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The picturesque port town and natural harbour of Makarska is situated on the beautiful Dalmatian coast of Croatia. It boasts a charming Riviera that features beautiful beaches, charming clustered houses, and an elegant seafront promenade. The sprawling Makarska Riviera covers an area of 60km, between the towns of Brela and Gradac, and incorporates several quaint little towns and villages. Positioned directly behind is the stunning backdrop of the dramatic Biokovo Mountain and its National Park. Markaska’s prime position, at the foot of the majestic mountain, offers visitors the perfect retreat for fun, entertainment and relaxation.
The bustling resort town of the Makarska Riviera is a popular destination for tourists wishing to enjoy natural beauty, spectacular scenery, panoramic views and plenty of amenities. The vibrant seafront promenade is a lively place that is lined with chic bars, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment options. To get away from the noisy crowds, take a walk along the myriad paths and nature trails that wind their way up to the top of the hills. En route to discover breathtaking summit vistas you will pass through lush olive groves, vineyards and scented pine forests. Makarska’s hidden peaceful bays and beautiful beaches provide idyllic spots where you can relax and unwind in privacy.
If you’re a nature lover, a visit to Biokovo National Park, and the nearby Kotisina Botanical Garden, is a top day trip itinerary priority. Stroll through the stunning parkland and admire the wonderful endemic plant species. Follow the hiking trails and clamber up the rocks to find the perfect photo opportunity locations. Exceptional coastal views await you from the peak of Biokovo Mountain. Learn all about Makarska’s coastal history and heritage at the Malacological Museum. The museum is situated inside the Franciscan monastery and features the largest collection of snails, mussels and shells in the world.
Makarska At A Glance
How to get there: Ferry, catamaran or private boat – all available to book through our travel experts
Population of the city of Makarska: 13,834
What to See in Makarska: The main attraction is the riviera, or seafront, which is bustling with shops and restaurants – like Split but less touristy
Towns or islands to visit near Makarska: Brac, Omis, Hvar
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Things to do in Makarska
Search For Your Idyllic Retreat
The stunning Makarska Riviera boasts a stretch of beautiful pebble beach that covers 40 miles. Along the coastline you will easily find the perfect idyllic spot to sunbathe and swim, and to enjoy other water-based activities. If you prefer, you can find a chic little café on the seafront promenade, where you can sit and watch the world go by. Wherever you venture, the dramatic, shady silhouette of Biokovo Mountain will be right behind you.
Learn About The Pirate History Of Omis
Situated at the mouth of the Cetina River is the charming port town of Omis. During the 13th and 14th centuries, pirates were known to reside in, and frequent, the town. Pirate life is still rife in Omis today. Fortunately, the local marauders are friendly and welcoming, and only appear at the weekly Pirate Night to entertain the tourists. You can also visit the 15th century Starigrad fortress, and explore the town’s many beautiful churches.
Enjoy An Adrenaline Rush
The Cetina River is the most water-rich river in Croatia. It’s also a popular venue for exciting and exhilarating adventures on the water. Get your adrenaline pumping by participating in fast-paced rafting. The thrilling watersports activity takes place in a protected area of the Cetina River canyon, and features quiet rafting zones and 2nd and 3rd grade rapids. All safety equipment is provided, and you can also enjoy an optional BBQ lunch on the riverbank.
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