Makarska is a resort town built around a sheltered bay along the Makarska Rivera. It has miles of pristine (some clothing-optional) beaches facing the Adriatic coast and dramatic cliffs of Mount Biokovo. Active travelers can enjoy bathing, snorkeling and diving in clear waters, as well as hiking or cycling along well-marked trails overlooking the Adriatic Sea. 

Makarska’s cultural heritage and Baroque architecture are prevalent on the streets and seafront promenade. Iconic landmarks include St. Mark's Cathedral, the 17th-century Franciscan Monastery, and the Baroque Ivanišević Palace. There’s also a busy harbor where ferries and boats can take you to nearby islands like Brač and Hvar.

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  • 9 Best Places to Go Shopping in Makarska

    Makarska isn’t known as a top shopping destination but those needing a break from the beach will find a decent variety of things to buy and places to browse here. Shopping choices in this Croatian coastal city range from small local markets to its scenic seaside promenade to a sprinkling of modern malls selling brand-name clothing and gadgets. Though the nearby...

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  • 10 Reasons to Visit Makarska This Summer

    If Makarska isn't on your radar as a summer vacation destination yet, there are plenty of reasons why this small seaside city in Croatia should move to a top spot in your must-visit list. White pebbled beaches lapped by clear blue Adriatic Sea waters will keep sun-worshippers happy for days on end, while the more adventurous have the majestic peaks...

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