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MAKARSKA RIVIERA

The Makarska Riviera spreads on the spot where the magnificent mountain chain Biokovo immerses into the blueness of the Adriatic Sea. The area of the
Makarska Riviera occupies about 60km of coast, from Brela on the west to Gradac on the east. It has allured tourists for decades now with its beauty – it is one of the most beautiful Rivieras on the Adriatic. The town of Makarska, as well as other interesting places (Baska Voda, Bratus, Brela, Brist, Drasnice, Drvenik, Gradac, Igrane, Podaca, Podgora, Promajna, Tucepi and Zivogosce) is located on white pebbles, near crystal clear sea and the scent of the pine forest.
Natural beauties, active vacation and relaxation possibilities… every inch of the
Makarska Riviera offers something magical. Kilometers of long white pebble beach in the thick pine tree forest near crystal clear and refreshing sea are not the only aces
Makarska Riviera has up its sleeve. Rich cultural heritage, collected over the course of centuries, is visible on every step. Numerous cultural and entertainment manifestations take place during summer. Big and small ports, sheltered marinas and quality berths will satisfy even the most demanding yachtsmen. If you desire to hide in the shade of mountain Biokovo and enjoy far away from everyday noise, look for village estates that will be interesting for history and architecture lovers.

The Makarska Riviera spreads on the spot where the magnificent mountain chain Biokovo immerses into the blueness of the Adriatic Sea. The area of the
Makarska Riviera occupies about 60km of coast, from Brela on the west to Gradac on the east. It has allured tourists for decades now with its beauty – it is one of the most beautiful Rivieras on the Adriatic. The town of Makarska, as well as other interesting places (Baska Voda, Bratus, Brela, Brist, Drasnice, Drvenik, Gradac, Igrane, Podaca, Podgora, Promajna, Tucepi and Zivogosce) is located on white pebbles, near crystal clear sea and the scent of the pine forest.
Natural beauties, active vacation and relaxation possibilities… every inch of the
Makarska Riviera offers something magical. Kilometers of long white pebble beach in the thick pine tree forest near crystal clear and refreshing sea are not the only aces
The position of the Makarska Riviera enables simple and half-day visits to surrounding towns and villages, to mountain Biokovo and islands Brac, Hvar, Vis and Korcula. From all surrounding places of
Makarska Riviera one-day boat excursions are organized to the nearest islands where you can enjoy fish specialties and amazing natural ambient.
Visit the historical Dubrovnik (165km), delta of the river Neretva (62km) and savor different specialties made of frogs and eels. The delta of the river Cetina and the famous pirate town Omis are not far from Makarska (37km), as well as UNESCO protected towns – Split (61km), Solin (66km), Trogir (83km) and Sibenik (136km). Be sure to visit the Biokovo Mountain. You can reach the top of Biokovo in half an hour. Gornji Tucepi and a few restaurants are on the way. There is a botanical garden with different species of authentic and endemic species and countless cycling and sandy paths.
The Imotski Lakes are not far away, either. The Red and the Blue Lake are natural phenomena. They look like giant wells and were named after the color of the rocks. You can visit Mostar and Medugorje, the most famous and most visited sanctuary in the world, in the neighboring Bosnia and Hercegovina. has up its sleeve. Rich cultural heritage, collected over the course of centuries, is visible on every step. Numerous cultural and entertainment manifestations take place during summer. Big and small ports, sheltered marinas and quality berths will satisfy even the most demanding yachtsmen. If you desire to hide in the shade of mountain Biokovo and enjoy far away from everyday noise, look for village estates that will be interesting for history and architecture lovers.

CULTURE

Makarska
Museum of malacology – the richest collection of shells in the world is held at the museum of malacology, over 3000 examples of exposed shells. A valuable herbarium of plants from the Biokovo Mountain is also kept at the museum, as well as a smaller paleontology collection. There are also numerous types of shells from the tropical and subtropical seas – they have the most attractive colors and shapes of all the shells.
St.Peter Peninsula – a park on the south side of the town, with remains of an old church and caves, beautiful long promenade connected to all locations of the Makarska Riviera.
Vepric sanctuary – dedicated to the Mary of Lourdes, founded by bishop dr. Juraj Carić in 1908. A natural cave is placed in the midst of a landscape with hills, greenery and a small creek.
St. Mark concathedral – is located on the top of Kacic square. The building of this baroque style church began in 1700. At the entrance to the concathedral, to the right, there is an altar in which bones of St. Klement is kept, patron saint of the town of Makarska, as well as of the Makarska diocese.
Venice fountain – also from the 18th century with the oldest crest of the town known.

Baska voda
St. Nikola church – built in 1889 in a neoromantic style. It holds valuable objects such as the stained glass by Josip Botteri Dini from the 1987 and a painting of the Way of the Cross by Josip Bifel from 1988.
St.Lovre church – late baroque church from 1750 built on the foundations of an ancient building.

Brela
Gospa od Karmela church – a monument of the baroque architecture. The church was built out of gratitude because of the victory over the Turks in 1715.
Soline – the remains of the houses of the first inhabitants of Soline, a so-called complex of houses Filipovic. It is a valuable finding of the Roman remains: ceramics, old utensils, verses from the gravestone inscriptions and money.
St. Mihovil’s church – the most valuable monument on the area of
Makarska Riviera. It was built in the 11th century. It is located on the hill above Igrane, within olive groves over a hundred-years-old.

Tucepi
Archeological localities – Sutvid, Okrumbica and Javorak. On the Sutvid locality more than one developing phase were presented: early-emperor villa rustica I-II century, late antic oratorio, medieval church and necropolis and a part of the later, southern addition – coenobium. It is assumed that the Croats have moved to this area in the late 7th century.
Forts – between 15th and 18th century forts were built to protect the town. They are located in the wide area of Gornji Tucepi: Sarica fort is located on the headmost rock, beneath Biokovo; Buselica fort is aloof, as well, but closer to the middle of the village; while Lalica fort is located in the village itself.

Zaostrog
St. Francis convent – contains rich ethnographic collection as well as the collection of ethnographic images of a known Croatian painter Mladen Veza.

GASTRONOMY

The gastronomy offer of the Makarska Riviera is completely shaped by the Dalmatian cuisine rich with all kinds of fresh fish, prepared in different ways: stew, roasted, baked… All meals are seasoned with made olive oil with a dab of different natural seasons. Dalmatian prosciutto with cheese and olives has a long tradition as being the cold appetizer that will leave you breathless. Along with different fresh sea fish specialties savor the Dalmatian veal stew with tomatoes – specialty made of veal meat filled with bacon and garlic prepared in red wine, as well as baked meat and potatoes with vegetable salads.
The most famous desserts of the Makarska Riviera are the Makarska Rafioli and Makarana Cake. You can enjoy countless recipes of the Dalmatian cuisine in numerous restaurants such as “Veliki Mornar”, “Porat” restaurant, “Bonaca” restaurant, “Maslina” tavern, “Mornar” tavern and “Adria” tavern.

ADVENTURE

Makarska Riviera offers numerous possibilities for sports and adventure lovers.
Sports complexes consist of soccer, basketball, rugby, tennis, handball and athletics courts.
Besides the hotels, there are 9 open and 2 closed tennis courts as well as opened and closed pools.
In the last few years the interest for extreme sports has really developed in this area: diving in all areas of the
Makarska Riviera, free climbing on the surrounding hills and the mountain Biokovo, paragliding off Biokovo, cave exploring on Biokovo, as well as hiking, walking and cycling.