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BRAČ

 

If You are in quest of that special little piece of heaven on Earth – Brač is the island for You! From the world-known beach Zlatni rat in Bol to the mistical surroundings of Blaca desert, there is more to Brač than a mere mixture of sun, sea and an excellent tourist image. This island brimms with soul, a place where adventure and quietude go hand in hand. Living up to its reputation as one of the sunniest Croatian islands, Brač has in stock for You an abundance of sunny days. Bear in mind, when You wish for some mountain scenery, to visit Vidova gora, the island's peak (778 m), and to enjoy a unique view of the aquatorium and numerous chain of beaches, which are a true sea heaven for swimmers, boats and yachts. Places worth visiting are also Kameni most, Lovrečina, Kopačina cave, Zmajeva spilja (Dragon's cave) and Island of Brač museum in Škrip.

 

Brač Island has a very rich local gastronomy and nightlife that will satisfy all tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

ZLATNI RAT

Located in Bol, on the south side of the island, Zlatni rat is most certainly the most famous beach on the Adriatic coast. Its singularity and beauty are what makes it one of the most recognizable symbols of Croatian tuorism in the world. This phenomenon is kilometer long pebble cape, which merges into a clean and transparent sea. A detail that adds up to the magic of Zlatni rat is its varying shape and position, depending on the direction of the wind. The bulging of Zlatni rat, precisely in the narrowest part of Hvar channel, acts as a sort of an amplifier for all NW, N and SW winds; which puts Zlatni rat on the list of extremely attractive windsurfing locations.

 

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BLACA DESERT

Blaca desert, once famous Glagolitic desert and later and astronomical observatory, is situated on the east slope of a valley on the south side of Brač, between Bol and Milna. The name was most likely an allusion to the mud produced by the little river that heavy rains at times create. It is mentioned since 1305. This small desert holds an enormous monumental value. It started off as a crag, men eventually built additional single-storeys of various usages (kitchens, basements, kilns, etc.). During times of prosperity, luxurious multi-storeys were erected. In 1588, a little Renaissance church was built, to be enlarged a century later.

 

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VIDOVA GORA

Vidova gora (778 m above sea-level) is the highest point of island Brač, the highest island peak on the entire Adriatic coast. Vidova gora offers You a magnificent view to Bol, the world-famous „Zlatni rat“ and the island Hvar. It is located on the south side of Brač, just above Bol. Its name is derived from Svantevid, a Slavic deity, and attributed to St Vid with the christening of Croats. The peak is accessible by cars, a road that leads from State road D113, between Nerežišće and Pražnice, to the very peak of the island. It is easily accessible to pedestrians as well, since the gradient of Brač peak is low. Once You reach the peak, You will see a cross, a TV-tower and a well.

 

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KAMENI MOST – FRANZ JOSEPH'S BRIDGE

Built at the top of Veliki dolac – a gulch where, at least so it is assumed, flowed the river Elafuza or, others argue, the river Bretanida. In the period of Austrian rule of the island, a bridge was built – a certain curiosity for this nowadays arid island. The local people hypocoristically named the bridge „Franz Joseph's bridge“; the residents of Lozišće cleared off the environs and the bridge itself, turning it thus into a great destination for a one day stroll from Sutivan or Ložišće. Not far off, from the north side of the gulch, a wonderful view spreads on the glorious, wild Veliki dolac which subsides to Vičja luka, near Bobovišće. Today, as the members of Sutivan sports club „SAXUM“ arranged over 30 climbing drifts in several locations, the gulch is a 'must' to all free climbers.

 

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LOVREČINA

Lovrečina is a rich archaeological site in a beautiful little bay near Postire. Besides the findings which suggest a well developed Roman economy, Lovrečina is also a significant Old-Catholic site. There are visible remains of an Early-Catholic church and a cross-shaped baptismal well on its north side, raised above ground level, and a ciborium on four capital columns and stone joists. This is a unique display, at least in Dalmatia, of a baptismal well preserved in its entire height. The bay itself is a popular bathing-place, especially dear to picigin lovers, with a gastronomical offer not to be ashamed of.

