Why Choose Makarska for a Vacation?
Makarska stands out as an ideal destination for beach vacation in Croatia. It lies at the foot of the majestic Biokovo mountain and boasts endless beaches.
Makarska Riviera stretches along over 60 kilometers of coastline. The perfect blend of the sea and mountain landscape makes it the ultimate haven for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.
What is the Weather Like in Makarska?
If you're planning to visit Makarska, expect a warm and sunny Mediterranean climate, featuring mild winters and hot summers.
The best time to enjoy Makarska is late spring to early fall when the weather is delightful, and tourist activities are in full swing.
In high season (July and August), temperatures hover between 25-35, creating an ideal setting for beach enthusiasts and water activities.
Best Beaches in Makarska
Spend a relaxing day exploring the diverse beaches dotting the Makarska Riviera. From lively beaches with water sports to secluded coves, there's a spot for every preference.
Explore stunning beaches of Makarska and its riviera in the list below.
Makarska Central Beach
Makarska Central Beach is the town's main beach. It's a long white pebbly stretch lined with pine trees providing shade. This beach is perfect for families and offers a wide range of facilities including beach bars, water sports, and sun loungers.
Tucked away at the southern end of Makarska, Nugal Beach is hidden at the foot of a cliff in a thick pine forest. Because of its secluded position, this beach is very popular among naturists.
Dog’s Beach Cvitacka
Located 3 kilometers from the city center, Civtacka is a dog-friendly beach. It is perfect for pet owners seeking coastal joy with their furry companions.
Punta Rata Beach
Brela's jewel, Punta Rata Beach is one of the most popular beaches along the Makarska Riviera. This pebble beach is surrounded by thick pine forests providing natural shade. The beach is ideal for families with children and water sports enthusiasts.
Baska Voda's main beach, Nikolina, is a long beach with soft white pebbles and very clean sea. It offers many facilities including restaurants, beach rental shops and recreational water activities. There are also many beach bars as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for rent.
Velika Duba Beach
A 30-minute drive south of the Makarska, Velika Duba Beach is a tranquil, naturally sheltered bay with pristine waters, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
What to Do on Holidays in Makarska?
Makarska Town Sightseeing
Makarska Promenade is a wonderful place for a walk by the sea, especially in the evening. Take a seat in one of the many restaurants, cafes or pastry shops and enjoy the lively atmosphere by the sea.
Just a few steps away from the promenade, you will find the Main Square.
St. Mark’s Cathedral dominates the square. It was built in a baroque style and boasts a beautiful facade and interior. Mediterranean stone buildings with many souvenir shops, bars and restaurants encircle the square.
One of the interesting sights in Makarska is Franciscan Monastery, established in the 16th century. It houses a Malacological Museum which boasts a collection of shells from all over the world.
Makarska is sheltered with two small peninsulas. Saint Peter's Peninsula and Osejava, each of them proclaimed as park forest. Near the main beach you will find the Astronomical Observatory. It often hosts public viewings and educational events.
Biokovo Nature Park
Just a short drive from Makarska, Biokovo Nature Park offers hiking trails, panoramic views, and diverse flora and fauna. From the highest peak Sveti Jure (1764m), offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands of Brac and Hvar.
On Biokovo, at 1228 meters above sea level, there is the most famous viewpoint in Croatia, Skywalk Biokovo. This horseshoe-shaped glass platform extends 12 meters from the cliff, offering breathtaking views. Accessible by mountain road, the Skywalk requires careful driving due to its narrow and winding path. We recommend the Skywalk Biokovo Tour from Makarska, with one of the experienced local drivers.
Relax on Makarska’s Beautiful Beaches
Visiting Makarska during the summer and early autumn is not complete experience without at least one day spend relaxing at one of the many beautiful beaches of the Makarska and Makarska Rivera.
Parasailing or Jet Skiing
For water sports enthusiasts, try parasailing or jet skiing along the Makarska coastline for an adrenaline-packed experience.
Day Trip to Krka Waterfalls
Head to Krka National Park for a day of natural beauty. Explore waterfalls, walking trails, and enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of this picturesque park. If you are car-free on vacation, you can join to one of the organized day tours to Krka Waterfalls or book a private tour from Makarska.
Wine Tasting in Imotski
Take a wine-tasting tour to the vineyards around Imotski. Sample local wines and enjoy the scenic landscapes of the Dalmatian hinterland.
White Water Rafting in Omis
If you're up for an adventure, try white-water rafting on the Cetina River in Omis. It's a thrilling experience surrounded by stunning landscapes.
Zip Line in Omis
If you like adrenaline and stunning views, then you will surely like the Zip line in Omiš above the Cetina River.
Boat Tour to the Islands of Brac and Hvar
Go on a day trip by boat from Makarska and enjoy a day at sea. You can join one of the big excursion boats. This tour will take you to Zlatni rat beach on the island of Brac and the town of Jelsa on the island of Hvar.
For a more tailored experience, opt for a private speedboat tour.
Rich and lively nightlife during the summer season also makes Makarska very popular. Traditional fishermen's evenings and open-air concerts take place almost every week at one of the seaside villages and in the city.
Next to the city promenade, there is a street with many cafes and cocktail bars. The locals and tourists are happy to come here. Here you can enjoy good music, drinks and vivid ambience of a lively Mediterranean town.
There are also several disco clubs in Makarska, the most famous of which are Makarana, Peter Pan and Deep.
Best Restaurants in Makarska
Makarska's gastronomy is a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine, featuring local specialties, fresh fish, and delightful seafood. Check our recommended dining spots in Makarska in the list below.
Restaurant Jez is the renowned establishment in the Makarska Riviera, offering a fantastic Mediterranean seafood experience.
Tavern Kalalarga blends the charm of traditional Dalmatian taverns with excellent service and fresh ingredients.
Wine and Restaurant Castellum is the go-to for fine dining in Makarska.
King Restaurant is a cozy yet upscale dinner spot in Baska Voda.
Del Posto Restaurant offers exceptional food and service with a sea-view terrace in Baska Voda.
Restaurant Jeny, nestled in the old village of Tucepi, provides panoramic views, exceptional tasting menus, and wine pairings.
If you have a sweet tooth, delight your taste buds in the Romana pastry shop with a piece of Makarana cake.