20 Best Things to Do in Makarska With Tips and Photos

Welcome to Makarska, a hidden gem nestled on the Croatian coast, where the azure Adriatic Sea meets the majestic Biokovo Mountain. This charming town is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.

From the adrenaline rush of Skywalk Biokovo, the highest paved road in Croatia, to the tranquil beauty of the Kotišina Botanical Garden, Makarska offers a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.

Dive into the vibrant nightlife at Lištun Street, or explore the rich history of the Old Town. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature lover, or a history buff, Makarska has something for everyone. So, let’s embark on this exciting journey and uncover the best that Makarska has to offer!

Skywalk Biokovo

Makarska Skywalk Biokovo
  • Exploration time: 30 minutes at the Skywalk itself, 4-5 hours for the entire trip
  • The ticket holder is required to present the appropriate, valid identification card to park staff at the entrance for verification!
  • Ticket Prices
  • Adults: €8
  • Children under the age of 7: Free
  • People with disabilities: €5

If you want an incredible experience in Makarska, let me tell you about Skywalk Biokovo. You’ll find it at Ravna Vlaška, 1228 meters above sea level, and the views are nothing short of breathtaking! It’s one of the most amazing spots I’ve ever been to, and I just know you’re gonna love it.

Getting there is quite an adventure, too. You’ll start on the Biokovo road, which begins 6 km east of Makarska. It’s Croatia’s highest paved road, leading all the way up to Sv. Jure peak. The whole drive takes about 30 minutes, so make sure you leave a little early. Oh, and watch out for horses on the road, okay?

When you arrive, you’ll be blown away by the incredible sea and island views from the viewpoint. There’s even a geological column at the site! But what makes Skywalk Biokovo really special is the clear glass skywalk. It’s made of pre-stressed concrete, steel, and glass, and standing on it feels like you’re floating above the cliffs. The platform gives you a 360-degree view, and trust me, it’s a total adrenaline rush.

Now, there are some practical things to keep in mind. First, tickets can be purchased up to 5 days in advance, and they’re accessible to people of all ages and abilities. You’ll find the entrance at the 13th km of Biokovo road, right near the info center. It’s open every day from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM, but make sure to start your visit by 6:00 PM at the latest.

You might be wondering about parking and restrooms. Well, they’ve got you covered with facilities at the site. However, there are no restrooms on the mountain or at the top, so make sure you use the facilities at the restaurant.

The Skywalk is also friendly to motorcycles and bicycles, which don’t require reservations. Keep in mind that the 14 km mountain road is narrow, and traffic is controlled, so it’s essential to be cautious. If you’re visiting in mid-September, you’ll enjoy a quieter experience with fewer crowds.

There are trails of varying difficulty around Skywalk Biokovo, so be sure to buy tickets online and reserve your time slot. You’ll want to finish your visit before sunset, as it gets pretty dark up there. Make sure to arrive early for maps and info, and adjust your estimated trail times to include sightseeing stops. Oh, and one more thing—there’s limited network connectivity on the mountain, so large PDF maps might not work well on smartphones.

Finally, be prepared for colder temperatures and wind up there. Bring something warm to wear, and remember to enjoy the picnic area with tables if you need a break. You’re in for an unforgettable experience!

Biokovo Nature Park

  • Exploration time: 4-5 hours or more
  • Daily ticket per person: 8,00 €
  • People with disabilities: €5 
  • Children up to 7 years old: free
  • Working hours: 01.05. – 31.08. – 6:00 – 20:00 – first entry 6:00 – last entry 19:00

Biokovo Nature Park has so much more to offer than just the Skywalk. It’s a stunning place that’s truly worth exploring. You’ll find the main entrance at the Staza area, which is right on the 6th mile of the Makarska-Vrgorac road. Just a heads up, though—buses and trucks have restricted access, so smaller vehicles are recommended for those narrow roads.

The highest peak in the park is Sveti Jure, standing tall at 1762 meters. And guess what? There are a whopping 87 stone churches and chapels scattered across the park. Oh, and if you’re into spelunking, you’ll be happy to know there are over 400 pits and caves just waiting to be discovered.

