Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera Holidays

Our Croatia holiday specialists have created a selection of luxury holidays to Makarska Riviera

We’ve hand picked a range of ATOL protected luxury holidays to the Makarska Riviera with its gorgeous beaches and beautiful Biokovo Mountains. We have a fabulous range of last minute summer holidays and a huge selection of Makarska Riviera holidays in 2018 so whenever you are thinking of visiting we have all your needs covered.  If you are looking to discover more of Croatia, we’ve created a range of twin and multi-centre holidays and carefully selected day tours in Makarska to make the most of your holiday with us.

Makarska Harbour
Brela Beach
Brela Beach
Stunning sunset landscape with Adriatic Sea

Pristine coastline and dreamy beaches

Nestled at the foot of the Biokovo mountains and just a short way south of Split on the Dalmatian coastline is the gorgeous Makarska Riviera. The Riviera can easily be split into two parts – Makarska which is perfect for active holidays and for indulging in a little luxury shopping and nightlife here and there and Tucepi, which is a haven for sun seekers and those in search of a little solace on their holidays. Both are perfect for a serene and unforgettable honeymoon in Croatia.

Makarska

Comfortably nested between the dramatic cliffs of the Biokovo Mountain and the turquoise sea, Makarska offers gorgeous white pebble beaches backed by fragranced pine woods.

Brela

Over 6km of sandy and pebble beaches and a romantic beach side promenade make Brela a popular holiday destination.

Baska Voda

Just like the other towns on the Makarska Riviera, Baska Voda offers stunning beaches, pine woods, mountain views and a wide variety of recreational facilities, restaurants and more.

Tucepi

A stylish seaside resort with a 4km long pebble beach dotted with pine trees, water sport facilities, a relaxed nightlife and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

Please read our Insider Guide for more information about these destinations

A selection of hand-picked luxury holidays to Makarska and its beautiful riviera

Our Croatia holiday specialists have hand-picked a selection of predominantly 4 and 5 star holidays to Makarska and the beautiful towns along its riviera. These 7 day luxury holidays to Croatia include return flights, private return airport transfers and access to our concierge service, on hand to book any day tours or additional services you require on your holiday.

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Aerial view of the hotel and mountains in the background at Hotel Laurentum Tucepi

Hotel Laurentum, Tucepi

Popular ocean facing hotel moments away from restaurants & bars. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 589.00
4 Star
The hotel and pool at night av Hotel Marcopolo Gradac

Hotel Marcopolo, Gradac

Award winning boutique hotel ideal for honeymoons, direct beach frontage. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 599.00
4 Star
The pool with hotel and mountains in the background at Hotel Meteor Makarska

Hotel Meteor, Makarska

Large popular beach facing Croatia holiday resort in Makarska. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 599.00
4 Star
The front of the hotel at night at Hotel Milenij Makarska

Hotel Milenij, Makarska

A small & charming hotel ideally located on Makarska’s popular beach front. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 609.00
4 Star
The hotel in the evening at Hotel Osejava Makarska

Hotel Osejava, Makarska

Modern recently refurbished family friendly luxury hotel in Makarska. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 579.00
4 Star
Aerial view of the hotel and beach front at the Hotel Park Makarska

Hotel Park, Makarska

Popular luxury beach front hotel boasting exquisite ocean views. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 609.00
4 Star
The hotel in the evening at Hotel Saudade Gradac

Hotel Saudade, Gradac

Newly built luxury hotel in Gradac, popular Croatia honeymoon resort. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 609.00
4 Star
Outdoor eating and the hotel in the background at Maritimo Hotel Makarska

Maritimo Hotel, Makarska

Chic beach front boutique hotel with stunning views over Hvar & Brac. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 519.00
3 Star
The entrance to Villa Andrea Tucepi from the beach and promenade

Villa Andrea, Tucepi

Chic boutique hotel virtually on the beach offering effortless service. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 619.00
4 Star
The entrance to Villa Marija Tucepi

Villa Marija, Tucepi

A family run hotel in Tucepi offering superb service at affordable prices. 7 Nights incl Flights & Private Transfers from
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£ 569.00
4 Star

Our Croatia twin centre holidays from Makarska allow you to explore more of Croatia by combining two, three or more destinations.

