Friday, August 6, 2010

Brač, Croatia

Brač (pronounced Brach, “ch” like in church) takes about 50 minutes on a ferry to get to from Split. It is the largest of the central Dalmatian islands and the third largest island in the Adriatic. Brač is known for its wine, olive oil and figs. But it is most famous for its white stone has been used in many famous buildings, including Diocletian's Palace and the White House in Washington, DC.

The main town is Supetar which is on the northwest coast with only about 3,000 residents. The town is set around a harbor with plenty of gravel beaches. The town is a quieter vacation alternative to Split.

Near the harbor there’s the 18th century parish church of Annunciation. The church was built on the site of a previous basilica dedicated to St Peter - which is where the town's name "Supetar" comes from. The monumental stairs were built in 1733 and extended in 1887. At the side of the church is a courtyard with a sculpture of Mother Theresa.

The big attraction is the famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach at Bol. It’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Unfortunately, it’s on the other side of the island so I didn’t get a chance to see it this time. Next time…for sure!

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