The nature here is simply breathtaking. With rich vegetation and a diverse mix of floral elements, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe. And if you’re a foodie like me, you’ll love the local taverns and restaurants that are sprinkled throughout the area.

If you’re into cycling, there’s a beautiful 23 km ride on Biokovo road that takes you all the way up to Sv. Juraj peak. And for mountain biking enthusiasts, there are gravel-road trails like the 8 km Saranač and various fire roads to explore.

Now, the park does have a limited entrance for 20 vehicles per hour, so it’s best to plan ahead. That 13 km drive to Skywalk Biokovo takes about 30 minutes, and the narrow, one-lane road with lay-bys requires a bit of caution. Remember, you’re driving at your own risk.

You can easily purchase tickets online via the park’s website. Trust me when I say that the park has a rustic beauty and majestic views that you won’t forget. Just make sure to bring some warm clothes for those higher elevations, as it can get a bit chilly.

One of the things I love about the park is its quiet and peaceful atmosphere. To fully appreciate the surroundings, you might want to consider walking instead of driving. Believe me, it’s an experience you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

Sea kayaking

  • Price: from 47€

Sea kayaking in Makarska is such a fun and unforgettable adventure! There’s this fantastic half-day paddling tour along the Makarska coast, where you’ll get to explore the beautiful shoreline, passing by landmarks like the St. Peter lighthouse and some scenic peninsulas.

And the best part? You’ll have the chance to visit secluded beaches that are perfect for a bit of relaxation. Imagine paddling up to a hidden beach, just waiting for you to dive in and explore. Speaking of which, remember to bring your snorkeling gear, as there will be incredible opportunities for snorkeling and taking some stunning photos.

If you don’t have a whole day, don’t worry! There are both half-day and full-day sea kayak rentals available. The base is conveniently located above the Konoba Dvor restaurant, with paid parking nearby. If you need a shuttle service, they’ve got that covered too – it’s offered for up to 8 people, costing around €20-25 per car.

You’ll be well taken care of with equipment and navigation tips provided by friendly guides, who always maintain their equipment in tip-top shape. If you want my personal recommendation, go for the evening slot because the sunset views are magical. Private tours are also possible if you prefer a more personalized experience.

The kayaks are comfortable, and they provide life jackets for your safety. It’s about a 2.5 km paddle to the snorkeling beach, and if you need to rent snorkeling equipment, that’s available too. Just a little tip: if you want to keep your belongings safe and dry, you can get waterproof bags at an extra cost. Happy paddling!

Daytime and Nighttime Scuba Diving

Makarska Scuba Diving

You won’t believe the incredible diving experiences Makarska has to offer! It’s such a diverse underwater world, from cave diving that ranks among the top 50 dive sites globally to reefs, wrecks, and wall dives – there’s truly something for everyone.

The marine environment is just bursting with color and life. It’s always a pleasure to be guided by experienced dive guides who know the ins and outs of these unique dive sites. The best time to dive in Makarska is from May to September, when the water temperature ranges from 12 to 24 degrees Celsius. On the best days, visibility can reach an impressive 10 to 35 meters!

Makarska caters to divers of all levels and preferences, and even night dives are an absolute treat here. If you’re looking for the best dive sites, I’ve got a few suggestions for you:

Vodnjack Kampanel: This site features a bell tower, tunnel, and an abundance of marine life, including stunning Gorgonians. It’s a fantastic spot to dive and discover hidden gems underwater.

Lucice Cave: This one’s a famous cave dive for advanced divers, with vertical cave and tunnel systems that’ll test your skills and give you a unique experience.

Smociguzica: This dive site combines a reef and a steep wall, making it an ideal spot to encounter diverse marine species and uncover their favorite hiding spots.

Diving in Makarska is an unforgettable adventure, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Get ready to be amazed by the underwater world!

