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Makarska Riviera - Brela

A huddle of pine trees crouches on a boulder tantalisingly close to shore. The bulk of the rock shows to starting effect excatly how pure these waters are. This rock is the famous motif of the resort of Brela. Clean, deep waters great for swimming, azure seas and skies, the restorative scent and welcomeshade of the pine forests.


Makarska Riviera - Baska Voda

Baska Voda is one of the busiest resort on the Makarska Riviera. With shops, bars and restaurants, in summer it has the atmosphere of lively little town. Reasonably-priced accommodation in private apartments and villas, Baska Voda is popularwith young people and families with children.

Baska Voda

Makarska Riviera - Promajna

Promajna was named after the Sun which happily peers (promalja) above Mt. Biokovo in the most beautiful sunrises, freely spreading its rays towards the sea. The clean air comes down from the mountain across the greenery of the pines, olives and vineyards, right down to the white pebble beaches of Promajna Bay, and mixes with the scents of the crystal clear sea.


Makarska Riviera - Makarska

Administrative and cultural heart of the Makarska Riviera. Harmonious stone buildings cluster around a busy waterfront lined with cafes and restaurants. Luminous quality to the light thanks to the sunshine reflecting from the white stone of the cliffs, the houses, and the clear azure sea. With the coastline fringed by white shingle beaches ...


Makarska Riviera - Tucepi

A segment of coastline perfectly shaped for summertime enjoyment, Tucepi boasts the longest beach on the Makarska Riviera - a 4km stretch of smooth pebbles enabling easy access into the dazzling blue sea.


Makarska Riviera - Podgora

Clustered at the foot of a green slope backed by dramatic peaks, it's not hard to see how Podgora got is name, which means under the mountain. With long history as a fishing village and a tourist tradition dating back to the 1920s. The combination of white shingle, green pine and rocky grey mountain are a tourist's holy trinity.


Makarska Riviera - Drasnice

A tiny place. There's choice of pebbly coves, and with a little effort you can find some quiet sports. In the one of the coves there's cave named Medvidna where a local fisherman reported seeing a Mediterranean Monk Seal.


Makarska Riviera - Igrane

Pleasant little place clings to the foot of the hills and has a lovely long sand and shingle beach. One sight of interest is the Zalina kula tower built in the War of Candia between the Venetians and the Turks. There's a picturesque waterfrontand the olive oil and fishing industries are alive and kicking.


Makarska Riviera - Zivogosce

Zivogosce is a resort made up of a string of five tiny hamlets: Strnj, Porat, Mala Duba, Blato and Murava. Newer homes and a hotel lie alongside the sea.


Makarska Riviera - Drvenik

Semi-circular bay with the village of Drvenik clustered at its head. The shore is dotted with coves and sandy bays. It's peaceful, friendly and the scenery is gorgeous - it's great place for a peaceful holiday.


Makarska Riviera - Podaca

Podaca is also home of an old Croatian church of St. John, with the tombs of Kačić family members. Small, friendly, quiet and laid-back resort in itself and there are plenty of delightful pebble beaches to choose from.


Makarska Riviera - Brist

Name of the town comes from the elm tree (‘’brijest’’), and it’s first mentioning is in 1571. Birthplace of the poet Friar Andrija Kačić Miošić and the painter Mladen Veža. Brist today is a quiet place for family tourism on the Makarska Riviera.


Makarska Riviera - Gradac

44 km south of Makarska, we've come to the southern tip of the Makarska Riviera. Old settlement has been around since prehistoric times. Tradition of Gradac’s tourist offer secured that tourism is developing rapidly in this part of the Riviera where one can find a stretch of hotels and catering contents, and of course the center of entertainment and night life.


