Brač - it’s 396 km2 make it the third largest island in the Adriatic sea. It is a famous tourist destination, known for its divine beaches, delicious food, and the whitest stone in the world. In it are settled down more than 20 villages – with eight municipalities Supetar, Sutivan, Postira, Nerežišća, Pučišća, Selca, Milna i Bol. All of them are united in one municipality. However, each of them has something unique that can attract your attention andmake your vacation unforgettable.
Main article photo by: Nikolaj Potanin
It’s been said that the island was inhabited since the Paleolithic. Therefore, people interested in the history can see ancient trace of people from Bronze Age and Iron Age, Illyrian tribes, Greek colonization in the island. Later on was under the jurisdiction of Republic of Venice, Republic of Hungary, French Empire of Napoleon, Austrian crownland of Dalmatia, Italy, Jugoslavija –a lot of the European countries and Empires had left the peace of their culture.
Why independent and why stone? If you ask the local people to describe their island Brač, they would start with the sentence that it is an independent republic in Croatia. An independent republic with its dialect, food and habits. When I arrived there that was the first thing I was taught. The second was that the local people are famous for two things - the stinginess and hardworking.
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I will never forget a joke which describes the best the stinginess of the locals: Do you know how does it appear in the word the lizard? Thanks to Brač – once to one local was given a crocodile to take care of it, to feed it and to give it water. However, in a while thanks to “the cares” of the guy, the crocodile became a lizard.
Now, back to the positive side of the Brač citizens – the hardworking. Why? Even though the island has many nature features, it does not have a lot of fertile land. That is why the local people decided “to make it”. Imagine day by day the strong man of the island start to dig and take out the stones from the land. Meanwhile, the girls were carrying the heavy stones and putting them in the hills – that is why nowadays in the island can be seen small stone houses or mounds of the white stone. Impressive, right? The struggles for fertile land and working for your food was rewarded – the unique white stone was discovered, and moreover, it became another source of income for the people of Brač. Nowadays there is a highschool where young people can learn the difficult craft of stonemasonry.
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Maybe these are some of the reasons why the local people proudly distinct themselves from the rest of Croatian people. I would say that the island has its uniqueness because of the perfect combination between natural beauty, historical heritage and the hospitality of local people. Combined with the fact to inhabit your separate island – definitely, you can feel like a citizen of the independent republic, a kingdom of the white stone, right?
The villages of Brač
If you ask me I would not be able to say “Go there…” or “See this…” No, it would be an insult to any of these small pearls in Adriatic sea. Every village has its own mentality and some must - see things. The thing which is common for all of them is the belfry. Traveling through them I saw that every village has its own church with unique tower bell. However, the things which unite them are the food and milk product coming from sheеp, olive trees, wine and the unique white stone. I will just mention some of the places which have impressed me the most.
This tiny village will stay in my mind with rose leaves and the little girls wearing white dresses. No logically comes to the questions – why? I have visited it on a special day – 15 of July. This is the biggest celebration day – the day of Gospa Karmelska, the protector of the village. So, there was a procession through the main street. In front of the procession, little girls dressed in white were walking. They were throwing rose leaves showing the saint path of their saint. Behind of girls, strong men were carrying the sculpture of Gospe Karmelska. I was truly impressed by the commitment of people to preserve their unique beliefs and traditions. After the procession the day passed by in dancing, singing and eating – the tasty wine produced on the island, pastries, delicious lamb and the divine beauty of the village.
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So, in short, the island still manages to preserve its traditions and beliefs. However, behind this, the island has really good developed tourism. I would say it is a small paradise. It can satisfy the taste of every type of tourist – there are amazing beaches, historical places to visit, breathtaking natural beauties, good possibilities for an active holiday, and apart all that… Peace. A real relax.
It is a village located in the western part of the island. The thing which impressed me the most is the bay – a magical place. Small, cozy and quite. The crystal clear water, the yachts and natural beauty make it - marvelous. Maybe that is why the emperor Diocletian chose to build up its harbour in the time of building his palace in Split. Nowadays Milna’s harbour hosts yachtsmen from the whole world. I would say that this small pearl can be compared and even win the competition with the French Riviera.
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The uniqueness of the bay brings the church St. Mikula. It rises up on the right side of bay welcoming you and giving you the impression that you have just arrived at a special place. It is built in the typical Baroque church style. There I have found a small treasure – a beautiful altar. The village is famous for it.
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Finally, Milna is the place where I have found the peace. A few days out of hustle and bustle of every summer resort. So, I would recommend you to take the first plane (there is a small airport next to it, so the logistic is not that complicated), a few friends and enjoy the scuba diving, fishing and good food.
However, even though I am trying to escape and go to the “commercial” place I cannot miss Bol. Maybe the most famous one among the villages of Brač. Off course, I will start with the beach - Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn). What a fantastic and special place it is!
I spent unforgettable time there. For the ladies it is so romantic, for the gentlemen there is a cold beer, self-service restaurants, scuba diving schools and every possible summer attractions.
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Apart of the jokes the beach is precious. How to describe it to you? Imagine… When the mother nature decides to draw – the result is always unique. No human hand can draw it, copy, or describe it with words. This kind of draw is Zlatni Rat Beach. A narrow slice of white sand beach which cuts the waters of Adriatic sea.
It has a specific shape of a horn and in addition of that are the green pine trees. So, in this small piece of land are hosted so many natural beauties that… It is getting too emotional! You have to see it, I do not want to spoil your exclamation when you see for the very first time.
Photo by: Szabolcs Emich
Apart of this I would give you a small tip – in order see this spectacular view, go to Vidova Gora – the highest point of the Island. I went there and stayed in silence to give respect to the beauty of the island.
Finally, this is only small part of beauties of the Independent Stone Republic of Croatia - Brač. I need to write many other parts of articles till I finish it. So, that is why to go by yourself and feel the unique spirit of that place.
Photo by: Nikolaj Potanin
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