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Makarska is located in Croatia
Location of Makarska within Croatia
Coordinates: 43°18′N 17°02′E / 43.3°N 17.033°E / 43.3; 17.033
Country Croatia
County Split-Dalmatia County
 - Mayor Marko Ožić-Bebek
 - Total 28 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2004)
 - Total 13,418
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21300
Area code(s) 021

Makarska (Italian: Macarsca; German: Macharscha) is a small town on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia, about 60 km southeast of Split and 140 km northwest of Dubrovnik. It has a population of 13 716 residents [1]. Administratively Makarska has the status of a town and it is part of the Split-Dalmatia county.

It is a tourist centre, located on a horseshoe shaped bay between the Biokovo mountains and the Adriatic Sea. The city is noted for its palm-fringed promenade, where fashionable cafes, bars and boutiques overlook the pretty harbour where many pleasure craft are moored. Adjacent to the beach are several large capacity hotels as well as a camping ground.

The center of Makarska is an old town with narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square where there is a flower and fruit market, and a Franciscan monastery that houses a sea shell collection featuring a giant clam shell.

Makarska is the center of the Makarska riviera, a popular tourist destination under the Biokovo mountain. It stretches for 60 km between the towns of Brela and Gradac. In the summertime tens of thousands of tourists flock to the area from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as other countries.



The area of Makarska was inhabited by the Illyrians. The city appeares in the Tabula Peutingeriana as the port of Inaronia, but is mentioned as Muccurum in a document of the synod held in the Salona (533), when also the town's diocese was created. In the 7th century the region between the Cetina and Neretva was occupied by the Slavs, who established the Neretva Principality, with Mokro (Makarska) as its administrative centre. The doge of Venice Pietro I Candiano, whose Venetian fleet aimed to punish the piratesque activities of the city's vessels, was defeated here on September 18, 877.

The principality was annexed to the Kingdom of Croatia in the 12th century, and was conquered by the Republic of Venice a century later. In the late 15th century the Ottomans conquered Makarska (cited by this name for the first time in 1502). The was surrounding with walls that had three towers. After the return ot the Venetian rule from 1646, it was given to the Austrians by the Treaty of Campo Formio (1797). In 1805-1815 it was under French rule, which brought cultural, social and economic development. The Congress of Vienna assigned Makarska to Austria-Hungary, under which it remained until 1918.

In the early 20th century agriculture, trade and fishing remained the mainstay of economy. In 1914 the first hotel was built, beginning the tourism tradition in the area.

During World War II Makarska was part of the Independent State of Croatia. It was a port for the nation's navy and served as the headquarters of the Central Adriatic Naval Command, until it was moved to Split.[2] In 2007, exhumation of victims from the World War Two was still ongoing.[3]

Main sights

  • St. Mark's Cathedral (17th century), in the Main Square.
  • Statue of the friar Andrija Kačić Miošić by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendić.
  • St. Philip's Church (18th century).
  • St. Peter's church (13th century), situated on the Sv. Petar peninsula, rebuilt in 1993.
  • The Franciscan monastery (16th century). It houses a library with numerous books and rare incunabula's and a famous, world known collection of shells from all over the world, collected in a Malacological Museum from 1963.
  • Napoleon monument, erected in the honour of the French Marshal Marmont in 1808.
  • The Baroque Ivanisevic Palace.
  • Villa Tonolli, which is home to the Town Museum.



Alen Boksic; Proffesional Footballer


  1. ^ Croatian Census 2001/Popis stanovništva 2001
  2. ^ Nigel Thomas, K. Mikulan, Darko Pavlovic. Axis Forces in Yugoslavia 1941-45. Osprey Publishing, 1995. (pg. 18)
  3. ^ U Makarskoj Iskopane žrtve Drugog Svjetskog Rata

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Makarska riviera : Makarska

Makarska is the main beach resort town along the Makarska Riviera in Croatia, south of Split. Behind the city the impressive Biokovo mountain range rises up to 1700 m within a few kilometers from the sea.

  • Regular regional bus service connects Makarska to Split, Dubrovnik, and other cities in the broader region.
  • There is a ferry to Sumartin on Brac-island, which takes 30 min. [1].

