Around Makarska

The reason for staying on the Makarska Riviera is sun, sea and - well pebble beachs. With a good choice of hotels and lots of water sports, it’s an area to lie back and do nothing, sit on the beach or spend time out on, or above water. Starting from the north the first village is Brela and it’s a pretty mixture of old and new houses, pine woods and lots of beaches. Next is Baška Voda, once a village of farmers and fishermen, and today a modern tourist resort with all features of the small Mediterranean town.The next two villages Promajna and Krvavica - are much quieter. Look out too, for Bratuš, a pretty little fishing village that the Riviera throng seems to have passed by. However, the heart of the Makarska Riviera is of course the town of Makarska itself. Birthplace of footballer Alen Bokšić who played for clubs in Croalia, Italy and England, and home fo Croatia's best rugby team. Makarska somehow has more hiscorical ballast than the other towns along this coast. It has been ruled at diffcrent times by the Romans, the Turks, the Venetians and the Austrians, and the influence of the last two can be seen in the lovely Venetian mansions and dignitied Habsburg-era hotels that stand out next to the drifts of modern apartments, restaurants, tourist agencies, banks and shops. Although there is a Town Museum, a monastery and an exccllent seashell museum, the main reason for coming to Makarska is to swim, soak up the sun, and possibly do a bit of walking.

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