Zlatni Rat has been regularly listed as one of the top beaches in Europe. Its distinctive shape can be seen in many travel brochures, which made it one of the symbols of Croatian tourism. Zlatni Rat, often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn (translated from the local Chakavian dialect), is a spit of land located about 2 kilometres (1 mile) west from the harbour town of Bol on the southern coast of the Croatian island of Brač, in the region of Dalmatia. It extends southward into the Hvar Channel, a body of water in the Adriatic Sea between the islands of Brač and Hvar, which is home to strong currents. The landform itself is mostly composed of a white pebble beach, with a Mediterranean pine grove taking up the remainder.
Zlatni Rat, a spectacular beach that is moody and volatile, often changes direction of its tip daily based on wind patterns.
Brač is the „tallest” island in the Adriatic, with its most elevated pinnacle Vidova Gora that stretches up to 778 meters above ocean level. On a crisp morning, and particularly following a day of solid Bura wind, one can see Italy from Vidova Gora. Encompassing islands and world renowned “Zlatni Rat” in Bol are directly under your feet, and you can drive, climb or cycle up to Vidova Gora.
Brač – People are not from this Planet
Brač (pronounced; Broč, pronounced Bretia, Brattia; is an island in the Adreatic Sea within Croatia , with an area of 396 square kilometres (153 sq mi), making it the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. It is separated from the mainland by the Brač Channel , which is 5 to 13 km wide. The island’s tallest peak, Vidova gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 780 m, making it the highest island point of the Adriatic islands. Brač island has a whole asteroid named after it. Brač is orbiting around Sun somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. If you speak to somebody from Split, maybe you will hear him say that people from Brač are not from this planet.
Brač had its own River
Once upon a time, Brač was one of the very few islands in Croatia with its own river. It was called Elaphusa or Bretanida, depending on which source you choose to believe. The river is now long gone, but on top of Veliki Dolac, there is still an old bridge which was an Austro – Hungarian project so the locals call it the Franz Joseph Bridge. It was destroyed by a flood and rebuilt in 1898 even though the ground beneath it is as dry as sand. Today it is used by free climbers and it is a part of a fantastic walking path towards Sutivan or Ložišće.
Based in the town of Sutivan, Vanka Regule Festival (translated Out the Ordinary) is not your everyday sports competition. It’s more of an ad hoc group of like-minded people looking to have fun while enjoying extreme sports; mountain bike riding, free-climbing, and initial combination of different adventure activities with the legendary tent-town (šator grad) as the core of it all. Lonely Planet describes it as the X-games meet Woodstock. The Festival is placed on hold by the organisers.
Little Night Regatta
There is a traditional “Little Night Regatta” in Postira, only night regatta in Croatia that is possible thanks to the unusual natural phenomenon-the night air flow called “Gažul” which descends from Vidova Gora to the port of Postira on the summer nights. The tradition of night sailing in Postira Harbor began at the beginning of the 20th century when locals started to use boats for fun, not just for sport. The night-sailing tradition in Postira Harbor started at the beginning of the 20th century when locals started to use boats for fun, not just for hard work. This particular regatta is also a sailing event with the largest number of spectators in the world, as it takes place in the port of Postira and the atmosphere is very close to a theater with more than 2 000 people and a professional commentary guiding them through the event.
If you think it was the sea that built the first settlement on the island, you ‘re really wrong. The oldest village was created in the town of Škrip, some 10 km inland from Supetar, and the very first settlement on Brač. Throughout the ages Škrip tells the full story of this island and its inhabitants with remains and archeological sites spanning its 3000-year history. Many historians claim that it used to be a Greek colony, while Greeks typically established their settlements on the coast, it was also an Ilyric settlement and a place of refuge for the Salona people until they invaded their city. Two museums in Škrip-Island Brač Museum and Olive Oil Museum should not be overlooked. Yeah, Brač people are very proud of their olive oil, a subject which we will cover in this article as well.
Try to understand it
If you’re familiar with the Croatian language, this might not be as useful as you think when you’re on Brač. Brač has more than ten distinct dialects, and some of them are difficult even for Croatians to understand. But since English is taught in every school on Brač nowadays, there is always a way to get around this issue. A peculiar sense of direction is another story to get around. Which way to go
White House is constructed using Brač marble
White House is constructed using Brač marble, although it is a myth spread over the decades, there is no factual evidence that. Even so, even the Romans who recognised its unique brightness and durability have used this marble. Diocletian palace, UN building in New York, Parliament House in Budapest, and many more have this material built in, and Brač stone masons are renowned for their abilities.
Selca, the main town on the eastern side of Brač is the world’s largest per capita town with most monuments. While it has a population of just over 700, its residents are very passionate about creating monuments to honor famous figures, so the city now has 14 monuments and 21 memorial tablets covering everything from poetry to famous historical dates.
While all monuments represent men, 5 memorial tablets are dedicated to well-known women and they’ve been thinking about it. Selca was the first city in the world to erect a memorial to legendary Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (Dostojevski statue now keeps him company). Perhaps the most important monument is the donation made by Croatia’s most famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović-the Heart of Jesus statue now housed in Selca’s Christ the King. Meštrović donated his original plaster statue in 1956 and it was decorated by local artists with melted cannon shells collected around the island after the Second World War.
Home in a building
There’s the ‘home in a building’ in Bol. The story says the house was built in the 19th century when three Vuković family brothers married three Spanish women and decided to build a large (Paloc) house on their property. There was, however, already a house there, designed by a local peasant named Marko.
