The scenery of the Makarska Riviera is characterised by long, pine-shaded beaches, and Biokovo, the highest of Croatia’s coastal mountains. This part of the central Dalmatian coast stretches for about 60 kilometres. Apart from its largest tourist destination, Makarska, after which the riviera is named, the area encompasses a number of smaller towns which used to subsist almost entirely on fishing income. You will enjoy the authentic Mediterranean environment of the campsites stretching from Brela and Baška Voda over Tučepi, Podgora, Živogošće as far as Drvenik and Zaostrog.
Biokovo is sitting waiting to fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air, which you will enjoy if you decide to strike out on one of the nature park’s well laid-out educational trails.
Among many beautiful beaches, Punta rata in Brela stands out. According to the American magazine, Forbes, it is one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Along with its two kilometre-long beach and promenade, Makarska town is also home to a sea-shell museum, where you can see an interesting and unique collection of shells from the Adriatic and other seas of the world. It is considered one of the most beautiful and richest malacological museums in the world. Athletes and recreation enthusiasts can choose from among various sporting activities on land and sea. Health tourism has also been developed in the region, and the Biokovka health resort offers various therapeutic services. Amongst local foodstuffs is the celebrated Makarska rafioli, which is a dessert made from shortcrust pastry, believed to have an aphrodisiac effect. ‘Makarana cake’, which the Croatian Ministry of Culture has included on its list of protected intangible cultural heritage, is also famous among the traditional delicacies of the region. The recipes for these sweets confirm that, in this part of Croatia, maraschino liqueur is most used for cakes, but when it comes to drinking prošek, locals prefer that neat.