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Leo Trippi's private villas for rent in Makarska area for your luxury holiday

Luxury in Makarska area: Ancient buildings, lovely weather and a sportsman’s dream

Makarska encompasses quaint villages at the foot of the Biokovo Mountain and a natural harbour enclosed by the Osejava cape and the St. Petar peninsula. The famous destinations on the Croatian coast attracts tourists for its natural splendour and good climate, historical buildings and welcoming hosts. The main drawing cards are the beaches, backed by aromatic pinewoods overlooking the turquoise sea. The town beach is a long twisting stretch of pebble, with a shady palm-lined promenade interspersed by restaurants and ice cream parlours. There are peddle-boats, banana rides and jet skis for hire - great fun for families. Biokovo Mountain protects Makarska from the harsh continental climate and is responsible for its lush Mediterranean plant life, mild winters, and long, warm summers cooled by a revitalizing breeze. During the summer months, the harbour fills up with tourist ships and yachts, while young people crowd the main Ka?i? square enjoying lots of entertainment and cultural performances. As the night goes on, Makarska's cafes and discotheques fill up for a vibrant nightlife.

The Dalmatian city of Makarska has always been the centre of the surrounding region known as the Makarska Riviera, both in a political, administrative and economic sense, as well as a core of culture and education. The locals make a living from fishing, olive oil and wine making, and tourism, but there is still a rather pleasant, wild feeling to the place. Generally, the Dalmatian diet consists of fresh vegetables, olive oil and wine and seasonal seafood, with very little meat. Makarska's main square is filled with open-air restaurants and cafés, while behind the church, in the shade, the daily open-air market sells fresh fruit and vegetables. Along the harbour, overlooked by a string of cafés and pizzeria, wooden excursion boats offer day trips to Jelsa on Hvar and Zlatni Rat beach in Bol on Brac. From the prehistoric Illyrian artefacts, Roman seaside villas to the Turkish walls and the Venetian Baroque town; through a popular Austrian resort town to the present day, Makarska, with its luxury rental villas, is a fundamental part of it natural environment.

  • Boating
  • Cultural visits
  • Rafting
  • Paragliding
  • Walking
  • Kitesurfing

Activities

Familiarise yourself with the past of this city by visiting the 500 year old Franciscan monastery. There are several churches you can visit, as well as the city museum and an outdoor market where you can buy food and souvenirs. There are other fun attractions, like trampolines for the kids. It is also worthwhile to visit Kotiina Botanical Garden. Makarska is known for its many cultural and other events throughout the year. In summer, there is the fishing festival celebrated in traditional Dalmatian style, concerts, the summer carnival and folk festivals.

About half an hour’s drive from Makarska, you can go rafting or kayaking along the Cetina River. The mountains have respectable hiking trails. Makarska Sports Centre has football ground, athletic tracks, basketball, volleyball and handball playgrounds which can be used by sportsmen for professional training or recreation. The tennis centre has ten open and two indoor tennis courts. The marina of Makarska offers a well-protected waterfront for boats. Thanks to the Extreme Sports club, you can enjoy sports from paragliding to scuba diving.

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