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The Makarska Riviera: a small paradise between sea and mountains


The Makarska riveriera, which stretches over sixty kilometres, is the perfect destination for your next holiday. Located at the foot of the splendid Biokovo mountain, the Makarska Riviera is a real paradise: magnificent pebble beaches, crystal clear sea, Mediterranean vegetation, the smell of pines... everything is there for an unforgettable holiday in the most beautiful part of the Adriatic Sea. The Makarska Riviera offers you many opportunities for activities, visits and itineraries in a unique environment. Discover here below all our tips to make the most of your stay in one of the most beautiful rivers on the Adriatic. 

The Makarska Riviera and its magnificent beaches 

One of the best ways to reach the Makarska Riviera and its 60 kilometres of coastline is by sea. Indeed, the arrival on the Riviera will offer you an unforgettable panorama: the discovery of the impressive Biokovo mountain rising above the coast and its crystal clear waters. In the 1960s, sailing by boat was the only way to reach the Makarska Riviera. Today, the pleasure of this discovery by the coast is reserved for boaters since the Riviera is also accessible by car after the construction of the Adriatic coast road.


The Makarska Riviera is the destination where you will find the most beautiful beaches in the whole country. Turquoise water, white pebbles and fragrant pine forests... These are the main elements you will find in beaches of the Riviera. If you have opted to rent a boat to discover the Riviera, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the heavenly beaches. Here is a short list of the prettiest beaches in this little corner of paradise: 

Punta Rata Beach 

Punta Rata Beach, located in Brela, north of the Makarska Riviera, is one of the must-see beaches when visiting the coast. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia and one of the most beautiful in the world, Punta Rata beach has the Blue Flag, a symbol of the excellent quality of its water and its environmental qualities. Dive into its crystal clear water and relax with your family on this magnificent pebble beach. This beach is also known throughout the world for its rock covered with pines which has become the symbol of the village but also of Croatia. 

punta rata beach
Tucepi Beach 

Tucepi beach is a superb pebble beach which is 3 kilometres long. It is the longest beach on the Makarska Riviera and it is also one of the most beautiful. After a well-deserved swim in its clear water, enjoy a magnificent walk in the shade of the pines. It is an ideal beach to have fun and relax. 

Nikolina Beach 

This white pebble beach, ranked among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean according to the Daily Mail, is the ideal beach to relax with family or friends. Chill on a deckchair, dive into its clear waters or have a nap in the shade of the pines on this famous beach which proudly displays its blue flag, symbol of the purity of its water. 


The Makarska Riviera and its unique villages 

The Riviera makarska is not only known for its heavenly beaches. Indeed, the other charm asset of the Riviera is none other than its old fishing and farming villages, which have kept their original charm. Most of these villages are rather small and protected from mass tourism. If you have chosen to rent a boat during your holidays in Croatia, we suggest you to discover its villages which are worth a visit. You will appreciate the lifestyle based on fishing, olive tree cultivation and the production of oil and wine. From north to south, there are about fifteen villages along the Makarska Riviera. Have a look at the following short list of villages that you should not miss.


makarska village

The town of Makarska and its 13,000 inhabitants is one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic coast but it is also the most important town on the Makarska coast. Located between the sea and the mountains, Makarska is a city with a unique cultural mix: history lovers will be able to enjoy magnificent religious buildings such as Saint-Marc Church dating back to 1766. Nature lovers will be seduced by the Biokovo Natural Park: located less than 5 kilometres from the city, the Biokovo Natural Park is a paradise for nature and hiking enthusiasts. The park will offer you a breathtaking view of the Adriatic Sea and the entire Makarska Rivera. The view from above is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.


Located only 9 kilometres from Makarsca, Podgora is considered one of the most picturesque places on the Makarska Riviera. Considered one of Dalmatia's most attractive destinations, Podgora has always been known as a fishing centre. Stroll through the streets of this charming little village decorated with Mediterranean vegetation and get lost in the streets of the old village where the inhabitants of Podgora now cultivate olive trees and vines. The inhabitants will be delighted to show you the splendid view and make you enjoy the regional specialities. 


Located 15 kilometres from Makarska, Igrane and its 400 inhabitants is a picturesque village on the coast of Makarska. This destination will seduce diving enthusiasts, sport lovers and history lovers alike. Igrane is also appreciated for its magnificent beach and pine forest. 


The Makarska Riviera is synonymous with a dream vacation.... While on board your boat, sail along the coast, travel from village to village and enjoy the crystal clear beaches. An unforgettable holiday is waiting for you between the sea and the mountains!

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