5 Cool Things to Do in Makarska Croatia

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Discover 5 cool things to do in Makarska Croatia. Makarska is a Croatian beach town located south of Split. Makarska was not a destination in our original plan. We had decided to stop there to break up the bus ride from Split to Dubrovnik. I’m glad we did, it was definitely worth the look.

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5 Cool Things to Do in Makarska Croatia

1. Secluded Nudist Beach

The first thing on this Makarska what to do list is to go to the ‘secluded’ nudist beach.

There are the obvious main beaches which are quite easy to find. You only need to walk along the coast. Or, you can go to this less crowded beach. It is about a 30-minute walk from town.

You do not have to be a nudist to go to this beach. Many people wore clothes when we were there. All the nudist seem to be at the far end. It is a much nicer alternative than the main (and very crowded) beaches. Worth the hike.

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The Secluded Nudist Beach

Getting to the Nudist Beach in Makarska

Start from the Deep nightclub. It is the famous nightclub there that is in a cave. #2 on this list. Keep going past it and there is a path/trail that goes up along the cliff top. Follow that path. I have embedded the map to get to Deep at the bottom of this post.

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I guess this is the town square.

2. Go to Deep Nightclub

There is a unique bar/café/nightclub in Makarska. It is in a cave and is quite easy to find. A lot of people come to Makarska to go to this bar. Its official name is Club Deep.

All the Sail Croatia tours (party boats) arrive in Makarska on Sunday, so this club is full on Sunday night. It is empty then gets crowded all at once as they all come in. Inside the local beer is 15Kuna. Outside is table service from the small bar and it is 20Kuna per beer. After midnight they start charging a cover charge, but I don’t know how much it is.

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Club Deep, the Cave Bar in Makarska

3. Climb the Mountain

This was my favorite thing to do in Makarska. The secluded beach was a close second.

Overlooking Makarska is a big mountain that you can climb.

It takes about three hours to reach the first peak and five to reach the second. If staying at Hostel Makarska, talk to whoever is at reception to get a topographical map. The path is a bit steep and rocky at the start, but then turn’s into a forest area which is very pleasant.

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View from the Mountain

The trail is very well marked all the way from town, with these red and white dots and stripes. The stripes show which way you to go by angling in the way you should turn.

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4. Buba Beach

The lady that rented us the apartment in Split told us that Buba Beach was better than the main beach. It’s about a 20-minute walk from the main beach. It is a little quieter, but not as good as the Nudist beach mentioned in this post. There is a bar there too, the Buba Bar. We didn’t go in but it had music pumping, even during the day.

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Via Wikimedia. A beach in Makarska.

How to Get to Buba Beach

To get to Buba Beach, go west along the coast. Going east will take you to the first beach mentioned.

5. Go Rockclimbing

The last thing on this Makarska things to do list is to go rock-climbing. On the way to Secluded Beach, there are some side paths with bouldering opportunities. Also, on the map that they gave us at Hostel Makarska, they had symbols for it.

Getting From Split to Makarska

Getting from Split to Makarska is a 90-minute bus ride and costs about 52 kunas. Putting your baggage under the bus only cost 3kuna. We took the #1000 from Split.

Cheap Accommodation in Makarska Croatia

If you need cheap accommodation in Makarska we stayed at the Hostel Makarska. Not to be confused with Hotel Makarska.

Hostel Makarska is only a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station. Free wifi, fridge, outdoor cooking facilities, and use of lockers. The people there are very friendly as is the dog. 100kuna for a dorm bed.

Book your stay at Hostel Makarska or another place using the form below.

Getting to Hostel Makarska

Getting to Hostel Makarska is walkable from the bus station.

The address is Prvosvibanjska 15. To get there from the bus station, head south-east on Don Mihovila. Take the 3rd right on Jadranska and then the first left to the hostel. You will see signs.

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I’m very glad we decided to spend a couple of days in Makarska. It is a very pleasant town with lots to offer, but not overrun by tourists. Except, of course, for when the Sail Croatia boats come in once a month.

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  • JocelynReply April 10, 2015 at 10:54

    Hello, I enjoyed this article. I have a question. Do you know if there are any luggage lockers or luggage storage in makarska near the bus station? We are going through there on the bus and I would like to get off the bus and do some sightseeing. Thank you.

  • LaurelleReply September 9, 2016 at 02:13

    Hi there, this is a great post. My friend and I were particular interested in hiking somewhere. Do you remember the name of the mounting you climbed? It wasn’t Biokovo was it? Also I cannot see the map you mentioned to be at the bottom of this post. Maybe it’s my phone.
    Thank you again.


    • Bert LuxingReply September 9, 2016 at 21:55

      Hi Laurelle,

      I can’t remember the name of the mountain but I think it is the one everyone knows to climb. They even have markers on the street to show you the way. Just ask at your accommodation. I think you are right about it being called Biokovo.

      Sorry about the map. I’ll try embed a new one. Thanks for letting me know 😀 .

      • Bert LuxingReply September 9, 2016 at 22:19

        The map shows where club deep is and the path to the beach is near club deep. Check my added note in the post of how to get to the secret beach.

        Hope it helps.

        Thanks 🙂 .

    • Super VedranaReply June 27, 2017 at 01:21

      The mountains name is Biokovo, Laurelle 🙂 Biokovo mountain offers an unforgettable experience of climbing the cliffs and the countless narrow paths where you might even run into some mountain goats, enjoy the spectacular view of the sea and explore the native flora. Top “Sveti Jure” is the second highest mountain peak in Croatia (1762m), and therefore is a special challenge to all climbers who want to conquer the heights.

  • Medora HotelReply June 27, 2017 at 01:11

    Great post Bert. We would certainly add rafting. Rafting is a very popular adrenaline sport often practiced by tourists. It doesn’t really matter whether you have some experience in rafting or this would be your first time, you should know that river Cetina which is close to the city of Omish (just 30 km from Makarska) will help you experience something completely new. Tourists are using special boats designed for rafting and they can enjoy the natural beauties of this region. The river canyons are amazing! There are mini-buses that can take you from and to Makarska every day during the summer period. Don’t miss this chance to have some fun with your friends or family and definitely visit Podgora.

    So, whatever you are looking for active holiday in Croatia, romantic holiday in Croatia, family holiday in Croatia, holiday with children in Croatia, Makarska riviera beaches are the right choice with activities taking place during the day and night that will make you feel butterflies in your stomach and make you fall in love with life.

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