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Magical Makarska holidays 2020
Described in recent times as one of ‘the best unsung beach holiday resorts in Europe’, the Dalmatian coast-lying Croat port town of Makarska is situated on a small bay between wooded headlands. Namely the rugged Mount Biokovo (a nature reserve which is home to golden eagles and Balkan chamois no less) to the east of town, and the Sveti Jure summit to the west. With reference to the previous quote, and it’s the so-called Makarska Riviera beaches which have won acclaim for the area and thrust it into the European holidaying spotlight of late, yet the port’s attractive and palm tree-lined seafront promenade, the old town feel of Kačić Square and the vibrant nightlife on offer hasn’t done the emerging town’s reputation as an ideal 2020 summer holiday destination any harm either. What’s more, nearby Brač Island demands tourists to the area pay it more than just a cursory glance, and with ferries connecting it to port, there really is no excuse not to familiarise yourself during a Makarska holiday.
Why book Makarska holidays
Discover the best beaches
Makarska Beach has got it all going on... from watersports to lively bars
Must-visit historical sites
Makarska is filled with loads of fascinating medieval churches, as well as a Lourdes style Roman Catholic sanctuary grotto
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Makarska sure does liven up during the night, choose from cocktail bars to casinos to a nightclub in a cave!
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Your guide to Makarska holidays
Mediterranean life doesn’t present itself as any more laidback than it does in the Croatian port of Makarska, aided and abetted every step of the way by its palm tree-framed promenade and array of chilled out bars and restaurants which dot this rapidly appreciating holiday destination on the Dalmatian coast. Despite being recognised as a city (note cathedral – box ticked), Makarska’s population totals a mere 14,000, which helps to afford it it’s relaxed atmosphere and unhurried ambience routinely enjoyed by tourists discovering its many delights for the first time; as well as those returning for more of the same. Things to do and see are plentiful, yet in-keeping with the general oasis of calm in these here parts aren’t necessarily high octane pursuits, and would ideally suit those looking for a more leisurely pace when enjoying a Makarska holiday. Like for instance the town/city’s Municipal Museum, which is home to a varied collection of local memorabilia including stones, photographs and nautical relics which both trace and document the port’s history. And the Astronomical Observatory, to name but two options.
A short trip from the coast and to signposted to the lower slopes of Mount Biokovo (and just outside the hamlet of Kotisina) lies the tiny Kotisina Botanical Garden; which displays indigenous rock plants, each marked with its Latin name. Furthermore, it’s at this precise point that you find yourself right on the edge of the stunning and vista-tastic Biokovo Nature Park. Venturing back to Makarska itself though, and those who seek out alternative nightlife experiences while they’re on holiday will be beyond intrigued by a fashionable destination called ‘Deep’. An aptly named centre for nocturnal pleasures, given that this club is located in a cave situated not far from the Hotel Osejava; and which as a unique nightspot attracts the hip set who subsequently sip cocktails long into the night as DJs spin the latest tunes. So, contrary to what we hinted earlier, there is a very upbeat attraction to entice certain types of holidaymaker to Makarska. But finishing on a more convivial note, did we mention that the World Slingshot Championship is held in Makarska each year?
Idyllically located between Split and Dubrovnik on Croatia’s sublimely picture postcard Dalmatian Coast, the Makarska Riviera spans some 38 miles in length – from Brela in the north to Gradac in the south, for the geographical pedants among you – and is characterised by inviting pebble beaches, clear blue/green waters and a mountainous backdrop; with Makarska itself being at the heart of everything tourist-y. The beaches in this part of the world really are worth shouting about, with a wealth from which to choose, including the Blue Flag-awarded Punta Rata and the white pebble beach at Nikolina. The picturesque Mount Biokovo protects the resort from cooler inland weather and the islands of Hvac and Brac harbour its tranquil sea, ergo the beaches remain an oasis of calm as a result of their natural settings. It’s fair to say that Makarska’s beguiling coastal fringes offer the perfect Mediterranean combination of warm shores, crystal seas, rugged mountainous terrain and that laidback feel we suggested above. Speaking of an altogether relaxed attitude, please be aware that some beaches on the Makarska Riviera are nudist-friendly, which is something worth bearing in mind (if you’ll excuse the pun) for those easily offended, or indeed, families of course.
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