Makarska is a pretty port town with a limestone centre that turns peachy orange at sunset. It’s an active place – there’s an abundance of hiking, climbing, paragliding, mountain biking, windsurfing and swimming opportunities – with a spectacular natural setting, backed by the gorgeous Mt Biokovo. It’s the locus of Croatia’s package tourism, focused on the town’s long pebbly beach, which is filled with a feast of activities, from beach volleyball to screaming-children’s games.
Makarska is favoured by tourists from neighbouring Bosnia and Hercegovina, who descend in huge numbers during summer. It’s also popular with seniors as a ‘medical tourism’ destination, for the great climate and facilities. The high season is pretty raucous, with many rocking nightlife spots, but also a lot of fun for those with children. If you’re interested in hanging around beach bars and clubs, playing beach volleyball and generally lounging about with beach bodies, you’ll like Makarska. Outside the high season, things are pretty quiet.
Being the largest town in the region, Makarska has very good transport connections, making it a good base for exploring the coast and neighbouring Bosnia and Hercegovina. Don’t miss venturing up Mt Biokovo.