Taxi Transport services Whether you arrive in Makarska by bus or a ferry boat and you need transportation to your final destination (hotel, apartment or private accommodation) you can use taxi service by calling 970. Taxi usually comes within 10 to 15 minutes from the call except in busy summer season where it depends on how much business they have. When calling taxi service from a cellular phone you need to dial city area code 021 (Croatia area codes). You can also book online your transportation which is great when you are in a hurry or have a larger number of people in need of transportation, or you just want everything organized in advance. See Makarska taxi transfer [2] for transportation booking, tariffs and service details. Makarska is on of the most beautiful places along beauty Croatian coast. It's recommended to visit from April until October. For young people July and August, if you want take a rest with no crowd on the beach than September is month for you. Makarska is also ideal place to take accommodation and than visit Dubrovnik(160km), Split (60km), Island Brac and Hvar (1h by boat), Biokovo mountain 1.30h, NP Krka 2h, Nereva river 1h, Cetina river (Canyoning nad rafting)30km, rest of riviera with 66 km beaches (Brela, B.Voda,Tucepi,Podgora, Igrane, Mala Duba, Zaostrog, Drvenik, Gradac. Also you can visit inland which is totally different. Very good restaurant Riva, Jenny, Palma, Ivo, Jez, Mondo, Veza,

Get around

The city is best explored on foot. All the major areas of interest are within a short walk of each other. There is an online city map [3] if you need it.


You can take a scenic walk around the peninsula, the marina, and the main square. The peninsula area in particular is scenic, relaxing, and some parts are not too crowded. Be warned that nude sunbathers like to relax on the southern side of the peninsula.


Due to Makarska's coastal location, you can do many of the typical beach activities (e.g., parasailing). If you plan to sunbathe on the beach, be aware that the beach consists of pebble, not sand, so you may want to bring or buy a mat.

The mountains directly behind the city have decent hiking trails. The area is scenic and not too crowded, and you can get a good view of Makarska if you hike high enough. Be sure to stay on the trail, as there is one species of poisonous snake that lives in the area.

About a half-hour drive from Makarska, you can go rafting or kayaking along the Cetina River. The river is generally calm, although there are a few fast places, and one section is particularly dangerous. There is a tour agency that offers guided trips down the river. If you decide to go, look for the cave that was used by Marshal Tito's Partisans during World War 2 to hide from the Nazis.

Also near Makarska, you can visit Biokovo National Park, the mountainous area behind Makarska. Although you can walk on foot into the mountains behind Makarska, if you want to reach the best mountainous areas, you'll need to drive to the official park itself. There are excellent hiking opportunities in the park, although sometimes the fog makes it difficult to have a good view of the surroundings.


At the southern end of the beach (near the peninsula), there is an outdoor market area. There you can buy souvenirs, beach gear, and food. In this area are other simple but fun attractions such as trampolines to jump on.

There are two major internet cafes in town. They're both very close to the main town square and are within a 45-second walk of each other. Internet Club Flex is directly on Kalelarga Street, while Matrix is on a small street off of Kalelarga (Look for a sign saying internet). Both charge 20 kuna (2.86 EUR) per hour, although Matrix seems to be more willing to sometimes spontaneously charge you less than what you owe.


There are various restaurants along the beach and in the main square area.

  • Roma, at the corner of Meštroviča and Molizanskih Hrvata, +385(0)21 690 900. A good restaurant to visit if you're tired of the atmosphere along the beach and in the main square. Relaxed but still classy enough for a decent dinner or a date.


There are bars and cafes along the main strip of the beach. Most of the best dance clubs are concentrated around the marina.

During the high tourist season (July to September), the Grotta and the Deep are two popular dance bars that have been built into a natural cave along the sea. Unfortunately, they are closed during the off-season. Makarska have a great restaurants. And people from Makarska are big gourmans. Scene of Makarska restaurant is better and better, so do not skip thes few.

RIVA good fish, MONDO best grilled meat, IVO everything, SUSVID meat plate, OSEJAVA fish bis, JEZ everything, JENNY everything, KALELARGA, VEZA traditional Croatian peka order on +385989895758

Also you have daily fresh meals in IVO and CITRUS,

  • AdriaStar, +385958572527, [4]. Large offer of accommodation in Makarska.  edit
  • Apartments Makarska, Splitska 63, +38598316332, [5]. New apartments with Free WLAN in room for your holiday in Makarska...  edit
  • DalmatiaVacation, +385(95)94 00 427, [6]. Hotels, apartments, villas, car rental and last minute in Makarska.  edit

Stay safe

On the beach in Makarska, there are white beach chairs stacked along the beach. Although there is no sign to indicate that there is a charge to use these beach chairs, occasionally a money collector will come to demand that you pay for using the chair. However, the money collectors are vague about what you owe and how long you're paying for. They may also swindle you because they don't give receipts, so if another money collector comes along, you can't prove that you paid. If you refuse to pay the collector, he may threaten to call the police, but they don't seem to actually do so.

Get out

The bus station is on Starčevića street near the intersection with Zvonimira street. It can connect you to many nearby cities. Below you may check bus timetable for Makarska as recent as August 2008.

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