However, while it may look serenely picturesque when the sun's shining, come evening the club scene comes to life, with locals spilling out onto the promenade and partying until sunrise. Daytime adventurer or nighttime dancer? There's something for everyone in Makarska.
Beaches, beaches, beaches. Locals and tourists alike flock to Makarska for the chance to unwind on some enviable shoreline. The main town beach is lined with plenty of cafes and restaurants to hop in and out of when the sun gets too hot, but if you want to get away from the crowds, head north to Ramova Beach.
If you prefer staying on the move, head to Biokovo Nature Park. This mountain range offers various trail options with increasing difficulty, allowing you to explore the wildlife while taking in mesmerising panoramic views. And if you're not confident enough to wander alone, guided tours are also available.
Then it's back to the town to admire everything you've seen from above up close. The Old Town is somewhere you could easily spend hours ambling around, with Venetian architecture aplenty. Andrija Kačić Miošić Square acts as the centre of it all, named after the famous Croatian friar - you'll even find his statue there.
Visiting in July and August? Every week, Makarska's Fishermen's night is held along the waterfront. This celebration of local culture sees everyone dress up in traditional costumes, with plenty of fresh seafood available to sample between the fun-filled games.
Traditional Croatian food combines fish, vegetables, and liberal amounts of olive oil. The result? Tantalisingly fresh food that's perfect for those long summer nights. Typically the seafood served in Makarska restaurants will have been taken from the water that day. It's then expertly seasoned for an utterly delicious result.
Prefer your meats? There are still plenty of options, but we'd recommend trying peka. This warming dish bakes meat and vegetables under a bell-like lid that's covered with hot ash.
For a vegetarian-friendly option that you can enjoy on the go, sample soparnik. A Croatian alternative to pizza, this thin, savoury dough is filled with Swiss chard, and typically potatoes. It's traditionally prepared over an open fire - a fascinating process that only adds to the eating experience.
And when you're looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, you can't go wrong with rozata. Likened to a creme brulee or flan, this medieval dessert is lovingly topped with caramel sauce - no wonder it continues to prove popular today!