Pronounced Su-pett-ar, the main ferry port and largest town on Brac, Supetar (St Peter) is the hub of the island. Situated on the island's north coast, almost directly opposite Split, almost everyone who comes to the island passes through the town, the summer visitors often moving on to their holiday accommodation, not returning until it's time to catch the ferry off the island on their last day. For those who take the time to pay the small town some attention, Supetar has its own charms and a monument or two that is worth seeking out.
Arriving on the ferry, you can't miss the the sight of the cemetery with its beautiful white marble mausoleum that occupies the end of Cape St Nicholas. Lovers of graveyards won't want to miss this one - there's everything here from ancient Roman graves to splendid Art Nouveau mausoleums.
Once the ferry has docked, it's just a couple of minute's walk around to the colourful inner basin, lined with cafes and 19th century stuccoed buildings built during the period of Austrian rule. It's a cheerful scene but if you want to see a more "authentic" style of Bracian building, you'll need to walk further into the narrow streets behind the hardour where the pretty pastels of the harbourside give way to the soft creams and greys of the vernacular stone-built island houses with their typical balconies and mansard roofs.
Before you lose yourself in the back streets though, take a little time to look at the buildings immediately behind the harbourfront. This is where you'll find some gracious Baroque buildings dating from the 17th and 18th century, the period when the little village was growing into a sizeable town. A wide staircase will take you up to the square in front of the
church, which gives the town its name. Ancient sarcophogii found on the site tell us this has been a consecrated place since the earliest Christian times but the name Sv Petar was first mentioned in 1423. It's known that restoration work was carried out on the present church in 1604 and again in 1733 before being enlarged in the 19th century. As with so many Croatian towns, the church's tall bell tower is a prominent landmark.
Pucisca is a place and harbor on the northern coast of the central Dalmatian island of Brac that is connected to the mainland by daily ferry lines from Makarska and Split. The place is known for its stone-carving tradition, while stone from the quarries nearby has been used in the White House in Washington. Pucisca is popular with tourists because of the beautiful, sheltered bay in which you can find private and hotel accommodation. We recommend sailing, surfing and diving to outdoor enthusiasts. Many cultural and entertainment events take place during summer in Pucisca and its surroundings. Pucisca is ideal for a pleasant holiday with family and friends.
Supetar is situated on the north side of the island of Brac, one of the most attractive Middle Dalmatian islands. The ferry line connects it with the town of Split. Supetar was built in the cove of St Peter by which it obtained its name. It is considered today as one of the main tourist centres. You can enjoy its cultural monuments, various sports and recreation programmes.
Milna, a tourist destination and harbor on the island of Brac, lies 20 km south west of Supetar, a ferry port to boats that connect Split with Brac. Since the bay of Milna is the safest and best harbor on the island, a marina with 200 berths has been built in the bay. The settlement developed in the 16th century when an aristocratic family decided to build a fortress and church there. During the 17th century, Milna was the island's administrative center, therefore some of the most beautiful edifices and paintings on the island of Brac can be found in Milna. Apart from its magnificent architecture and Mediterranean ambiance, Milna is known for several bays with sandy and pebble beaches, such as Pasikova, Lucice, Maslinova and Osibova, ideal for families with small children. There is a well kept swimming area in the bay of Vlaska. Active holiday lovers have many sporting activities (6 a side soccer, volleyball, basketball, boccia and table tennis) at their disposal.
Bobovisca lies one kilometer from the sea, in the interior of the western side of the island of Brac that is connected to Split and Makarska by daily ferry lines. The closest tourist destination is Milna and the closest swimming beach is one kilometer in the bay of Bobovisca. The inhabitants, some 60 of them in total, live off of olive and wine growing. If you are looking for a quiet holiday in private accommodation, Bobovisce is the right destination for you. The small harbor is safe for smaller boats. We recommend various water sports.
