Woo-hoo, I'm totally excited with this post on Makarska Riviera Beaches. And I think you should be excited too. They are the nicest beaches in Croatia. I spent quite some time in this Croatian coastal area.
We used to go camping to Zivogosce Dole (the nicest pebble lies there, as a true connoisseurs of the area claim!).
Vera's got family living in Makarska. And we always plan to make that slow trip down the coast, and stop at every possible bay, cove, headland, and a shoreline. However, this sure takes lots of time. And we still haven't managed to do it. That's why we teamed up with a fellow blogger Vice who lives in Makarska, and knows every corner of this beautiful region in Croatia. He's passionate photographer, and his facebook page is a true inspiration. He's got so many gorgeous photos of Makarska Riviera Beaches.
Here is Vice's first five hidden gems of Makarska Riviera beaches. Beware that Europe, and Croatia particularly, has somewhat liberal approach to bathing. These beaches are more or less wild beaches, and they are naturists friendly beaches. However, it's less common to see naturists in high season. Another thing to keep in mind is that these beaches are difficult to reach (that makes them hidden gems!).
Along Makarska Riviera, rocky coast alternates with beautiful pebble beaches. Biokovo mountain rises high from the sea, creating a rather dramatic backdrop. Mountain has lots of streams and creeks. Along with lapping waves and the currents, they helped to shape the Makarska Riviera Beaches.
Five gorgeous, but less known Makarska Riviera Beaches
#1: Brela Vruja area is the westernmost part of Makarska Riviera. This area stretches over two kilometers, and hides dozens larger and smaller beaches, one nicer than the other. Beaches of Brela Vruja area have very little or no natural shade, and we highly advise you to carry a sun-umbrella with you. Since the closest village (Brela Jakirusa) is quite far, if you plan to spend a day at the beach, you should also bring with you some water and food.
#2: Drasnice East-side area stretches over few kilometers from village Drasnice all the way to the neighboring village Igrane. It consists of many wonderful small bays. Many beaches offer thick pine wood and natural shade. Some beaches in this area can only be reached by the boat.
#3: Nugal Makarska beach is one of the most picturesque beaches on the Makarska Riviera, and probably in the entire Croatia. It's located two kilometers east of Makarska. You can only reach this beach on foot (small seaside promenade) or by boat. One stream steep fall over the rocky Biokovo Mountain just above Nugal beach, creating an over 10 m high waterfall in winter months.
#4 Promajna is a small village west of Makarska. This village had a popular rehabilitation center for children with asthma. Today this structure is abandoned. Next to these abandoned buildings you'll find dozens of small beaches. The beaches are easily reachable and there is a free parking nearby. Very naturist friendly throughout the season.
#5: Zivogosce Velika duba is a gorgeous bay located between villages of Zivogosce Mala Duba & Zivogosce Blato. The beach has beautiful round pebbles and thick pine wood. You can easily spend the entire day at this beach. During the high season, the beach is busy with locals and tourists.
We hope you enjoyed our first post on hidden gems of Makarska Riviera Beaches. If you plan on spending your vacation in this area, please check awesome Makarska Beaches application for IOS & Android (soon to be released). This is a complete guide on Makarska Riviera Beaches with over 300 photos, detailed descriptions, and information on location and how to reach each of them. The application has filters to help you find the perfect beach according to your preferences. The best part is that the entire guide will be available offline.
Photo credit: Tempet Makarska
What's the nicest beach you've swum at? Let us know in the comments below!