Makarska is a port town on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, known for its Makarska Riviera beaches, seafront promenade and nightlife and gay friendly hotels Makarska. On a small bay between wooded headlands, the old town centers on Kačić Square. Ferries connect the port to nearby Brač island. To the east towers the rugged Mt. Biokovo, a nature reserve home to golden eagles and Balkan chamois, with hairpin roads up to Sveti Jure’s summit.
The distance between Makarska and Dubrovnik is 113 km. The road distance is 181.5 km
What to Visit in Makarska
But the real highlight is nature and the fantastic views of the sea and mountains. Besides all the paths and trails around town, Makarska is the entry point to Biokovo Nature Park. Among other things, you can hike (or drive) up the mountain.
- Nature Park Biokovo
- Biokovo Mountain
- Makarska Harbour
- The Peninsula of St. Peter
- Svetiste Vepric
Best Day Tours in Makarska
- Split Day Trip from Makarska Riviera.
- From Makarska Riviera: Explore Dubrovnik Town in Sunset.
- Mostar private day tour from Makarska.
- Private Wine Tasting Tour from Makarska Riviera to Peljesac Peninsula.
- Krka Waterfalls Day Trip from Makarska Riviera
1. Hotel Maritimo 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Makarska
Close to the centre of Makarska and located at a pebbly beach, the charming family-run Hotel Maritimo is close to a sports marina, boasting magnificent views of the Brač and Hvar Islands.
Only a promenade shaded by pine trees stands between the sea and the hotel, which provides comfortable and fashionably appointed accommodation.
Sample local and international cuisine at the restaurant, choosing from a daily menu or an à la carte dish. Enjoy Mediterranean atmosphere at the cocktail bar with an open air terrace which is next to the promenade, overlooking the crystal-clear sea
Located at a pebbly beach, the charming family-run Hotel Maritimo is close to a sports marina, boasting magnificent views of the Brač and Hvar Islands. Only a promenade shaded by pine trees stands between the sea and the hotel, which provides comfortable and fashionably appointed accommodation.
) The staff. Each and every member of the team are wonderful. They really go out of their way to make you feel more than just a guest and they genuinely care that you are enjoying their stay with them. Maria and Ivan deserve a special mention from us.
2) We were half board and both breakfast and evening meal were excellent. Breakfast is self-service and evening meal is waiter service. Be warned – portion sizes are huge.
3) Rooms are large and have everything that you require. Sufficient storage space, mini bar, safe and great shower/bathroom. They are serviced each day.
4) The whole hotel is immaculately clean.
5) The beach is literally across a narrow street and you can reserve sunbeds and a parasol at hotel reception for a full day if you wish. No need to run down at dawn with a towel!
6) You can turn either left or right out of the hotel entrance and walk safely for as far as you wish. Left takes you to the old town via a 15/20 minutes walk.
7) If you are accommodation only or just bed and breakfast then there are numerous choices of eating establishments near by.
8) If you are on a late flight reception will look after your luggage and lend you towels so you can experience the beach for one last time.
A few tips that might help too
1) Hvar Town is worth visiting. It takes a while to get there, even by fast catamaran ferry, but worth it. Trogir is also worth a visit. The Palace in Split was interesting, but really crowded and apart from the cathedral is really just a walled market and series of shops and restaurants.
2) In August the beaches are busy. The further that you walk from the hotel the quieter they get, but don’t expect to have one to yourself.
3) All the beaches are pebbles/small stones. Take flip-flops or you will need to buy some.
4) There is a land train that passes the hotel every 30 minutes or so. You can ride into the main harbour one way (and hence only then 5 minutes from the old town) or to a more remote beach the other way.
5) Visit the old town during the day and then at night. Both are good experiences.
6) Expect a long journey from the airport in Split. The traffic can be heavy so journey times are often longer that advertised. Just take in the views as you ride along – you are on holiday!
7) It’s a very safe environment when out and about. My only safety advice is to be careful when leaving the hotel. Electric scooters and cycles don’t make any noise.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Maritimo Makarska ?