The continent of Braè” is an exceptional island because of the Vidova gora mountain which is the highest peak of all Adriatic islands (778 m). The very top of the mountain can be reached by a car, and from the top spreads a breathless view on the slope of the south side of the island, the town of Bol and the famous beach Golden Cape (Zlatni rat) as well as on the islands of Middle Dalmatia. At high visibility even the Italian coast may be seen. Vidova gora hides many wonders of nature: from the dense forest of authentic black pine trees (Pinus niger Dalmatica) and its rich herbal and animal world to numerous caves and pits.
Desert Blaca is situated on the west side of the mountain Vidova gora. It can be reached only by macadam road (around 6 km) and walking path (around 30 min. walk). Blaca has great cultural, scientific and architectural importance, not only for the island Braè then for the whole of Dalmatia. Desert Blaca is actually an eremitial monastery which was founded by the glagolitic priests from the mainland who escaped the Turks around year 1550. After the permission of the island authorities to settle down on this area, throughout the centuries this simple cave shelter of Ljubitovica became monastic and economic complex of great importance. The priests lived independently over 400 years till 1963 when the last priest died and the monastery turned into a museum. Monastery Blaca was built in an interesting position hidden between high cliffs of the canyon and this gives it a misterious charm. Within the monastery there is a church, then a school for children, a library with nearly 8000 books on 5 languages, an astronomical observatory etc. The monastery of Blaca will surely surprise you with its beauty and history, so don’t miss to visit this exceptional locality.
I guess these were built during the 2nd world war, bu they came into potential use again during the more recent unpleasantries in the country - basically a maze of underground tunnels constructed to house the islanders, or at the very least, people from the local town, they go on for quite a way and are just left open to go and explore (at least they were), so you can go and explore to your hearts content.
If I remember rightly its about a 10-20 minute walk from the town athe base of some low lying foot hills.
Once you arrive in the village, turn left towards the centre where you will find the church of St Helen of the Holy Cross (18th c.). According to legend, Škrip is the birthplace of St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Inside the church, there are two paintings by Jacopo Palma the Young: the Baptism of Christ and Virgin with saints. The castle of the family Cerinic, situated on the same square dates from the 16th c. In front of the castle, there are two Roman sarcophagi. The stone quarries near Škrip date back to Roman times and probably the sarcophagi were made here, together with the blocks of stone used in the construction of Diocletians palace, which were then shipped to the mainland from the nowadays town of Splitska.
Next to the graveyard, visit The Brac Museum, housed in the white roofed house known as Radojkovic. If the museum appears closed, check in the house next door which keep key. The Radojkovic Tower, which forms part of the museum, was built at the time of the Turkish invasions in the 16th century. According to legend, it was within the Roman mausoleum, which itself stands upon the so-called Cyclopean wall from 5000 B.C., that Diocletian's wife Prisca and daughter Valeria were buried. In the nearby cemetery, the early Romanesque church of The HolySpirit (9th/10th c.) was built upon foundations dating back as far as the 4th c.
The only way to really see the 'Golden Horn' is from above - and one of the highest vantage points on the Adriatic islands is from Vidova Gora. There are two ways to get here - by road or by hiking. There is a konoba located at the summit. (Trivia - Winston Churchill's son was killed on this mountain, while helping local soldiers)
2 years ago I visited Zaltni Rat for 1/2 day on an excursion from Hvar - I promised myself I would come back and spend a few days on the 'Golden Horn'. The walk from Bol meanders along the water's edge underneath pine trees and takes about 30 minutes. The Horn is a triangular shaped, smooth pebble beach that juts out perpendicular from the coast (the only one in the world). You can either just sun-swim-sleep or partake in numerous water sports. The sound of the wind, the waves on the pebbles and the warm Adriatic sun lulled my friend and I to sleep - we didn't leave until late afternoon.
Milna was the only town I visited during my stay in Brac. It's definitely an off the beaten path place, and gladly that's where I stayed to longest. The town is so small that you should take your time when exploring it. Walk along the harbor to see the boats and great views of the town, then explore the medieval side streets to see what the locals are doing.
The island has great tracks and paths to explore. I came across olive groves, goats, giant locusts and hidden bays..