Famous Croatian destinations - Makarska


Zvonimir Peran

2019-03-23

Makarska
Makarska

Makarska is known as top south Croatian destination, alongside Dubrovnik and Split. I went there for a visit on March 23, 2019.


How did I arrive in Makarska

I went there by car from Split. There were two options: to use sea road D8, or highway A1. I choose D8 road since there was no toll and traffic jam. But if I went during the summer season, I would consider A1, because of high traffic and occasional traffic jam near Podstrana and Omis.
Buses from Split to Makarska depart every few hours, and if you are not in Croatia by car, then a coach is the option.

The trip was comfortable. It took me one hour to arrive in Makarska, and there were no many cars on the road. I parked just near the Makarska's ferry port, in the centre of the city. Parking price was 1 euro, and there was plenty of parking space. But if I went during the summer season, the cost would be 3 euros/hour, which is the most expensive parking I ever saw in Croatia.
City administration wants to demote people to use their cars during the summer season in the city centre.


Makarska city center and Riva

Makarska old city part is pretty similar to other small coastal towns like Sibenik or Trogir. There is a promenade (called Riva) near the sea with a ferry port. Just above Riva, there is an old city with a few interesting buildings, mostly sacral objects. The most famous is the main square with the church of St. Mark and Monument to Andrija Kacic Miosic, the famous Croatian writer.

Church of St. Mark
Church of St. Mark

Andrija Kacic Miosic monument
Andrija Kacic Miosic monument

Another building worth of seeing is a Franciscan monastery, which also contains a museum. Unfortunately, the museum was closed, so I couldn't visit it.

Franciscan monastery
Franciscan monastery

St. Peter penninsula

After visiting the old city of Makarska, it was time for me to take a walk on beautiful St. Peter peninsula. I enjoyed walking along the sea, with pleasant spring weather and breeze.

St. Peter peninsula
St. Peter peninsula

St. Peter walkway
St. Peter walkway

There are two interesting sights on the peninsula: the church of St. Peter and the lighthouse.

St. Peter's church
St. Peter's church

St. Peter's lighthouse
St. Peter's lighthouse

Makarska beaches

Next to St. Peter's peninsula there is a long complex of Makarska beaches. I guess this area is very crowded during the summer season since there are are many hotels and apartments there. What fascinated me was the quality of the sea: although there are many houses and hotels, the sea is crystal clear.

Makarska beach
Makarska beach

Hotel Meteor alongside beach
Hotel Meteor alongside beach

Hotel Park alongside beach
Hotel Park alongside beach

Conclusion

Makarska is a compound of beautiful and modern beach complex on one side, and the old city with Riva on the other. The distance between these two parts is only a few hundred meters. Additionally, above the city, there is a mountain called Biokovo, ideal for mountain bikers and hikers. That's why I am not surprised by the huge interest of visitors to this small, charming city.