Makarska was founded in ancient times and swapped hands pretty consistently due to its strategic position. It was a Roman colony, then a part of the Croatian Kingdom, then under Venetian rule before eventually succumbing under Ottoman rule. Today, it is a booming tourist destination and one of the most popular holiday spots for locals and foreigners alike.
Things To See & Do In Makarska
Visit the Franciscan Convent & Seashell Museum
In the heart of the city you will find the old Plaza dotted with little restaurants and bars that are perfect for enjoying a bite to eat and a refreshing drink. Nearby is the open marketplace that sells produce and local souvenirs and you can walk away with a bargain.
After you’re done with that, make sure to visit the old Franciscan convent that was built in the 17th century. It also houses the world’s largest seashell museum that has collections from all over the world.
Enjoy The Local Beaches
Makarska Riviera is home to a huge number of beaches. Whether you’re looking for seclusion, naturist beaches, or popular tourist spots – you will find them all here.
The sea is crystal clear and pristinely clean. Makarska beaches are consistently voted as the best in the country and if you want to relax in the sun that this is the place to be.
Hike On Biokovo Mountain
After Velebit, Biokovo Mountain is the largest mountain in Croatia. Its highest peak, St. George, offers unprecedented panoramic views of the coastline. On a clear day you’re able to see all the way to the Italian coast. On the other side, you get a beautiful view of Bosnian mainland.
Biokovo is definitely a challenge for the uninitiated so we recommend you come prepared. Try to find a local tour that will transport you to the top of the mountain and hike your way back down to the summit, accompanied by an experienced guide.
Enjoy The Exuberant Nightlife
After you’re done exploring the cultural side of the city, it’s definitely time to get your groove on. Makarska is a vibrant city full of bars and nightclubs that are open to the wee hours of the morning. Some of the most popular clubs are located on the Riviera.
Not only that, the Riviera is full of EDM festivals and other events during the summer. Don’t focus your search only on Makarska though. A lot of nearby fishing villages and smaller towns host spectacular events when the sun sets. Some of the best parties are held in secluded wooded areas away from the prying eyes of the local public.