Prices start 144$/night for Twin Room with Balcony and Mountain View.
Twin room with balcony and mountain views. There is also sofa bed for a child (see extra bed rates).
Where to book online – Hotel Maritimo – Gay Friendly Hotels Makarska – you can find the best hotels deals in Makarska during Makarska Craft Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Makarska on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Apartments Nora 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Makarska
Apartments Nora is located 100 m from Makarska Old Town and 350 m from the beach. It offers modern, self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and balcony or terrace overlooking the garden or the Adriatic Sea.
Featuring contemporary decoration, all accommodation types at the Nora Apartments have a well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette with microwave and coffee machine. Each includes a dining and seating area with satellite TV.
Restaurants and bars are within 200 m of the property. Biokovo Nature Park is 5 km away. Boats to the islands of Brač and Hvar depart from Makarska. Free private parking is possible on site.
Apartments Nora is located 100 metres from Makarska Old Town and 350 metres from the beach. It offers modern, self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and balcony or terrace overlooking the garden or the Adriatic Sea.
The apartment has excellent beds, bathrooms and a balcony and is extremely clean! There is parking on site and a small kitchenette complete with a free beer, tea, coffee, cutlery, hob and fridge. Towels are provided.
Balcony was amazing and wifi was free.
Nora provided recommendations and the walk to the town centre is short although steep!
Would highly recommended and would stay here again anytime!
Apartments Nora was very pleasant. An adequate size room with kitchenette, bathroom and a balcony. Nora was very helpful and even did my washing. It is a steep climb from town, if on foot but handy for everything.
Photos do not make justice of this apartment. The place was spotless, the attention to details was amazing. Nora have kindly allowed us to check in very late ( 2 am), and even prepared a cheese board us with with typical cheeses, cured meats and home grow fruits, as she quote “in case we were hungry”. In the next morning we whet amused her yard with full of fruit trees. Nora was an amazing host, herself and her family went over and beyond, she even furnish us with beach bag and extra towels.
The apartment is very spacious and fully equipped with everything you need. Nora cleaned our entire apartment after only 3 days and she gave us new towels.She is very kind and warm and offers to help you with everything you need. The location is very close to the center of the old town and we found it very easily. It was our greatest stay in Croatia and we are very grateful for everything that we’ve received from Nora and her family.
I liked everything about the apartment. The setting was quiet and out of the main center. If you want to be right on the beach, you may not enjoy it as much, but I loved the little hike (just a few hundred meters) up the hill and the peaceful surrounding. The balcony looked right out into apple trees and a small courtyard, and was adorable. The apartment itself was spotless and the hosts were super friendly and helpful. They even provided bags for dirty clothing and all the little things apartments don’t normally provide. It was honestly better than any hotel we could have found and much less expensive. The value for the money is unbeatable. I’d stay there again in a heartbeat.
How much does a room costs at Apartments Nora Makarska ?
Prices start 71$/night for Studio with Balcony. The Studio with Terrace is 81$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Air conditioned studio featuring free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the garden. Includes a fully equipped kitchenette.
Where to book online – Apartments Nora – Gay Friendly Hotels Makarska – you can find the best hotels deals in Makarska during Makarska Craft Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Makarska on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. Hotel Osejava 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels
Boasting a fantastic sea view, the brand-new Hotel Osejava is situated in the centre of Makarska on the promenade, surrounded by 3 magnificent beaches.
Decorated according to the latest trends in interior design and equipped with modern and luxurious furniture, the hotel is open throughout the year. It is a perfect choice no matter if you are on vacation or a business trip. You can also engage in the training of sports groups.
There are 2 congress halls and nearby you can visit the sports centre with tennis courts, a running track, a swimming pool and a basketball court.
Finding an ideal luxury hotel in Makarska does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Hotel Osejava, a nice option for travelers like you.
Rooms at Hotel Osejava provide a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.
In addition, while staying at Hotel Osejava guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. You can also enjoy a pool and free breakfast. Need a place to park? There is paid private parking available on-site.
Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Sveti Patar (0.4 mi) and Svetiste Vepric (1.8 mi), guests of Hotel Osejava can easily experience some of Makarska’s most well known attractions.
