Destinations / Croatia / Makarska Riviera / Makarska
Apparently, one of the unsung heroes of beautiful Croatia, the Makarska Riviera is gently unfolding its charms and welcoming visitors to its stunning shores. A bit of a rarity in Croatia, Makarska actually has its own 2 klm stretch of sandy beach, so this is a well kept secret! Subjects to on Makarska Riviera offer the promise of sunshine in an area that is not so well known and is all the better for it.
Makarska Riviera holidays are beloved of local Croatians due to the mirror-like clear waters of the Adriatic and, of course, the sandy beach, but a near 70 klm ribbon of coastline glitters with endless pebble beaches, secluded coves and isolated bays. The dominant presence of Mount Biokovo acts as a weather buffer and huge backdrop to the coast and the forests and copses of pine trees add that fragrant scent so typical of the area. The natural harbour has contributed to the success of Makarska as a trading port and harks back to the time of the Venetians. A ferry service operates daily, so day trips can be planned to nearby islands and the closest island, Brac, is only 50 minutes away.
The Makarska Riviera has many delightful small towns and tiny villages sprinkled along and Makarska itself is a fine city of approx 15.000 people, so it is small enough to be easily accessible and large enough to offer good amenities and infrastructure to visitors. Subjects to in Makarska are heaven for lovers of beach, sea and sun, but the great outdoors is also a draw, so hiking, strolling and mountain biking are very popular. Be active with swimming and jet skiing or simply slop around in the sun and watch the world go by.
The atmospheric square is a fine attraction in summer months for outdoor entertainment and lively evenings of fun and musical performances. There are plenty of cafes and traditional restaurants (wonderful seafood, fresh salads and healthy fruit & veg) and, although nightlife is pretty low-key, boredom is not an option. An attractive promenade is lined with tourist shops and outdoor cafes, so evening walks are very pleasant. History buffs will love the Church of St Marko and Church of St Petar and the 500 year old Franciscan Monastery actually has a museum dedicated to shells and the life of the mollusc!
If you enjoy discovering new destinations and if you value clean, unspoiled surroundings, then the Makarska Riviera should be on your itinerary. This is some of the best that Croatia can offer, so don't miss it.
Aer Lingus operates regular direct flights from Dublin to Split and we provide a selection of hotels in the various resorts along this lovely coast.