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The island of Brač

The island of Brač
The highest Adriatic and the largest Dalmatian island – Brač, is well connected by ferry lines with Split and tempts visitors with its variety, gentle and tame coast and rough landscapes in the inland of the island. Once an island of farmers, cattle breeders, fishermen and stone masons, it is today turned to tourism but has not forgotten or given up on its traditions.

The most famous tourist symbol of Brač is most certainly the beach Zlatni Rat in Bol. But the whole island is full of beautiful beaches (Banj, Bili Rat, Lovrečina, Gumonca, Likva, Bunta, Mala Lozna, Lovrečina, Murvica, Luke) and bays, while the crystal blue sea, the unique gastronomy offer and the hospitality of the locals give it a recognizable feel which results in more and more guests coming every year.

Brač is ideal for a family holiday but also for those looking for an adrenaline rush and entertainment. The inland of the island, on the other hand, offers a different dimension – a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Windsurfers can enjoy Bol, Supetar and Povlja. Cyclists are offered a number of routes through beautiful landscapes, and those with stamina are recommended to ride to Vidova Gora, where a beautiful view stretches onto Bol and the world famous beach Zlatni Rat. The nighlife on Hvar is also rich, especially in Supetar at the Havanna Club, Benny`s Bar, Thriller Night Club and Paparazzo Bar.

Towns and villages on the island of Brač

Supetar

The soul of this largest town on the island is definitely made up of the promenade (riva) and the square in front of the parish church from the 18th century, along which stand a bell and clock towers. The church was built on the foundations of the basilica of St. Petar from the 6th century.

Bol

Apart from the beach Zlatni Rat, guests of Bol are recommended a visit to the Dominican monastery with a bishop`s palace on the peninsula Glavica, the parish church of Our Lady of Mercy from 1475 and the pre Romanic church of St. Ivan and Tudor from the 11th century which is decorated with murals.

Pučišća

Pučišća is the ‘stone’ capital of the island, the place with the most stone pits and houses with white stone rooftops. Also located there is a stone masons school with a century old tradition.

Postira

A fishing village famous for streets ornamentally tiled with pebbles and green window shutters.

Povlja

This village holds the remains of the basilica of St. John the Baptist from the 6th century.

Sutivan

Sutivan is a village which has a few fortified palaces and where the bell tower dominates the richly decorated church from the 16th century. On the hil above it are the bell tower and church of St. Roko.

Milna

An example of urban architecture with Baroque characteristics, from which the richly decorated parish church especially, stands out. Milna has the safest port on the island.

Nerežišće

This is where the church of Gospa Karmelska is located. It is the most monumental church on the island. Also here is the church of St. Petar and Pavao.

Interesting sites

The Blaca dessert

The monk`s dessert from the 16th century on the slopes of the valley on the south side of the island is the mythical site of Brač. This almost unreal site of the monastery buildings with white stone roofs which seem almost to be chiselled into the cliffs, take ones breath away.

The Dragon`s cave

The cave above Murvice and its reliefs are monuments to the cave life of Glagolic monks from the 15th century. This is where the rare copy of the Croatian Glagolic missal form 1483 originates from. It is now stored in the Dominicam museum in Bol. To this day, here live the Slavic myths about fairies, warewolves and witches as well as stories about Orkomarin, the one eyed giant from the cave.

Lovrečina

A rich archeological site that speaks of a developed Roman economy is located not far from Postira. The remains of an early Christian church with a cross shaped christening well can also be seen here.

The Dominican Monastery

The monastery was built at the location of the bishop`s palace in Bol in the 15th century. On Glavica are the remains of the early Christian architecture, and one`s attention is caught by the alter painting of the Virgin Mary and child, that came from the workshop of the painter Tintoretti.

The Franjo Josip Bridge

Built at the top of Veliki Dolac – a gorge, through which it is assumed, once run the river Elafuza.

Interesting facts

The stone of Brač

The stone of Brač is the trademark by which it has become famous worldwide. Brač stone was used in the construction of two pearls under the protection of UNESCO: the palace of Diocletian in Split and the cathedral of St. Jakov in Šibenik, as well as the White House in Washington, the houses of parliament in Vienna and Budapest, the palace in Trieste and many others.

Brač lamb

Brač lamb has special flavour because of the aromatic herbs mixed with sea salt.

Škrip

The oldest settlement on the island where one can visit the parish church of St. Jelena from the 18th century and the castle Cerinić from the 16th century.

Monuments to the greats

The monuments are located in Selci, and it is precisely here that the first monument to the Russian writer Lav Tolstoj was put up.

The Tourist Board of Spit-Dalmatia County
www.dalmatia.hr

The Tourist Board of Borough of Bol
www.bol.hr

 
 

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