Brač – an island that will seduce you with its Dalmatian charm

Brač – an island that will seduce you with its Dalmatian charm

The northern shores of the island of Brač are a nautical oasis that is slowly being discovered by boaters over the past few years. While the occasional boater might direct the bow to this part of the island, most of the other sailors are mesmerised by destinations such as Hvar, Vis and the Blue Cave, thus denying themselves the full experience of the reticent shores of Brač. The reason for this is that Brač is practically considered an onshore destination because several ferry connections to the island are available in two locations, however, the fact that it is avoided by (most) boaters has allowed Brač to preserve the Dalmatian charm, which has disappeared in certain places.

 

The only reasonable grounds for skipping this part of the Adriatic are the strong winds from the first and fourth quadrants, seeing how these shores of the island of Brač do not provide safe shelter in such weather, so make sure you check out the weather forecast before setting sail for this particular destination. However, apart from the fetching towns, authentic museums, creatively themed walking paths and culinary treats, this picturesque part of the island offers its visitors the most valuable asset – a spontaneous local experience, as if in the palm of your hand.

 

Sutivan is a quaint town spread around a small harbour that is mostly vacated by local boats, which makes finding a mooring spot next to the recently renovated breakwater akin to winning the jackpot. Sutivan is a place adorned with tower-shaped houses and bona-fide small palaces, as well as the Palm Alley and the centennial town park, catacombs and a plethora of interesting features, which are best exemplified by the educational trail “Pjesma na moru” (Song at the Sea).

 

The spirit of Sutivan, as it is known among the locals, is even more compelling than the stunning vistas of the town and is best described by the name, creativity and energy of the “Vanka Regule” (Beyond the Rules) festival. Today, Sutivan boasts one of the best hotels in Croatia, made even more appealing by seamlessly blending in with the town centre.

Ivo Biočina

Although there is a miniature harbour in nearby Podmirca, it is safest to access it by land, due to the lack of secure mooring spots. Make sure to visit the first Museum of Olive Oil Making on the island and take the attractive walking path “Maslinovi puti” (Olive Paths) to learn more about Mirca as an olive-growing village.

Supetar is connected to Split with a number of ferry routes and, being the main port on the island, it is full of hustle and bustle typical of such towns. It has only recently received recognition as a nautical destination, mostly due to the increase in number of commercial moorings to about 30.

Dalmatia as it once was

The best way to become more familiar with the “palpable” beauty of this town is by taking the “Day with Rendić” themed walking tour. Ivan Rendić was the first contemporary Croatian sculptor whose countless monuments remain as gifts to his birth town and are definitely worth a visit. You can round out your Supetar experience by getting to know the cuisine, culture and lifestyle of this region by another themed walking tour- Dolcevita”.

 

Brač is also known worldwide for its stone and stone carving tradition, while mooring along the coast of the island will allow you to go inland to visit the stone carving workshops and shops that have kept this skill alive on the island.

The next pearl in this gorgeous Brač necklace is Splitska, a place boaters should definitely visit. Secure mooring is available in the harbour of this lovely village bedecked with stone houses and a lush pine forest, while the nearby cove of Zastup is an excellent berthing alternative during north winds. There is also a family castle that defended Splitska from the onslaught of pirates from the sea you can visit.

Splitska is located just 2 km from the enchanting Škrip, tucked deep into the island. It is the oldest and most authentic settlement on the island of Brač and home of one of the most distinctive museums in Croatia – the Museum of the Island of Brač.

You should also visit the Roman-era quarry Rasohe, from which the stones for building the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were extracted.

Nina Škunca

Postira is the most fishing-oriented village on the island and is famous for its tinned-fish factory, with A Little Night Boat Race as its most recognisable symbol.

The boats competing in this race, which takes place in mid-August, are “propelled” by the “gažul”, a local night wind, accompanied by Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” playing in the background for the complete experience.

 

Boaters have around 20 new mooring spots available in Postira, with their number expected to increase. Postira was established as a harbour of the nearby Dol, a settlement whose captivating authenticity makes it a true paradise for foodies and wine aficionados.