Makarska Tourist Attractions
Along the Makarska Coast, sometimes referred to as the Makarska Riviera, is the small port and resort town of Makarska. The town is at the center of a spectacular natural setting. Located at the base of the Biokovo range, Makarska lies in a sheltered cove, with a palm fringed beach and sea front promenade in a lush surrounding. The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the town and also serve to protect it from the cold bura wind. This beautiful little resort draws visitors from throughout Europe.The area has been inhabited since Roman times although there is not much to see from this time period. Of note in the Makarska area are the 18th Century Monastery of St Philip and the 17th Century Franciscan Monastery.The cobble stone promenade is a pedestrian only area and walking is the best way to see Makarska. Approximately 70km / 32 mi from Split, it is an easy day trip for those who don't want to spend the night.Nearby is the Biokovo Nature Park, with hiking and other recreational opportunities.
The town of Gradac is known for having the longest beach in the Adriatic, measuring over 6km / 4mi in length. Located along this beach are a number of hotels, campgrounds, and green spaces. Gradac is situated at the end of the Makarska Riviera (Makarska (Rivijera). In town is a 1661 watchtower, built as a measure to defend against the Turks. The fortification, known as Grada, is what the town is named after.Near Gradac is Zaostrog with a Franciscan Monaster (Franjevacki Samostan), built in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It contains a small art gallery and library. Also of interest is the resort town of Zivogosce which claims to be the oldest settlement along this section of the coast.
A few kilometers from Metkovic are the ruins of Narona, known as Colonia Julia Narona in Roman times. The ancient town was founded by the Romans around the 2nd Century BC and survived until around the 7th Century AD. Narona was abandoned at that time after it was destroyed by the Avars.In the early 1800s archeologist Karl Patsch came upon the site and began excavating. Excavations continued into the 1900s and there is still much work to be done. Narona was the site of a forum, baths, temples, a theatre, and other buildings. A museum at the nearby village of Vid displays finds from the site and offers information on the ancient town. Some finds are also on display in the Archeology Museum in Split.
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