Located halfway between Pedgora and Makarska, Tucepi is a small and beautiful port town with spectacular beaches within easy reach. The recently-constructed marina can accommodate yachts up to 15m and is often crowded at weekends and during the high season.
As you approach the marina, beware of rocks. There are 2 cables offshore, at Rt. Dracevac. Once you get closer to Tucepi the rocks of the outer breakwater, and the light at the end, become visible.
Where to Anchor
The outer part of the marina is usually occupied by fishing boats, so choose one bowline in the inner part. Although the Bora winds can be quite powerful, the marina provides good shelter in all directions, including from the SW.
There is a slipway at the marina as well as good parking facilities. Water and electricity are available at all berths. Close to the marina you’ll find toilets, showers, internet, and an ATM, as well as a restaurant and bar.
In Tucepi itself, you will find plenty of shops, banks, and a post office as well as a great selection of restaurants and bars. If scuba is your passion, check out the dive centre.
There are medical facilities and a veterinary centre in the town. If you feel like venturing further afield and exploring the local area, there’s a regular bus service
Important note: there are no fueling facilities in the vicinity of the marina.
History and Culture
Although the city dates back to Roman times, it was first mentioned, in writing, in the Kresevo Charter of 1434. According to an ancient Illyrian text, the name Tucepi means “village by the spring”. While you are in Tucepi, a visit to the historical centre and local museum will provide a fascinating background to this wonderful town.
The 3km pebble beach stretches to the neighbouring town Podgora, and in the season you’ll find chairs and umbrellas to rent. If sitting on the beach is not your thing, take a stroll along the promenade with its beautiful pine trees providing shade on the hottest of summer days. Podgora also has beautiful beaches, so it’s worth the walk.
Nugal is a tiny nudist beach that lies between Tucepi and Makarska. Surrounded by cliffs, you reach it by boat, or on foot, passing through a shady pine forest. The secluded spot is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
Places of Interest
Church of St. George
The church was built in 1311 and it is a one-nave Romanesque and Gothic building, with a semicircular apse. The beautifully painted crosses in the interior are of special interest.
Church of St. John
Constructed in 1703 as a nave building with all the features of the Dalmatian provincial baroque. A beautiful calm atmosphere pervades the cool interior of the church.
Where to Eat
In Tucepi there are plenty of restaurants and local taverns -known as konoba, which offer excellent choices. If you want to sample typical Dalmatian dishes of freshly caught fish and seafood, you will be spoiled for choice here. There are so many to choose from, but here are three favourites with visitors and locals alike.
For a gourmet experience, Restaurant Jeny (rated #1 in Tucepti on Tripadvisor), offers beautifully prepared and presented food, great wine pairings, and a sophisticated ambience.
Enjoy typical local dishes in the magical atmosphere of this lovely place. Great value for money, and friendly service. Try the mixed meat platter – although the octopus and grilled sea bass are not to be missed!
Mouthwatering steaks, great seafood, and also lots of delicious options for vegetarians! Family-friendly atmosphere, great service, and reasonable prices.
Places to Stay
There are plenty of B&B, and vacation rentals available in Tucepi, as well as a variety of hotels, to fit all budgets.
Hotel Alga, 4*
If you are looking for the full hotel experience, the 330 bedroom Hotel Alga, right on the beach has everything you could wish for – indoor and outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, wellness centre, and spa, WiFi, parking – and the rest!
Hotel Neptun, 3*
Alternatively, for more of a ‘resort’ stay, you could opt for the all-inclusive Hotel Neptun. Enjoy all meals and Croatian drinks, sun chairs and sunshades at the pool, an outdoor pool for adults and a kid’s pool, a whirlpool, dance classes, aqua gym, daycare, and fun activities for kids.
Things to Do
Listen to Klapa Music
During the summer months, there are always plenty of entertaining cultural events to enjoy, such as evenings with klapa (Dalmatian Acappella) music. You will get a real taste of the local culture.
Tucepi Watersports Center
Plenty of options to try: parasailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, and lots of other adrenaline-filled watersports.