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The Makarska Riviera

The Makarska Riviera is one of the most visited and well-established holiday destinations in Croatia. Why is that? Because in the Makarska Riviera there are more beaches than anywhere else along the Croatian coast. And that is not all: stretching from Brela in the north to Gradac in the south, you will be pleased to discover a sixty kilometre necklace of unexploited and unspoilt towns, and little fishing villages nestled amongst dark green Mediterranean lush vegetation.

It offers one of the most dramatic settings in Croatia, being bounded on one side by the turquoise Adriatic and on the other by the cliff faces of Biokovo, the highest Mediterranean coastal mountain (1762 m). What can be more beautiful than to see how the mountain meets the sea? Makarska itself, nestled in between, is a lively town with a superb pedestrian centre full of chic shops, restaurants and bars with a maze of ancient streets and squares paved in white flagstones. You can spend a lovely afternoon here with your family shopping for souvenirs and dining into one of the local taverns.

To the north of the town you will find the large beach of Donja Luka sheltered by the Sv.Petar, a large rock (almost an island) that stretches towards the sea, forming the bay of Makarska. Actually, the marina is enclosed in the bay, so you can’t really miss it.
The islands of Brac and Hvar are very close and you can take a whole day trip, have a ‘fish picnic,’ just like the locals; catch it, cook it and serve it onboard (I bet you will all have fun doing it).


Remember also to see the famous beach at Bol on the island of Brac. Why do you think these beaches are more special than others? Easy: not only are they beautiful and clean (all Croatian beaches are) but they are also well surveyed for your safety and, moreover, nearly all of them are surrounded by a wall of pine trees; a fortress like beach, perfect if you‘re seeking a bit of shade. Specially built promenades connect all the different little resorts along the coast.

Besides, there must be something magical about this place as its inhabitants are special too. How else would you describe people who have festivals and carnivals all year round, starting with Mardi Gras in February? During the summer it seems that any excuse is good enough to have a festival, from celebrating All Saint's days to having ‘Fishermen's Nights,’ where fish are grilled on a communal barbecue to the accompaniment of traditional Croatian dancing and music. I sure hope you get to see one as that is the clear picture of Croatian people throughout their history.

island off Hvar

Don’t miss the resorts of Krvavica, Bratus, Promajna, Baska Voda and Brela in the north, particularly well-known for their beautiful idyllic coves and white beaches.
Makarska Riviera‘s resorts provide high quality traditional cuisine. Actually, I think you will find that true domestic hospitality is everywhere you go in Croatia.

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