Makarska Holidays & Tours

Just a little over an hour from Split, Makarska lies along a stretch of gorgeous coastline called the Makarska Riviera. A beach resort area, there are many picturesque beaches and secluded coves with crystal-clear turquoise water. You’ll find lively stretches with water sports facilities and opportunities for hopping nightlife, along with places that are practically deserted, ideal for enjoying quiet contemplation and tranquil swims. Just some of the activity options here include hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, and windsurfing.

Speak to the Expert

Makarska is a captivating coastal town nestled between the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea and the imposing Biokovo Mountain range. This stunning location offers visitors a perfect blend of picturesque beaches, dramatic landscapes, and a vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere. Makarska’s main attraction is its beautiful pebble beaches, ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

Start Planning


Croatia Specialist

Ready to plan your trip?

Whatever you want from your dream trip, our team of experts are ready to help

Start Planning

Why We Love Makarska Holidays



Croatia Specialist

The town’s vibrant promenade, lined with cafes, restaurants, and souvenir shops, buzzes with life and offers enchanting views of the sea and surrounding mountains. For adventure seekers, the Biokovo Nature Park beckons with hiking trails leading to breathtaking vistas over the Makarska Riviera. With its charming Old Town, bustling waterfront, and a wealth of natural wonders, Makarska promises an unforgettable experience for travelers looking to revel in the beauty and coastal allure of Croatia.

In the summer, there’s a carnival atmosphere with events like stone throwing and donkey races as well as an abundance of delectably fresh seafood and fish specialities. The warm, breezy evenings are also popular for live concerts. From late June through September, the Makarska Cultural Summer Festival features local and international musicians, plays, open-air cinema nights, folklore dances, and more to historic Kacic Square and the promenade.

Best things to do in Makarska

  • 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.

  • Omis, Makarska

    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.

  • Rafting, Cetina River, Makarska

    Enjoy An Adrenaline Rush

    The Cetina River is the most water-rich 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.

Makarska City

Best time to visit Makarska

As a popular destination for a beach getaway, the Makarska Riviera is best visited during the summer when it will be warm and dry, with July typically the hottest and driest month with average daily high temperatures of 33 Celsius and 5 mm or less of rainfall. The sea will be comfortable for swimming between mid-June and early October, averaging 23 Celsius or above throughout this period. You’ll have better opportunities for seclusion while still enjoying good weather at the beginning and end of the season.

Makarska FAQs

How many days do you need in Makarska?

If you’d like to enjoy a good mix of relaxation and activities in Makarska, you’ll want at least three days here. This will allow you to experience several different beaches, ride a bike along the coast, and visit Biokovo Nature Park with its thrilling skywalk, magnificent viewpoints, and opportunities for hiking. Makarska makes an ideal base for island hopping and exploring nearby destinations on the mainland, so you might also enjoy a day trip by boat to Hvar or Brac islands, or travel north to marvel at the waterfalls in Krka National Park.

What is the best time to visit Makarska for sunbathing and swimming?

With the Makarska Riviera renowned for beach holidays that include lots of sunbathing and swimming, the best time to come is between mid-June and mid-September. The region is the busiest in July and August – if you come in September the water will still be warm having been under the summer sun all season, but it will be much quieter and easier to find your own spot on any one of the beautiful beaches.

What are the essential sites to see in the Makarska Riviera? 

Makarska is all about nature, with one of the top spots to visit is Biokovo Nature Park, with numerous hiking trails that bring views of everything from pine forests and vineyards to prehistoric ruins. The square in Makarska Town provides insight into the area’s cultural and artistic heritage, including a Venetian fountain that was once its water source. Located in the centre of Makarska on a forested hill is the Astronomical Observatory which offers ideal conditions for stargazing. Tiny Nugal Beach, nestled between Makarska and Tucepi at the base of steep cliffs, is one of the most enticing secluded stretches in the region. 

Is Makarska worth visiting?

There are few if any travellers who come to the Makarska Riviera regretting the effort made to get here. In fact, most leave wishing for more time to enjoy the fabulous beaches, swim in the clear blue waters, and sample the wide range of gastronomic delights. There are recreational activities for everyone along with plenty of entertainment, especially during the summer. Combined with the excellent range of accommodation, it’s the perfect recipe for an unforgettable escape spent soaking up the sun while surrounded by breath-taking scenery.

