A large number of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic are located in Dalmatia, and the best of them are situated in the Makarska Riviera. This region is known for its perfect combination of warm Mediterranean climate, rich vegetation, crystal clear sea and indented coast, as well as different types of beaches. From sand to shingle, from hidden coves to arranged public beaches, from beaches bathed by the warm sun to those under the natural shade of pine trees and other Mediterranean plants, from quiet and secluded places to the popular and highly visited, with restaurants, bars, entertainment and sports activities. The beaches of the Makarska Riviera will satisfy all your desires.

The seaside resorts on the Makarska Riviera attract tourists with their beautiful beaches that provide maximum enjoyment of all the blessings of the summer holidays on the coast. In addition to enjoying the sea and the beach, a special experience is the view of the massive mountain of Biokovo, looming over the entire area and creating a dramatic landscape.

Explore and discover the beauty of the beaches in Podgora and the Makarska Riviera and select the one that best meets your needs.

If you are looking for an ideal beach, you will find it in Podgora. We present some of the best beaches in the town.

Beaches in the centre of Podgora

The beaches in the centre of Podgora are situated in front of the local hotels, right next to the main promenade. The one kilometre long central beaches are the most visited beaches in Podgora. Their attractiveness is enhanced by the proximity to the main town promenade, which is closed to traffic and features numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The beaches are bathed in the warm sun, and some parts are protected by the natural shade of pine trees looming over the promenade. 

The entrance into the beautiful bluish sea is easy and gradual, and the waters are ecologically healthy.

The beaches are tidy and clean and guests can use the showers and changing rooms, or get chairs, umbrellas and canopies for an extra charge.

If you want to be at the centre of events, these beaches are perfect for you. In the summer months, they are filled with lively sounds from the promenade, the noise of guests on the beach and the sounds of sport and fun water activities such as jet-ski rides, parasailing, “banana” rides, etc.

The most famous and largest beach in the centre is the one in the front of the Medora Auri hotel. This pebble beach is intended for hotel guests and other visitors to the town, and it is adapted for people with disabilities, featuring an access ramp and an elevator for entering the sea.

Plišivac Beach is located north of the city centre and is rightly considered the most beautiful beach in Podgora. It is covered by pleasant small gravel, which turns into sand at the waterline, so entering the clear sea is as pleasant as walking on a sandy carpet.  The Plišivac Bay is more than 1 km long, and some are parts quite narrow, though with enough room for a pleasant stay. Although it is seemingly far removed from the Podgora bustle, do not look for peace and solitude on this popular beach in July and August, as many guests choose to relax and enjoy the summer activities here. Along the hinterland are pine trees that provide natural shade, while refreshments can be found in the nearby restaurants and cafés. 

Dračevac Beach is located about 1 km to the north of the centre of Podgora, in the direction of Tučepi. It is about 400 meters long and covered with beautiful white rounded pebbles that create a visually impressive scene in combination with the turquoise sea. It is one of the most popular nudist beaches on the Makarska Riviera. It is surrounded by dense pine trees and other Mediterranean vegetation that create natural shade. The entrance into the sea is gradual and very pleasant. Although this beach has no changing rooms, showers and toilets, and the nearest refreshment facilities are a short walk away on the Podgora promenade, this beach will conquer you with its natural beauty and special charm.

Garma Beach is in the coves of Garma attract nudists, romantic couples, families with children who want privacy and those who are not fans of large city beaches. The beach is covered with gravel and stones, surrounded by small rocks and pine trees. The colour of the sea is a beautiful turquoise and the entrance into the water is simple and gradual. 

Sutikla Beach is located near the camp of the same name in the direction of the village of Čaklje. It is a pebble beach with natural pine tree shade. The beach is narrow and the access to the sea is pleasant. Nearby are bars and restaurants, which is why this beach is popular with younger people, but also with families for its easy entrance into the sea and proximity to restaurants.

Čaklje beach is the central beach in the village of Čaklje is a beautiful pebble beach with clear water, and a mild and gradual entrance into the water. It is partially covered with pine tree shade and close to many restaurants, which is why it is often filled with visitors in July and August – especially families with children.

If you are a fan of swimming and sunbathing in secluded coves, fit for Robinson Crusoe, that ensure complete privacy, Podgora offers such beaches as well, but you will have to explore the surroundings on your own, as these are the best-kept secret of every coastal tourist resort.

Best known beaches of the Makarska Riviera

A great advantage of holidays in Podgora is the excellent connections between the towns and their proximity to each other, which contributes to the diversity and richness of the tourist offer and experience of the region.

Punta Rata Beach is located in Brela, 20 km from Podgora. In 2004, the American magazine Forbes included it in the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It has been awarded the Blue Flag for the highest level of cleanliness of the sea, the colour of which changes from azure to deep blue. The terrain is of tiny pleasant gravel with a sandy entrance into the sea, making the beach a favourite for families with children. Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent and visitors can enjoy the natural shade of pine trees. Showers and changing rooms are also available, and there are numerous cafés and restaurants nearby.

Nugal Beach is located south of Makarska towards Tučepi, on the edge of the Osejava wooded park. The beach is a real hidden gem of the Makarska Riviera and very well known to nudists, adventurers and tourists interested in exploration and escape from civilisation because the beach is reached by a half-hour walk through the woods. The Nugal Beach is neither arranged nor organised and its appeal lies in its “wild” beauty, a high cliff in the hinterland, beautiful clear water, fine gravel and intact nature.

Tučepi Beach is located in Tučepi. It is the longest beach on the Makarska Riviera – a 4-kilometre long area of pebbles. It is largely covered with pine trees, which provide natural shade. The sea is clear and turquoise, with a mild, gradual entrance into the water. Visitors can rent chairs and umbrellas, and use the showers and changing rooms. Apart from sunbathing and swimming, the beach has a number of water attractions such as banana rides and parasailing. Above the beach is a long promenade with many shops and restaurants, which is especially good for family visits.

The best known Croatian beaches

During your stay in Podgora, you can visit one of the world-famous beaches nearby and enjoy sunbathing, swimming and the natural beauties of the magical landscape of Central Dalmatia.

Zlatni Rat beach is the most famous beach of the Adriatic located in Bol, on Brač island, located about 50 km from Podgora. The beach changes its shape – that is, the surface – according to the currents and waves. It is covered with fine white sand, surrounded by crystal clear azure sea and bathed in sunshine. The deeper hinterland features a pine forest with cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy refreshing summer cocktails in the shade, which is an additional lure for everyone who wants to experience this unique beach. Zlatni rat is a winner of the international white flag for water quality and is listed among the 3 best European beaches.

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