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The history of Brač

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.

But the island's most famous symbol is its remarable sand pebble beach at Bol. Called Zlatny Rat, or the Golden Horn, it stretches as far as 500 meters at right angles into the sea and constantly changes its shape, position and length depending on the wind direction and sea currents! You'll see lots of postcards with photos of Bol for sale all over the island as well as on the internet since many travel magazines consider it to be not only the Adriatic's most beautiful beach, but one of the most beautiful in the world. With a deep shade forest just off the beach, dressing rooms and cafes, a day trip to Bol (the town itself is charming and also has catamaran service to Split) is a wonderful outing.

Brač is also an island of mystery and magic. On its southern slopes of Vidova gora near the village of Murvica there is the Dragon Cave. According to the legend it was the residence of the Slavic goddess Mokos. The cave is 20 meters long and has four separate chambers, one of which has a carved relief of a dragon, the moon and Holy Mary with angels. Many historians feel that they represent a connection between pagan mythology and Christianity since it's also known that the cave was also used as a religious site and home for Glagolitic monks who later founded their hermitage at Blaca—another must-see Brač experience.

And when it comes to gastronomy, the cuisine here is singular. Be sure to experience roast lamb (whole or in pieces) on a spit; vitalac, an original island stuffed tripe dish; hrapoćuša, a delicious cake originating from the village of Dol; Brač sheep cheese, škuta (cream cheese), extra virgin olive oil, red wine, Brač almond cake, hroštule, homemade liqueurs and herbal grappas and course freshly-caught grilled fish!