TRAVEL BLOG 29/10/2018
CROATIA PART 4

 

Makarska resembles a mini Split, all golden stone and port side elegance, but on a smaller scale. With two excellent beaches within walking distance of the main town, it’s a perfect destination to slow the pace of life down and put the sightseeing aside for a while.  Makarska boasts a vast range of restaurants from street food, chips and fried fish/meat, to better portside restaurants. All are much cheaper than Split, and most are similar in quality. The beachside restaurant Bounty-bar on the larger, shaded beach is by far the best for long lazy lunches by the crystal clear sea. While at night Makarska takes on a more party atmosphere in as the boats roll into the harbour to moor for the evening. The port can get noisy with party boats in high season. Whereas the suburban sprawl, which fans out from the water is quieter and more traditional.

Hotel Osejava is ideally positioned away from the madding crowd and offers a stunning panoramic view of the town from its terrace. The adjoining pebbled beach, complete with cave bar, is ideal for languid mornings watching the comings and goings of the harbour.

Lazy days on the nearby island of  Brac are possible within an hour from Makarska. The local ferry takes you into Sumartin a small, very low-key village on the southernmost tip of the island. A few restaurants, a supermarket, stunning beaches and great walks give you a taste of island life for  60kn return.