Makarska is very accessible place that you can walk around in 30 minutes. Villa Palaldium is placed 5 minutes from the main beach by walking, 5 minutes from the heart of the town by walking, everything you need is 5 to 10 minutes by walk.
While being a famous touristic destination, the city of Makarska is also a historical city.
The city of Makarska grew around a natural harbor protected by a picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar (St. Peter) and the cape Osejava.
The best way to become familiar with the history of this city is by visit¬ing the Franciscan monastery which recently celebrated its 500th anniversary. The monastery boasts a picture gallery, library, one-of-a-kind Malaco-logical museum (dedicated to the study and preservation of mollusks) and the Institute of Mountains and Sea. The church of St. Marko is located on the Kacic square. 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.
The part of the Mountain that is best for visiting (as it has been designed for this purpose) is the area designated as Biokovo Nature Park. This is open from the beginning of April to mid-November each year, with longer opening hours during the summer months.
The Mountain is very suitable for walking and hiking, with Vosac peak (1,422m) only 1.8 miles from Makarska city centre (on a well signposted route). From Vosac, it takes two hours along another well marked path to Sveti Jure (St. George), the highest peak in the area at 1,762 metres. There are amazing views of the Croatian coastline and its islands from Biokovo – on clear days, even parts of Bosnia and Italy (across the Adriatic Sea) can be seen!
Organised hikes (of various levels of difficulty) on Biokovo also exist for those wishing to join a professionally guided group. You can also visit the Nature Park on an organised tour that’s perhaps a little less strenuous – see this page from the Biokovo Nature Park for a list of companies that organise these tours.
There is a Botanical Garden in the village of Kotisina which has a variety of vegetation. In general, the mountain also has a profusion of wild flowers and plants. One of the better known types of geranium (called Biokovo) comes from here. For animal life, the Mountain is home to a number of goats.
The mountain is also well known for its caves.
As Biokovo Moutain is situated just “behind” Makarska, the easiest way is to first reach this town (if travelling from elsewhere) by bus. See our Getting to Makarska section for details on how to do just that.
You can also enter the Nature Park by car or bike.