VIDEO: A Nostalgic Look Back at Summer ’96 in Makarska

Daniela Rogulj

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May 4, 2020 – A nostalgic look back at Makarska in 1996, the first summer after the war. 

Yellow houses, beach bars, and 90s summer fashion. The Makarska Television YouTube channel has hit us with a wave of nostalgia, after publishing a video from there archives dating back to 1996, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

It was a summer to remember. Not only was if the first summer after the way, but the Dolly sheep was cloned, Hurricane Bertha rattled the US coast, and The Hague issued a warrant for Karadzic’s arrest. Former South African President F.W. de Klerk apologized for the apartheid, Bill Clinton began his second term, and America stirred the pot with cruise missile strikes on Iraq, called Operation Desert Strike conducted that September. 

That summer, we watched the Atlanta Olympics, danced to the Macarena, and listened to Dino Dvornik’s ‘Africa’, No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl’, ‘Ironic’ by Alanis Morisette, ‘No Diggity’ by Dr Dre, and Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’. The most progressive were already listening to techno, and turbo-folk was nowhere to be heard. However, many were still listening to psychedelic rock, like the staff at the Makarska beach bar in this video.

Beach bars were the biggest hit at the time, because with the awakening of tourism on the Croatian coast, they were just beginning to open.

That summer, Makarska beach was a real Mecca for the younger crowd from Ploce to Split; the younger crowd eager to have fun. They would swim to the Yellow House and party in the evenings. First down at the beach and then into famous clubs Opera or Grote. 

It was a much simpler time when lounge chairs and beach decorations didn’t exist – and prices were fair. 

Enjoy this blast from the past. A Dalmatian summer hotspot almost 24 years ago.

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