Croatian is the official language.
English, German and Italian are widely understood.
Passports & Visas
Croatia is part of the EU, therefore visas are not required for UK and EU citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Makarska Summer (June/September)
During this summer event in Makarska town, you can enjoy music and theatre performances, exhibitions and more.
A three-day electronic music and dance festival on the popular Buba beach in Makarska.
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.
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.
Makarska Summer Carnival
An event full of entertainment and lots of visitors and participants dress up in their best carnival costumes.
Eating & Drinking
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.
Tap water is safe to drink. Croatian mineral water is widely available and of good quality.
Dalmatia offers excellent wines and homemade rakija (brandy).
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.
Tips are usually included in the bill. If not included, a tip of 10% is appropriate.
- Split Airport
- Dubrovnik Airport