|Residents :||10,135 (2011)|
|Telephone code :||(+385) 020|
|Postal code :||20 340|
|License plate :||YOU|
|Boat registration :||PL|
|Structure and administration
(status: 2013, cf. )
|Community type :||city|
|Mayor :||Krešimir Vejić ( HDZ )|
|Postal address :||Trg kralja Tomislava 23
20 340 Ploče
The urban area extends to the banks of the Neretva and the lakes ( Birina Lake ) of the river delta. The Baćina Lakes (Baćinska jezera) ( cryptodepression ) in the mountainous hinterland of the city are particularly worth seeing .
The city of Ploče consists of 9 settlements (as of 2006): Baćina, Banja, Komin, Peračko Blato, Plina Jezero, Ploče, Rogotin, Staševica and Šarić Struga.
The city has 10,135 inhabitants (as of 2011). The majority of the population are Croatians with 95.93% .
The first mention of the place as Latin Ploca was in Ragusa in 1387 . The place gained importance due to its location on the road between the sea and the cities of Metković and Mostar , which lie on the Neretva.
Today's Croatian name Ploče means “the plates” in German and is the oldest name of the city.
Ploče also has a historical variety of the city name. In the Kingdom of Yugoslavia , Ploče was renamed Aleksandrovo (after King Aleksandar I. Karađorđević ) and kept this name until the Second World War . During the Italian occupation the place was called Porto Tolero . At the end of the war in 1945, the name Ploče returned. The place was named Kardeljevo in memory of the Yugoslav communist politician Edvard Kardelj from Slovenia as early as 1950–1954 and after his death 1980–1990. In the meantime from 1954 to 1980 and since the independence of the Republic of Croatia in 1990, the place was and is called Ploče.
Ploče is the location of the second largest Croatian Adriatic port after Rijeka . The port is also of strategic importance for the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina . Forwarding and logistics companies have naturally also settled near the port. The turnover in 2005 was around 2.5 million tons. The extensive agricultural use of the delta, especially maize and fruit production, is significant. There are also industrial companies near the port.
Tourism is still of little importance in Ploče, but should be developed on the Neretva River and the Baćinska Lakes.
Ploče has a rail connection to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina / BiH) via the Sarajevo – Ploče railway line within the framework of the Pan-European Transport Corridor V c, but since 2013 there has been no passenger traffic from Ploče to Bosnia-Herzegovina. There is a connection to the Croatian highways A1 and A10 .
Specialties of the region include grilled eels and Neretva-style fish stew ( Neretvanski brodet ).
- Denis Batinović Pekma , composer
- Rafael Dropulić , singer
- Ante Karamatić , Mayor
- Mišo Krstičević , footballer and coach
- Ivo Smoljan (1926–1999), writer
- Hrvoje Vejić , footballer