If you like steakhouses, Hotel Osejava is conveniently located near Del Fuego.
Looking to explore? Then look no further than Nature Park Biokovo (0.1 mi), Makarska Harbour (0.3 mi), and Park šuma Osejava (0.1 mi), which are some popular Makarska attractions – all conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.
Hotel Osejava puts the best of Makarska at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.
A hotel rarely exceeds my expectations but this one did. If you want to spend time in Makarska away from the crowded tourist beach, choose this hotel. It’s still a short walk from the old town restaurants and there’s a small beach next to it. There’s noise from bars/party boats but it didn’t bother us much and the sea view makes any disturbance worth it. Room was not spotless but pretty close and the whole hotel is beautiful and well maintained.
This unique hotel has excellently designed very spacious rooms with very modern bathrooms. There is plenty of storage just where you need it and even room for 2 suitcases on the rack.
The rooms, corridors and staircases have very interesting murals of old villages.
The whole place is spotlessly clean and well maintained. We were on half board and the food is of very high quality, plentiful, well presented, and delicious.
This is a really lovely hotel overall but the sea view is something particularly special and definitely worth paying the extra for. It was simply beautiful to look out over the harbour, boats, town, mountains and the rocky peninsula every evening watching dramatic sunsets.
The room was smallish but perfectly adequate for two people and very stylishly decorated and furnished and the bathroom was great. The whole hotel including corridors and stairways is very smart and there is a pleasant, discrete scent throughout. The breakfast terrace is a delightful place to start the day, also looking out over the harbour and the food on offer was very good too. The pool, although and smallish, like the rest of the hotel was well kept, deep and a lovely place for a cool down swim.
The rooms are lovely , clean and cleaned all the time we were there , clean towels everyday . The pool area is lovely but on the small side and there could be a few more beds out but you can ask at reception . I don’t think you should have to pay for beach beds when it’s the hotel beds for their beach. The breakfast was lovely plenty and fresh . I think it’s the position of the hotel I loved the most it’s on the quite end with wonderful views of the boats coming and going .
The room was wonderful. Very modern. Clean, comfortable and light and spacious. WiFi worked well and large bathroom with bath was a great addition.
There is a reasonably priced mini bar and space enough to chill a few of your own things inside. You can also ask for a kettle as they may have one to lend you for the room.
The housekeeping staff were very hardworking and very friendly and efficient. I was up early most days and my room was always cleaned while I was at breakfast.
I originally booked a room at the rear of the hotel with balcony overlooking the pool which I can not fault, however as a front facing room became available during my stay, I moved in there.
I was keen to have the spectacular sea view.
The view is sublime, the contrast of the mountain and sea and the constant changing moody sky was a pleasure to witness.
There is only a tiny Juliet balcony on the front sea view rooms ( unless you get the top floor) but that is more than compensated for by the view.
As other reviews have stated, these rooms are not without penalty. You may have to trade some sleep between the hours of 1-5am for the pleasure of the view.
The breakfast is a continental style of pretty average produce and it took me 5 days to realise you could ask for an omelette. You certainly won’t get offered one. I found the main guy at breakfast rather surly.
Weather permitting you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace outside and enjoy the wonderful view.
The pool although small was adequate to relax in the sun for a few hours and a refreshing swim. Towels are available from reception. It’s not the sort of pool to spend all day everyday around and certainly doesn’t lend itself to children’s inflatables.
There is really a lot to be doing in the area and you will find walking trails right from the hotel.
Makarska itself is really not party central. With only a very small number of bars staying open late with really quite controlled music levels. If the Cave nightclub was to be turned into something more sophisticated, the party boats would have no reason to stop there.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Osejava Makarska ?
Prices start 171$/night for Double Room with Park View. The Double Room with Sea View is 250$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
Features a large panoramic window offering views of the sea.
Where to book online – Hotel Osejava – Gay Friendly Hotels Makarska – you can find the best hotels deals in Makarska during Makarska Craft Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Makarska on Booking.com or Trip.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.