Makarska, Croatia – visitor information
Makarska is an administrative, political, economic, cultural and tourist centre of the Makarska riviera. Located beneath the Biokovo massive (1762m) that protects it from the continental climate Makarska has more than 15000 inhabitants. Settlements under Biokovo, Veliko Brdo, Puharići, Kotišina and Makar are also under town’s municipality. Makarska is one of the most famous tourist destinations on the Croatian coast, attractive because of its nature, vast tourist offer and hospitable population. Along the 2km long beach and accompanying walk board, hidden in the pine shade are tourist contents, hotels and catering facilities with domestic specialities.
Except for the Vepric shrine, the parks on the Sveti Petar and Osejava peninsula are especially attractive to visitors, recreationalists and nature lovers because the view on the town, open seas and islands is incredible. Veliko Brdo, Puharići, Makar i Kotiština are settlements under Biokovo and above Makarska from which the population mostly moved to Makarska. Not many stayed in the settlements but many renewed their old houses or built new ones. These picturesque settlements with authentic village architecture and beautiful views of the coast and islands are favourite excursion spots.
One of the most popular museums in Makarska is the malacological museum in the Franciscan monastery founded by fra Jure Radić in the year 1963. With the attractive setup of Adriatic and worldwide shell fish this museum has one of the most famous collections in Croatia. Alongside the malacological collection there is a valuable herbarium of the Biokovo flora and a smaller paleontological collection.
The already mentioned Vepric shrine dedicated to the Holy mother of Lurd was founded in the year 1908 by dr. Juraj Carić. The cave and the whole scenery with hills, flora and a creek is very similar to Lourdes where in 1858. Bernadrica Soubirous saw the apparition of the Holy Mary not once but 18 times. The Croatian pilgrimage has a chapel with the sacristy, an altar, confessionals, the way of the cross, a spiritual healing home and procession paths. Because of its serene and quiet atmosphere the pilgrimage site is visited all year round and the main pilgrimage days are the 11th of February, 25th of March, 15th of August and 7th and 8th of November.
The mountain of Biokovo with its 19550 ha is of exquisite value because of the flora and fauna and its natural beauties and was declared a national park in the year 1981. You can reach the top of St. Juraj (1762) by following a path that goes alongside old stone houses and wonderful lookouts from which you can see Split, the islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Mljet and the Peljesac peninsula, and at more visible days you can also see Italy. One of the component parts of Biokovo is the botanical garden in Koština (16,5ha) where you can see hundreds of Biokovo plant species (LINK). You can reach the main entrance of the park from directions of:
Makarska – after taking a left turn from the old Adriatic road onto the state road Makarska-Vrgorac (6km).
Dubrovnik – take the old Adriatic road until you reach the intersection before Makarska, and take the right turn for the state road Makarska-Vrgorac (151km) and
Vrgorac – take the state road Vrgorac – Makarska (35km).
From the reception desk in the Park to the highest peak of Biokovo – Sveti Jure (1762 m) you can take the Biokovo road, which is the highest road in Croatia. It is 23km long, and has only one lane with rest areas and lay bys approximately every 300m and has all the characteristics of a hill road and as such has specific driving conditions while drivers operate at their own risk.
If you are an active person you will be pleased to hear that Makarska has various sport contents on offer. At the sport complex - Sportski centar in the Osejava area you can find soccer, rugby, handball and tennis courts as well as an athletic course and other playgrounds for smaller sports. Also the hotels in town have 9 open and two indoor tennis courts, seven indoor and 11 outdoor swimming pools among which is the centre for rehabilitation Biokovka with an indoor swimming pool and most modern fitness centre with service of physical therapy. In recent years there is a growing interest for extreme sports: paragliding, sport climbing on cliffs, mountain climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing, scuba diving, parasailing, trekking and speleology. Only 30km away from Makarska lies Omis a centre of Dalmatian active tourism.
Makarska – basic information
Makarska – population: 16700, Makarska - day/ saint: saint : Sv.Klement, 24.11. i Dan grada 24.10.
Distance from bigger centres
Makarska- Split: 62km, Makarska - Pula: 561km, Makarska - Rijeka: 460km, Makarska - Zadar: 205km, Makarska - Šibenik: 139km, Makarska - Dubrovnik: 189km, Makarska - Zagreb: 457km
Possibility of accomodation
private accomodation, apartments, rooms, hotels, family hotels, hostels, pensions
pebble, stone, concreted
Facilities and authorities
hospital, emergency, self-service shops, shopping centres, bakery, gas station, post office, bank, exchange office, internet caffe, call shop, taxi, bus station, farmacy, souvenir shops, dental practice, market, fishmorgen's
Sport's and recreative offer
football field, mini-football field, volleyball in the sand, basketball court, tennis court, rent a car, rent a motor, rent a bike, water scooters, rent a boat, diving school, water sports, walking, jogging tracks, waterslide, routes for cyclists, gym / fitness, massage services, sauna, solarium
restaurants, traditional croatian taverns, pizzerias, fast food restorants, saloons
disco club, night club, karaoke show, musical evenings in the town, casino, coctail bar
congress centre, extreme sports, rafting nearby, croatian natural reservation nearby, organised trips to nearby destinations, organised trips to nearby islands, promenade along the sea, organisation of entertaining and cultural events by the tourist board, organisation of fishermen's nights, organisation of folk entertainments, marina in the nearby, nautic tourist port in the place
Makarska – why choose this destination
clean sea, beautiful beaches, long promenades along the sea, pine wood by the beach, beaches in the place, enteraining facilities on the beaches, sports facilities near the beaches, nudistic beaches, secluded beaches, rich gastronomic offer, rich night and entertaining life in the place, rich cultural life in the place (exibitions, shows, music evenings), organisation of cultural summer, great shopping conveniences, place rich with cultural and histirical monuments, numerous museums and galeries, interesting diving sites, interesting wind surfing sites, long cycling routes and walking tracks, possibility for training preparations of sportsmen, possibility for organisation of congresses, special programmes for children and youth holidays, possibility for departures on interesting trips, possibility for sailing around islands, vine roads nearby, genuin gastronomic offer nearby, possibility for pilgrimage trip, possibility for getting familiar with the life of people and local customs, numerous events in the place (fashion shows, fairs, sports events, parties, concerts)