Reaching for the stars
Updated: Apr 13, 2020
You're probably thinking that Makarska is a great place to party all night long. And you're right - it is!
But if you're not into that stuff, or you have kids that will not look so brightly at mummy and daddy being hungover the following morning, we have a solution for you: you should definitely go and visit the local Astro Park!
Hidden in plain sight, right in the center of Makarska, sits a proper observatory. It's a really easily accessible, and child-friendly spot; but even the adults often leave that place astonished at the fact they've never seen it before.
The observatory itself is built into a historical monument to the Revolution at Glavica hill, right above the ferry stop in Makarska center.
From July to September, the observatory is open from 21:00 to 23:30, and from September to October from 20:30 to 23:30 - every day! The rest of the year, you can visit them on Thursdays from 20:00 to 22:00 hours. Over the years, the DAUP Orion group that runs the place has organized many activities for kids and grown-ups who are fascinated by all things (extra)terrestrial.
Oh, and if you're here in July/August, you're in for a real treat: The Perseid meteor shower watching party and International Space Days, with many respected guest lecturers and scientists explaining the mysteries of the universe. So take your kids to a night to remember, this is definitely a must-do on your travel-through-Makarska list!