Royal Marine Villas : Brac

Brac

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Island Brac, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands; area 394.57 sq km; population about 14 000.

The Island of Brac is located between the Croatian town of Split and island of Hvar. Situated only 7 miles from Split, there are daily ferry rides connecting Brac Island to the mainland.

The airport of Brac is located near Vidova Gora (778 m above sea level), the highest peak on Brac island and of all Adriatic islands.

A quarter of its area is covered with forests; the rest is covered with ‘karst fields’, mainly olive tree groves and vineyards as well as Mediterranean plants known as ‘macchia’.

Its Mediterranean climate with short mild winters, and long sunny summers, makes Brac Island very convenient for both summer and winter tourism. Guests visiting the island can enjoy its clean fresh air, beautiful landscapes, rich cultural heritage, various sports and cultural events as well as its clean sea and sun weather.

Anyone who visits it will be touched by its wonderful scenery and landscapes! Everywhere you look there are vineyards and olive groves, steeples topping churches and charming architecture, astonishingly beautiful seashores with idyllic bays – a never ending panorama of visual pleasures.

The Island is also famous for its white limestone – Brac stone – which was and is so highly valued by architects and builders that it has been used for Diocletian’s palace in Split, the White House in Washington, the Parliament Buildings of Budapest, and the Reichstag in Berlin.

Understandably, locals have been building their houses with Brac stone for centuries, and adorn them with unique and unforgettable Brac stone carvings!

Dalmatians have always been reputed as the best stone cutters in Europe; and where this stone is mined, it is used as building material. In Croatia, there’s no need to study history and architecture textbooks: all architectural styles can be found together in town’s square: antique, gothic, renaissance and baroque.

It’s enough just to walk about in the streets and twist your head looking at historical places, some of which, have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

It is prohibited to construct modern buildings in old Croatian towns: everything should be preserved in its original state and appearance.

The sun shines on the Island of Brac 2700 hours per year!

We invite you to explore this unique island that offers everything one needs for an unforgettable residence in an unspoiled natural enviroment.

Rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of high standards  of your living !

Highlights

DESERT BLACA

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 a walking path (around 30 min. walk). Blaca has great cultural, scientific and architectural importance, not only for the Island of Brac, but also the whole of Dalmatia. Desert Blaca is actually an eremitical (hermits) monastery, which was founded by the Glagolitic priests from the mainland, who escaped the Turks around year 1550.

After gaining permission from the island’s authorities to settle down in this area, throughout the centuries, this simple cave shelter of Ljubitovica became a monastic and economic complex of great importance. The priests lived there independently over 400 years till, in 1963, the last priest died and the monastery was turned into a museum.

The Blaca Monastery was built in an interesting position hidden between the high cliffs of the canyon, and this gives it a mysterious charm. Within the monastery there is a church, a children’s school, a library with nearly 8,000 books in 5 languages, an astronomical observatory, etc.

The beauty and history of Blaca Monastery will surely surprise you, so don’t miss a visit to this sacred and enchanting place.

DRAGON’S CAVE

Zmajeva Spilja (Dragon’s cave) is situated on the south side of Brac Island, underneath the cliffs of Vidova Gora mountain, and above the village of Murvica. It can be reached by a picturesque walking path (around 40 min. walk). Historians haven’texactly established when or who made this rare monument, but its cultural, artistic and secretive value is beyond question.

Inside the cave are many bas-reliefs of figures from Slavic mythology and Christianity carved in the cave’s stone walls. The cave was named after the dominant one of a dragon. The hermits who lived here long ago probably enjoyed the beautiful nature and panoramic view as much as today’s visitors, who come to see this mysterious cave.

Nearby, there are several abandoned monasteries which are also worth visiting.

REGIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ISLAND – SKRIP

Skrip is the oldest settlement on the Island of Brac. Set on the top of a hill, with its belfry, church facade and huge towers, it looks like a town built in this stony area, by coincidence. Skrip is a monumental town in which the Illyrians, Romans and old Croatians each laid their ethnic layers, as evidence of their presence there.

It depicts the whole of Brac itself, and forms the very heart of the authentic island. In Skrip, the island’s Regional Museum houses a rich collection dating from Roman times and later antiquity, along with early medieval monuments and sculptures, and an interesting ethnographic collection.

SCHOOL FOR STONE-CUTTERS – PUCISCA

On the Island of Brac, which has been an everlasting source of precious white stone, the traditional skill of stone-cutting dates back to the time of the Romans.

From this famous stone were built some of the world’s best known buildings: Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the White House in Washington, the Parliament of Budapest, the Reichstag of Berlin.

This old tradition continues today, especially in the town of Pucisca where there is a unique school for stone-cutters; the only one in this part of Europe. In this school young people, like their ancestors, learn how to do this difficult but noble job.

VIDOVA GORA

The ‘continent of Brac’ is an exceptional island because of its Vidova Gora mountain, which is the highest peak (778 m) of all the Adriatic islands. The very top of the mountain can be reached by car, and from its peak one can admire a breathless view overlooking the slope of the island’s southern side, the town of Bol, the famous beach, Golden Cape (Zlatni rat) as well as the islands of Middle Dalmatia. In days of high visibility even the Italian coast can be seen.

Vidova Gora conceals many natural wonders ranging from the dense forest of unique black pine trees (Pinus niger Dalmatica) to its rich array of local flora and fauna and numerous caves and pits.

THE DOMINICAN MONASTERY – BOL

The Dominican monastery in the town of Bol is, besides the Franciscan monastery in Sumartin, the only one on the island which has survived until now.

It was founded at the end of the 15th century when the pirates from the town of Omis were no longer a danger.

This monastery played a role in developing the town of Bol itself.

Situated in the eastern edge of Bol, the monastery’s belfry and church gives Bol a special charm.

Within the monastery’s grounds there is a botanical garden as well as a museum of island antiquities with an archeological collection from various eras: original manuscripts, church books and objects, numismatic collection, valued pictures from the 15th to 18th centuries, etc.

The most valued picture is from the late Renaissance, painted by the great Venitian painter Tintoretto.