The town of Makarska has developed around a natural port protected by the picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar and Cape Osejava and is the largest and only such port between the confluence of the Cetina and Neretva rivers.
Makarska is one of the most famous tourist destinations on the Croatian coast, attractive for its nature and good climate, rich in tourist attractions and full of hospitable hosts. To this day, Makarska is known for its sandy beach, which is almost two kilometers long. The walkways are lined with pine trees and surrounded by luxury hotels, tourist facilities, and gastronomic havens so there is always plenty of fun for both adults and children.
Makarska is located in the foothill of mountain Biokovo (1762 m), which provides protection from the harsh continental climate and contributes to its rich Mediterranean vegetation, mild winters and long, warm summers cooled by a refreshing breeze called maestral. Makarska has more than 2750 hours of sun each year and the air temperature is above 20°C from July to September. During these same months, the crystal-clear sea averages with the temperature above 20°C.
During the summer months the harbour fills up with yachts and tourist ships, while young people crowd the main Kačić square enjoying all sorts of entertainment and cultural performances. As the night starts descending, Makarska becomes more lively , and its cafés, restaurants and discotheques become the heart of Makarska.
The town of Makarska grew around a natural harbour protected by a picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar (St. Peter) and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbour of this kind between the delta of Cetina and Neretva rivers. The best way to become familiar with the history of this town is by visiting the Franciscan monastery which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. The monastery boasts a picture gallery, library, one-of-a-kind Malaco-logical museum (dedicated to the study and preservation of mollusks) and the “Mountains and Sea” institute.
Makarska’s geographical position is 44° 17′ 38″ latitude and 17° 1′ 20″ longitude, which places it approximately in the center of north-western half of the Makarska coast.