Makarska Old Town (Kacic Square)

  • Exploration time: 30 minutes

Do you know what’s really amazing about Makarska? The Old Town, especially Kačić Square! It’s the largest town square, named after Andrija Kačić Miošić, a significant Dalmatian poet. You can’t miss his monument right in the center of the square. Fun fact: the statue was created by Croatian sculptor Ivan Rendić and erected in 1890, complete with a coat-of-arms mosaic.

St. Mark’s Church is another must-see. As a symbol of the renewed diocese of Makarska, it was built between 1700 and 1766 and totally dominates the town square. Then there’s Kalalarga Street, which is the heart of the city and features traces of Baroque architecture. It even hosts an annual celebration called Night of Kalalarga!

While you’re there, make sure to check out the Venetian Fountain, built in 1775. It’s still used today and showcases the coat-of-arms that’s the official symbol of Makarska. Oh, and you’ll find the Statue of St. Peter at the entrance to the town’s harbor – a symbol of protection and strength.

Now, this one’s pretty interesting: there’s a Monument to the Tourist, which is a sculpture of a local man seducing a female tourist. It’s a nod to the technique of “galebarenje.” Quite unique, huh?

When you visit Makarska Old Town, there’s so much to do and see. Take a stroll around the harbor, watching boats and the sea. Wander through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Immerse yourself in the charm of the square and port. Grab a drink or a bite to eat at local cafes and restaurants. Participate in various activities like boat trips, shopping in the bazaar, or just taking a leisurely walk on the pier.

I promise you, you’ll fall in love with the beauty and charm of Makarska Old Town!

Makarska Astronomical Observatory

  • Exploration time: 30 minutes, short queues possible
  • Ticket price: around €5 for adults, around €2 for children
  • Business hours:
  • Summertime (Monday – Thursday)
  • June: 21.30 – 23.30
  • July: 21.30 – 23.30
  • August: 21.30 – 23.30
  • September: 21.00 – 23.00

You absolutely have to check out the Makarska Astronomical Observatory! It’s in such a unique location, built on a monument in the town center, just a stone’s throw from the seafront and the beach. Trust me, the view from up there is simply breathtaking.

What makes this place extra special is its location on Glavica Hill, surrounded by pine trees. This creates a 100% dark environment, perfect for stargazing. You’ll have the chance to see Saturn, Jupiter, and even the Eagle Star constellation up close!

The guides of the observatory are genuinely fantastic: kind, passionate, and so knowledgeable. To get there, you’ll need to take a steep walk up a hill, surrounded by a gorgeous pine tree park. It’s definitely worth the effort, I promise!

The observatory is open in the evening from 8 PM onwards, but make sure to check their website for exact details. The guide there offers fantastic explanations in English, which is really helpful. Some of the most memorable views you’ll get are of Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon – it’s an experience that will stay with you for a long time.

I highly recommend a visit to the Makarska Astronomical Observatory. It’s an incredible way to spend an evening under the stars, and you’ll leave with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the cosmos.

The Anchor

  • Exploration time: 5-10 minutes

Let me tell you about a truly remarkable piece of history in Makarska – The Anchor. You can find this massive anchor weighing a whopping 5300 kg in Plišćevac. It’s so big that it stands 3 meters high, 2 meters wide, and almost 1 meter thick!

The story behind it is both fascinating and somber. This anchor once belonged to a merchant ship called “Makarska,” which tragically sank in 1978 near Marseille, France. Sadly, three members of the crew lost their lives in the sinking.

Today, this colossal anchor has been repainted black and placed on a stone pedestal, thanks to the efforts of the local fishing club Arbun. It now stands as a poignant reminder of the past and a testament to the courage of the seafarers who once navigated the waters.

When you’re in Makarska, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this remarkable piece of history. It’s a powerful symbol and a tribute to the town’s maritime heritage.

Franciscan Monastery and the Malacological Museum Within

  • Exploration time: 1-2 hours
  • Ticket Prices
  • Adults: €6
  • Children over 7 years old: €2.50
  • Children under 7 years old: free
  • Family Pass: €8
  • Summer working hours:
  • From Monday to Sunday
  • In the morning – from 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Afternoon – From 5 PM to 8 PM

You know what’s a hidden gem in Makarska? The Franciscan Monastery and the Malacological Museum within it! Let me tell you more about this amazing place.

