Best Beaches in Makarska Riviera, Croatia
Makarska Riviera beaches are the stretches of beaches that have become one of the most popular and attractive spots for holidaymakers in Europe.
Most visitors to Dalmatia go straight for the islands, neglecting Makarska Riviera on the mainland coast between Split and Dubrovnik, missing the main attractions of this Riviera, its beaches.
One of the best asset of this area is undeniably its natural environment, protected by the mountain range Biokovo, pine forests along the coast, giving a pleasant shade during the hot summer days that presents the best quality for every beach lover.
Makarska Riviera Beaches Map
Above map shows Riviera’s central position in Central Dalmatia region, spreading between Brela village, north of Makarska town (the capital) all the way to Gradac village, on the south.
Here are some best known beaches from Brela to Gradac village:
Brela Makarska Riviera beaches
Situated only 14 km north of Makarska capital is the most famous summer resorts on Riviera’s coast with a few kilometers long pebble beaches. On Brela page I have already introduced two of the most beautiful beaches along the Brela coastline – Berulia and Punta Rata. Below are images of some more beaches.
Dugi Rat West Beach
Brela Soline Beach
Brela Stomarica Beach
Baska Voda beaches
Baska Voda, once upon a time a fishermen settlement, is another awesome holiday destination, located just 10 km north from Makarska town. Baska Voda has several very long pebble beaches all surrounded by pine trees.
Thanks to the beautiful coastline and sea and its geographical position, at the foot of Biokovo mountain, it’s also a place for hikers and nature lovers.
Mali Mulic Beach
Baska Voda Nkolina beach – Loved by families with small children
Makarska Town beaches
Makarska town is the capital of Makarska Riviera and one of the most popular summer holiday destinations. Here’s more info and images about Makarska centrally located beaches and some beaches in town’s neighbor like Bratus and Krvavica.
Tucepi is another settlement in a series of small villages along the Makarska Riviera, only 4 km from Makarska. There are some beautiful pebble beaches.
Among Makarska Riviera beaches strand out some the most beautiful nudist or naturist beaches. One of them just before entering the village from Makarska, you can find a wonderful beach in a pebbled bay surrounded by steep cliffs. It’s a Nugal Tucepi naturist beach!
Nugal Nudist Beach
Bellow you’ll find more Tucepi’s beaches!
Tucepi Hotel Alga beach
Tucepi Kamena Beach
Tucepi Slatina Beach
Driving south from Makarska, only 9 km you will reach another beauty of Makarska Riviera, Podgora village. It has grown into one of the most popular tourist destinations in Dalmatia with a lovely port for fishing boats and picturesque stroll promenade.
The first time I visited this small place, its stone promenade (Riva) has reminded me on famous Split Riva.
Like everywhere along Makarska Riviera, Podgora has some beautiful pebble beaches like Plisivac Beach.
Igrane Village Beaches
Igrane is a small harbor on the Makarska Riviera, positioned in the middle of riviera, 7 km southeast of Podgora. The village is located on a small peninsula, with a large pebble beach (1.5 miles) to the south-east side.
Only few minutes from Igrane, there is Zivogosce, another Makarska Riviera village. Landscape is not changed, the new Makarska Riviera beaches are everywhere, a series of of small pebble beaches protected by abundant pine trees.
Mala Duba Beach
Velika Duba Beach
Zivogosce can boast with almost 6 km of interconnected beaches, clean and unpolluted sea, all situated at the foot of a high Biokovo mountain peak Sutvid 1155 m, giving tourists a special temptation for holidays enjoyment.
To reach Zivogosce by car, just take highway A1 from Zagreb and exit to Sestanovac. From the exit Sestanovac Zivogosce is 35 km away.
Drvenik And Gradac Makarska Riviera Beaches
In the southernmost part of Makarska Riviera two villages, deserves your attention. The first one is Drvenik and the last one Gradac village, only 13 km to Ploce town.
Donja Vala Drvenik Beach
Gornja Vala Drvenik Beach
Drvenik village lies in two bays (Gornja (Upper) vala (cape) and Donja (Lower) vala) with some beautiful pebble beaches.