BRAČ REPRESENTS DALMATIA AND THE MEDITERRANEAN

Brač island, its divers small villages, its cultural and historical heritage, magical localities where nature expressed itself and human hands improved it with vineyards that bore dry red wine plavac and sweet white wine vugava, through all of this Brač represents Dalmatia and Mediterranean.

Brač is equally interesting in each of its parts, in the rangy middle part of the island or on the 175 km long coast on the North side of the island and on the steep cliffs on the South side. Through the years Brač adapted to its visitors and guests, so many tourists stay loyal to it and keep coming back to deepen their friendship with it, because Brač is the island that You can fall in love with at first sight - on one day trips to magical beach Zlatni rat in Bol, but also You can take Your time getting to know it slowly, absorbing the culture and history of the island together with its famous local specialities.
The special ingredient to spice up the culture and agriculture is - adventure! For two decades outdoor adventure lovers from all around the world gather in July to visit the extreme sports festival "Vanka regule" in Sutivan where besides enjoying good music and movies they can participate in different challenges like running, kayaking, swimming, free climbing, free diving, skateboarding, free riding, cross free riding, cycling, surfing,...
Sprung out of stone, made of stone, maintained by stone, made famous by stone - Brač island is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third largest island in the Adriatic - it represents the magical combination of different attractions and it is the destination that fulfills and enriches! Famous white stone from Brač was used since Antique throughout Roman Empire - Diocletian palace in Split is made of that same stone. This stone was also used for building the White house in Washington, vestibule of the United Nations building in New York, Hungarian parliament in Budapest and cathedral in Liverpool.

Evergreen and popular destination where one of the most impressive beaches in the world is located - Bol! Whether You are drawn to it because of Your love for tennis, water sports, windsurfing or musical and artistic events, or maybe You just want to have a good time, Bol is the place to visit! To disappear among multitude of bathers on the amazing one kilometre long beach Zlatni rat whose cape turns from side to side playing a strange game with the wind and the waves and to sunbathe on its warm golden sand listening to the sounds of summer - it is really a memorable pleasure!
Despite its young and flirty spirit, Bol is the oldest town on the coast of Brač, situated on the South side of the island. Historical localities to visit in Bol are: Dominican monastery with its museum, the fortified gothic summer palace, the church of St. Ivan and St. Tudor, the local church Madonna of Karmel, the wide piazzetas, the renaissance and baroque palace with the Gallery of contemporary Croatian art, Kaštil and the stony island houses. One of the touristic specialities is the Dragons cave (Zmajeva špilja) with dragon relief in Murvica near Bol - the temple and refuge to Franciscan glagolitic from 15. ct. For those interested in places like these we recommend the glagolitic hermitage Blaca monastery whose stone walls carved in cliffs dominate the South coast landscape.
If You wish to taste the magic of the actual night life on the Adriatic, Bol welcomes You to one of its numerous night clubs and cocktail bars. From there You can follow the masses to popular discotheques where famous DJs often perform and there You can dance till dawn.

Postira is a place where You can take a walk through the perfectly preserved authentic scenery of the genuine fishing village and experience the sounds and the smells of a hundred years old tradition maintained in the fishing nets and fishing boats. On the bedrock of historical heritage such as: the Benedictine monastery and early Christian basilica of St. Lawrence (Sv. Lovre) and villa rustica, a picturesque touristic place was developed. Gourmets can enjoy excellent local specialities together with quality wine and those guests that can separate themselves from beautiful sand and pebble beaches can take two kilometres long walk inland where they can taste the sweetest home grown lamb in the eco-ethno village Dol. Besides gastronomic pleasures You can enjoy the view to the beautiful stone houses and numerous caves made of grain stone where people used to live but today they are used as stables or woodsheds.