The construction of the Franciscan Monastery began way back in 1502 and expanded over the centuries. It was declared a monastery in 1518 but faced several setbacks, including being destroyed by the Venetians in 1572 and later by the Turks and an earthquake. But the resilient building stands today, and its library holds an impressive collection of 5000 books, 24 incunabula, journals, and manuscripts.

Now, the Malacological Museum within the monastery is a true treasure. Opened in 1963, it’s a protected cultural monument and boasts a collection of over 3000 shell specimens. You’ll find shells from the Adriatic Sea, as well as tropical and subtropical seas. Founded by Dr. Fra. Jure Radić, the museum also houses a valuable herbarium of Biokovo plants and smaller palaeontological collections.

A visit to the museum takes about 30 minutes, with a possible 10-15 minute wait time. You’ll see displays about local paleontological fossil finds, as well as information about the flora and fauna of the region. 

So, next time you’re in Makarska, don’t forget to check out the Franciscan Monastery and the Malacological Museum. It’s a fantastic way to delve into the region’s history, culture, and natural wonders.

St. Peter Park and the Lighthouse

  • Exploration time: 1-2 hours

St. Peter Forest Park is located on a cape and is well-known for its beautifully maintained public areas, parks, and promenades. It’s a fantastic place for some outdoor recreation, like walking, running, or cycling.

The park is surrounded by the sea and has beaches that are perfect for all ages. And the St. Peter Lighthouse, built in 1884, is just a 20-minute walk from the city center. You can even book an apartment within the lighthouse – how cool is that?

When you visit, you’ll be treated to stunning panoramas, lush pine trees, cacti, and excellent cycling routes. There’s easy access to gorgeous beaches and cliffs, and it’s also a romantic spot where couples can hang their “love locks.” You can reach the St. Peter statue in just 10 minutes from the port, and there are additional paths to explore.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are no showers or WC facilities, and some stairs leading to the water might be broken. But don’t let that stop you! The crystal-clear water, peaceful walk in nature, and stunning views of the city and sea make it all worthwhile. And if you’re a fan of sunsets, this park is definitely the place to be.

Trust me, a visit to St. Peter Park and the Lighthouse will leave you with lasting memories of Makarska’s natural beauty and charm.

Lištun Street

  • Exploration time: 15 minutes

Now, let me tell you about Lištun Street, the go-to spot for nightlife in Makarska. This bustling pedestrian zone is packed with bars and clubs, each offering a variety of music to suit different tastes. The best part? All the events are open-air on the street, making for a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

Not too far from Makarska Port, you’ll find two famous disco clubs that stay open all night. A visit to Lištun Street is definitely essential for experiencing the true essence of Makarska nightlife. With its international atmosphere, you can dance and drink the night away under the stars.

One of the key spots on Lištun Street is Night Bar Marineta, which is open year-round and has a central location. The bar boasts a terrace with over 150 seats, making it a popular gathering spot for young people looking to enjoy the nightlife.

So, when you’re in Makarska and looking for a fun night out, make sure to head to Lištun Street. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the energetic, lively nightlife that the city has to offer.

Buba Beach Bar

Buba Beach Bar is a fantastic spot in Makarska. Situated on a beautiful beach surrounded by the crystal-clear sea and a lush pine forest, it’s the ideal location for an unforgettable experience. Buba Beach Bar is known for its fabulous after-parties and is very popular among summer club lovers.

When you visit, you’ll be treated to a wide selection of cocktails and drinks, accompanied by a top-notch sound system. Don’t miss the stunning sunset views, and keep in mind that the bar stays open until morning! You’ll hear house and dance music, drawing in a trendy and cool crowd.

The area provides a safe environment for swimming, and you can feel at ease leaving your belongings nearby. Buba Beach Bar is known for its excellent service, good music, and reasonably priced drinks. The only slight downside is that the toilets are a bit far from the main bar area. Nonetheless, it’s definitely worth a visit for a memorable day or night at the beach in Makarska.

