Makarska is a top Croatian beach destination that is especially popular during July and August. During the autumn months, the situation is a bit different.
On September 29, 2021, I decided to take a walk around the town to check the atmosphere and if there are any visitors.

Makarska Riva in autumn 2021
Makarska Riva in autumn 2021

Makarska autumn experience

During September and October, there are no crowds in Makarska. The experience of the town is more intimate. I would say this kind of atmosphere is perfect for those who want to avoid crowds and all the noise created by party animals during the high summer season in destinations like this one.

The current atmosphere in the town is a mix of locals and visitors, which is perfect for all those who want to immerse a bit more into the Dalmation tradition and culture.

Makarska main square
Makarska main square

Most of the tourist facilities will remain open until November. You can take an organised day trip to nearby islands, like Hvar and Brac.

Beach bars and restaurants are fully operational and ready to serve their guests with high-quality food and drinks.

Sea is still good for swimming for those who can handle a bit lower sea temperatures, usually around 20 degrees Celsius.
The weather is a bit colder than during the hot summer months, which is ideal for sightseeing and exploring cultural attractions. The most famous attraction in Makarska is the main square with parish church and monument to Andrija Kacic Miosic, a Croatian writer and intellectual.
You can find more about cultural and tourist attractions in my Makarska travel gude.

The most glamorous attraction near Makarska is Biokovo Skywalk, a small promenade built entirely of glass. Skywalk will be open for visitors until November and then reopen again in spring 2022. During the winter months the promenade is protected from winter conditions, so visitors can't access it.

The monumental town called Split is located only 1.5 hours of car ride from Makarska, so it's really a good idea to go there for a day visit, especially if you stay in Makarska for more than 3 days. You will have a chance to explore imposing Diocletian's Palace, one of the best-preserved monuments from Roman age located in Split.

Dubrovnik is around 3 hours of car ride away from Makarska, so it can be also visited in one day, but it is better to stay there overnight to fully experience the most glorious Croatian destination.

Split is beautiful
Split is beautiful

Zvonimir Peran     2023-07-18

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