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Island of Brač

Ville Dinoti - About Brač

Brač is the largest Dalmatian island. It is about 40 km long and an average width of 12 km. With a total area of 395 km 2 is the third largest island in the Adriatic. The sunniest Adriatic area with over 2,700 hours of sunshine a year and the summer 9-12, in winter over four hours a day. 

The average summer temperature is 23.8 C and 8.6 C in winter is characterized by all the typical Mediterranean features: long, hot and dry summers and short, mild winters.

On Brač are now 22 villages and 12 settlements and 5 abandoned hamlets. Brač is very well connected to the mainland, and the whole of Europe. All coastal sites on island are connected with Split by daily ferry connections (ferries, catamarans), and ferry traffic Split - Supetar and Makarska - Sumartin several times a day.  Brač is also associated with aircraft Zagreb and Split, the airport receives aircraft from all parts of Europe.


Today is considered that Brač is an ancient Illyrian name of one of the noblest animal – deer (in Illyrian Brento, in Greek Elephos) so Brač in history was recorded as Brentis or Elaphusa.

The oldest settlement on Brač is picturesque Škrip where is situated the Island of Brač Museum. The oldest coastal village is Bol, ancient capital is Nerežišća whilst current capital city is Supetar. The Patron Saint of the island of Brač is St George which on the island’s emblem is shown when killing the dragon. Among historical sketches, the cave Kopačina near Donji Humac shall be emphasized. There were found prehistoric remains that prove the human presence in this area, more than 30 000 years old.

Brač is really an ideal island for enjoying in beaches and beautiful coastline. Countless are hidden inlets dispersed along the whole island which with their natural features and clean sea attract bathers from around the world.

Along the cattle breeding, fishing, olives and vines, one of the major activities in the island's is stone carving.
With Brač stone were built numerous buildings; in ancient times, Diocletian's Palace in Split, and in more recent years, the White House in Washington.


Škrip is the oldest settlement on the island. It is a monument in witch their ethnic layers have deposited the Illyrians, the Romans and the Croatians, as the evidence of their presence. There are numerous monuments in it like the castle of Cerinić, a Roman temple, a few sarcophagi, a mausoleum from the 3rd century, built on Illyrian stone walls, the tower of Radojkvić, the cemetery with the ancient Chapel of the Holy Spirit, the parish church of St.Helena with the most harmonious baroque facade on Brač, the nunnery of St.Anthony and the Regional Museum with a rich collection of stone consisting of Roman, late antiquity and early medieval monuments and sculptures.

Attractions on the island of Brač

Stone "delicacy"

There is a stone "delicacy" formed like a cake near Nerežišća. Walk under it and make a wish.

The Dragon's Cave

The Dragon's Cave is set about 200 metres above Murvica. With its reliefs it is a unique monument
to the monastic life of the Glagolitic friars in the 15th century.
The cave is 20 metres long with the interior walls decorated with reliefs of the dragon,
the moon and the Madonna.

The Vidova Mountain

Vidova gora (the Vidova Mountain) is the highest mountain peak of the Adriatic islands, 778m above sea level.
It is the spot from which the view embraces the neighbouring islands
as well as the famous and the most beautiful beach in Dalmatia, the Golden Cape.
On the way to Vidova gora you will be amazed by various sorts of the black pine and the scent of medical herbs.

The hermitage of Blaca

The hermitage of Blaca is a beautiful monastery chiselled in a cliff from the 16th century.
It was built by the Glagolitic priests while running away from the Turks. There is a church
inside the monastery built in the Reneissance manner, an observatory with a large telescope, a rich library,
a collection of watches, a rich collection of ancient weapons, a small printingroom, school which was active till 1963.
To sum it up, Blaca is a first class historical monument well worth seeing.

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