Situated inside a deep bay sheltered from strong winds and storms, Milna has always offered a secure harbour to sailors caught in strong winds while passing through Split Gates (Splitska vrata). It doesn't come as a surprise that Milna maintains the status of the most important marina on the island of Brač, with capacity to welcome 200 boats.
Milna was established in the 16.ct. by the Cerinić family. They built the church of St. Mary and a castle. Even today in the centre of Milna You can mostly see stone houses of wealthy captains and ship owners of Milna, who sailed the seas and traded in the 18. and 19.ct. During the 19.ct. manufacture of ships was very popular in Milna, and this is proved by 16 built braceras, typical Dalmatian cargo sail boat with foremast placed in the last third of the boat. This boat was named after the Italian name for Brač, Brazza.
Besides perfect geographic location this traditional fishing and maritime village is also known by its charm and architecture. Its accessible sand and gravel beaches make it the ideal vacation destination for families. It has ideal conditions for sailing, diving, fishing, but also other sport activities such as futsal (five a side football), basketball, volleyball, boćanje (bowling) and table tennis. We must also mention classical music concerts in the baroque church and abundant selection of local food restaurants, so You can realise that this is the place that offers delightful and fulfilled vacation.
The special touristic attraction of Milna is a so called fight between the residents of Brač island and Šolta island about the small uninhabited island of Mrduja located in the middle of Split Gates between the islands of Brač and Šolta. Potezanje Mrduje ( the hauling of Mrduja island) is a sort of game in which about a hundred boats from Brač island and Šolta island participate. They play a tug of war in an attempt to pull the island from one side of the Split Channel to the other.

Supetar with 4.000 inhabitants is the biggest and the only place on Brač island that holds the status of a town. It possesses the soul and manners of the town! Supetar is the administrative and economic centre of the island, and it preserves and cherishes the values and beauties of island life. It is abound with cultural and sport events. It is situated on the North side of the island overlooking Split, in the St. Peter's cove.
Sightseeing in Supetar should start from the town square where You can visit the parish church of Mary Annunciation from the 18.ct. built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica onsecrated to St. Peter (Supetar was named after that basilica), the bell tower with clock (Leroj) and the church museum. From there whichever path You choose, You will enjoy stone streets (kaleta is the name for street in Dalmatia), villae rusticae, romantic piazettas and true Mediterranean characteristics and sounds. Supetar has excellent gastronomic offer and beautiful beaches for everyone's taste.
"Supetar Summer Festival" ("Supetarsko lito") is the manifestation that presents numerous events such as folklore and klapas evenings, concerts of traditional and modern music, theatre plays, Supetar Film Festival, exhibitions, lectures and literary meetings, summer carnival and other.
Inside National Library You can visit The Gallery Ivan Rendić, where You can find beautiful memorial collection (sculptures, drawings, photos, documents) of this great Croatian sculptor.

Pučišća is a village situated on the Northeast coast of Brač island and even today it has maintained the same harmonious architecture dominated by renaissance and baroque buildings. The first houses in Pučišća were built after the year 1420., when pirates attacks ceased to happen. But soon after the inhabitants of Pučišća were under attack from Ottomans, who conquered the area of the river Neretva. During that time the quadrangular castles were built, as much as 13 of them, "13 beauties" as inhabitants call them today, and this is how Pučišća got its nickname The harbour of towers (Luka kula). Some of them are preserved to this day. The oldest one is the castle of Ciprijan Žuvetić built in 1467., and recently restored. We must also mention Aquila castle and Palace Dešković.
Pučišća is the centre of stonemasonary education and this is not by accident since its stone is famous all over the world. In the year 1906., in cooperation with Trade school from Split the first courses and tests for stonecutters were organized in Pučišća and Selca. Only three years later, in 1909. the Stone-mason school was established in Pučišća.
The architectural heritage of Pučišća is both fascinating and inspiring, and its white stone roofs are breath taking. Numerous times Pučišća ended up on photographs and films, because of its fascinating beauty. During the 20.ct. Pučišća often served as an original scenery for Czech, Hungarian, German, French and even Hollywood movies. The famous directors that made this picturesque Mediterranean village immortal on film were: Michael Curtiz, Alexander Korda, Friedrich Murnau, Orson Welles and Robert Darene.

Povlja is situated on the Northeast coast of Brač island in a deep cove hidden from cold North and East winds but also hidden from land view. The oldest archaeological monuments in this location date from ancient times. The remains of the biggest Christian Basilica with baptism-well from the 6.ct. show that this was the religious centre of the East part of the island but also of the Makarska riviera.
The Benedictine glagolitic monastery of St. Ivan built in the 11.ct. is the place where the oldest monuments written in Croatian Cyrillic are preserved - the Charter of Povlja (Povaljska listina) and the Pediment of Povlja (Povaljski prag).
Povlja has been inhabited since the 17.ct. and its inhabitants occupy themselves with agriculture, fishing and stonemasonry. It has reached its peak in the beginning of the 20.ct.when almost 1.000 people lived there and this resulted in the establishment of The First Dalmatian Olive Oil Cooperative that promoted Povlja into economically the most successful village on the island of Brač.
Today Povlja has 364 inhabitants and it uses all its traditional trades, skills and natural beauties for promoting tourism.