The town of Makarska is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic coast, located at the foot of the mountain Biokovo. Thousands of guests from all over the world choose villas in Makarska for their dream vacation. What makes the Makarska Riviera recognizable all over the world are certainly its fabulous beaches. Adventure and nature lovers also often choose Makarska for their vacation.
History of the City of Makarska
The town of Makarska is one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic coast, located at the foot of the mountain Biokovo. Thousands of guests from all over the world choose villas in Makarska for their dream vacation. Archaeological findings have been documenting the life of people in the area of Makarska since 6000 BC. What has attracted people to these areas in ancient history is primarily the capture of snails in the Makarska Sea, from whose glands the precious paint was made. At the end of the 15th century Makarska was under the rule of the Ottomans, and the greatest influence of Western culture and the flourishing of art in Makarska came from 1797 when Makarska was under the rule of Venice. 100 years later, during the time of the French and later Austrian rule, the construction of public buildings began in the city.
Thousands of guests who visit the villas in Makarska each year feel the impact of different rule in each part of the city. The change of government over the hundreds of years is manifested mostly in St. Mark's Cathedral, which was erected in 1700 at the initiative of Bishop Nikola Bijanković. While the first projects were actually made by Giacomo de Varanneo in 1697, later Venetian military engineers changed his idea of the appearance of the cathedral. Makarska has historically been significant as the seat of the Archdiocese of Makarska, but today it is part of the Split - Makarska Archdiocese. The town of Makarska was named after a settlement near today's old town, which was called Makra. Today, Makarska is made up of the old city center and numerous hotels and villas in Makarska that surround the city. During your stay in Makarska, be sure to visit the City Museum, City Gallery and City Library, Kalelarga Street, Napoleon's Monument, Observatory and Biokovo Nature Park.
The town of Makarska is located in central Dalmatia, where Biokovo Mountain joins the Adriatic Sea. Due to its geographical location and economic and social factors, the City of Makarska is the center of the Makarska Riviera and the second largest city of Central Dalmatia. Due to these factors, the name Makarska Riviera has been increasingly used. Along the Makarska Riviera, the Adriatic Sea has formulated some of the most beautiful Croatian beaches that are enjoyed by thousands of guests who visit villas in Makarska and its surroundings. It is a series of long, pebbly and winding beaches intersected by rocky cliffs.
The Riviera extends from Vruja and Brela in the northwest to Gradac in the far south. Among its guests from all over the world, it is recognizable for its beaches, natural and cultural heritage, cultural and historical heritage and its many cultural monuments, hotels and a large selection of restaurants serving local Dalmatian food and Dalmatian wines. The town of Makarska is situated between two peninsulas modeled by nature, Osejave and Sv. Petra. Opposite Makarska are the Dalmatian islands of Brac and Hvar, destinations known worldwide. Imagine yourself enjoying the sun on a lounger by the pool of your villa, sipping your favorite drinks overlooking the beautiful Adriatic Sea, the islands of Hvar and Brac in the distance and the Biokovo mountain in the background.
Beaches in Makarska
What makes the Makarska Riviera recognizable all over the world are certainly its fabulous beaches. Many villas in Makarska from their terraces have a wonderful view of these beautiful beaches. Most of the beaches of the Makarska Riviera are pebbled along 10 kilometers of the coast. With only a few rocky and concrete, there are hardly any sandy beaches. The longest beach on the Makarska Riviera is Central City Beach. It extends over the entire populated western part of the city and is about 2 kilometers long. It is a typical city beach, which offers its visitors everything from catering to entertaining, and is constantly monitored by the rescue service throughout the summer season.
During the hot summer months, refresh yourself, except in the sea, in the natural shade of pine trees that stretch along the beach. In the uninhabited part of the city, west of the Central City Beach, a whole series of isolated beaches and bays follow. Particularly noteworthy were Biloševac and Cvitačka, where there are a dozen restaurants where you can freshen up and have fun after a day on the beach. In the area of these two beaches there is also a section for nudists, and a little to the west in Ramova bay there are beaches for dogs that are also rich with pine trees. Guests who use villas in Makarska often visit one of these beautiful beaches.
Recreation and sport in Makarska
Sports and Recreation Complex - The City Sports Center of Makarska extends over 45,000 m2 and is located next to the Osejava Forest Park near high-class hotels. Hotels provide athletes with the highest quality accommodation and top quality gastronomic offer, and the City Sports Center is close place for preparation. These two facts and all the health facilities that athletes can find in Makarska have made the City of Makarska one of the most desirable destinations for sports tourism. Apart from the hotels, the athletes also choose villas in Makarska for their accommodation.
Adventure and nature lovers also often choose Makarska for their vacation. On the Biokovo mountain, it is possible to take hiking trails to walk to the second largest peak in the Republic of Croatia. Also for those who are a little bolder is climbing rocks and going down into pits. Some villas in Makarska offer bicycles at your disposal. Don't miss the opportunity to get to know all the richness of nature that this area has to offer while using the tidy and maintained cycle paths throughout the year. Climbing with bikes to the top of Sv. Jure falls into the category of demanding and difficult trails, with an average climb time of 3 hours. There are jet ski rentals on the beaches at certain locations. The swim area is fenced to protect swimmers and the fence must not be crossed. Another form of offshore recreation is increasingly popular lately - parasailing, which you can also find on the beaches of Makarska. Be sure to take time while visiting the villas in Makarska and spend it in one of the sports and recreational activities that Makarska offers you.