Tučepi from Split: Perfect Off-season Getaway in Croatia

Daniela Rogulj

Looking to explore the coastal gems of Dalmatia without the crowds? Let us take you from Split to Tučepi for the ultimate off-season getaway this winter. 

How much do you know about Tučepi, the small town and municipality in Dalmatia, located just over an hour south of Split? 

Not much? Great, allow us to enlighten you. 

Tučepi is just 5 kilometers from the town of Makarska 

Tučepi is a small town in Split-Dalmatia County located on the coast of the Makarska Riviera. You might be familiar with its proximity to the popular town of Makarska, which is located just 5 kilometers away. 

A small town with a population of just under 2,000, Tučepi’s fame has grown year after year, and it has become one of the highlights of tourists visiting the Makarska area. 

Tučepi was settled 4,000 years ago 

Tučepi’s history is equally as fascinating as its scenic coastline. The ancient settlement was first settled four thousand years ago by the Illyrians, though it wasn’t until the 1960s when the actual development of Tučepi began and the first homes were built in the Kraj village. According to the preserved Illyrian documents written in Albanian, the name Tučepi means “village near the water source”. 

The first time the town was mentioned in historical documents was in 1434. From the 15th to the 17th century, the Turks ruled this area, and in the 18th century, the Venetians took over power but continued fighting against the Turkish army. For the purpose of these wars, several fortifications and towers were built in the hills of Tučepi, whose remains can still be seen today.


Legend even has it that the Venetian Doge Pietri I Candiano is buried in Tučepi. Pietro was the first of the four Venetian Doges of the Candiano family who died on September 18, 886, fighting against the Neretvans who defeated the Venetian fleet near Makarska. 

It is interesting to note that up until 50 years ago, most of the Tučepi people lived in villages above today’s Tučepi. After the catastrophic earthquake in 1962, the population mostly descended to the shore and established a new settlement called Kraj, which is known as today’s Tučepi. The construction of the Adriatic highway connected the sites at the foot of Biokovo and started a strong development of tourism, which is still the most important economic branch of the area today.

Tučepi has one of the longest beaches in Croatia 

Tučepi is a town famous for its beautiful beaches, and especially for its 3-kilometer long beach which is one of the longest in the country. Visitors are encouraged to check out the Ethnographic collection in Gornji Tučepi, the remains of the towers in Gornji Tučepi, the Baroque villas, the Church of St. Anthony of Padua from 1901, the church of St George which was built in 1311, and the baroque Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, dating back to 1703. 

And best yet? A day trip to Biokovo Nature Park is just minutes away from Gornji Tučepi.

A trip to Tučepi is now easier than ever in the off-season with the help of Solo Transfers. A reliable private transfers service with friendly and professional drivers, fixed rates, and no extra cost for luggage will take you from your door in Split to the door of your Tučepi accommodation in no time. 

More information on Solo Transfers can be found here. Learn more about Tučepi here


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