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Makarska is a beach holiday, city break and countryside retreat all rolled into one.

From the beach to the mountains

The town starts at the beautiful crescent-shaped pebble beach, backed by tall pine trees. From there, it’s a short walk to the lovely main square, lined by the 18th-century Church of St Mark and the old homes of wealthy merchants. You’ll no doubt spot the towering Biokovo Mountain just outside town as well.

Drinks at the beach, dinner on the square

Makarska’s a real 2-in-1 of town and beach, and it’s the same when it comes to eating and drinking. The harbour is home to chic cafes, chilled-out bars and elegant restaurants that overlook the water. At the main square there are open-air restaurants and cafes with views of the church and nearby mountains.

Explore by foot, boat or car

Signed trails zig-zag across the lower slopes of Biokovo Mountain, making it easier to take on this beast of a trek while you’re visiting. Back at the harbour, boats set off daily for the arrowhead-shaped Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island. Jump in the car to see the historic port city of Split – it’s about an hour’s drive away.

Insider Tip

Dress lightly if you’re heading to the Deep club for the night. It gets very hot in this cave-based club! If you do get too hot, you can step out onto the terrace and even dip your toes into the ocean.

Best beaches

Spend a day lounging at the town’s lovely pebble beach. It sits in a sweeping bay, lined by pine trees that are perfect for grabbing some shade. Jump into the crystal-clear waters, or take to the waves on a jet-ski, pedalo or banana boat. Relax at the bars behind the trees or at the seaside promenade along the nearby harbour.

Top sights

Take a tour of the old town to get an idea of village life in Croatia. Wander side streets lined by quaint houses and make your way to the main square where a dozen or so steps lead up to the Church of St. Mark. Head to the Franciscan monastery to see, believe it or not, the world’s largest collection of snails and shells.

Out and about

Climb the giant Biokovo Mountain towering over Makarska. You can reach the lower slopes on foot straight from town, or drive a few minutes to explore some of the higher trails. Back at the coast, choose from pedalos, parasailing and waterskiing. Or cycle the coastal trail route – it’s about 15 kilometres to nearby Brela.

Eating and drinking

Get your fill of Croatian and international cuisine at the harbour. Take a seat outside for the best view of the boats bobbing on the water. Mix it up with nights in the old town, where open-air restaurants line the main square and offer up great views of Biokovo Mountain. Home favourites and Croatian specialities both find room on the menus here.


Stock up on the essentials at supermarkets dotted about town. And get fresh fruit and veg at the daily market near the main square – it’s just behind the Church of St. Mark. Head to the town’s small shopping centre if you’re after clothes, gadgets or cosmetics – there’s a chemist here as well.


Have a great night out at the clubs along the harbour. See the famous Deep club that’s based in a seafront cave, or head to the Buba Beach Bar for live DJs and bands. Stay out till dawn at Peter Pan, which plays a mix of international pop, house and electro. For a quieter drink, head to the bars and cafés in the old town.

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Where is it?

Makarska is the main resort town along the Makarska Riviera, a coastal strip in southern Croatia. The town is about an hour’s drive from Split and 30 minutes more to the city’s airport. Overlooking the town is the dramatic Biokovo Mountain, which tops out at 1,700 metres above sea level.

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