Welcome to Makarska, one of the most famous tourist destinations on the Croatian coast, attractive for its nature and good climate, rich in tourist attractions and full of hospitable hosts. To this day, Makarska is known for its pebbly beach, which is almost 2 kilometers long. The walkways are lined with pine trees and surrounded by luxury hotels, tourist facilities, and gastronomical havens, and there is plenty of fun for both adults and children.
Makarska is located below the mountain of Biokovo (1762 m), which protects it from the harsh continental climate and is responsible for its rich Mediterranean vegetation, mild winters, long, warm summers cooled by a refreshing breeze called Maestral.
Makarska has more than 2750 hours of sun each year and the air temperature above 20°C from July to September. During these same months, the crystal-clear sea also averages a temperature of above 20°C.
The city of Makarska grew around a natural harbor protected by a picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar (St. Peter) and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbor of this kind between the mouth of the Cetina and Neretva rivers. In the past it provided protection and safe harbor during stormy weather to sailors, pirates and merchants, and nowadays it does the same for yachts, sailing boats and tourist ships. This contributed to its development into a trading port, especially during the Ottoman and Venetian occupation. Today, there is a ferry line which runs a few times a day from Makarska to Sumartin on the island Brač.
During the summer months the harbor fills up with yachts and tourist ships, while young people crowd the main Kačić square enjoying entertainment and cultural performances. As the night goes on, Makarska becomes livelier and livelier, and its cafes, restaurants and discotheques fill up.
Night life in Makarska is very dynamic, what makes this city attractive to many young tourists from all over the Europe and further. There are few cult places such as night bar named Rockatansky, bar Deep in central bay of Makarska, bar disco Grota, disco club Petar Pan and myriad of other interesting and dynamic places.
Another well known place for those who are looking for the day entertainment and beach parties, is undoubtedly Buba Bar, located on one of the corners of long Makarska beach. Nevertheless there are many other activities and places to experience in Makarska and all depend of each one’s preferences. Moreover level of accidents is so negligible in Makarska that you can feel safe wherever you choose to go. Day or night.
For those preferring the expos, museums and history, and other more quiet activities the choices are at least as great. The best way to become familiar with the history of this city is by visiting the Franciscan monastery which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. The monastery boasts a picture gallery, library, one-of-a-kind Malaco-logical museum (dedicated to the study and preservation of mollusks) and the Institute of Mountains and Sea. The church of St. Marko is located on the Kacic square. On its north side there are: the Gojak gallery, located in the old school building, public library, the school of music, and the headquarters of the Makarska Riviera radio.
The city museum can be found on the waterfront, as well as the church of St. Filip. The renovated church of St. Petar is located in the St. Petar Park, a spot with a beautiful view of the city, magnificent Mount Biokovo and the open sea.
Makarska’s geographical position is 44° 17′ 38″ latitude and 17° 1′ 20″ longitude, which places it approximately in the center of north-western half of the Makarska coast.