Makarska is the main beach resort town along the Makarska Riviera, part of the Dalmatian coast shadowed by the impressive backdrop of mountain Biokovo looking out to the Adriatic sea.The popular coastal town is located in a horsehoe bay which has a beautiful palm-fringed promenade, where fashionable cafés, bars and boutiques overlook the pretty harbour, where many boats that escape to the Islands are moored. The Center of Makarska is an old town with narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square where there is a flower and fruit market, and a Franciscan monastery that houses a sea shell collection featuring a giant clam shell. There are many pretty coves and beaches dotted along this coast line but Makarska is well known for its sandy beach, which is almost 2 kilometers long.
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Fresh fish when by the coast, local olive oil and local wine from the nearby vineyards.
As well as a good array of bars, pubs and restaurants, clubs and cocktails bars, there is often music and events in the beach bars along the coast.
Just below Mount Biokovo and with stunning views to the sea, the 75 hectares of vineyards grow several red and white wine varieties. When dining out in Makarska, sample a wine name Posip - a regional champion which has won an award.
At the Makarska harbour, along the promenade lined with plam-trees and open-air cafes, you can find many day-trips amd excursions to the nearby islands of Hvar and Brac with their beautiful and famous beaches.
For lovers of sport, there is a well-equipped centre with facilities for football, rugby, athletics, basketball, tennis plus a gym.
Makarska is naturally a beautiful place to visit, popular with tourists yet exceptionally clean. Located on a pretty horseshoe bay, surrounded by two peninsulas covered with pine forest with a dramatic backdrop of the Biokovo mountain range.
A small botanical garden can be found a short drive from Makarska in the hamlet of Kotisina. Here, at the foot of the mountain range, you will also find the Biokovo Nature Park wth it's local residents - the chamois goats and mouflon sheep!
The old town in the centre of Makarska is home to a church square, hosting a market of local produce including fresh fruit and vegetables. The narrow cobble-stone pavements are lined with a delightful selection of shops, patisseries, bars and restaurants, which all lead to the harbour front.
The Fransiscan monastery which can be found in the old town is still an active monastery today. One of the friars was a keen biologist and a museum has been set up here with many marine artefacts and a large and famous shell collection. The town museum is siituated within Villa Tonolli, exhibiting the history of Makarska and the riviera.
A 17th Century Baroque Cathedral of St. Mark stands in the heart of Makarska's main square of the old town.
The Kornati National Park is made up of 12% of all of Croatia's islands (around 1200 of them!). Sailors are particularly attracted to them, sailing out to a peaceful and private hideaway. There are many boat excursions that can be taken along the Dalmation coast which will explore these islands.
Tennis courts, Volleyball courts, Cycle route
Banana boats, Jet ski, Parasailing, Pedaloes, Scuba diving
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