Makarska is a port town, located on a horseshoe-shaped bay, in the heart of the Croatian Riviera.
The centre of the old town is in Kačić Square, where you will find plenty of open-air bars, cafes and restaurants, and just around the corner, behind the church, is the daily market, which sells fresh fruit and vegetables.
Along at the harbour, you’ll find restaurants and cafes serving pizzas and locally-caught seafood, plus a number of boats offering excursions to the islands of Hvar and Brač.
Makarska is overlooked by the towering Mt. Biokovo, the second highest peak in Croatia.
The area surrounding the mountain is a protected nature park with hiking and cycling trails, where you might be able to spot some chamois goats and golden eagles.
From the top of some of the peaks, on a clear day, you’ll have 360 degrees across to Italy in the west, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the east.
There is also a white-water rafting route which begins high in the Biokovo mountains and flows down through the Cetina river canyon.
For those a little less adventurous, there’s a boat trip which sails up through the canyon.
Our Makarska holidays are ideal for families and groups who want to be able to travel and explore the surrounding area, yet still have a base to relax between excursions.
Makarska is located within close proximity to a number of popular towns and resorts on the Dalmatian coast, including Split Trogir, Omiš and Dubrovnik, and the ancient city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina is just a short journey away.
Take a trip to Split, Croatia’s second largest city, where you’ll discover the 4th-century Diocletian palace, now a UNESCO heritage site.
Or visit Dubrovnik, one of the most popular destinations worldwide, and explore the ancient city walls and winding streets of the old town.
Makarska is also in a great location for taking a day-trip to Krka national park to explore the lakes, waterfalls and scenery.
Wine lovers won’t want to miss a day trip to Peljesac peninsula, which is covered in vineyards and family-run wineries.
If you’d rather spend time in Makarska itself, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy each day.
Some of Croatia’s most beautiful beaches are located in and around Makarska, with peddle-boats, banana rides and jet-skis for hire, or if you prefer something a bit quieter, there are plenty of other beaches and bays within walking and cycling distance.
Heading northwest from Makarska, you’ll come to the Buba beach bar, located in a picturesque bay with sunbeds and umbrellas.
It’s quiet by day but becomes livelier throughout the evening with DJs, cocktails, and occasional live concerts.
In the opposite direction, southeast of Makarska lies the Nugal nudist beach.
Take a walk around some of the historic buildings of Makarska, including a number of Medieval churches including St. Mark’s; a Baroque palace, and a 16th-century monastery, which is now a world-renowned seashell museum.
There are a number of woodland trails around Makarska, with lookout points across the Adriatic islands, which are ideal for a relaxing picnic. For foodies, you’ll find everything from fine-dining to relaxed pizzerias.
Makarska isn’t known as a party destination, but you’ll still find plenty of lively bars and nightlife.
The Peter Pan is popular with locals, with young people travelling into Makarska from the surrounding villages.
There is also Deep Makarska, which is located within a cave and is illuminated with atmospheric lighting.
Throughout the year Makarska is home to a number of different festivals celebrating the region’s wine, fishing, folk music, and arts.
So whether you enjoy activities and excursions, nightlife and sports; or even you prefer to relax on the beach and do nothing at all – Makarska holidays have everything you could possibly dream of.
Makarska Package Holidays
We offer a whole range of package holiday options, including multi-centre Makarska holidays. Croatia has a rich history and landscape to explore, and we can make it all possible with one of the tour options below.
Give us a call and we’ll arrange your bespoke trip to Makarska and other Croatian and European destinations.