MAKARSKA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Makarska

Makarska is a popular tourist centre on the coast midway between Split and Dubrovnik. The old Mediterranean town centre with St Mark's church decorated by Venetian sculptors and many other old churches and a museum, is situated beneath a mountain backdrop. The town has many new hotels, facilities, wellness, water sports, restaurants, shops and markets. The City Sport Centre and the Tennis Centre are open to visitors. Makarska is famous for its beautiful 1500m long beach in front of a pine wood and numerous sandy coves. The car ferry from Makarska crosses to Sumartin on the island of Brac.


Makarska
Makarska

Split

Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.


Split waterfront
Split waterfront

Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.


Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac
Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac

Brac

Brac is the largest of the Central Dalmatian islands with a land mass of 395 square kilometres and several towns and villages. At the centre of the island the peak of Vidova Gora rises to 778 metres. The typical landscape of the rural interior of the island is of vineyards and olive groves enclosed by stone walls. Around the coast there are many pretty bays and beaches, often edged with pine trees. Brac has a long history; the small museum in the historic settlement of Skrip charts the history of the island from pre Roman times. All around the coastline there are quiet sheltered bays with delightful pebble beaches often lined with pine trees that provide welcome shade in the midday sun. Many of the beaches are uncrowded and all have crystal clear water and are delightful for swimming. The famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn)beach at Bol will be packed in mid summer but this spectacular beach, a narrow spit projecting out in the sea, must be seen if you are staying on Brac. The most notable towns on the island are:


Milna

Situated in a deep bay and is a favourite destination for yachtsmen. In the summer months the harbour is filled with yachts moored in the marina and along the town quay providing plenty of custom for the quayside cafes and restaurants.


Splitska
Splitska
Milna
Milna

Splitska

Situated around a delightful harbour, the town of Splitska, is one of the most attractive communities on the island.


Pucisca

Situated around a sheltered harbour, Pucisa has a character defined by its fine stone buildings set in terraces on the steep hillside. Here young stone masons are trained and can be seen practising their skills at The School of Stone Masons on the harbour front.


Bol Town
Bol Town
Bol beach
Bol beach

Bol

On the southern side of the island, Bol, has examples of 15th and 17th century architecture but is best known for its famous beach, Zlatni Rat, or Golden Horn, a shingle spit stretching out over 600 metres into the sea.


Sumartin

Sumartin is a quiet village at the eastern end of the island of Brac. Shops, cafes and restaurants front the harbour from where a regular car ferry crosses to Makarska on the mainland.


Sumartin
Sumartin
Postira
Postira

Postira

Postira's narrow winding streets lead down to a busy harbour bursting with small boasts and surrounded by lively cafes, shops and restaurants. A few kilometres inland from Postira the interesting and ancient village of Dol is renowned for its restaurants serving local produce grown in the valley.


Supetar

Supetar's busy harbour is where the regular car ferry from Split disembarks. The town's many shops and restaurants front the charming harbour and stretch along the water front. Evenings in Supetar are lively as the town is one of the main tourist centres on the island.


Monastery near Bol
Monastery near Bol
Pucisca
Pucisca

Activities on the island

Paintball is available on Vidova Gora, the highest mountain on all of the Croatian islands with fantastic views, walks, and a restaurant in the summer. Excursions to the mainland to go rafting on the Cetina river are organized from Supetar. Bol is the main centre for water sports such as windsurfing and diving.


The Neretva Delta, Mostar and Medugorje

The Neretva Delta, about one hour drive north west of Dubrovnik and 45 minutes south east from Makarska, with its fertile groves of oranges and lemons and networks of lakes, rivers, and canals provides an unusual and contrasting landscape. Over the border in Bosnia, the historic town of Mostar, with its iconic bridge provides a vivid cultural contract with it Mosques, local cuisine and busy narrow shopping streets and market stalls. Mostar is around 45km from the Croatian border at Metkovic. The town of Medugorje, the famous place of religious pilgrimage, is as similar distance from the border.


The Neretva Delta
The Neretva Delta
Mostar, Old Town and Bridge
Mostar, Old Town and Bridge

Our Villas in Makarska


Silver Beach Villa
Silver Beach Villa A rare super luxury villa directly on the pristine small pebbly/sandy beach, a few metres from the sea, with its own pool and garden. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, elegant reception areas, terraces, balconies and spectacular sea views.
Villa Oriel
Villa Oriel Large country villa with garden, infinity pool, wellness and entertainment rooms and small football field, pet friendly. Set in stunning countryside in the hinterland of Makarska and Split, 18km (10 miles) from some of the best beaches.
Villa Fratella
Villa Fratella A charming villa in a small peaceful fishing village with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Only 20 metres from the sea and a beautiful pebble beach. Fully air-conditioned, Satellite TV and wireless Internet access.
Villa Vinery
Villa Vinery A luxury, air-conditioned, 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa in a quiet National Park village, garden, private pool, WiFi, BBQ, 4 mountain bikes.
Villa Bona Vista
Villa Bona Vista A luxury, new modern villa, fabulous sea and island vistas, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, balconies, terraces, WiFi, heated, private, infinity swimming pool, pool towels, garden, BBQ, laundry room, parking for 4 cars.
Villa Montemari
Villa Montemari Luxury, air-conditioned, modern, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa with a private pool, BBQ, WiFi, sauna, gym, laundry, parking, sea views, rafting, long beach and tennis centre 1.5km, walking distance everywhere, transfers from airport.
Villa Paloma
Villa Paloma Air-conditioned, modern, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa with a private pool, heated Jacuzzi, BBQ, WiFi, table- tennis, laundry, parking, sea views, long beach 600 metres.
Villa Josephine
Villa Josephine A luxury, modern, fully air-conditioned, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa, sleeping 8 adults and 2 small children. With infinity pool, garden, BBQ, WiFi, 3 parking spaces, beach 2 km.


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