BRELA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION
Brela is a small village of cottages and villas clustered on the hillside just above one of the best sandy beaches on the Croatian coast. The houses nestle among the greenery and pine trees, with lovely sea views and a few minutes walk to the fantastically clean and warm sea. The village is 14 km away from the tourist resort of Makarska.
Beach at Brela
The region is famous for thick pine woods stretching down to the pristine beaches, wine growing, olive oil, figs and excellent cherries. This is an area of the Croatian coastline best known for its beautiful pebbly/sandy beaches, one of which was voted number one beach in Europe in 2003 and 2005 by Forbes magazine.
Makarska is a popular tourist centre on the coast midway between Split and Dubrovnik. The old Mediterranean town centre with St Mark's church decorated by Venetian sculptors and many other old churches and a museum, is situated beneath a mountain backdrop. The town has many new hotels, facilities, wellness, water sports, restaurants, shops and markets. The City Sport Centre and the Tennis Centre are open to visitors. Makarska is famous for its beautiful 1500m long beach in front of a pine wood and numerous sandy coves. The car ferry from Makarska crosses to Sumartin on the island of Brac.
Omis occupies the narrow coastal strip between steep mountain cliffs and the coastline and straddles the river Cetina as it emerges from a deep mountain gorge. This unique location makes for spectacular scenery. Omis has a colourful history. In the middle ages it was the home of many powerful pirate families who could retreat from their raids and hide in the Cetina River.
Cetina river, Omis
Market in Omis
The town, with its colourful and busy market and its excellent beaches is a popular tourist destination. Omis is also an excellent spot from which to makes trips inland to view the Cetina canyon (where white water rafting is a popular outing) and the fortified towns and villages which guarded the route to the coast.
Split, the main port for travel to the Adriatic islands, is also home to the Diocletian Palace, built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the end of the third century AD. The Palace forms the core of the old town and has been adapted and remodelled throughout the ages so that it displays a breath-taking mix of architecture from the Roman through to the later Venetian period.
Louise Reddon writing in The Daily Telegraph captured the atmosphere of Split perfectly: When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent rest homes and decided to build his own. And so Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace was built to Diocletian's exacting standards, and today retains enough original charms to attract visitors by the thousands. Amid the remnants of his grand residences, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafès, cosy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian's soldiers once lived. Visit this 1700-year-old living museum during Split‘s Summer Festival in which cultural events are often staged in the open air. Drinking cocktails with the posing parade along the ritzy palm-lined ‘Riva‘ promenade. Afterwards, head to house-music haunt, Caffe Bar Fluid, and sit outside on steps that lead to the little-known second tier of the palace. Bacvice beach, a 15-minute stroll east, has buzzy nightclubs.
Our Villas in Brela
|Traditional renovated old stone four bedroom, three bathroom villa with a pool, just 170 metres from a gorgeous prize winning beach. Pet friendly and WiFi.|
|A five bedroom, two bathroom, air-conditioned villa with swimming pool. Sea views and close to the beach. Satellite TV.|