Makarska Riviera Region
Spanning across 60 kilometers of coastline along the glorious Adriatic Sea, located in the heart of Dalmatia, is the spectacular region of Makarska Riviera. As the pine forested mountains of Biokovo embrace the idyllic cities and villages below, the abundant offerings of this sunny and hospitable region awaken every summer, as numerous tourists come to experience the excitement of the lively seaside of Makarska Riviera.
The main city of Makarska has a population of just over 15,000 however this figure nearly doubles in the hot summer months. This romantic Mediterranean municipality boasts numerous delectable bistros and restaurants, quaint cafes and lively beach bars and discos. As the city is divided by a horseshoe shaped bay, with miles of pebble stoned beaches to one side and the enchanting promenade and old city to the other side, the abundant offerings of activities and attractions for such a small city are surprising to most visitors. Along the Makarska harbor, lies the main boardwalk and city centre. The charming Mediterranean architecture includes elevated old stone houses and buildings whose windows are so close they nearly touch each other. Windowpanes of green shutters with laundry hanging out to dry in the warm Dalmatian sun, and small balconies decorated with dancing bougainvillea plants dot the façade of these ancient stone structures, adding to the pleasant appeal of the city. The Franciscan Monastery, built in 1614, and the main square, built upon the Church of St. Marko, in 1766 are a few of the cultural monuments that Makarska is home to.
The neighboring villages of Tucepi, Podgora, Igrane and Drvenik, to the south are dreamy sanctuaries for the sun worshiper looking for a retreat away from the eventful city of Makarska. The calm waters of the Adriatic Sea paired with clean pebble stoned beaches along dense forested boardwalks are truly captivating. The scrumptious restaurants where delicacies including fresh fish with homemade olive oil or grilled meat platters and homegrown potatoes and vegetables, are offered, are the perfect indulgence after a long lazy day at the beach.
To the North of Makarska are the more populated towns of Brela and Baska Voda. Brela has become prominent for its upscale accommodations, secluded beaches and untouched natural vegetation. This tourist destination welcomes visitors who are searching for a vacation where peace and serenity are a luxury in a setting including gorgeous vistas of rich vegetation, turquoise waters, and glorious sunsets. The bordering town of Baska Voda is just as alluring with its Dalmatian rural architecture and hospitable locals.
The well preserved natural environment and ideal geographical setting make Makarska Riviera one of the most beautiful regions of Croatia. Although the main reason for visiting this area are the spectacular beaches, the delicious gastronomic specialties, the vivacious festivities and nightlife and the numerous water sports and activities are just as enticing. Day trips to the nearest islands of Brac, Hvar, Vis and Korcula are offered daily through the summer months. Hiking or bicycling on the enormous mountain of Biokovo while taking in the panoramic views of cascading mountainous terrain unveiling the red roofed houses of Makarska Riviera below will take your breath away. Road trips to the nearest cities Imotski and Omis will also be worth the drive. In Imotski the Red and Blue Lakes are an attraction not to be missed. The depth of the Red Lake is not scientifically known but is assumed to be the deepest lake in Europe. The historical city of Omis hosts many local concerts and festivals, particularly famous for the Pirates Festival and Klapa Music festival during the summer months. While visiting Omis enjoy rafting excursions on the wild River of Cetina, it will certainly be an unforgettable experience.
Makarska Riviera is a region whose charm and extraordinary beauty pair together to create a destination that thrives on tourism by taking advantage of the immense natural resources of this sunny part of Dalmatia. A kaleidoscope of welcoming locals, magnificent beaches, enthralling scenery, delicious culinary offerings, and adventurous activities await you.