Makarska - Tourist guide

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Makarska is a very beautifull city at the foot of impressive Biokovo mountain with it's 15000 habitants. Makarska has very rich and long tourist tradition. In the heart of Dalmatia Makarska represents cultural, administrative and economic centre of the area. Makarska is 64 km south of Split.

Makarska rappresents exquisite joint of beauty of mediterranean seaside and mountain plainess. Biokovo with it's highest peak –Sv. Jure 1.762 m, is declared natural park with it's crasistic fenomenas, endemic plants and extraordinary flora and fauna.

Threfore in this seaside resort you can enjoy the sun and untouched nature of the mountain and other contents which Makarska offers through it's modern hotel accomodation, private accomodation, terms, sports contents, wellness centre, tennis facilities (tennis centre contains nine tennis courts and two gyms, all with the clay floor and the adequate lightning). Makarska is also well-known health-recreational centre. During summer season in Makarska helds numerous popular ceremonies, and different cultural and sports events. Restaurants and pubs offer a rich gastronomic content of traditional food and wines.

And because of Makarska's rich nightlife it is very popular destination with domestic tourists. For all the things mentioned Makarska has been called the City of Return because of that beautiful nature, historic-cultural herritage, extraordinary offer and your hosts which always welcome you with the smile, for all that tourists always do come back.

As Makarska is the crossroad for many continent and sea destinations you have the opportunity to make nice trips to the near islands Brac, Hvar, Korcula, or in the continent of Dalmatia behind Biokovo mountain or to the cities of Split, Dubrovnik or Medjugorje sanctuary or other different destinations which will make your staying unforgettable. Open to the sea, at the same time protected by the mountain this city is the ideal place for your vacations, entertainment and recreation.

As Makarska is situated in an inlet very extraordinary closed by two peninsulas Sv. Petar e Osejava, almost in the centre of the riviera surrounded by the massive of Biokovo, that brought Maccarum, classic and antique, into the important centre of the region. In data base it had been in the golf of Makarska that naretaneans in 1887 won the venezian flote. During the government of Petar Kresimir IV, in the XI century, Makarska was connected to the croatian state. In the Middle Ages it was under the government of the ungaro-croatian rulers.

At the end of the XV century it was conquisted and destroyed by the Turchs, as to be renovated and proclaimed te be the centre of the district. Turkish fortifications in Makarska were projected by the famous Hajurdin, who edified Mostar bridge. In 1646 during the turkish-venezian wars the region liberates itself from the Ottomans and up to the fall of Venezia it makes part of the Serenissima Republic. In that period many buildings were renovated especially those religious distroyed during the turkish government.

On the square in front of the St Marco cathedral a Baroque fontain was constructed and the monument to the famous croatian poet and the collector of the croatian literary herritage, francescian Andrija Kacic Miosic, a work of the most renomenated croatian sculptor of the XIX century Ivan Rendic. The houses on the coast by the sea were seriously destroyed during the Second World War, meanwhile at their place come the other constructions. So called Mala obala ( Marineta) where we can see protected series of the houses from the XVIII and XIX century. Surrounded by the buildings on the coast stands out the late Baroque church of St.Filip from the 1757.

Historical and cultural herritage is rapresented by the Franciscan monastery with it's world famous Malacological Museum which collection has been made from the examples from the Adriatic and other seas of the world. It is considered one of the most beautiful and richest malacological museums in the world.Then there are the cathedral of Sv. Marko, the church of Sv. Filip, Vepric sanctuary, Kacic square, and the other museums and galleries accessible only through the narrow stone streets and squares.

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