of Podpec, Tucepi.
Kotišina Botanical Garden is not a botanical garden in the classic sense, where each plant is planted by certain rules, but it is designed as a "walled part of nature", and it holds the natural vegetation forms with native flora. At the site of the present church of St Anthony in Kotišina, which was built in the period from 1901 to 1903, there used to be an old church which was restored in 1672. Today, there's nothing left of it, except for a preserved inscription on the apse of the church.
From here, the track continues towards Makarska, but that's a story for another day.