Introduction

Most people make their way to this village, on a little bump of land extending into Croatia, to relax at the Terme Olimia thermal spa. Looming overhead are the remains of a castle originally built in the 11th century and an important fortification during the wars with the Hungarians 300 years later.

The town’s seemingly unpronounceable name (pronounced pod-che-ter-tek) comes from the Slovenian word for ‘Thursday’ – the day the market took place and the district court sat.