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Natural and man-made attractions of Makarska

29/08/2015 | | 0 Comment |

Natural and man-made attractions of Makarska

The town of Makarska is among the most popular Croatian tourist destinations. Along with its neighboring towns and villages, it forms a string of settlements known as the Makarska Riviera. The Riviera is frequented by tens of thousands of tourists who enjoy its natural and cultural attractions, as well as an interesting nightlife.


Natural & manmade attractions


The mighty mountain of Biokovo looms over the entire area; one of the things that make Makarska so interesting is the contrast between the calming sea at one side, and the mountain on the other, standing tall above towns and villages of the Riviera. Biokovo is a law-protected nature park, has many hiking and climbing trails, as well as amazing wildlife. Thus, in Makarska you can lazily lie at the beach in the morning, and witness the breathtaking sunset from the slopes of Biokovo in the late afternoon of the same day – and it’s definitely a must-see.


Makarska’s long history left many cultural attractions. The very architecture of the town, its narrow streets and stone houses, tell the story of how the town was once fortified to defend against possible invaders. Most of life happens in the town’s main square; plenty of concerts and manifestations happen virtually every evening. Two major cultural landmarks are just a few minutes away from the square: the 18th century cathedral of St. Mark, and the 19th century school, interesting for combining classical and Renaissance architecture.


You can also visit the neighboring towns such as Baska Voda or Tucepi: although not as culturally rich as Makarska, the beaches there are equally beautiful, but somewhat less crowded. As for the nightlife, there is an abundance of beach bars and clubs in Makarska, offering a variety of music genres, DJs and concerts, which makes the town the second most popular youth destination in coastal Croatia (after Zrce on Pag island).




Makarska can be reached from Dubrovnik via one of the many bus lines; the trip takes 3 hours. Most of tourists, however, reach the town from Split; the trip takes only about an hour and there are many buses and a taxi transfer service at the Split airport which can pick you up soon as you land. Renting a car is also a viable option.


There are several hotels in the town; the four-star ones include Rosina, Park, and Meteor. The three star Hotel Biokovo is especially popular as it’s located in Makarska Old Town and is very close to the beach. Most of the locals make their living out of tourism and finding suitable accommodation in Makarska should not be a problem; many rent apartments which vary in size, additional features and prices, but be sure to book it earlier if you plan on going in the peak of the tourist season from mid-July to mid-August. You can even stay at the local St. Peter’s lighthouse on the town’s outskirts; it has a single five bed apartment.


Makarska really has it all, and the kind locals will make sure you have everything you need for your perfect holiday; it’s a unique mixture of natural beauties, cultural attractions and exciting nightlife that makes the place so great.



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