Parasailing

  • Working hours:
  • Every day from 09:30 to 18:30
  • Parasailing prices: 50-75€ for 1 person, 70-95€ for 2 people, and 85-115€ for 3 people
  • Paddle board rental: 2h 14€, whole day 28€
  • GoPro rental: 24€

Parasailing is a super popular leisure activity on the Makarska Riviera that you definitely shouldn’t miss! It’s such a thrilling experience, and you’ll get to soar above the beautiful coastline with a giant smile parachute that can accommodate up to 200 kg.

However, do keep in mind that flights are dependent on weather conditions, especially wind. So, it’s best to be prepared for potential changes in plans. Unfortunately, parasailing isn’t suitable for pregnant individuals, those with heart conditions, or people with bad backs.

For your safety, there’s a minimum weight requirement of 50 kg, and if you’re going with friends, the maximum combined weight for two or three people is 200 kg. It’s a good idea to avoid bringing valuables like mobile phones, sunglasses, keys, and money along for the ride.

If you want to capture your thrilling parasailing experience, there’s a GoPro camera rental service available, so you can record every exhilarating moment. Give it a try, and you’ll have an unforgettable adventure and incredible views to cherish during your time in Makarska!

Jetskiing

  • Price: from 39€ for 10 minutes; book for longer and get small discounts

Jetskiing in Makarska is an incredibly fun and adrenaline-pumping activity that you should definitely try. This exciting experience is suitable for two adults and one child or one adult and two children (with minors allowed as passengers only). Before you take off, you’ll receive safety instructions, life vests, helmets, and fuel to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.

Feel the adrenaline rush as you challenge your physical and mental skills while enjoying unique views of the beautiful Makarska coastline. Be sure to bring along swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel, and mobile phone water protection for a fantastic day out on the water.

Make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes before your activity starts so you can check in with your QR code confirmation, put on your safety gear, and receive your instructions. While you’re jet skiing, remember to observe a 300-meter distance from the coast and a 200-meter distance between vessels.

The jetskis come equipped with storage compartments and OtoTrak for safety. You’ll be in speed limit mode until you enter the geofencing safety riding zone, and there’s a sound warning when your ride time is ending. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, follow safety guidelines like placing small children in the front seat and maintaining distance from other vessels. So, gear up and get ready for a thrilling adventure on the water!

Kotišina Botanical Garden

  • Exploration time: 2-3 hours
  • Working hours: 09:00 – 13:00

Kotišina Botanical Garden is a real gem nestled on the coastal slopes of Biokovo Mountain, just above the village of Kotiština. Situated at an altitude of 350-500 meters, this 16.5-hectare garden is an integral part of the Biokovo Nature Park. The garden was founded by a Franciscan scientist, Jure Radić, Ph.D., with the purpose of conducting scientific research, observation, protection, conservation, and popularization of Biokovo flora.

This is not your typical botanical garden, as it retains the natural forms of vegetation. You’ll find a variety of habitats here, including rock gardens, screes, precipitous rocks, arable land, and even the Proslap Canyon with its own waterfall. The garden is home to around 300 wild plants, ranging from Mediterranean to mountainous species. You’ll also find exotic, agricultural, and medicinal plants scattered throughout the garden.

One particularly notable plant found in the garden is the Adriatic Iris (Iris pseudopallida). When visiting in spring and early summer, the garden is luxuriant and full of colorful flowers. The plants are labeled, and you’ll find footpaths and educational panels to guide your exploration.

A message carved into a rock at the main entrance honors the memory of Fra Jure Radić. Other nearby attractions include the Grand Castle, a 17th-century fortification, and the Memorial House Marin Kovačević, an info and presentation center for the Nature Park. The info center is open during the summer season, but visits during the rest of the year require scheduling in advance. So, don’t miss out on this unique botanical garden, where you can appreciate the stunning flora of the Biokovo region.

