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Tučepi is one of the most famous Croatian holiday destinations. It lies in a long and wide bay on the Makarska Riviera in Central Dalmatia. It is known for its peaceful atmosphere and its long beautiful pebbled beach. The sea in this area is famous by its natural high salinity rate and crystal dearness.

Tučepi is located 4 kilometres south-east of Makarska. It has 1,770 inhabitants, mostly engaged in agriculture and tourism. The hamlets of Tučepi: Podpeć. Čovići, Srida sela, Šimići and Podstup, built in traditional Mediterranean style, are spread over a large area of coastal limestone slopes. Rich in natural water springs, the area abounds with terraced eardens, vineyards and olive-groves.

The settlements of Tučepi dates back to antiquity. The current town name was first mentioned in 1424. In the 18th century, rich Makarska families built villas in Tučepi. The summer house of abbot Grubišić is today "Kaštelet" hotel.

There is a long promenade that follows the shoreline; only separated from the beach by a line of evergreen pine trees. The centre of Tučepi is located in the eastern part of the bay, where pine tree alley changes into palms. There are some shops, restaurants, a supermarket and a boat harbour there.

There are lots of luxury hotels in Tučepi but you can stay also in private apartments. During the summer tourist season the beach is usually crowded. Entertainment and cultural programmes are offered all the summer known as "The Tučepi Summer Evenings" beginning with St. Anthony's Festival on June 13 (St. Anthony of Padua is the patron of the parish). Through the summer one can enjoy the benefits ranging from relaxing and enjoying natural beauties to concerts, open air stage performances, drama evenings, Dalmatian group singing of folk songs, plastic arts and paintings exhibitions, sports competitions and public festivals.

The geographical position of Tučepi enables tourists to visit a great number of neighbouring towns (e.g. Split or Dubrovnik) and islands (Hvar, Brač) in one-day excursions. It takes only an hour by car to reach St. Jure (1,762 m), the highest peak of the mountain Biokovo, from where you can enjoy the views of mountain slopes, neighbouring islands, and the whole Riviera with its beaches, woods, bays and hotels.

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