5 Top Things to Do in Makarska, Croatia

5 Top Things to Do in Makarska, Croatia

Discover 5 top things to do in Makarska. Makarska is a Croatian beach town located south of Split.

Makarska was not a destination in our original plan, but we 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.

This top things to do in Makarska post also includes information on cheap accommodation in Makarska, directions in and around Makarska, and lots of other useful information on how to survive travel in Makarska, Croatia.

Ok, here it is. My list of 5 top things to do in Makarska, Croatia.

5 Top Things to Do in Makarska, Croatia

1. Secluded Nudist Beach

The first thing on my list of top things to do in Makarska, Croatia is to go to the ‘secluded’ nudist beach.

There are the obvious main beaches which are quite easy to find (just walk along the coast), or if you want to go for a bit of a walk 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 (as you can see from the featured picture), and not many people are. 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.

Top things to do in Makarska. Nudist Beach

The Secluded Nudist Beach

Getting to the ‘Secret’ Nudist Beach
Look at the last map at the bottom of this post. There is a beach out the front of a hotel, and then there is a path. Just follow it all the way around. You can stop wherever you want and will probably get a piece of ocean to yourself, or go all the way to the end and you will get to the nudist beach.

Update: Sorry but I accidentally erased the map. But I do remember that if you go to Deep nightclub (the famous one there that is in a cave, #2 on this list) and then just 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.

Top things to do in Makarska. Center Square.

I guess this is the town square.

2. Go to Deep Nightclub

There is a really unique bar/café/nightclub in Makarska. It is in a cave, and is quite easy to find. Apparently a lot of people come to Makarska specifically 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 packed on Sunday night. It is empty then gets really 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.

Getting to the Cave Bar
To get to Club Deep, follow the same directions as if going to the Nudist beach described above. It is on the way, before the hiking path. You will not miss it.

Makarska, Croatia, Club Deep

Club Deep, the Cave Bar in Makarska, Croatia,

3. Climb the Mountain

This was my favorite of my top things to do in Makarska, Croatia. The secluded beach was a close second.

Overlooking Makarska is a really 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 and they will give you a good 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.

Makarska, Croatia, View From Mountain

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 indicate which way you should turn by angling in the way you should turn.

4. Buba Beach

The lady that rented us the apartment in Split told us that Buba Beach was better to go to that 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 (we went there late afternoon).

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 my list of top things to do in Makarska is to go rock-climbing. I didn’t actually go but on the way to Secluded Beach (see #1) there are some side paths and some obvious bouldering opportunities. Also, on the map that they gave us at Hostel Makarska they had symbols for it.

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Hiking the Mountain, Makarska

Other Useful Information About Makarska, Croatia

Here’s some other useful information about surviving travel in Makarska, Croatia.

Getting From Split to Makarska, Croatia

Getting from Split to Makarska is a 90 minute bus ride and costs about 52 kuna. 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, Croatia, 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.

Getting to Hostel Makarska
Getting to Hostel Makarska is easily walk-able from the bus station.

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

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Next Stop… Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is our last stop in Croatia. I’m very glad we decided to spend a couple of day in Makarska. It is a very pleasant town with lots to offer, but not over run by tourists, except for when the Sail Croatia boats come in once a month.

Have you been to Makarska before? Help out other readers and leave your tips on things to do in Makarska (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. Jocelyn
    April 10, 2015 at 10:54
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    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.
    Joss

    • Bert Luxing
      April 10, 2015 at 18:47
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      Hi Jocelyn,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for reading.

      I can’t remember myself if there are lockers/left luggage, but I want to say yes because although not a very big city, it seems to be popular with tourists.

      I did however find the following information at http://www.inyourpocket.com/croatia/split/Makarska-Riviera/Arriving-on-the-Makarska-Riviera/Main-Bus-Station_100490v

      “There is one desk for information and tickets, open daily 05:00 – 22:30. The manned left luggage facility (no lockers) has the same working hours as the ticket office, price 5kn per day per item.”

      I hope it helps.

      Makarska was a definite highlight for me in Croatia, I hope you have a great time 🙂 .

  2. Laurelle
    September 9, 2016 at 02:13
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    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.

    Laurelle

    • Bert Luxing
      September 9, 2016 at 21:55
      Reply

      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 Luxing
        September 9, 2016 at 22:19
        Reply

        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 Vedrana
      June 27, 2017 at 01:21
      Reply

      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.

  3. Medora Hotel
    June 27, 2017 at 01:11
    Reply

    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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