Island of Brač

Island of Brač

Explore beauties of the island Brač while enjoying holidays in apartments "Moj mir"

Brač is the Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea nearest to the city of Split. With an area of 395 km², Brac is the largest island in Dalmatia and the third largest island in the Adriatic Sea. It is about 40 km long with an average width of 12 km. The highest peak is Vidova gora, the highest peak in all the Adriatic islands (778 m). Brač averages 2700 hours of sunshine annually. While sunny, the summer wind breeze, called Maestral, blows almost daily turning hot summer days comfortable. Since the island has no large towns or heavy industry, the beaches are pristine with crystal clear water. The largest city is Supetar, where the ferry port between Split and Brač is located. The ferry also travels between Makarska and Sumartin.

Four natural symbols of Brač that make it recognizable around the world should be pointed out, such as Zlatni rat (Golden Horn) beach, Vidova gora (hill of St. Vid), Dragon's cave and desert Blaca. Zlatni rat beach in Bol has been included on the list of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Brač is also famous for the stone used to build some of the world's most famous buildings, olive oil and a clear sea with many hidden coves.

Golden Horn (Zlatni rat)

Zlatni rat is the most famous beach on the Adriatic Sea, located in a secluded place in Bol, on the southern coast of the island. Because of its singularity and beauty it's one of the most famous symbols of Croatian tourism. The landform itself is mostly composed of a white pebble beach, with a Mediterranean pine grove in the interior. The exact shape and length of the landform varies with regard to changes in tide, current, and wind. The farthest end, which is usually turned slightly towards the east, will often shift to the west in certain weather conditions. The pebble cape is about a thousand meters long washed by clean and transparent sea. The beach is formed by a sediment of fine golden pebbles around the underwater reef, stretching like a tongue 500 meters into the sea. A reliable afternoon westerly wind known as a Maestral has made the beach a popular destination for windsurfers.

Zlatni rat is 24 km away from Povlja and it's the perfect place for a day trip. There is a large parking lot near the beach. Bol is the oldest city on the island of Brač and one of the most famous seaside resorts on the Adriatic. Apart from cultural monuments, Bol also has a number of natural beauties.

Hill of St. Vid (Vidova gora)

Vidova gora (778 m) is the highest peak of the island, and the highest island peak in the Adriatic region. It is located on the southern part of the island, above Bol. Vidova gora offers a wonderful view of the Bol, the popular Zlatni rat beach, the Adriatic Sea and the islands of Hvar, Vis and Šolta, the mountains Mosor and Biokovo, and on a very sunny and clear day the mountain Gargano in Italy also becomes visible. Right next to this beautiful viewpoint you can see the remains of an ancient Illyrian fortress. The top is named after the early Croatian chapel of St. Vid, whose remains are located about a hundred meters from the top.

The top of Vidova gora, located 24 km from Povlja, can be visited by car, and there are restaurant options nearby.

Dragon's cave

Dragon's cave is located near the village of Murvica, on the southern slopes of Vidova gora. The name Dragon's Cave comes from the mysterious dragon relief found inside the cave. It was also a temple and a retreat for Glagolitic priests (it is assumed that they later founded Desert Blaca). Reliefs in this cave are a monument to the monastic life of Glagolitic priests during the 15th century. The cave itself is 20 meters long and divided into four rooms. The first chapel is dedicated to Our Lady. There are also reliefs of Our Lady with angels, the moon, dragon and others, carved into a cliff. Many scientists tried to explain the meaning of the reliefs - the majority believes that the reliefs contain elements of Slavic mythology and Christian iconography. The spirituality of the people who stayed here signified their pagan cradle reconciled with Christianity.

A visit to the Dragon's cave is possible only with a tourist guide. The trip takes 4 hours, starting from the village Murvica, located 33 km from Povlja. The walk to the cave takes more than an hour so it's necessary to take sport shoes and water with you.

Desert Blaca

Desert Blaca, on the island of Brač, is a unique monument on the Croatian coast. Today it is partly a museum, and was built on a steep cliff. Desert Blaca was established by Glagolitic priests from Poljica who fled to the island of Brač during the Turkish occupation. In 1552 the priestly community was established, and in 1570 they received permission to build a monastery and church. Priests produced wine, honey and other cultures and became very powerful and rich during this era. The wealth enabled them to invest in science studies, and Desert Blaca, among other things, was also a world famous astronomical observatory. The monastery had its own printing office. The monastery furniture is very attractive, and the church itself was restored in baroque style. The monastery also includes a collection of weapons, old watches and a rich library.

A boat trip from Bol will take you to the beach of Blaca, which is 45 minutes away on foot to the monastery. The monastery is open every day except Monday. The monastery can be also reached from the Vidova gora.