Makarska - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Picture showing the town square of Makarska in Dalmatia. In this virtual tour image you can see the main town church and various restaurants around the square, which is often used in the evenings for outdoor performances in the summer months.
Makarska - FURTHER INFORMATION
Makarska - Makarska visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Makarska' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
Makarska is a small port town part way between Split and Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coastline in Croatia. The town lies on a horse-shoe bay backed by the Biokovo mountains on the Adriatic Sea. It is the center of the Makarska Riviera, a 60 km (37 mi) stretch of coastline, beaches and hotels between the towns of Brela and Gradac. During the summer months, Makarska is a very popular tourist destination attracting thousands of people from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina among others.
The area around Makarska has been occupied for thousands of years, mentioned in Egyptian and Cretan tablets. The town was known as Muccurum during Roman times, but was destroyed by Totila, king of the Ostrogoths in 548. The region was then occupied by Slavs who became master seamen and feared pirates.
Makarska continued to change hands, becoming annexed to the Kingdom of Croatia in the 12th century, then the Republic of Venice in the 13th, the Ottomans in the 15th, Turks at the turn of the 16th century, Venetians again during the 17th followed by the Austrians, Napoleon, Austro-Hungarian Empire, becoming part of the Independent State of Croatia during WWII.
All of this has left many marks on Makarska, and the town has several notable historic buildings. Today, the town is centred on tourism during the summer and fishing in the winter.
Makarska - Tourist AttractionsMakarska has plenty to offer visitors, a dramatic harbour with a wide promenade around the curved bay backed by mountains. There are numerous popular beaches nearby and several notable historic buildings. Among the top sights and attractions in Makarska are:
- St. Mark's Cathedral - 17th century church found in the Main Square.
- St Peter's Peninsula - headland on the western entrance of the harbour on which is Sv. Petar Statue, 14th century Sv. Petar Chapel, 19th century Sv. Petar Lighthouse (Svjetionik) and wooded walks.
- Maskara Harbour - with a wide promenade and beautiful views over the bay, backed by many restaurants, cafes and hotels.
- Friar Andrija Kačić Miošić Statue - sculpted by by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendić.
- The Franciscan Monastery - 16th century monastery housing a library with numerous books and rare incunabula's and a famous, world known collection of shells from all over the world, collected in a Malacological Museum from 1963.
- Napoleon Monument - erected in the honour of the French Marshal Marmont in 1808.
- St. Philip's Church - 18th century church near the harbour front.
- Villa Tonolli - late Baroque period villa which now houses the Town Museum.
- Ivanišević Palace - Baroque palace on the main square.
- Donja Luka - large, curved bay just west of the historic town with a long beach, good swimming, various amenities and hotels.
- Osejava - hill to the east of the town with walking, cycling and cliff climbing.
- Sv. Ivan Chapel - early 17th century chapel built in 1602 found near Batinici in the hills behind Makarska.
- Sv. Martin Church - remains of a 14th century church found in the hills near Kotisina a little east of Makarska.
- Biokovo Mountains - explore the various cycle and walking trails through the mountains behind Makarska, rich in native plants and animals with stunning views over the countryside.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Split International Airport found 20km west of Split, transfer by either taxi or bus.
Ferry: There are regular ferries to Sumartin from Makarska Harbour. Otherwise take a ferry to from Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mljet, Pescara, Rijeka, Vis, Hvar, Spetare (Brac), Stari Grad, Drvenik and Ancona in Italy and then transfer by bus.
Road: Makarska lies on the 8 coastal road, about 60km South of Split, 42km south of Omiš and 140km (3 hours by bus) north of Dubrovnik.