Makarska was conceived between the peninsula of Sveti Petar and Osejava cape, under the shoulders of Mount Biokovo. As the looming mountain prevented its growth towards the interior, Makarska has grown along sprawling beaches, well-maintained promenade walkways and plazas connected by long streets. As the centuries passed, Makarska was shaped into a proper Mediterranean town, while its inhabitants put in much love, effort and skill into making it the ideal summer destination. This holidaymaking paradise offers a chance to both explore the underwater beauties and climb up mountain sides, as well as of course to find a slice of beach just for you and lazily chill out in the bright sunshine.
Beauty queen of the Makarska riviera
The grey heights overlooking Brač and Hvar overgrown with green tufts have seemingly leapt out of the blue expanse. The forested littoral gives Makarska a delightful contrast of natural beauty. This Adriatic beauty queen is decorated with numerous architectural triumphs, the chief among which is the concathedral of Saint Mark on the main town square, and the half-millennial Franciscan monastery with priceless treasures in its library, archive and art gallery. Locals take especial pride in the Malacological museum. The only museum of its kind in Croatia houses shellfish and molluscs of the Adriatic sea, along with their cousins from tropical waters.
Makarska - modern festivals of old pastimes
Along with the countless opportunities for active fun in nature and on the beaches, Makarska hosts diverse entertaining events at its Summer of culture. It showcases traditional and popular music, painting exibitions and peaks with a wild summer carnival. In late spring, Makarska is home to an unusual and delightful event - the Mafest cominc book festival. Come and acquaint yourself with painted novels, known as the Ninth art.
The Makarana cake leaves a taste of the perfect summer holiday. The traditional recipe calls for almonds and a few drops of lemon juice, and represents the flavors of a Mediterranean garden, found, along with figs and oranges, in the larders of most Dalmatian homes.