Brela, a small town in the north of the Makarska Riviera, has been a favourite destination of visitors from Western Europe. Hundreds of thousands of visitors in recent years have enjoyed Brela, its beaches, and charming Mediterranean atmosphere. On July 2, 2020, I decided to go to Brela and see how does the town look like after the coronavirus pandemic, whether the tourists have arrived, and if they had a good time.

Brela is a small charming coastal place
Brela is a small charming coastal place

Brela in 2020

As soon as I entered the town, I was positively surprised. Quite a number of people were in the town, staying in restaurants or beaches. It seems that the pandemic did not prevent Europeans from enjoying the beautiful Croatian beaches this year as well.

Atmosphere on beach in Brela is good in 2020
Atmosphere on beach in Brela is good in 2020

According to my estimates, the number of visitors is 30-40 per cent lower than in previous years in Brela. Therefore, the atmosphere in something more intimate, and the beaches are not crowded as they used to be in previous years, which makes the place even more appealing.

Brela's beaches are more beautiful than ever
Brela's beaches are more beautiful than ever

Reduced number of visitors is an advantage for maintaining the necessary social distance, in order to stay safe and healthy.

People enjoy Punta Rata beach in Brela
People enjoy Punta Rata beach in Brela

As you can see from the photos below, Brela's restaurants and tourist agencies are fully operating, meaning you can participate in almost all activities that do not involve gathering a large number of people. Those include renting a kayak, or jet ski, renting a char on the beach, boat etc.

Take your favourite meal in Brela
Take your favourite meal in Brela
Brela's stone is always amazing
Brela's stone is always amazing

According to my observations, visitors in Brela have a great time in July 2020. And I believe all those who arrive in upcoming weeks will like it as well.

A slightly smaller number of visitors contributes to the charming atmosphere of this small coastal place. Visitors from Western European countries enjoy their vacation time in Brela, after months of quarantine and anxiety caused by the pandemic.

Regarding the accommodation prices in Brela, some renters retained the prices from 2019, yet some decided to lower it down to attract tourists. That's why we recommend you to take a look at to find a good accommodation deal in Brela.

People are enjoying vacation in Brela in 2020
People are enjoying vacation in Brela in 2020

Zvonimir Peran     2023-07-18

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