The island of Brač is characterised by centuries of tradition dating back to Prehistoric times. Both the Greeks and Romans left their lasting legacy here, as well as the Venetians and other Europeans who followed. The physical beauty of Brac, from its world famous beach at Bol, to its wonderful hilltop stone villages overlooking the sea, is never-ending. With thousands of olive trees, ancient vineyards and vast fields of Mediterranean subtropical vegetation (be sure to pick some wild rosemary and oregano), the island's brightness and clarity is saturated with intoxicating scents wherever you travel.
According to ancient legend, Antenov, a Greek warrior-hero from Troy, came to Brac accompanied by a shepherd, a farmer and a sailor. And ever since, their successors have followed the same occupations--cattle breeding, farming and fishing/ship-building.
As you approach the island by sea, cut out of the lush green hills are numerous stone quarries. Stone and Brač are synonymous. Even before the Romans began quarrying on an almost an industrial scale, stone has been dug on the island for thousands of years. Prized for its brilliant whiteness, quality and durability, Brač stone can be admired on some of the world's most iconic buildings—from the facade of the White House in Washington, DC. and Diocletian's Palace in Split to Parlament House in Vienna and Budapest.
During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, whole dynasties of Croatian stone masons were educated at the quarry near Pucisca and became world-famous. Today, young stone masons still come to study at the Pusica quarrying school and gifted island sculptors like Lovre Jaksic can be seen at their workshops in village towns like Donji Humac.