Marko was given a large amount for the house by the brothers but Marko declined. Influential brothers then sought support from local authorities but Marko had a big struggle and even threatened to killing the mayor. Fearing revenge, Marko fled to the Republic of Dubrovnik and brothers began building the walls around Marko ‘s house, hoping to bring it down in the process. The brothers were caught in a hurricane when they sailed to Venice to get the building supplies, and died in a shipwreck. As they didn’t have any children, Marko moved back to live in his old home, surrounded by the unfinished house walls which are still there today.
Mrduja is an islet in between Šolta and Brač. Legend has it that individuals from both islands claimed sovereignty and agreed to settle the conflict by wrapping the robe around the islet and playing tug-of – war. It is now re-enacted once a year for locals and visitors, but we have some grim news for Šolta, no matter who wins this year. Mrduja belongs to Brač administratively and no matter how hard you pull the reality does not change.
Homo sapiens wandered around Brač.
Forget the Trojan War, forget the Romans, in the Epipaleolithic and Mesolithic Ages Homo sapiens wandered around Brač. There is an archeological site in Kopačina cave, near Donji Humac, divided into two large halls containing more than 20 000 bones of domestic animals and primitive tools used by our ancestors such as axes, knives and arrows. The axe discovered in the cave dating back to the early Bronze Age is the oldest of its kind ever discovered on an Adriatic island.
Trajekt is a ferry
A term composed of a journalist who traveled daily from Supetar to Split and back, since trajekt is a Croatian ferry. Thing is, ferry travel time is around one hour on that 8 nautical mile route, and being so, people from Brač towns and villages meet regularly there. It can be fun, especially if you’re lucky enough to be traveling from Split to Supetar after a big Hajduk game with a ferry packed with fans celebrating a win. So if you want to catch the hottest gossip on the island, forget about café bars so head for the ferry!
Knowing who you are
Come to Brač, choose your place for coffee, have breakfast and take your time. If not on a second but definitely on the third day, a waiter can bring your favorite type of coffee to your order, without even waiting for you. You will be welcomed by other visitors, most will know your name and you will be a regular. Heck, if they try to take your place, they’ll even yell at newcomers.
A quick lesson in Croatian; the Croatian word pustinja is a translation of the term desert. Even many Croats don’t know the word pustinja can be used for a monastery as well. Given that there is Blaca monastery, or in Croatian, Pustinja Blaca, many people are expecting camels to be seen in this place. It is actually a monastery founded by Christian monks who fled the Ottoman invasion in the 15th century. It is a sight to see, since it looks like it was cut into the mountain, and apart from being a shelter, it was an important scientific sight in history, as it was fitted with the largest telescope in Southeastern Europe in its day.
Black pine bonsai tree
There’s a wild, black pine bonsai tree in Nerežišća. It grows from the medieval St. Peter’s church’s roof slabs and while the pine tree is over 100 years old, it has only ever reached one meter in height. Since 1969 it has been protected as a natural patrimony.
Brač is home to 30 per cent of all Dalmatian olive trees
Brač is home to 30 per cent of all Dalmatian olive trees, and home to some of the world’s finest olive oils. There is one native olive species grown only on Brač Island called Buhavica, it can be found around Novo Selo and there are only 50 trees. A bottle of olive oil from these olives is priced at around €150 but worth every bit.
HRAPOĆUŠA is included on the Croatian Republic’s Ministry of Culture’s list of protected cultural heritage
Autochthonous specialty from island Brač, nut cake which name comes from the similarity with dry wall. Originally derived from the place Dol (Brač) , where every year there are days of “hropaćuše” cake . A true desert from ancient times that in the best light represents Dalmatia. Walnuts, sugar and egg for biscuit beat until it start blew bubbles. Everything is done manually, and the stirring is exclusively with wooden spoon in the same direction. When it is good beaten add the flour, and parallel to it with great care snow egg whites. Oil literally goes only “drip”. Constantly mix nuts, egg whites and sugar until they boil. Just before the nuts are put on biscuit add lemon juice. Put walnut halves so their ends remain outside. In this way „hrapačuša“ gets its original shape.
Gažul – Wild West
Forget John Wayne, forget the cowboys from the movies, go to Gažul (shepherd’s resting place on Vidova Gora) for the cattle fair if you’re looking for a real feel of the wild west. It’s a place to meet people who keep their livestock the way it was done 100 years ago, selling it in the old style, arguing, brawling and drinking a lot during the process. Locals also call it “The silence of the lambs,” as more than 200 lambs are eaten in just one day on average at that location.
Brač had dragons in a cave
Located near the village of Murvica, Dragons Cave is not that easy to get to if you don’t like walking since it’s about a 50-minute uphill walk, but it is well worth the trouble not only because of the Cave but also because of the breathtaking vistas of the islands. Dragon’s cave is a monastery and it got its name from a carving in one of the walls. Leviathan (dragon) might have been inspired by the Book of Revelations but according to the Croatian legends, it is dedicated to dragon Veles from the Slavic mythology.
Brač is Scottish Croatian
Would you think you know all the cheap scotch jokes? Try some about Brač men! There’s a joke here saying Scotland was founded by a wasteful son who had been banished by his father from Brač Island. The truth is that life in Brač was anything but free, so the locals had to spare every penny to get around in the old days, and that’s how it was.
Heart of spanish fiestas?
Heart of spanish fiestas? It is called fjera on Brač. Each town or village in Brač has its own patron saint, and on that day they ‘re all dressed up in a procession, and throughout the day, all is terrible. Things go a bit on a wild side in the evening and you can enjoy traditional party all night long. Get a guide, get to know the locals and get wild.
Lamb on Fire
When a local guy invites you to dinner, you’ll definitely end up with the open fire, and some out-of-this-world lamb will be served. If your host follows the tradition, there’s nothing to throw