- The sights of the island of Brač
- Explore Brač
The sights of the island of Brač
Dalmatia abounds in natural beauty; from the mountain ranges, beaches, open sea horizons, to the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, which include the central Dalmatian island of Brač.
Along with its natural beauty, Brač is famous for the following things:
Stone has been mined from the Brač quarries since ancient times and used for the construction of notable buildings, the nearest and the most famous one being Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Objects made from Brač stone can be found in the local souvenir shops.
St George on Bračuta (near Pučišća)
St Michael (south-east of Gornji Humac)
St Peter (above Dol)
St Nicholas (near Sumartin)
St Martin (near Bobovišća)
St Michael (on a hill near Dol)
Holy Sunday on Gradac (Selca)
Our Lady of Stomorica (near Ložišća)
The local Brač fiestas (‘fjera’) take place during the summer, and they reflect the islanders’ relationship towards their cultural and historical heritage.
The day of the fiesta is marked by a liturgical celebration and a holy procession through the town, ending with public festivities.
- 15 June: St Vitus. Pilgrimage to Vidova gora
- 24 June: St John the Baptist/ Midsummer’s Day Bonfire (Jumping over the bonfire). Fiesta in Povlja. Sutivan Town Day
- 26 June: Sts John and Paul. Fiesta in Supetar – Supetar Day and the beginning of the Supetar Summer of Culture (July and August)
- 2 July: Our Lady of Mirca. Fiesta in Mirca; Pučišća Summer of Culture (July, August)
- 13 July: St Margaret. Fiesta in Nerežišća
- 16 July: Our Lady of Carmel. Fiesta in Selca: Croatia Rediviva – national poetry evening
- 26 July: St Anne. Fiesta in Donji Humac
- 2 August: Our Lady of Snow. Fiesta in Bol
- 15 August: Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Fiesta in Splitska and in Blaca. Procession in all towns on Brač, especially the pilgrimage to Blaca on the first Saturday after the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- 16 August: St Roch. Fiesta in Škrip
- 18 August: St Helen. Fiesta in Škrip
- 26 September: Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Fiesta in Dračevica
- 30 September: St Jerome. Fiesta in Pučišća
‘Klapa’ group singing
This indigenous musical form of the coastal region of Croatia represents an intrinsic part of the century-long Mediterranean cultural milieu.
The songs are performed by a group of singers, known as a klapa, who delight audiences at evening musical and folklore performances.
The most famous klapa groups from Brač are Boduli, Feštuni from Postira, Volat klapa and the all-female Rusulica klapa from Pučišća, Mirula from Selca, and Bracjera klapa from Bol. The hotel receptionists will gladly inform you about the klapa concerts.
The island of Brač can be best explored by car or on a scooter; for the more fit we recommend bike riding through the many interesting towns and villages of Brač. Below is a list some of them, along with their corresponding sights:
- Sutivan – the bell tower of the parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Supetar – the sacral collection of the parish of St Peter includes mosaics from the early Christian period, relics and items from the Venetian Renaissance period. For information on opening times, please call the parish office on +385 021 631 329.
- Sumartin – the Franciscan monastery, the Church of St Martin
- Selca – Statue of the Heart of Jesus by the famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović, the Church of Christ the King
- Nerežišća – the Church of Our Lady of Karmel
- Blaca Hermitage – ethnological site from the 16th century. Recommended for an excursion.
- Škrip – Heritage museum of the island of Brač (http://hvm.mdc.hr/muzej-otoka-braca,510:%C5%A0KR/hr/info/)
- Postira – ciborium of the early Christian basilica (Lovrečina Bay), the Church of St John the Baptist
- Pučišća – Stone Museum in Pučišća
- Murvica – the Dragon Cave. Recommended for excursions
- Vidova gora hill (778 m) – the highest peak on all of Croatia’s islands with excellent panoramic views of the Dalmatian islands. Recommended for photographing