Ready to plan your trip?

Whatever you want from your dream trip, our team of experts are ready to help

Start Planning

Similar destinations you may like

Croatia advice from the experts

  • View of boats in Komiza Village

    10 of Croatia’s Most Beautiful Islands

    Croatia was made for island-hopping, best enjoyed on a luxury cruise from Split or Dubrovnik. There are multiple hidden treasures and popular gems that can be uncovered on a Croatia holiday, whether you're looking for idyllic beaches and tranquillity, rich history, wineries and vineyards for tasting and touring, or a foodie's paradise. With more than a thousand islands to choose from, each offering a unique allure of its own, it can be difficult to decide where to go. But if you're looking for the ultimate in fjaka, a Dalmatian word that has no direct English translation, referring to a state of relaxation and bliss, you'll want to put at least one of Croatia's most beautiful islands on your must-visit list.
    Read More
  • View of My Wish ship moored in Croatia next to a green island

    The Best Cruises in Croatia

    Embarking on a small ship cruise is one of the best and easiest ways to explore Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. With different routes and cruising options available, you will be able to discover secluded bays, medieval cities, and vast national parks, all on the same holiday. We have rounded up the best cruises so that you can start planning your next trip to Croatia.      
    Read More
  • Aerial view of MV Rhapsody

    The 5 Best Luxury Croatia Cruise Ships

    With an expansive coastline, Croatia is the perfect destination for small ship cruising, allowing travellers to enjoy a more intimate experience whilst sailing along the Adriatic Sea.  Accessing places larger ships can’t quite reach, our Croatia small ship cruises can take guests to hidden gems in secluded locations whilst offering a personalised, attentive service. With plenty of time off the ship, travellers can immerse themselves fully in the destination, enjoying a wealth of excursions ranging from wine tasting to Jeep tours. With so many luxury vessels to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin. We have rounded up the best luxury Croatia cruise ships for you to start planning your next holiday.
    Read More
  • Dubrovnik with view of Lokrum Island

    Dubrovnik Island Hopping Guide

    Dubrovnik is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and rich history with its medieval Old Town surrounded by stone walls and filled with magnificent centuries-old architecture. But did you know that it can also serve as the perfect launchpad for visiting multiple islands? There are many within easy reach for those who plan to stay in the city. Or, you might visit them on a cruise. All you need is a Dubrovnik island hopping guide to make the most of your adventure. With so many enticing options, we've put together this list of the best islands to visit from Dubrovnik, ensuring you'll have a great time whether you're looking for spectacular nature, outdoor activities, history, or a little of it all.
    Read More
  • View of Split

    Split Island Hopping Guide

    Whilst Split boasts numerous impressive attractions, from Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace to the popular Green Market, there are many islands within easy reach of this ancient city, ideal for day trips or for visiting on a cruise. Nature or outdoor adventure lover? You'll find many spectacular isles for everything from snorkelling among crystal-clear blue waters to hiking through lush greenery. Ancient sites and historic landmarks more your thing? You'll find islands with plenty of that too. Of course, foodies and wine enthusiasts will appreciate the mouthwatering cuisine and tasty wines found throughout. If you want to know the best islands to visit from Split and how to make the most of your time, this Split island-hopping guide is a must-read.
    Read More
  • Plitvice Lakes waterfall at Autumn

    Top 5 National Parks in Croatia

    Whilst Croatia is best known for its beautiful beaches and historic towns, there is a lot more that this versatile country has to offer.
    Read More

Why book with Unforgettable Croatia

  • 100% Financial Protection

    We are a licensed and fully bonded tour operator financially protected by both the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT). All clients that travel with us are fully financially protected.

  • Destination Experts

    Our travel experts live and breathe the destinations they specialise in. This shows in their passionate to create hand crafted trips for our clients. We don’t offer cookie cutter trips, just truly unforgettable journeys unlike any other.

  • The Best Guides

    What makes our trips extraordinary is the unique immersive experiences we include. We pride ourselves in our black book of sought after expert guides, game rangers and local contacts who believe in our philosophy, unforgettable.

  • We Care

    From the moment you book your trip, we are on hand 24/7 to assist you throughout your journey. With regional offices around the world, we have ground logistics teams on hand to help you every step of the way.