Biokovo Cycling Tour

The Biokovo Cycling Tour is a challenging and rewarding experience that takes you to the highest peak of Biokovo mountain, Sveti Jure (St. George), at 1762 meters above sea level. This demanding route typically takes around 3 hours to reach the mountaintop, depending on the cyclist’s fitness and age. Cyclists should ensure they have safe, serviced, and fully equipped bicycles, as well as additional clothes and helmets for safety.

The 30-km route (one-way) passes along the 23-km Biokovo road, which is the highest paved road in the Republic of Croatia. This tour offers stunning views of the surrounding area and a sense of accomplishment when reaching the summit.

For a less challenging ride, consider the Makarska Tour cycling route, which encompasses the area around Makarska. This route starts at the waterfront of Miramare Hotel and heads west towards Plaža Restaurant and Dalmacija Hotel. It then follows the coastline to Makarska Tennis Centre, continuing along the gravel promenade next to the beach to the Cvitačka district. 

Above Batinić, the route merges with the paved road to Makro and turns left at the cemetery to the village. Heading east down a country road to Mlinice, it finally descends from the monument in Kotišina along the paved road to the Botanical Garden. The route continues to the church and exits onto the Makarska-Vrgorac road.

These cycling routes offer a fantastic way to explore the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the Biokovo region and Makarska, providing memorable experiences for cycling enthusiasts.

Town Museum of Makarska

  • Ticket price: 1.50€
  • Exploration time: 30 minutes
  • Work hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 21:00
  • Sat: 17:00 – 21:00

The Town Museum of Makarska is situated in the 18th-century Baroque palace Tonoli and was founded in 1995 as a continuation of earlier museums in the area. The exhibition and working space is located on the first floor of the palace, while the ground floor features a souvenir shop and a permanent exhibition titled “Material Cultural Heritage of Makarska.”

The museum displays various collections that span archeology, ethnology, and cultural history, as well as photographs, postcards, posters, and cards. It also houses a numismatic collection with around 700 examples of coins, offering insights into Makarska’s history and the excavations in the region. Visitors can ask questions and seek help from the museum curator to better understand the exhibits.

The Town Museum of Makarska showcases fascinating relics from the past and provides informative exhibits that span from prehistory to the 20th century. The ethnological exhibition covers various historical subjects, with a focus on local excavations and history. Keep in mind that the museum is small and may be crowded at times. However, it is an excellent destination for those interested in learning more about the rich heritage and history of Makarska.

Town Gallery of Antun Gojak

  • Exploration time: 30 minutes
  • Work hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 9 – 14 h
  • During special exhibits:
  • Mon-Fri – 9 – 12 and 18 – 20 h; Sat – 9 – 12 h

The Town Gallery of Antun Gojak is located in Makarska, in a historic building known as Stara škola (The Old School). Antun Gojak was born in Makarska in 1907 and had a keen interest in visual arts and art history. The building that houses the gallery is an important 19th-century construction on the Makarska Littoral and is protected as an immovable cultural good of the Republic of Croatia.

Originally intended to function as a diocesan seminary, the construction of the building faced several challenges due to plague epidemics, famine, and political changes. The structure was completed in 1879 but unfortunately burned down the same year. It was subsequently rebuilt in 1881 and served as a school until 1984.

Today, the building is a cultural hub that hosts not only the Town Gallery of Antun Gojak but also the Town Library, Music School, and Makarska Rivijera radio station. Visitors to the gallery can admire the works of Antun Gojak while also appreciating the rich history of the building and its significance to the local community.

St.Mark’s Church

  • Exploration time: 15 minutes

St. Mark’s Church is a Baroque church and former cathedral in the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, located in the center of Makarska, Croatia, on Andrija Kačić Miošić Square. Construction began in 1700, and the church was consecrated in 1756, but it was never entirely completed.

The façade of the church features two simple mullioned windows and a Gothic-style oculus. Inside, the church houses the bones of St. Clement, the patron saint of Makarska and the diocese. There are altars dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, and the St. Cross.

