If you are looking for a destination for a getaway that is both adventurous and relaxing, Makarska
Riviera is the perfect choice for you. It is perhaps the most astonishing part of the Adriatic coastline,
and its inviting bays and coves will leave you wondering where to drop the anchor first. We have a
solution – explore Makarska Riviera in its entirety and you will be sure you didn’t miss out on
anything! Take a boat tour of the Riviera and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Not only is
Makarska Riviera a sight to behold, but it is also a place with the perfect climate.
The only problem is that once you discover its numerous wonders, you might find yourself unable to
leave this marine paradise.
Makarska Riviera stretches for about 40 miles south of the city of Omiš, which is a good starting point
for your boat tour towards the south. The picturesque Biokovo mountain overlooks the Riviera like a
silent guardian, a watchful protector. If you have an adventurous spirit and you’re not afraid to take
on a challenge, you’ll find great pleasure in exploring Biokovo’s hiking routes. You can actually try
pretty much any activity related to mountaineering on this majestic mountain. There aren’t many
things in this world that can be compared to the feeling you get upon reaching Biokovo’s highest
peak, Sveti Jure. And we are not referring to the feeling of dizziness due to the high pressure. You
will stand in awe of the breathtaking view, as well as the local flora. Those with extreme stamina
might decide on climbing up the mountain by means of a bike. Whichever way you get there, it is
definitely worth seeing.
Makarska Riviera is adorned by quaint settlements which resemble each other like brothers and
sisters, with each of them bringing something of their own to the table. We will outlay a couple of
peculiarities of each of these settlements, so that you know what you’re sailing into.
If you head south from Omiš, the first gem of Makarska Riviera you will come across is a place called
Brela. Brela is the home to perhaps the coziest and cleanest beach in South Dalmatia that goes by
the name of Punta Rata. This beach is so exquisite that the Forbes magazine included it on its list of
10 most beautiful beaches in 2004. The symbol of Brela is “Kamen Brela” (Brela Stone), a small rock
island located just a couple of miles away from Punta Rata. It is interesting to observe both from
above and underwater since it looks like a small planet with a microcosm of its own.
Just above the beach there is a charming promenade almost completely in shade thanks to the
luxurious pine trees towering over it.
The town of Makarska is the mother lode of Makarska Riviera. Its port will welcome you with its
docks wide open, and soon you’ll find yourself feeling like home thanks to the warmhearted locals.
While Makarska does resemble many of the Mediterranean capitals, its beaches are like no other,
lapped by the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, which makes it stand out from the rest of the
If you like to go where the crowd is, take a walk on the flashy promenade; it will make you feel like
you’re in a miniature Monte Carlo. If the bright sun wears you out, you can always stop for a cocktail
or a cold beer in one of numerous bars decorated according to the latest trends.
You will also come across various stands and shops with local herbs and products characteristic of
this part of Dalmatia, which are an ideal souvenir to take home to your loved ones or keep to
yourself, whichever you prefer. Every time you take a sniff of that homemade lavender bag, it will
take you back to your vacation in Makarska and invoke beautiful memories.
Upon arriving at the end of the promenade, you will reach the Makarska city beach, filled with
tourists and water activities. You can try out snorkeling, reef hopping, water skiing and plenty more.
Your little ones can have fun in the water park while you enjoy sipping cocktails in the nearby beach
bars and listen to DJs and live music.
However, if you prefer peace and quiet, we recommend you go the other end of Makarska and enjoy
the tranquility of Osejava forest and its peaceful coves. Osejava’s pristine nature is bound to capture
the heart of anyone willing to listen to the sound of its microcosm. The scenery of Osejava is
unbelievably beautiful and ideal for windsurfing and kayaking.
From Osejava you can set sail for Tučepi, the most breathtaking little piece of earth you may find
south of Split.
Tučepi prides itself in the longest beach of the entire coastline. The beach is pebbly and tourist-
friendly, and the sea is clear as day. There are three large reefs in the sea, facing the part of Tučepi
called Kamena, ideal for those who like to jump from lower down. Those who like to jump from
higher up also won’t be left disappointed: just outside Tučepi’s nudist beach, Dračevac, there is a
huge cliff called Garma. It is situated right next to a large bay on the way to Podgora, so you can
safely drop the anchor in the bay and climb the cliff in order to jump, then swim back to your boat.
Not all people dare jump from Garma, yet we can assure you that it is pretty much safe: the cliff is
actually only 3 feet tall and indented and the sea beneath is deep enough, so there is no risk of
hurting yourself by jumping, unless it is windy. The adrenaline rush is amazing; you will find yourself
unable to resist climbing back up and jumping off again.
Coastwise, Tučepi is just as astounding. Its promenade is unique in that it is entirely made up of
white and pink brick, making it look like something out of a fairytale. The pine trees between the
promenade and the beach make for a lovely natural fence. A small place like Tučepi has a surprisingly
filled schedule when it comes to events. Every couple of weeks you can enjoy Ribarska noć, i.e.
Fishermen’s festivities, which include all sorts of high-quality fish, local wine and live music. There is
also a variety of local bars that host theme parties and organize happy hours to make sure you leave
with a smile on your face.
But the best party is in the old hamlets above Tučepi. Every year kKuTz holds events in each of these
hamlets – Srida sela, Čovići, Mravičići, Ševelji, Šimići… The event is free of charge and consists of a hit
show and a get-together. After the show, people mingle and visit the houses of locals, who are
generous enough to offer every visitor homemade prosciutto, cheese and wine. It’s just like in the
old days. You will leave the event with a full stomach, a sense of culture and a smile on your face.
If you are fed up with crowds, make sure to visit Podgora. It is a small settlement 5 minutes to the
south of Tučepi. It is widely known for its large uncrowded promenade, where you can take a stroll
and enjoy your peace of mind. It also has a very nice port in which your boat will feel like home.
If you’re into hiking, you can climb to Galebovo krilo, a giant white statue shaped like a seagull’s
wing, from where you can delight in a spectacular view. We recommend you go there at dusk, for
the sky is so clear that the sunset looks surreal. The magical mix of colors in the sky will make you
think that you are looking at a Van Gogh painting.
The hidden bay of Klokun is known for its secluded and wonderful beach ideal for romantics that
want to spend some time alone surrounded by pristine nature. There is a throne-like wooden shape
on the beach where you can sit and feel like a tribal king or queen. It is on the way to Drašnice, a
quaint little place that has not quite been tamed by the modern era.
Makarska Riviera is a true gem for admirers of the sea and nature. So charter a boat, set sail and
explore its many wonders!