Brela is a small Croatian tourist destination located between Makarska and Omis. It is famous for its fabulous beaches and beautiful coast.
I went there for a visit on June 10, 2019.

Brela
Brela

How did I arrive in Brela

I went there by car from Split. I used local road D8. The trip was pleasant, just as expected when driving on the road with many beautiful sights. Fortunately for me, there was no high traffic.

I left my car a few hundred meters away from the centre of the village. The parking price was 2.5 euros/hour.

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idyll

I loved Brela at first sight. I can say it is unique among Croatian tourist destinations. I can't think of a destination where I could feel that people are so relaxed. I had a feeling that there is no clock, no obligations, and no stress. There were no disturbing sounds, no hurry, just a simple beauty of the relationship between nature and man.

The main reason for my fascination with Brela is the natural beauty of the place. Brela features more than 7 kilometres of the beautiful coast. Just near the coast, there are many trees which contribute to the soothing atmosphere.

The next reason was the lack of cars and the crowd. Most of the coast is not accessible by car, which is actually great because people don't have to hassle with cars while enjoying their walk near the sea.

Amazing Brela's coast shape
Amazing Brela's coast shape
Brela evening atmosphere
Brela evening atmosphere

The centre of life in Brela is its coast. It's a spot of romantic and family walks, entertainment and fun. It's also a great place for jogging and biking if you avoid the crowded parts of the tourist season.
As you walk along the coast, you will notice amazing forms of rocky beaches alternating with sandy ones. I believe many of them will be interesting to you as a selfie background.
Near the coast, there are restaurants and coffee bars where you can enjoy your favourite drink or meal while having a nice view of the sea.

Every week during the summer season, Brela organises live concerts on the coast, in the centre of the village.

Two widely known beaches in Brela are Punta Rata and Podrače.

Punta Rata is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Its famous attraction is so-called Brela's stone, a rock which emerged from the sea. Brela's stone is a recognizable symbol of the whole place.
The only Croatian beach that impressed me more than Punta Rata was Zlatni Rat on Brac.

Punta Rata beach
Punta Rata beach
Brela's Stone
Brela's Stone
Brela's Stone during night
Brela's Stone during night

Hundred meters above the centre of Brela you can see an interesting neo-Romanesque church from the 18th century. It was built in honour of the victory over the Osman Empire. That's why it was called The Church of Triumph throughout history. Near the church, there is a monument to a priest who made a remarkable effort in its construction.
Sunday masses are held at 9 am and 8 pm during the summer season.

Church Our Lady of Karmel
Church Our Lady of Karmel

The parish St. Stephen's church is located in the north part of Brela, a few hundred meters above the coast. The exact year of the church's construction is unknown. The written mention dates from the 16th century, but it was built earlier.
Sunday mass in St. Stephen's church is held at 11 am.
The church is accessible by car. You can reach it from the coast as well, but it takes some climbing effort.

St. Stephen's church in Brela
St. Stephen's church in Brela

Brela is not all about the coast, beaches, and sea: it's also an amazing place for those who like walking in forests, hiking and exploring nature. Above the D8 road, there is Biokovo Nature Park, featuring various activities. The most featured are walkways with different lengths and levels of difficulty.

Brela is a true pearl of Croatia tourism. It is kind of a destination I can recommend to all generations, young and older. The peacefulness and the natural beauty of the village will hardly leave anyone unimpressed. No matter if you arrive here with your wife, family, kids or friends, you will enjoy Brela. I recommend visiting in June or September when it is even more intimate and beautiful.

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Zvonimir Peran     2020-12-04

I enjoy Croatia, beautiful country with interesting places, history, culture, and people. I want you to enjoy it as well.
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