Croatia’s Makarska Riviera
Croatia’s Makarska Riviera
Following a narrow stretch of coastline along Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast is the beautiful Makarska Riviera.
It’s only a few kilometres wide at most points but spans a distance of around 60 kilometres (37.5 miles), covering quiet coves and quaint villages, while the city of Makarska sits at its heart.
The Riviera can only be a couple of kilometres wide because it is wedged between the sea and the Biokovo Mountains.
This mountain range is the second-highest in the country and great for hiking, giving a striking and scenic backdrop to the Riviera.
The Riviera is best known as a summer sun destination with plenty of beaches to relax and a promenade to walk on.
The fact that the scenery rivals many of the best places in the Mediterranean is a bonus, as is the fact that this stretch of coastline is quieter than many other well-known tourist destinations in the Adriatic and Med regions.
The main place to stay on the Riviera is the city Makarska, but don’t discount the smaller towns and villages because most of them do have great places to stay.
You can discover Maraskas different hotels, attractions, and other nice city features on the Makarska page.
Towns and Villages to Explore
The villages range from tiny settlements, like Bratus, where there are only around 50 permanent inhabitants, and traditional life is still strong for them.
There are a total of seventeen towns and villages along the Makarska Riviera, including the main city of Makarska.
During the summer, these tiny fishing villages are brimming with tourists, but the traditional fishing village atmosphere makes them popular places to visit.
is one of the larger towns, and it is gorgeous with its whitewashed buildings, terracotta roofs, and mountain backdrop.
The marina is a lovely place to moor your yacht for a night or two if you arrive by boat.
If you’re staying on dry land, there are many good places to stay.
another small town is known locally as the Pearl of the Makarska Riviera.
It came to the world’s attention when its beach was ranked among the world’s top ten by Forbes magazine in 2003.
The pine-clad hillsides provide a lush green contrast to the grey cliffs and blue sea, while the Brela Stone (a small rock island topped with trees) just off the beach is the town’s symbol.
Hotels and Apartments
Among the most popular places to stay in Makarska are its many apartments.
Apartments offer a great alternative to hotels if you like to have a little more living space and you’re not looking for full service.
The 4-star Luxury City Centre Apartments Sulenta is just one option out of many, featuring modern and bright apartments set in the heart of the old town.
For those who prefer to enjoy the facilities and good service, there are several 4-star hotels to choose from.
Hotel Meteor is probably the closest you’ll get to a resort-style hotel on the Makarska Riviera.
It’s a large place with indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, sauna and health club and is just off the beach.
Getting to the Riviera
The main reason why the Makarska Riviera is not as busy as some other destinations are probably the lack of accessibility.
No international airport is directly serving the area, but the closest is Split.
From Split, you can take a transfer service to towns on Makarska riviera. It’s only around 85 minutes drive to Makarska.
When to Visit
Weather-wise and attraction-wise, the best time to visit is during the summer.
Sunny and relatively hot weather can be enjoyed at its best in July and August when you can expect an average high of around 30C.
These months are not always completely dry, so come prepared for some light rain, and you’ll still be able to enjoy the area.
Even on rainy days, the temperatures stay warm, though.
Outside of the summer season, the villages of the Riviera will be completely different – they’re not really geared up to receive tourists off-season, so while you could visit outside of the summer, you shouldn’t expect all hotels, restaurants and shops to be open.
Explore the coast by boat
The best way to explore the Riviera is by boat or yacht. If you bring your own boat or rent a private yacht, you can see this beautiful section of coastline at your own pace.
If you have time, you can sail around Croatia’s islands as well, including Brac and Stari Grad.
If you don’t come by your own boat, you can take a trip on one of many boat tours along this beautiful coast.