Nature was very inclined towards Makarska, providing it with location in a natural port situated between peninsula Osejava and St. Petar where, in the most beautiful way, Mediterranean meets karst. Here you can enjoy summer heat bathing in azure blue sea whose cool and purity relaxes body and mind or visit mountain Biokovo above the town.
Makarska has Mediterranean charm and relaxed everyday rhythm, which is easily adopted by tourists. Already the first morning after arrival, they enjoy sipping their first coffee, still dreamy, and later, go to beach and spend time without constantly watching at the clock.
- Number of residents: 13 716 u 2001.
- Geographical position: Middle Dalmatia
- Climate: Mediterranean
- Average summer temperature: 25° C
- Average winter temperature: 9° C
HistoryMakarska was first mentioned in 1502 in a document by Bosnian cadi Muhamed Musin. In those days Turks occupied Makarska and the town was the center of Turkish trade with other countries on the Adriatic. Due to constant attacs, Turks built towers in the town to defend themselves from Venetians. Still, Makarska was annexed by Venice in 1681 and during the following one hundred year reign the town developed constantly. Due to development of trade and generally prosperity in the 18th century, churches and palaces were built together with baroque residences for young royalty. During the 19th century Makarska was ruled by the French and by the Austro-Hungarians, but people of Makarska were more inclined to Croatian national revival. Cultural and public life will later be based on this tradition. to top
Let's start with a dessert, since Makarska is known for sweets, especially two kinds typical for this town. One is the cake "Makarana" made of almonds and Maraskino liquor known as Dalmatian cherry liquor. The other sweet is Makaranian ravioli, a tiny dough cake with a nut filling.
Other food and beverages offer you can find on Makaranian tables is just as rich and tasteful as in the rest of Dalmatia. We recommend Dalmatian "pašticada" made of beef meat filled with bacon and garlic prepared in black vine. Of course, we don't have to emphasize that red vine goes best with such a meal. Be sure to try Dalmatian prosciutto and cheese with olives instead of salad. Of course, there is plenty of fish and fish specialties for all tastes.to top
We recommend diving because the Adriatic is especially clean in these parts. Get to know sea depths and colors hidden under sea surface. There are several diving clubs in Makarska where you can learn the basic skills of diving and find out more about what lies under the sea surface.
You can also try underwater fishing, which is possible with an underwater fishing permit you can get from the local center. Try sailing as well; Makarska has its own sailing club and a long sailing tradition. It offers you additional services such as lifting and washing boats.
Finally, there is also cycling. You can contact the local bicycling club where you can get advice and suggestions on where to ride in order to get to know the area.
We have forgotten something! Mountain Biokovo is an excellent choice for all those who like climbing and mountaineering. All of you who like active holiday, don't worry, you won't be bored.to top
Fun and night life
Summer in Makarska is lively and fun both during day and night. There are various manifestations such as fishermen nights every other Friday where you can taste fish specialties, participate in donkey race, and watch colorful fireworks in the evening. There is also an interesting slingshot tournament.
After a day spent on the beach, nightlife starts in local cafes with good music and colorful cocktails. Beach cafes offer places where you can party and dance in the open and the sea is very near so can go night swimming!to top
How to get there?
- By car: Zagreb-Makarska 446 km highway (highway to Split, since 2007 highway to Makarska)
- By plane:www.croatiaairlines.hr (Split airport 70 km)
- By bus: www.akz.hr
- By train: www.hznet.hr (Split 50 km)
- Local and international ferry lines: www.jadrolinija.hr
BeachesA lot has been written about the beaches of Makarska as well as the whole riviera. The reason for this is their beauty which is often presented on various billboards or postcards. Beaches in Makarska are mostly pebbled, but they are really special, since the pebbles on are somewhat larger but still pleasant for lying and relaxing. to top
What to see?
Franciscan convent of the Blessed Virgin Mary originates from the 16th century. When Franciscans moved from Bosnia they renovated an old church with approval from Turkish government and built a residence that later became a convent next to it. The convent was devastated several times in the past, but it was renovated and additions were attached to it every time. After WW II it was partially nationalized.
This interesting museum is situated within the convent of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it was founded in the year 1963. The museum was founded after much research and a long period of collecting shells from all over the world. Today it is labelled a cultural monument with over 3000 samples of shells from the Adriatic, tropical and subtropical seas. These shells are very attractive due to their interesting colors and shapes.
St. Marko Evangelist Church
The church was founded in the 18th century, but has not been finished, since the apses, foreseen in the original plan, are still missing. The bones of St. Clement, martyr and patron saint of the town and diocese, guard entrance to the church. There are several other members of respected Makaranian families buried in the church. The church treasury contains many valuable artifacts like paintings, old books, textile and scented cloths.
Antun Gojak town gallery
The gallery is situated in the building of Classical gymnasium popularly called "Old school" and hosts 12 exhibitions in a year. Many donations have helped acquire many artworks, which testify of the art history of this area.to top