Makarska guide for 2015

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The city of Makarska, Croatia, based at the bottom of Biokovo Mountain, is one of Croatia's most popular tourist destinations. Located in the middle of the region known as Makarska Riviera, Makarska and its surroundings have a lot to offer.

Makarska is surrounded by the Sveti Petar and Osejava peninsulas. Both have beautiful lush vegetation and forests, and as such are a perfect opportunity for a hiking excursion. The Sveti Petar peninsula is also known for its main attraction – the fence of love, where couples bind padlocks as a sign of their love and faithfulness. The Biokovo Mountain is not without charm itself. Reaching the peak of Sveti Jure will give you an impressive sight of the entire Riviera and a perfect opportunity to snap a few holiday pictures.

A town with a rich history, Makarska was founded in the fourth century by the Illyrians. The town naturally grew around a harbor which was founded as a sanctuary for numerous trading vessels through history. As trading increased, the town became bigger and bigger, turning into a proper Dalmatian town.

Today, Makarska is known for its great accommodation, wonderful beaches, and various cafes and restaurants. A center of culture, Makarska has numerous museums and art exhibits which mostly focus on underwater life and the surrounding Riviera. Be sure to visit the 500 year old Franciscan monastery, as its basement is actually a museum with the largest collection of shells, snails and mussels in the world. Another impressive historical sight is Parish Church of St. Mark which dates all the way back to 1776. A cultural delight!

The main festivities of the town usually start in late June and last until the end of July. Enjoy events such as poetry readings, theater performances, live traditional Dalmatian music, and a plethora of festivals, even including a comic book festival called the Mafest. During the evening Makarska’s discotheques, beach bars, and clubs fill up and offer a perfect opportunity to dance the night away. A little bit for everybody!

With a two kilometer long beach, Makarska is heaven for those of you who want to spend your vacation relaxing at the beach. If you get tired of being lazy in the shade of the beautiful pine forest overlooking the beach, renting a jet sky and cruising over the waves is a great way to spice up your vacation. If you prefer to stay dry, Makarska has a plethora of sport fields which are great for showing off your football, basketball or tennis skills.

As it is a top tourist destination, the town has developed a high quality infrastructure. Numerous hotels, villas, and apartments are being rented out for accommodation. Since tourism is the main source of income for the locals of Makarska, many of them offer their private residences for accommodation. If you’re a bit short on cash, you can even rent out individual rooms in private houses, and even if that’s not enough, numerous campsites surrounding the city will save you the headache of finding cheap, affordable accommodation in Makarska.

If all of this isn’t enough for your holiday, daily excursions are organized from Makarska to nearby places in the Riviera, and even to the nearby towns of Split and Dubrovnik. Rafting the Cetina River in the Biokovo Mountain region is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Makarska and the Riviera. If you want to visit one of Croatia’s 1000 islands, charter yacht and take a short ride to see the picturesque islands of Hvar and Brač.

A crystal clear sea, wonderful long beaches, cheap accommodation, friendly locals and numerous activities will make you remember your trip to Makarska forever, and ensure you’ll be coming back year after year.

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