In the past mostly fishing, and today a little tourist place, Promajna is placed at the foot of Biokovo, 4 km south from Baška Voda. Its name owes to the source of life – the Sun because promaljanje means Sun showing its head and it is mentioned for the first time in 1674. But the great number of archeological findings (ceramics, amphoras, coins, tegulas etc) speak about the existence of life on its area from the II century BC. The grave findings of the gold jewelery (a pearl necklace, bracelets and a ring) are one of the most important discoveries of the late antiquity in the Makarska coastline and the terminational cipus with chiselled-in cross (VI – VII ct) is one of the oldest symbols of Christianity found in this area.
The long white pebble beach sheltered by pine trees and equipped with all the necessary contents, the crystal-clear and warm sea, the clean air and preserved environment are the main features of Promajna. The beginnings of the tourism are linked to the construction of the nearby Dječje Selo, a health resort for curing the respiratory system diseases. During the last decades a multitude of private houses were built which offer quality rooms and apartments, and the place disposes with high-quality hotel accommodation. This nicely decorated place has all the basic contents that tourist may require (post-office, grocery stores, tourist agencies, exchange offices), and the local restaurants offer gastronomical specialties of the Dalmatian and international cuisine. The church tower and the wast All Saints' church (built in 1999) dominate the center of the place. With the beginning of the new millennium Promajna receives several recognitions as one of the most decorated tourist little places on the Croatian Adriatic (the Blue flower).
Makarska has always been the center of the surrounding region known as Makarska Riviera, both in an administrative, political and economic sense, as well as a center of culture, education, and since the mid twentieth century, tourism.
Today, it is a city of more than 15 thousand inhabitants that encompasses picturesque villages at the foot of the Biokovo Mountain, including Veliko Brdo, Puharići, Kotišina and Makar (which is where the name of Makarska comes from).
Makarska is one of the most famous tourist destinations on the Croatian coast, attractive for its nature and good climate, rich in tourist attractions and full of hospitable hosts.
To this day, Makarska is known for its sandy beach, which is almost 2 kilometers long. The walkways are lined with pine trees and surrounded by luxury hotels, tourist facilities, and gastronomical havens, and there is plenty of fun for both adults and children.
Makarska is located below the mountain of Biokovo (1762 m), which protects it from the harsh continental climate and is responsible for its rich Mediterranean vegetation, mild winters, long, warm summers cooled by a refreshing breeze called maestral.
Makarska has more than 2750 hours of sun each year and the air temperature above 20°C from July to September. During these same months, the
crystal-clear sea also averages a temperature of above 20°C.
The city of Makarska grew around a natural harbor protected by a picturesque peninsula of Sveti Petar (St. Peter) and the cape Osejava. It is the only harbor of this kind between the mouth of the Cetina and Neretva rivers. In the past it provided protection and safe harbor during stormy weather to sailors, pirates and merchants, and nowadays it does the same for yachts, sailing boats and tourist ships. This contributed to its development into a trading port, especially during the Ottoman and Venetian occupation. Today, there is a ferry line which runs a few times a day from Makarska to Sumartin on the island Brač.
During the summer months the harbor fills up with yachts and tourist ships, while young people crowd the main Kačić square enjoying entertain¬ment and cultural performances.
As the night goes on, Makarska be¬comes livelier and livelier, and its ca¬fes, restaurants and discotheques fill up.
The best way to become familiar with the history of this city is by visit¬ing the Franciscan monastery which recently celebrated its 500th anniversa¬ry.
The monastery boasts a picture gallery, library, one-of-a-kind Malaco-logical museum (dedicated to the study and preservation of mollusks) and the Institute of Mountains and Sea. The church of St. Marko is located on the Kacic square. On its north side are: the Gojak gallery, located in the old school building, public library, the school of music, and the headquarters of the Makarska Riviera radio.
The city museum can be found on the waterfront, as well as the church of St. Filip. The renovated church of St. Petar is located in the St. Petar park, a spot with a beautiful view of the city, magnificent Mount Biokovo and the open sea.
Makarska's geographical position is 44° 17' 38" latitude and 17° 1' 20" longitude, which places it approxi¬mately in the center of north-western half of the Makarska coast.
The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature.
Thanks to the mild climate, the warm winters and pleasant summers Hvar receives many guests, scientists and travellers, who are attracted by the dense mediterranean nature, rich tradition and arhitecture, and nightlife.
While separation from the mainland can sometimes be a handicap, it also provides some protection from the factory chimneys and other misfortunes which come with civilisation. Instead, there are vast fields of lavender, ancient olive trees and vineyards, in immaculate harmony between man and nature.
There are wine and olives, so a guest wishing to get closer to nature will stop at a small inn (Hvar "konoba") rather than a top quality restaurant. He will taste real home-made wine instead of some famous sparkling wine, he will sing the old island songs and forget the monotony of the everyday routine. Every guest is really a Guest here.
Through the centuries, an oasis of culture has remained here, a testimony to the identity. Hvar has celebrated 140 years of organised tourism, and today it is considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world. We invite you to explore this unique island that offers everything one needs for an unforgettable holidays. Whatever you are looking for on your vacation, you may find it here; night life and cultural attractions of cosmopolitan Hvar town, boat excursions to Pakleni Islands, sandy beaches near Jelsa, the ancient town Stari Grad in which past centuries mingle with modern tourist facilities, heavenly beaches under pine trees in Zavala, exotic atmosphere of south cliffs in Ivan Dolac, Sveta Nedjelja or MIlna, the "little Venice" ambient in Vrboska, drive trough and sense lavander fields near Zastrazisce, Gdinj and Bogomolje, peaceful secluded bays near Sucuraj ... this is just a fraction of it ... you need to explore it. Rich cultural and historic heritage of Hvar, that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays , crystal blue sea, high quality accommodation in apartments and rooms at private houses, hotels, and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of a holidays in Hvar you will always remember.
Here the Adriatic gently caresses the pearly white beaches, while the sun happily spreads its life-giving rays upon the green oasis at the foot of the magnificent mountain Biokovo. Inherited from both God and man, somewhere between the sea and mountains, between deeds and dreams. Since ancient times and Roman Aronia, right up to the modern days, traces have survived and enriched people.
Numerous family homes filled with warmth and hospitality, high quality comfortable hotels crowned with golden stars and camps guarantee a great holiday. An eternal source of poetic inspiration and wonderment of life, the sea itself calls for you to enjoy in happy moments that will forever remain in the hearts and memories of those in love with life. Relax and forget all your daily worries in the shade of palm trees and pines, during a leisurely stroll along the sea, in the company of those you love. Inhale and fill your lungs with health, plunge into the fragrance of dew on beautiful pine needles, grape leaf, olives and palms. Discover why it was once written that here even a dying man comes to life again!