Our Croatia specialists have hand crafted a selection of Croatia twin centre and multi centre holidays for you to choose from. Our twin and multi centre holidays include return flights, 4 and 5 star hotels we have carefully selected, private return transfers to ensure your arrival and departure is hassle free, and our concierge service to recommend and book any day tours you wish to do.

Want to create your own holiday? No problem, let our specialists work with you to put together a unique twin or multi-centre itinerary which suits your budget and time frame. We can amend your trip as many times as you like prior to confirming everything, to ensure you get the holiday in Croatia you want.

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Our day tours in Makarska help you make the most of your Croatia holiday experience, with less of the hassle and costs involved.

Let our concierge service make your holiday in Croatia even more special by booking one of our selected day tours in Makarska. The day tour providers we work with, have been chosen based on their service levels and our customer feedback on them. We can add the cost of any Makarska day tours to your holiday and help you avoid the hassle of high credit card charges on foreign transactions or having to carry excessive amounts of cash.

Our Insider Guide with everything you need to know about Makarska

Language

Croatian is the official language.

English, German and Italian are widely understood.

Religion

Catholicism

Passports & Visas

Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.

Popular Destinations

Makarska

The town of Makarska is built around a deep sheltered bay, and backed by the vast rocky heights of Mount Biokovo which helps to shield the area from the harsher inland climate. The bay itself bends into a palm-shaded promenade which is home to an elegant collection of cafes, restaurants and hotels. Active folk could spend months exploring the mountain trails that lead from the town either on foot or by mountain bike – as one prefers. Either way – the views out to the glorious Adriatic are worth the climb – with vast vistas of deep turquoise water that softly embrace white sands, which in turn collapse into lush pinewood forests. Back in town there is a lively square which is overlooked by the Baroque Church of Saint Mark and many Venetian-built palazzi to gaze at on hot summers days. Those who prefer to stick the beaches will find the main beaches very well equipped, with jet ski and boat hires available alongside snorkel equipment and sun loungers.

As a travel destination – Makarska is well known for its stretches of dreamy white sand beaches that are a magnet for package travellers and independent explorers alike. However, away from the crowds there is a whole other world to explore – from long pebble beaches and rugged unspoilt hinterland to the wonderfully rustic town centre which acts as a great base for walkers who wish to tackle the ascent of the Biokovo range. Staying in the town is a good option for those wishing to indulge in a little shopping and of course to take advantage of the boisterous nightlife.

Tucepi

Just a short way away from Makarska is the charming little town of Tucepi – which is home to a pristine coastline of white sands and translucent waters – which includes the rivieras longest gravel beach. Away from the beaches though you’ll find a selection of attributes that would put other, better-known towns to shame – from natural springs, terraced gardens and ancient hill forts that sit above the town, to vast fields of olive groves and appetite-whetting vineyards. As night descends you’ll note that the small quiet harbour is almost entirely still, the water reflecting the stars above, creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner in one of the family run konobas that serve traditional Croatian cuisine. There’s not much in the way of nightlife but if you do want nightlife – go to Makarska instead. However, if you’d like to experience both then you’ll find that Tucepi is perfect for a Croatia twin centre holiday.

While in Tucepi, lookout for the relics of the villages past that are scattered around the countryside and in the town itself acting as reminders of both history and legend – from the stone giant of Biokovo to the various archaeological sites that span from prehistory through the Roman period, and the Middle Ages. Of particular interest are the Illyrian burial mounds, the Roman temples and cemeteries, and medieval remains of settlements and churches where one can still see the remnants of house foundations and age-old graveyards.