St. Mark’s Church was damaged in the 1962 earthquake, which led to renovations and some changes to the interior. The main altar was moved to the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, and new organs were installed in 1970.

The church is situated in a popular town square, which hosts various activities, concerts, and restaurants. The beautiful exterior of St. Mark’s Church, combined with the dramatic backdrop of the Biokovo mountain range, makes it a must-visit destination for those in Makarska.

St. Filip’s Church

  • Exploration time: 15 minutes

St. Filip’s Church, built in 1758, is situated in the central part of the Makarska waterfront in Croatia. This Baroque-style church features a façade and a separate bell tower, along with a barrel vault and a semi-circular apse.

The main Baroque altar stone in the church was renovated following an earthquake. The nave of St. Filip’s Church contains four Baroque marble altars, each with an altarpiece. In 1968, the church was declared a cultural monument.

While the architecture of St. Filip’s Church is beautiful, it has unfortunately not been well-maintained. The church is not well-marked, so visitors must pay close attention to find it. Despite these drawbacks, St. Filip’s Church is considered a wonderful historical place worth visiting when in Makarska.

The Shrine of Vepric

  • Exploration time: 30 minutes, longer if you want to stay and soak in the serene atmosphere

The Shrine of Vepric, located near Makarska, Croatia, is a 30-minute stroll from the former “Great Gate.” It was inspired by the Lourdes shrine in France and was founded by Bishop Juraj Carić in 1909. The shrine features a cave that has been turned into a place of worship, a chapel, a sacristy, and the Way of the Cross.

Over time, the sanctuary has developed, with additional buildings and facilities being added. It is considered one of the oldest and most unique Lourdes sanctuaries in Croatia. The Shrine of Vepric celebrates feast days such as Our Lady of Lourdes, the Annunciation, and the Nativity of Mary. Mass is celebrated daily, and various religious services are held.

Often referred to as “the Croatian Lourdes,” the Shrine of Vepric welcomes pilgrims and visitors seeking peace and tranquility. It is set within a beautiful garden in a valley near Makarska and offers a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for prayer and relaxation. Accessible parking is available, including for disabled people. The shrine is beloved for its serene setting, beautiful nature, and tranquil atmosphere.

Short stay in Makarska – best things to do

You only have a day in Makarska? No problem. Here’s how to make the most out of your short stay in Makarska.

Start your day at St. Peter’s Peninsula, a nature lover’s paradise offering breathtaking views from the iconic lighthouse. Then, step back in time as you explore the Old Town’s Kacic Square, filled with historical monuments and local charm.

Savor the flavors of traditional Croatian cuisine at local favorites like Basta Gourmet Bar or Maka. As the sun sets, unwind at Nugal Beach, a secluded bay offering a refreshing escape.

When night falls, experience Makarska’s vibrant nightlife at Lištun Street, a hub of lively bars and clubs. Finally, cap off your day under the stars at the Makarska Astronomical Observatory. This perfect day in Makarska promises an unforgettable blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

Still undecided about where to stay in Makarska?

Makarska boasts a range of top-notch hotels. The Boutique Hotel Mirjam offers a peaceful retreat with stunning views and high-quality services. Hotel Antonio, a four-star gem, provides captivating seafront views and luxurious rooms. Hotel Maritimo is renowned for its authentic Croatian hospitality and culinary delights.

The Aminess Khalani Beach Hotel, a 5-star establishment, delivers an exceptional experience with top-notch facilities and superb service. Lastly, the TUI BLUE Jadran offers a relaxing ambiance with a host of activities available through its innovative app. Each hotel in Makarska ensures an unforgettable stay in this Croatian paradise. And those are just a few of many other amazing hotels in and around Makarska.

About the author

Tomislav is the main contributor and creator of Croatia Wanderlust. With a deep appreciation for his homeland, he dedicates his time to sharing detailed stories and insights about Croatia's rich culture, scenic landscapes, and historical landmarks. His writings aim to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of what makes Croatia a unique and must-visit destination. Through his articles, Tomislav hopes to inspire travel enthusiasts and curious minds alike to explore the beauty of Croatia.

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