Continuing our look at the best beaches in Croatia’s top locations, TCN’s Vice Rudan – author of the Makarska Beaches app – takes us to five of the best on the Makarska Riviera
1. Vruja/Dubci – Brela
Dozens of magical smaller and larger bays are located on the westernmost part of the Makarska Riviera. They can be reached by boat or by car from Brela, with parking provided on a dirt road that passes through a part of the area, while the most distant bays of Vruja can be reached only on foot. For a large part of the season, these beaches are nudist, while during the high tourist season both clothed and nudist swimmers gather there.
2. Ikovac – Baška Voda
This is a very popular area of Baška Voda which borders the beautiful pebbly beaches of Brela Berulia on the western side, and extends all the way to the centre of Baška Voda on the east. For a number of years, here you can find one of the first and the most popular beach bars of the Makarska Riviera, Južnjačka Utjeha (Southern Comfort), whose delicious summer music selection relaxes both the swimmers and tourists, both during the day and during the hot Adriatic nights.
3. Nugal – Makarska
The Nugal nudist beach is one of the most scenic pearls of the Makarska Riviera and is a very popular destination for swimming with tourists of all nationalities. Although it is not officially declared as 100 percent nudist (institutions should finally do their job for that to happen), it has always been dominated by nudists during all parts of the season. It is quite isolated and is completely in the wild area, so you can reach it only by boat or on foot from the direction of Makarska.
4. Velika Duba – Živogošće
The Velika Duba beach in Živogošće is, together with Nugal in Makarska, certainly one of more picturesque on the whole Riviera. It is located completely outside of any built-up areas which it borders – Živogošće Blato and Živogošće Mala Duba – next to the pine forest, where during the times of the former Yugoslavia a nudist camp was located. Today, nudists use it only before and after the high tourist season, while during the peak season it is full of clothed bathers. It is located just below the highway and is easily accessible to swimmers.
5. Gradac – Vodice Beach
Gradac not only has its long sandy beaches, but also the view from the Vodice Beach towards the centre of the town which is truly idyllic. Especially at sunset! Colours which spill across the sky are simply stunning. The locals say that, on the whole Riviera, it is they who have the most beautiful sunset. We can agree with that, as demonstrated by this photo from 20 February 2015 when, after the sunset, the new Moon appeared, very close to Venus and Mars.