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. 

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.

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Where to Stay in Makarska

The most popular resort towns are Makarska Town, Baska Voda, Tucepi, Podgora, and Brela, which offer the greatest variety of accommodation. Makarska is a favourite when it comes to beach getaways and nightlife, while picturesque Baska Voda offers lots of charm located at the seaside with a small marina, a fabulous waterfront promenade, cosy cafes, restaurants, beach bars, and shops. Some of the most beautiful beaches can be accessed from Brela, along with romantic sea-view konobas, while Tucepi offers the longest stretch of beach in the Riviera. Podgora has some incredible bays for swimming and a wide range of accommodation by the beach.


Things to do in Makarska

  • Makarska Riviera

    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 Riviera

    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.

  • Makarska Riviera

    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.


When 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 FAQ

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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.


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