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Walking on Brac

The island Brac is located between town Split and island Hvar. It is situated only 7 miles away from Split and it enjoys regular daily Ferry connections with the mainland. In the vincinity of Vidova gora (778 m above sea level), the highest peak on the island Brac and the highest peak of all Adriatic islands, Brac has its own Airport but mainly for light aircraft although some Europeon carriers operate during the summer.

With its area (394,6 km²) Brac is the third largest island in the Adriatic. One forth of its area is covered with forests and the rest of area is mainly agricultural (mainly olives groves and vineyards) as well as with Mediterranean plants and many herbs.

Since it enjoys a Mediterranean climate with short and mild winters, and long and sunny summers, Brac is very convenient both for winter and summer tourism. Guests who visit the island enjoy its clean air, beautiful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, various sports and cultural events as well as the many beaches with there clear clean sea.

Sutivan is a small town of original Dalmatian architecture, located by the sea on the Northwest coast of island Brac.
This tranquil little town with around 600 inhabitants is elevated on gentle slopes that are amphitheatricaly surrounding it's beautiful harbour.

Among Sutivan's most beautiful features are its lovely walking alleys and gardens, as well as carefully decorated yards abundant with Mediterranean vegetation and flowers. Although Sutivan is among the hottest places on the Adriatic, typically Mediterranean climate and its location by the sea make visits to this town particulary relaxing. Days are hot and suitable for swimming or other sea activities while nights are cool and pleasant for sleeping.

Sutivan's beaches are well known for their outstanding beauty, beginning with the ones that are located right in the town. Towards the west there are more than twenty unique bays and beaches.
Even in the middle of the summer season, you can enjoy undisturbed solitude, finding coolness and rest in shadows of Mediterranean pine and cypresses growing right by the sea.

Sutivan is an ideal place to get away from the stress of the big city and the 9.til 5 treadmill of life. Sutivan possesses the beauty and tranquility which make it a perfect choice for discovering complete relaxation.

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 Brac 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.

Zmajeva špilja (Dragon’s cave) is situated on the south side of the island, underneath the cliffs of Vidova gora and over the village of Murvica. It can be reached by the picturesque walking path (around 40 min. walk). The historians didn’t exactly establish when or who made this rare monument, but its cultural and artistic (and secret!) value is not in question. Inside the cave there are many reliefs of figures from the Slavic mitology and Christianity made in the very stone of the cave. The dominant figure is one with the dragon and the cave was named after it. The eremites who lived here long time ago probably enjoyed beautiful nature and the panoramic view as well as todays visitors who are coming to see this misterious cave. Nearby there are several abandoned monasteries which are also worth to visit.

Škrip is the oldest settlement on the island of Brac. Set on the top of the hill, with its belfry, church facade and huge towers it appears like a town lost in this stony area by coincidence. Škrip is a town-monument in which Illyrians, Romans and Croatians deposited their ethnic layers, as the evidence of their presence. It is the whole of Brac in itself and it represents a very heart of the authentic island. In Škrip, there is the Regional Museum of the island with its rich collection from Roman time, late antiquity and early medieval monuments and sculptures as well as interesting ethnographic collection.

On the island Brac which is an everlasting source of white stone, the tradition of stone-cutting dates back to the time of Romans. From this famous stone were built some of the world well-known buildings (the Diocletian’s palace in Split, the White house in Washington, the Parliament in Budapest, the Reichstag in Berlin etc.) This old tradition continues even today, especially in the town of Pucišca where exists an unique school for stone-cutters (the only one in this part of Europe). In this school young people learn, like their ancestors, how to do this difficult job.

“The continent of Brac” 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.

Dominican monastery in the town of Bol is, beside the Franciscan monastery in Sumartin, the only one on the island who survived untill now. It was founded at the end of the 15th century when there was no more danger of the pirates from the town of Omiš. This monastery partly helped the town of Bol to divelope itself. It is situated on the very east of the town and with its belfry and its church gives Bol a special charm. Within the monastery there is a botanical garden as well as the museum of island antiquities: archeological collection from various times, original manuscripts, church books and objects, numismatic collection, valued pictures from 15th to 18th century etc. The most valued picture is one from the late Renaissance made by the great Venice painter

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