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Makarska

The City Between the Adriatic and the Biokovo Massif

The port city of Makarska in central Dalmatia has become one of the most popular resorts for summer holidays in Croatia above all because of its spectacular location at the foot of the Biokovo massif which majestically rises from the sea. The city is surrounded by an impressive panorama and offers, with its many fine pebble beaches located by its bustling urban life or all along the beautiful Riviera, a perfect blend of nature and swimming. Easily feasible for a day trip, the cities of Split in the northwest and Dubrovnik to the southeast, are two of the most interesting cities in Croatia, whose historic centers also belong under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With approximately 13,800 residents, the city of Makarska is located around a natural harbor, which is surrounded by the Sveti Petar Peninsula. Since 2008, Makarska is easier to reach either the airports in Split and Dubrovnik, or by use of the highway.

On the Sveti Petar Peninsula today one can admire untouched nature, especially at the promontory park area west of the harbor. As a day trip, the island of Brac should also be considered. It can be reached by a ferry connecting to the small fishing village of Sumartin. It is dominated by the picturesque town of Bol where the most famous beach in Croatia, the Golden Horn, is located and is definitely worth a visit. If you follow the coast road a bit north you will reach the pilgrimage place of Vepric. Not only locals and pilgrims come to the Sanctuary Vepric, but also tourists on their journey plan overnight stays here.

The Appealing History and Marina of Makarska

Makarska was originally built on a Roman settlement and, additionally,dominated by Romans for a long time. There is then no surprise that the Roman legacy is still evident in many places. Among other things, you can visit Roman tombs in the courtyard of the Church of St. Philip Neri. Architecturally, Makarska is characterized by

The City Between the Adriatic and the Biokovo Massif

The port city of Makarska in central Dalmatia has become one of the most popular resorts for summer holidays in Croatia above all because of its spectacular location at the foot of the Biokovo massif which majestically rises from the sea. The city is surrounded by an impressive panorama and offers, with its many fine pebble beaches located by its bustling urban life or all along the beautiful Riviera, a perfect blend of nature and swimming. Easily feasible for a day trip, the cities of Split in the northwest and Dubrovnik to the southeast, are two of the most interesting cities in Croatia, whose historic centers also belong under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With approximately 13,800 residents, the city of Makarska is located around a natural harbor, which is surrounded by the Sveti Petar Peninsula. Since 2008, Makarska is easier to reach either the airports in Split and Dubrovnik, or by use of the highway.

On the Sveti Petar Peninsula today one can admire untouched nature, especially at the promontory park area west of the harbor. As a day trip, the island of Brac should also be considered. It can be reached by a ferry connecting to the small fishing village of Sumartin. It is dominated by the picturesque town of Bol where the most famous beach in Croatia, the Golden Horn, is located and is definitely worth a visit. If you follow the coast road a bit north you will reach the pilgrimage place of Vepric. Not only locals and pilgrims come to the Sanctuary Vepric, but also tourists on their journey plan overnight stays here.

The Appealing History and Marina of Makarska

Makarska was originally built on a Roman settlement and, additionally,dominated by Romans for a long time. There is then no surprise that the Roman legacy is still evident in many places. Among other things, you can visit Roman tombs in the courtyard of the Church of St. Philip Neri. Architecturally, Makarska is characterized by further buildings such as the Church of St. Mark and the Franciscan monastery, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Central Dalmatia. But today the charm of the city is mainly marked by its Venetian heritage. The historic stone buildings, quaint squares and winding streets characterize the city as well as the promenade, which is lined with palm trees. From here you can observe the numerous sailing ships and boats, arriving and moored here in the natural harbor in the evening.

On the waterfront as well as in the harbor, you will find not only great gastronomic offers of typical local and international cuisine, but also numerous vendors providing excursions to nearby islands. Those traveling in their own boat can sail, for example, to the islands of Hvar and Brac, but also to the peninsula Peljesac which lies a little further south. Or you can take the car to Mostar in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The famous "Old Bridge" of Mostar, which has been  the symbol of understanding between East and West, between Christianity and Islam for centuries has also been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.

Discover Natural Wonders in the Area

A popular excursion destination is and remains the Biokovo Mountains, which gives the town of Makarska its special charm. Hiking in the Biokovo mountains is an especially popular pastime in the summer holidays. The Biokovo Nature Park offers all sorts of trails that provide beautiful views of the coastline. There is also a bustling great number of endemic plants and animals and you can try out horse riding or paragliding here. Northeast of the Biokovo Nature Park is Imotski, a small town that is known mainly as a result of its special nature spectacle. Red Lake and Blue Lake of Imotski are the names of two magnificently gently slopping down funnel-shaped lakes- one a shimmering blue, the other red. The water level of both lakes varies greatly depending on rainfall and season. When the sun is particularly strong in summer, the Blue Lake - about 100 meters deep – can even be completely dry. When this happens, the locals hold football tournaments below. The Red Lake has an entrance to a complex cave system about 15 meters deep that has now caused an international stir among spelunkers and has been investigated by various professionals for several years now.

Variety in the summer holidays in Croatia includes trips like these: Rafting on the river Cetina near Omis. The idyllic river Cetina is one of the cleanest and most beautiful rivers in Croatia. Here you can relax, walk or bike, take a boat trip or try fishing, kayaking or canoeing, climbing the rugged cliffs or try the traditional local cuisine at the famous restaurant "Radmanove Mlinice".

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