The island of Brač is only 30 min away by boat from Makarska (you can use the Jadrolinija ferry line). The ferry will leave you in the town of Sumartin, where there are plenty of activities on offer. Do you like paragliding? Just head off to the highest peak of Brač, Vidova gora (778 m), and enjoy a parachute ride on your own or organised by a tourist agency. The local population use the slopes of Vidova gora for cattle farming, and you can try the famous Brač lamb in the traditional local dish vitalac. If you prefer to have your feet firmly on the ground, continue on from Sumartin to Nerežišća and then take a couple of hours to walk down a narrow dirt road to the Blaca Hermitage.
The initially modest stone cave, in which priests from Poljica took shelter on the run from the Ottomans, evolved into an unusual museum comprising a monastery, a church and an agricultural estate that already at that time had a telescope and a well-stocked library. Part of the way from Nerežišća to Blaca can be covered by car, but the final destination is only accessible on foot (an hour-long walk). Brač is also the site of one of the most famous resort towns - Bol with its beach "Zlatni rat" (Golden Cape or Golden Horn), the symbol of Croatian tourism. Supetar and Sutivan are some other well-known resorts worth visiting. Cultural events are organised throughout the summer, and you should not miss the Brač Museum in Škrip, in the very heart of Brač.
If you want to visit Hvar, you will have to go a bit further down south, from Makarska to Drvenik where a ferry will take you to the town of Sućuraj on the island of Hvar. In the summer period, daily excursions are organised from Makarska to the island of Hvar. This island is best known for the healing climate of its towns: the town of Hvar on the south-west side of the island, Jelsa on its northern side, Vrbovska in the central part of the island's north coast, and Stari Grad on the north-west side of the island. Throughout the 100 days of summer, the town of Hvar hosts a traditional summer cultural event, one of the oldest on the Croatian coast, during which music, theatre and folklore performances are held on an open stage, as well as concerts in the atrium of the local Franciscan monastery.