The town of Makarska is a middle-Dalmatian tourist town with about 13,500 inhabitants.
During the summer tourist season up to 150,000 guests mostly from Western and Eastern Europe visit the town of Makarska. Makarska is the center of the micro-region, Makarska Riviera, owing to its geographical position, cultural and historical importance. It is situated in a naturally protected harbour closed by the Osejava cape from the south-east and St. Peter's peninsula from the north-west.
The town is amphitheatrically spreading towards the slopes of the Biokovo mountain (1762 m) which protects Makarska from the harsh continental climate and is responsible for its rich Mediterranean vegetation, mild winters, long, warm summers cooled by a refreshing breeze called.
Summer temperatures can be up to 35 C, with average 30-32 C.
Because of its unique position the city of Makarska was inhabited 8000 years ago, which is confirmed by findings from the cave Bubnjevača in Veliko Brdo
Ancient period is confirmed by the numerous findings traced on the Square of Friar Andrija Kacic Miosic, next to the Franciscan monastery, on the Glavica and on the Peninsula of Saint Peter.
The first mention of the ancient settlement Inariona as a station on the coastal road Salon-Narona made tabula Peutigeriana in the first half of the 4th century. The acts of Salonitan Parliament since 4 May 533rd says Mucurum was as a place where the diocese was established.
Under its present name Makarska was mentioned for the first time in 1502. During the Turkish occupation, Makarska became a part of their province Primorje and was fortified with three towers. Makarska became a part of Venetian republic in 1684. Under the hundred-year rule of theVenetian lion, the foundations of the future city were built. In the following hundred years, during the French and Austrian rule, the city experienced increased cultural and economic development. However, the greatest impact to the outer appearance of Makarska and the life of local people was created by Venetians. A part of the rich cultural heritage and art is kept in the city museum and the gallery of Antun Gojak. The Franciscan monastery of St. Mary is more than 5 centuries old. It is a monument and includes Malacological museum, which is one of the most famous worldwide.