Zvonimir Peran

2019-06-10 · 5 min read

Zvonimir Peran - blog author
Brela sunset
Brela sunset

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.

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Brela
Brela

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

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

idyll
idyll

I loved Brela at first sight. I can say this place is unique among other Croatian tourist destinations. The uniqueness of Brela lies in its calmness. I can't think of the place where I could feel that people are so relaxed. I had a feeling like there is no clock, no obligations, no stress. I wonder if people feel that way in paradise. There was 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 this place. Brela features more than 7 kilometres of the beautiful coast. Just near the coast there many trees which contribute to the soothing atmosphere and beauty of the place.

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 why enjoying their walks.

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 place of romantic and family walks, entertainment and fun. It's also a great place for jogging and biking if you avoid crowded part of the 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 place.

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 during 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 20 pm during the summer season.

Church Our Lady of Karmel
Church Our Lady of Karmel

The parish St. Stephen's church is located at the north part of Brela, a few hundred meters above the coast. The exact year of the church's construction is not known. 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 forest, hiking and exploring nature. Above the D8 road, there is Biokovo Nature Park, featuring various activities. The most featured are walkways with different length and level of difficulty.

Brela is a true pearl of Croatia tourism. It is kind of a place I can recommend to all generations, young and older. The peacefulness and the natural beauty of this place 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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