Beaches

Makarska is famous for its white pebble beaches and crystal clear sea in beautiful colours, from turquoise to azure. The natural beaches are dotted with pine trees and stretch along the coast for many kilometres. The Biokovo Mountain makes an impressive backdrop to the coastline, adding to the special atmosphere of this riviera. The beaches offer plenty of facilities for the whole family, from children’s playgrounds to shops, restaurants, bars and water sport facilities.

Popular Sightseeing Attractions

Nature Park Biokovo

Choose one of the well-marked walking and hiking trails and start your adventure on the Biokovo Mountain. The views from the peaks are amazing, on a clear day you can even see Italy on the other side of the Adriatic.

Biokovo botanical garden

At the foot of the Biokovo Mountain, just above the village of Kotisina, a botanical garden can be found. The garden is part of the mountain landscape and visitors can walk around freely. 

Makarska’s Franciscan monastery

The monastery dates back to the 17th century. It has a large library filled with journals and manuscripts written by its monks, and a huge mosaic can be found in the apse.

Seashell museum

Located in the basement of the monastery, this museum claims to have the largest seashell collection in the world.

Daytrips to Hvar, Brac or Korcula

Makarska has its own ferry connection with the island of Brac, and Hvar and Korcula can be reached from nearby ferry ports.

Church of St. Mark

Located on Makarska’s central square, the church has an impressive interior and a large collection of religious artworks made by local and international masters.

Lady of Karmen Church

Brela’s Lady of Karmen baroque church was built in the 18th century to celebrate Croatia’s victory in the war against the Turks.

‘Kamen Brela’

Probably the most photographed rock in Croatia, a visit to Brela would not be complete without taking a picture of this famous rock, located just a few metres into the sea on Punta Rata beach. 

Makarska town museum

Get to know the local culture and customs and lean about the region’s rich history.

Makar village

This small village on the foot of Mount Biokovo is a great place to discover the Dalmatian village atmosphere and try some delicious homemade Dalmatian wine.

St Peter’s peninsula

This small peninsula near the port of Makarska offers some popular naturist beaches and a lovely walking path through nature. Visit St. Peter’s church in the middle of the peninsula, check out the lighthouse and hang a love lock on the fence at the entrance of the peninsula.

Disco bar ‘Grotta’

This unusual disco is located inside a cave on St. Peter’s peninsula.

Events & Festivals

June

Makarska Summer (June/September)

During this summer event in Makarska town, you can enjoy music and theatre performances, exhibitions and more.

Echo Fest

A three-day electronic music and dance festival on the popular Buba beach in Makarska.

July

Baska Voda Summer (July/September)

Music and theatre performances, exhibitions and more.

Festival of Dalmatian Klapa

This music event takes place in nearby Omis. Klapa is a traditional form of Dalmatian acapella singing.

Kalalarga Night

A traditional night in Makarska’s main street, Kalalarga, with lots of folklore, local food specialties, klapa singing and pop music performances.

Fishermen’s Evening (July & August)

Every Friday is reserved for this evening of fun, music, games and fresh fish dishes. Sometimes the evening ends with a fireworks display.

Makarska Cultural Summer (July & August)

Concerts of modern and classical music, klapa, exhibitions and other cultural events.

August

Makarska Summer Carnival

An event full of entertainment and lots of visitors and participants dress up in their best carnival costumes.

Eating & Drinking

Eating

Try fresh sea food and fish dishes, prosciutto & cheese from Pag, meat dishes prepared under the ‘peka’ (a typical way of grilling) or traditional spit-roasted lamb at a tavern when you go inland.

Drinking

Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality.

Dalmatia offers excellent wines and homemade rakija (brandy).

Shopping

Shops are open on Sunday in Croatia.

There is a wide choice of supermarkets and plenty of daily markets offering fresh food, clothing and souvenirs.

There are several large shopping centres in Split.

Tipping

Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.

Nearest Airports

  • Split Airport
  • Dubrovnik Airport