Attractive destinations


PUSTINJA BLACA (THE BLACA DESERT)

one of the most interesting historic locales on the island of Brač. Situated on the south side of the island between Bol and Milna, it was built by the Glagolithic monks who took refuge on the island from the Turkish invasion on the mainland in the 15th century. By the decree of the duke of Brač in 1552 they were allowed to start a monastic cooperative, tending the land bequeathed to them; soon after they were permitted to build a monastery and a church. They expanded their land over time and also initiated commercial activity in the nearby cove, making Pustinja one of the strongest economic areas on the island for several centuries. However, in the mid-eighteenth century calamity struck: a fire, followed by a hail storm, led to the weakening of the cooperative and the decrease in the number of hermits. It is interesting to note that the hermitage started in a cave, which was gradually expanded by the addition of rooms that served, respectively, as a kitchen, dormitory, basement, bakery, etc. In time, real masterpieces made out of Brač stone were added, the colour of which changed to ivory over the course of the years. Among other things, tourists can visit its library and astronomical observatory.

ZMAJEVA ŠPILJA (THE DRAGON'S CAVE)

Located on the southern slopes of Vidova mountain near the village Murvica. It is a cave where Glagolithic hermits lived in the 15th century. The cave is twenty meters long and divided into four rooms. The Dragon's Cave is full of reliefs which depict unusual characters, dragons and mythical creatures that easily inspire one's imagination, but which also provide insights into the rootedness of Christian iconography and Slavonic mythology. A visit to the Dragon's Cave is possible only under the supervision of a professional guide and takes four hours.

VIDOVA GORA (VID'S MOUNTAIN

Is the highest peak in the Adriatic islands and is located in the heart of Brač. An asphalt road leads all the way to its Bellevue making it accessible by car. On the top of Vidova Gora there is a little house with an inn and stone tables and benches outside for visitors to rest and enjoy the view of the whole of archipelago south of Brač. Vidova Gora was named after the cult of St Vitus (Vid) that, during the Christianization of Croats, invariably took the place of the ancient Slavonic cult of Svevid or Sventovid. The peak is named after the little church of St. Vid at the top of the mountain, of which now there is only a ruin.