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Makarska Travel Guide

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The city of Makarska grew around a natural harbor protected by a picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar (St. Peter) and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbor of this kind between the mouth of the Cetina and Neretva rivers. In the past it provided protection and safe harbor during stormy weather to sailors, pirates and merchants, and nowadays it does the same for yachts, sailing boats and tourist ships. This contributed to its development into a trading port, especially during the Ottoman and Venetian occupation.
Today, there is a ferry line which runs a few times a day from Makarska to Sumartin on the island Brac. During the summer months the harbor fills up with yachts and tourist ships, while young people crowd the main Kachic square enjoying entertainment and cultural performances.
As the night goes on, Makarska becomes livelier and livelier, and its cafes, restaurants and discotheques fill up.
The best way to become familiar with the history of this city is by visiting the Franciscan monastery of St. Marija which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. The monastery boasts a picture gallery with the collection of the Baroque church paintings, very rich library, unique Malacological museum (dedicated to the study and preservation of mollusks),which apparently has the largest collection of snails, shells and mussels in the world, and the Institute of Mountains and Sea.
The church of St. Marko,located on the Kachic square, was built in 1776.
On its north side are: the Gojak gallery, located in the old school building, public library, the school of music, and the headquarters of the Makarska Riviera radio.
The city museum can be found on the waterfront, as well as the church of St. Filip.
The renovated church of St. Petar is located in the St. Petar park, a spot with a beautiful view of the city, magnificent Mount Biokovo and the open sea.

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Makarska Pier

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