Brela Travel Guide
Brela, a small Dalmatian village of only 1700 residents, is situated on the Adriatic coastline of Croatia in about 15 km northwest of Makarska and 45 km south of Split. Magnificent Biokovo Mountain and the Island of Brac are the natural borders for the village.
Brela consists of two parts – older, Gornija Brela that is located on the hill near the old road, and newer – Donja Brela on the very seaside.
Brela travel turns to the time of pleasure. Brela is worthy called the pearl of Makarska Riviera – its fantastic sunny beaches are washed by blue gentle sea, the air is full of sea and herbal aromas, centennial pine trees make the shadow for the tourists. In 1968 Brela was awarded as "Champion of Adriatic" for its outstanding touristic achievements. Since then many famous persons were spending their holidays in Brela and were even buying villas there.
The Brela's history goes back for over two thousand years. In all times it attracted people by wonderful nature and untouched woods. Some ancient necropolis of Illyrians and graves from Roman times were found on this land.
Tourist attractions. The most precious historical monument is a relief of Illyrian god Silvan that goes to II-III centuries. In one hand Silvan holds a blade that symbolizes pastoral and agricultural traditions of ancient Illyrians. The Lady of Karmen Church is a beautiful monument of baroque. Built in 1715, it symbolizes the victory in war with Turks. Other cultural attractions of Brela are Church of St. Nicholas, Church of the Lady of Health and Church of St. Ilija, build in 18th century, Herceg tower ruins and many others.
Festivals and cultural events Exciting events like Fisherman nights, The Lady of Karmen celebration, Evergreen night, Dance and Fashion show together with competitions, cultural events and painting exhibitions will definitely make your Brela travel full of joy.
Restaurants. Brela's numerous comfy cafes and restaurants are notable for their great cuisine of cheese and seafood supplemented by fantastic views on the seaside. The most popular places worthy to be visited during Brela travel are restaurant Arka, Konoba Ivandica dvori, Konoba Kricak and Konoba Galinac, which offer traditional Dalmatian food and the best wines of Croatia. Brela holidays are ideal for the young and active people as well. Numerous discos, beach clubs, karaoke bars are open all night long. One of them is beach bar Rio.
Beaches. The mild climate, luxurious nature make holidays in Brela ideal for the whole family. Children will adore playing on the clean and sunny pebble beaches. Three Brela's beaches – Stomarica, Berulia and Punta Rata are awarded the Blue Flag. In 2003 Punta Rata, the main beach of Brela, was considered the 6th most beautiful beach in the world and the 1st – in Europe (by Forbes magazine).
Active vacations. There are also many propositions for the active Brela holidays. You can get the trip to nearby islands like Hvar, Korcula and Brac, enjoy rafting on the river Cetina, go hiking to the Biokovo Mountain or try exciting paragliding from it, take pleasure of windsurfing or diving. You can also rent boats, gondolas, water scooters on the beach. Thus, if you like to get away from the routine life and get new impressions – holidays in Brela are just for you!