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Best things to do in Makarska

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Croatia  /  Dalmatia  /  Split-Dalmatia County  /  Makarska

Top 15 things to do in Makarska

1. Diocletian's Palace, Split

In the heart of the city look for the ruins of Diocletian's Palace--a significant example of Roman architecture and a World Heritage Site. Between 295 and 305 CE, the Roman Emperor built the palace near his birthplace as his retirement home. Walk under the Silver Gate and enter the the Peristyle, the central open-air area. Opposite the gate is the medieval church of St. Dominic, formerly Diocletian's Mausoleum. Admire the excavated remains of the palace's basement. Look for the two granite sphinxes, which Diocletian brought from Egypt. One is still on the Peristyle, and the second sits headless in front of Jupiter's temple.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. Krka National Park, Skradin

Packed with waterfalls, riverside trails, and vegetation, Krka National Park represents one of the Croatia's foremost protected areas. Explore the national park's network of trails that crisscrosses its rugged terrain, then go for a dip in the pools surrounding the many waterfalls--the tallest of which rises to 27 m (89 ft) and cascades down multiple levels to the pool below. The park covers nearly the entire length of the river, giving you a view of the water almost wherever you go and allowing you to spot some of the many fish, birds, and reptiles that call the area home. Be sure to stop by the series of Orthodox monasteries, some from the 15th century, that dot the riverbank and islets within the park.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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3. Wine Tours & Tastings, Split

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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5. Nature & Wildlife Tours, Split

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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6. Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Split

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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7. Marjan Park, Split

Hike, jog, and cycle at Marjan Park, a favorite weekend destination and the city's recreation center. From here you can take in views of the entire city, the surrounding islands, and the nearby mountains. Dense Mediterranean pine forest covers the 178 m (584 ft) tall hill. The area features jogging trails, tennis courts, a botanical garden, a zoo, lookout points, and a water pipeline with drinkable water. When you need a break from all the activity, enjoy a drink at the cafe with a view of the sea. Cars are not allowed in the park.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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8. Off-Road Tours, Split

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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9. Svetiste Vepric

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Speed Boats Tours, Trogir

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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11. Old Split, Split

Walk through the historic core of Old Split to see one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world: the Diocletian palace. The town joined the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. Enter the open-air central area of the palace and climb the campanile of St. Domnius cathedral. Enjoy a panoramic view of Split, nearby islands, and Marjan hill. Don't miss the chance to rub the big toe of the giant statue of Gregory of Nin, outside the palace gate, and make a wish. Other sites to see include 12th- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval forts, 15th-century Gothic palaces, and Renaissance and Baroque-style palaces.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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12. Muzej Riba i Rakova

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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14. Historic City of Trogir, Trogir

See the results of 2,300 years of continuous urban planning at Historic City of Trogir. Founded by the Greeks as a trading settlement in the 3rd century BCE, the site was named Tragurion--the island of goats. Explore the diverse cultural legacy of this World Heritage Site. See the medieval center surrounded by walls and a preserved castle with a tower. Walk past the houses and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Linger at the main portal of the church of St. Lawrence, Trogir's grandest building created by 13th-century Croatian architect and sculptor Master Radovan.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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15. Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split

Cathedral of Saint Domnius feature a third century mausoleum, 12th century bell tower, and 17th century chorus. Visit the Catholic cathedral that claims to be the oldest in the world with its original structure. Admire the rich ornaments and carvings of 14 scenes from the life of Christ on the cathedral's monumental wooden door. Examine the interiors, which show reliefs of Diocletian and his wife around the dome. Enter the cathedral treasury and look for the relics of Saint Duje, which were brought to cathedral after his death. The top of the Bell Tower offers a stunning view of Split.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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