Makarska is located in the naturally protected port, facing cape Osejava southeast and peninsula Saint Peter northwest.
The city is situated beneath the hillside of mountain Biokovo (1762 m) which protects it from continental climate. It has a distinctive Mediterranean vegetation, mild winters and long, warm summers with refreshing mistrals. The sun shines more than 2750 hours per year, with the air temperature higher than 20 C from July to September, while the clear sea has the temperature higher than 20 C from July to October.
Makarska is populated with 13 894 people, with population density of 360 residents per km². In the summer season, more than 15 000 tourists visit Makarska.
Tourism is the most important branch of economy in Makarska. With its geographical position and its cultural and historical significance, from its beginnings, it remains the centre of Croatian micro region – coast of Makarska.
Omiš is a little town in the heart of Dalmatia, placed on the mouth of river Cetina. The biggest city in Dalmatia is Split, located 21 kilometres to the northwest. The two cities have a very good transport link (with a bus line going every 20 minutes). The history of Omiš is long and very interesting. On such a small locality, you can visit a variety of cultural and historical sites (churches that date from X. to XVIII. century, plenty of monuments, forts, museums etc.)
Today, Omiš and its surroundings are focused on development of tourism and thanks to the nature around it, it has a significant place in Croatian tourism. In this area that spans 30 kilometres along the coast of the entire Omiš Riviera (Jesenice, Dugi Rat, Duće, Grad Omiš, Stanići, Čelina Zavode, Lokva Rogoznica, Mimice, Medići, Marušići, Pisak) you can find every existing type of beach.
Anyone that wants to escape from the city crowds will find peace and serenity in the nature of these small fishing villages along the coastline of this area. And those who want active holidays are in the right place (rafting on the river Cetina, free climbing, paragliding, scuba diving, sailing, beach volleyball, tennis etc.). Briefly, you can enjoy all land, water or air sports.
The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace of about 30 thousand square meters.
The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing – from Croatian kings in 10th century, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Rich past has been leaving its traces in the town’s everyday life. The city, however, went on remaining as the centre of this part of the coast until this day. In the big city today you can feel the silent beats of history, lively spirit of the young and its particular Mediterranean charm.