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Makarska is a picturesque town and port at the foot of  the towering Biokovo mountain, 65km southeast of Split. The old town core is classically Mediterranean and the newer part with hotels and resorts radiates outward. It's surrounded by delightful pebble beaches and within easy reach of Brela beach.

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The setting is stunning and the climate relatively mild since the port is protected by the mountain. There are no real cultural sights to speak of but Makarska is an ideal base for active travellers. Biokovo mountain offers walks, hikes and climbs for all levels. Trails are well-marked and there are companies that offer guided tours and jeep trips up the mountain. The less energetic can take a pleasant seaside promenade or poke around the old town. Book a Biokovo nature tour.


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To get the lay of the land, take a stroll along the seaside promenade, obala Tomislava, and stop in at the City Museum (Tomislava 17, open 7am-3pm Monday to Friday, 9am-noon Saturday. Still hungering for museums? Try the Shell Museum (tel 021-611 256, Franjevački put 1) which has a collection of 3000 shells. It's in the cloister of the Franciscan Monastery and is open 9am-noon and 5-7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-noon Sunday. Collected from the Adriatic and other seas, it's considered the finest of its kind in the world. There's also the Museum of Fish, Mollusks and Crustaceans (tel 091 596 88 98, Ulica fra Filipa Grabovca bb) with a collection of 200 species. It's open daily 8.30am-1pm and 5.30-10.30pm.

Biokovo Nature Park

Directly above Makarska and looming over it is the imposing Biokovo mountain and nature park, a paradise for walkers, climbers and hikers mainly for the spectacular views from a number of vantage points. More.

History of Makarska

High in the Biokovo mountains lies the old village of Markar, probably the Roman Muccurum, which was destroyed by the Goths in 548. The Slavs moved in the 7th century and spread down the coast. They were not peaceable folks. Their tribe the Neretlyans, fought continuously against the Venetians who gazed covetously on their prime real estate on the Adriatic. The Neretlyans were strong enough to force the Venetians to pay tribute for the privilege of sailing unmolested past their settlement. Makarska was snatched up by the Croatian King Kresimir in the 11th century and then fell under Bosnian rule until the Turks came in 1499 and destroyed it. It remained under Turkish rule for 150 years during which time it became the main port for the salt trade for all of Bosnia and Hercegovina. When the Turks left, Venice got ahold of the town again and kept it until 1797.

Accommodation in Makarska


Four-star hotels in Makarska
Hotel Rosina
Villa Riva
Hotel Osejava
Boutique Hotel Ani
Hotel Park
Valamar Hotel Meteor
Hotel Milenij
Central Beach 9
Hotel Biokovo --In the old town and close to the beach. The recent renovation included a wellness centre and new rooms with an internet connection and air-conditioning.

Three-star hotels in Makarska
Hotel Makarska
Hotel Maritimo
Dalmacija Sunny Hotel
Hotel Porin

Private Accommodation

Villa Afrodita Makarska
Villa Afrodita--Five-star luxury

Favorite apartments are Apartments Sulenta, Apartmani Daniela, Villa Palma, or Villa Makrana. Or, browse through the links below.
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Lighthouse Accommodation

You can also stay in a lighthouse. The Sv Petar lighthouse is at the entrance to Makarska and contains one 5-bed apartment. Read more.

Getting to Makarska

Bus: There are hourly buses going from Dubrovnik to Makarska (3 hours; see the schedule at buses from Dubrovnik) and buses to and from Split (1 1/4 hours) where you can catch the motorway to Zagreb.

Ferry: Also frequent are the daily ferries to Sumartin on Brac Island which range from two to five a day. See the Makarska-Sumartin ferry schedule.

During the summer, a daily ferry links Makarska with Split and Dubrovnik via Bol and Korcula. See the schedule.

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Rent a Car in Makarska

Even with all the buses leaving and arriving Makarska, nothing beats the convenience of having your own wheels, especially if you want to get out to the beaches of Brela and Baska Voda. Most car rental companies in Croatia have outlets in Makarska.

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Tourist Information in Makarska

The Makarska tourist office (tel 021-612 002) is in the town centre at Tomislava 16.

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