Tips for splendid summertime in Makarska

Croatia‘s Makarska Riviera – 60 kilometers of stunning beaches, breathtaking views and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea – and in the middle of it all lays the beautiful Mediterranean town of Makarska. This lovely town has been a top tourist destination for decades, and for good reason. The town is filled with examples of Mediterranean architecture, wonderful clean beaches, and tons of stuff to see and do.

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia: Panorama of Makarska: Photo by Matthew Bargo /  CC BY-SA 3.0
Panorama of Makarska: Photo by Matthew Bargo / CC BY-SA 3.0

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia in Summer

Makarska is a great destination for getting a little bit of everything. The town’s rich history and beautiful surrounding Riviera, coupled with its numerous night clubs and overall rich night life, offer a lot to do. If you’re into partying, and dancing until the early morning hours, then you’ll find a generous offer of bars, clubs and parties in the town. If you want a bit more relaxed, peaceful vacation, then the beaches and surrounding region of Makarska will give you plenty of time and space to relax and forget about your troubles.

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia: "Deep", amazing cave club in Makarska: Photo from LikeCroatia
“Deep”, amazing cave club in Makarska: Photo from LikeCroatia

The Makarska Riviera and Makarska itself have a rich history. The earliest records of settlement date back to the second millennium BC, and the area has been populated ever since. It is not unusual to find artifacts dating back to the middle ages or even the Roman era.

During the tourist season, the town organizes events such as music concerts, theater performances, traditional Dalmatian Capella and game evenings, conceptual parties and much more. All of this adds up to the lovely atmosphere that is felt through the whole town, and makes it come alive and buzzing with life during the summer. You’ll be able to easily find apartments in Makarska suitable for any budget, so all of these events will be within your reach.

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia: Makarska Jazz Festival (2014): Photo from Makarska Post
Makarska Jazz Festival (2014): Photo from Makarska Post

The town is host to the largest collection of shells, mussels and snails in the world, located at the basement of a Franciscan monastery built in 1614. The monastery is an interesting sight, and is one of the main focal points of Makarska. Another interesting place to see is the church of St. Mark, built in 1776 and located on the main square.

Makarska offers a variety of beaches, with fragrant pinewoods, plenty of sunshine and the crystal clear sea. There are also numerous „wild“ beaches found all across the Riviera, perfect for those of you who want a bit of peace and quiet from the fast paced modern world. Makarska, as well as most of Croatia, is also a popular nudist destination, as a lot of the beaches are nudist friendly.

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia: Mala Duba beach at Makarska: Photo from Viva-Croatia
Mala Duba beach at Makarska: Photo from Viva-Croatia

If you want to get out and explore a bit, the nearby mount Biokovo with the highest peak Sveti Jure standing at 1762 meters – making it the highest mountain in Dalmatia, is a great place to get some fresh air and exercise. Hiking to the top is extremely fun, and pays off at the end with a breathtaking view of the Makarska Riviera and surroundings islands, among the glistening turquoise Adriatic Sea. If you’re not into hiking, daily trips and ferries are organized to nearby islands, such as Hvar or Brac, and most of the ferry rides are just one hour long!

Things to Do in Makarska Croatia: The magnificent mountain of Biokovo: Photo from parks Dinarides
The magnificent mountain of Biokovo: Photo from Parks Dinarides

The picturesque sights, friendly locals, cheap prices and accommodation, traditional Mediterranean food, lovely weather and clear sea will make your trip to Makarska one you’ll remember, and probably not your last one. Enjoy!

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