 

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KOPAČINA CAVE

Kopačina cave is the most absorbing prehistoric site on the island. It can be reached on foot, it is a mere 20-minute walk down a path NW of Donji Humac. There used to be once a little spring well near the cave, covered up during the building of the well. The cave itself is divided into two halls and is 12 meters long. The oldest traces of prehistoric men on the island were found in the cave. Inside, below compact tufa and thousands of snail shells, a vast amount of flint fragments and handicrafts, dating mostly from late Epipaleolithic and Mesolithic. Populated from 8th-2nd millennium b.C., Kopačina cave is the oldest Dalmatian human habitat; one of the oldest on all the Adriatic islands, of both Croatian and Italian coast.

 

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ZMAJEVA SPILJA („DRAGON'S CAVE“)

This cave, primarily the reliefs it keeps, is a first-class monument of cave monastic life of Glagolitic priests from the 15th century. It seems as if the whole spiritual history of a nation has been embalmed right here, and a reconciliation made of the ancient pagan worldviews and Christian ethics. It comes as no surprise, thus, that a rare copy of Croatian Glagolitic incunabulum missal (1483), now preserved in the Dominican museum in Bol. Fascinating Slavic myths about fairies, werewolves, incubi, witches and Mediterranean stories of Orkomarin, one-eyed giant who supposedly inhabits the cave, all stood the test of time and are passed on to new generations. It is indeed a quaint little world, straight out of Your wildest visions, that this Dragon's, or Drakonja's, cave conserves.

 

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ISLAND OF BRAČ MUSEUM

This museum is located in Škrip – the oldest place on the island, with a 5000 year long tradition, and numerous monuments as testimonies to this tradition. The name itself, Škrip, comes from a Latin noun scrupus, meaning „sharp, huge stones“; just like the ones on site, near the Roman quarries. There is also a rich lapidary of Roman, Late Antiquity and Early Middle Age monuments of architecture and sculpture (among which stand out a statue of Hercules, findings from Mirje and elsewhere, and a cast of Povaljski prag – the oldest document written in Croatian cyrillic letter) within the museum's ambience houses, partly enclosed by Illyrian walls, Roman mausoleum and Croatian fort. In the other halls, there is an ethnographic collection of this argicultural, cattle-raising, stonemason's island, as well as valuable items of furniture. Above the Roman mausoleum, protrudes a 16th century tower Radojković, built during wars between Venice and the Turks. Inside the tower, You can muse upon an impressive collection of photographs, arms and documents of the anti-fascist movement on the island, during World War II.

 

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GASTRONOMY

Once You set foot on the island, You are likely to be offered dried figs, carob and almonds by Your friendly hosts. Except the 'classics' of Dalmatian cuisine – fish, seafood, olive oil, pasta and fresh, organic fruit and vegetables; Brač offers its own specialties. This means trying local lamb or kid, famous sine time immemorial for not grazing on Mediterranean herbs, but breast milk instead. Most esteemed is „vitalac“ – lamb offal pricked in pieces on a skewer, wrapped in lamb pleura. Another specialty is „butalac“ – stuffed leg of lamb (rubbing in herbs, soaking it with wine), lamb„tingul“ (braised lamb) and a number of other dishes made of the famous Brač lamb. Also renowned is the Brač cheese and the celebrated wine plavac, present on the island from ancient days.

The best places to try these local specialties are tavern Kopačina, Ranjak and Gažul.

 

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NIGHTLIFE

After sunset, the focus of attention shifts 6 km from Sutivan, to the main street in Supetar; whether you just want to stroll, sit in some of the restaurants, or visit one of the bars with loud music that moves Your body. The places to visit are : disco-bar Havana, Roso bar, cocktail bar Benny's, disco-bar Thriller and Mosquito bar.

Worth a mention are the Supetar Super film festival and Voi'Sa festival, held for years in July and August.

 

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