Makarska is a picturesque town on the Adriatic coast, approximately 60 km southeast of Split and 140 km northwest of Dubrovnik. Makarska is the centre of the Makarska Riviera which runs approximately 30km in either direction from Makarska town, towards Split or Dubrovnik. Along the Riviera, there are many picturesque seaside towns such as Brela, Baška Voda, Tučepi and Podgora.
Makarska is noted for its palm-fringed promenade full of trendy cafes, bars and boutiques overlooking the beautiful harbour as well as its old town centre with narrow stone-paved streets and a beautiful church square. The nightlife is particularly fun in Makarska with many clubs, bars as well as thematic nights organised in the city centre.
Makarska has mainly 4-star accommodation options such as the newly refurbished Hotel Meteor and the cosy boutique hotels Biokovo and Osejava. In the last decade the hotel offer has significantly increased in Makarska making it ideal for conference, incentive and team building groups. The largest hotelier in Croatia, the Valamar Riviera Group has recently acquired several hotels in Makarska such as the Hotel Meteor so the destination is bound to develop further with Valamar’s presence and experience in the market.
Along the Makarska Riviera, there are also some excellent hotels available. Bluesun Hotels can be found in Brela, Baška Voda and Tučepi and they have a superb hotel portfolio with many of their hotels located in prime blue-flag beach locations.
DK Events Croatia DMC can recommend the best hotel options for your group depending on your proposal briefing.
The vicinity of the sea, mountains, islands, Split, Dubrovnik and Bosnia and Herzegovina make Makarska an ideal location for numerous activities and excursions for MICE groups. Makarska Rivera is blessed with some of the best beaches in Croatia so a boat trip is ideal to explore the finest beaches with crystal clear sea, enjoy local food and have a relaxing day out. Sea kayaking, scuba diving, aqua aerobics, rafting and canoeing are all available nearby as well as boat excursions to the islands of Hvar and Brač and coach excursions to Split and Dubrovnik. Makarska Riviera is lined with olive and wine groves and a wine tasting tour is a great post activity treat and a great way to familiarise yourself with Dalmatian wines and olive oil.
Towering above Makarska town is the impressive Biokovo mountain, the second highest mountain range in Croatia. DK Events organises guided hiking tours to explore the beautiful Biokovo Nature Park that offers unparalleled views of the Dalmatian coastline. After your hike, enjoy a heart-warming meal in a local tavern overlooking the fantastic Adriatic panorama. For groups that are interested in exploring the neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina which is just an hour away from Makarska, DK Events Croatia DMC organises interesting tours to Mostar, Počitelj and Blagaj towns, all UNESCO Heritage Sites with real wow factor.
Makarska Riviera has some wonderful dining options in Makarska itself and in other nearby towns along the Riviera such as Baška Voda and Brela. Along the riviera you will find several excellent restaurants in prime beach and old town locations offering international and local cuisine. For traditional Croatian food, we recommend dining in a local tavern ‘konoba’ and tasting local specialties such as fresh fish and lamb or octopus cooked under a hot iron bell. A fun fisherman’s night can also be organised in Makarska town or on board a traditional Dalmatian boat. Guests can enjoy the night with good music, fresh fish menu and local wine.
For gala dinners, Makarska Riviera offers some beautiful terrace locations, small local squares that can be privatised and stunning beach venues that can all be transformed into spectacular gala dinner venues.