Makarska Riviera Croatia

  • Makarska Riviera on the mainland coast, between Split and Dubrovnik, is home to some of the country’s loveliest stretches of beach. Running from Brela in the north to Gradac in the south, the Riviera is about 60 kilometres long and centres on Makarska. Town is built around a deep sheltered bay, and backed by the rocky heights of Mount Biokovo (1762m), which acts as a buffer from the harsher inland climate. Biokovo’s sea-facing slopes are criss-crossed by well-marked trails, so besides swimming in the deep turquoise Adriatic.
  • It’s an active place – there’s an abundance of hiking, climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, windsurfing and swimming opportunities – with a spectacular natural setting, backed by the gorgeous mountain Biokovo. With mountain, sea and rivers, the Makarska area is an unbeatable playground for adventure sports. Cycling is probably the no. 1 sport on land here thanks to the great scenery and challenging terrain. Pick a tour through the old hillside villages - details in the nearest tourist board office. You can sail (or learn to), or surf, or windsurf. You can ride a jet ski, or launch yourself in the air behind one on a paraglider. Whichever you chose, we assure you the experience will be unforgettable. It’s the locus of Croatia’s package tourism, focused on the town’s long pebbly beach, which is filled with a feast of activities, from beach volleyball to screaming-children’s games.
  • Through summer Makarska’s main square is filled with open-air restaurants and cafés, while behind the church, in the shade, the daily open-air market sells fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. Along the harbour, overlooked by a string of cafés and pizzeria. Apart from the sea and the sun, here you can enjoy healthy and appetising Mediterranean food such as fish and seafood, chars, tomatoes and olive oil. A number of traditional konobe (taverns) are now open offering great hospitality and authentic Dalmatian cuisine.
  • The Makarska Riviera is famous for its wonderful beaches, some of which are several kilometres long. The beaches are usually shingle or pebble smoothed by the sea into rounded shapes which are comfortable to lie and walk on. The white beaches fringed by thick pine forests and the refreshing crystal clear waters are among the main attractions of the Makarska Riviera. Here are some of the best of the beaches.
  • Dugi rat Beach (ex Punta Rata Beach), Brela – This beach is regularly nominated as one of the loveliest in Europe, if not the world. Its white shingle turns into coarse sand at the water’s edge, making it ideal for children. It’s backed by pine trees which provide welcome shade when the sun is at its strongest, a perfect spot for an afternoon nap. This is the beach where you’ll find the Rock of Brela sitting just off the shore, covered in ancient crooked pines. As the beach is in the centre of the pleasant resort of Brela, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés along the waterfront as well as sports equipment for hire.
  • Berulija Beach, Brela - This beach, 400m long, is made up of three little coves, perfect for those who prefer more intimate beaches to long stretches of shingle. The beach is well equipped with toilets and showers, there’s a lifeguard on duty and wheelchair access. Plenty of shade is available in the pine forest behind the beach.
  • Nugal Beach, Tucepi – Nugal Beach is a famous naturist beach on the Makarska Riviera. It’s located east of Makarska, not far from Tucepi. It’s hidden by steep cliffs; to get to it you need to take a stroll through a lovely pine forest. This is a piece of heaven for those who enjoy the freedom of sunbathing and bathing in the clean sea just as nature intended.
  • Zivogosce Beach, Zivogosce - Olive trees and pine forests grow alongside the lovely shingle beach at Zivogosce, so this beach is a great place to keep your cool and take a refreshing dip on even the hottest day. Nearby Hotel Nimfa is a good place to find something to eat and drink, and has tennis courts, an open-air swimming pool and other leisure facilities.
  • Mala Duba Beach, Zivogosce - This beach made of small white pebbles stretches through the whole village of Mala Duba at Zivogosce. Part of it is reserved for naturists. This is a spectacular spot where the mountains plunge right into the sea on the idyllic, pine-fringed shoreline. It’s a great place to enjoy an evening stroll and watch the sun go down. Hotel Nimfa has entertainment on summer evenings. There’s a small market where you can stock up on delicious, locally-grown fruit and vegetables.
  • Gornja Vala Beach, Gradac - Gradac is a lively little resort with a number of hotels with discos and bars open all night. The harbour here provides perfect shelter for small vessels in bad weather. Gornja Vala beach is the longest beach on the Croatian Adriatic and one of the most famous of the Makarska Riviera’s shingle beaches. It’s located just south of the little harbour. This is a scenic spot at the foot of the mountains. Pine and olive provide shade, and there are plenty of sports facilities. There’s a small naturist beach a short distance away.
  • Without Biokovo mountain, great grey mauntainrising steeply from the coast, the experience of being on the Makarska shoreline would be much less of a thrill. Biokovo is not a single mountain but a rang of mountains that stretches from just above Brela almost to Igrane in the south, about 25km, about half of the Makarska Riviera.
  • It’s also popular with seniors as a ‘medical tourism’ destination, for the great climate and facilities. 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.
  • If you’re interested in hanging around beach bars and clubs, playing beach volleyball and generally lounging about with beach bodies, you’ll like Makarska. Outside the high season, things are pretty quiet.