LOZISCA, BRAC ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Lozisca

Driving on the road from Milna to Sutivan on the island of Brac, you will come to a point where you will spot a tall and magnificently carved church tower, created in 1889. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful church towers in the whole of Croatia. This is in the small village if Lozisca, "The Vineyard Place", where stone houses with slate roofs line little steep cobbled streets and look at the sea which is about a mile away. The church is dedicated to St Blaise, the patron saint of Dalmatia and contains a historically important organ.


This is a very rural settlement, all made of stone, on top of a steep hill. Facades look southwards towards the sun, and indoors, there is still in use the central feature of a Brac house, an open fireplace. Stone tables along the walls are still used to dry figs, almonds and other agricultural produce. Water was collected from roofs, into stone wells. Many houses still retain these features, and incorporate modern luxuries as well. Some houses are very grand, some are smaller cottages and there are some restored and enlarged properties, available for rentals. The nearest beach is in the pretty village Bobovisca by the Sea, a really stunning spot, well worth visiting for beaches, restaurants, cafes and shops.


Lozisca are definitely an "away from it all" place, with many very authentic and quirky features and stunning views. In the valley it is interesting to see the old stone pools made for the gathering of rain water which were used for cattle and field watering. A car is essential to get to many lovely beaches and other sights which are within easy reach.


Bobovisca

On the western side of the third largest Croatian Island, Brac, just north of Milna town, there is a deep, narrow inlet which at the far end creates a charming, sheltered harbour around which is centered the small seaside village of Bobovisca by the Sea. The village is full of old stone houses and new stone-built villas. Everyone who reaches it from the sea, by boat, is stunned by the charm and authenticity of this fishing village surrounded by green pines and olive groves. It can also be easily reached by a 15 min car ride from Supetar, where you will land on the ferry ride from Split, or from Sumartin if your ferry goes from Makarska. This is what the Adriatic is all about: a beautiful harbour with restaurants serving locally caught fish, and an old Renaissance manor house lording it over other attractive houses and villas. Beaches are studded all along the coast and the sea is really crystal clear. Here life definitely flows along at a slower pace.


People who live in mainland Split have their ancestral homes in Bobovisca, which are now lovingly rejuvenated and used as summer holiday villas. A small local population tends the vineyards and olive groves, and makes their living by fishing. Nowadays many rent their homes, but it is definitely a low density, high level tourism. Some of the newly built villas are among the most luxurious to be found in Croatia.


You can swim right in the village, rent boats, sail, dive, go rock climbing. If you are interested in the local culture and history, visit the churches of St George (17 century) and St Martin, and a well known archaeological site of Greek settlements in Vija Luka part of the village. Spend a lazy morning in a seaside cafe, or venture further afield to Milna, Postira and the famous Bol, with its great beach the Golden Horn. You will love Bobovisca and the whole island of Brac.


Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac
Zlatni Rat beach at Bol, Island of Brac

Brac

Brac is the largest of the Central Dalmatian islands with a land mass of 395 square kilometres and several towns and villages. At the centre of the island the peak of Vidova Gora rises to 778 metres. The typical landscape of the rural interior of the island is of vineyards and olive groves enclosed by stone walls. Around the coast there are many pretty bays and beaches, often edged with pine trees. Brac has a long history; the small museum in the historic settlement of Skrip charts the history of the island from pre Roman times. All around the coastline there are quiet sheltered bays with delightful pebble beaches often lined with pine trees that provide welcome shade in the midday sun. Many of the beaches are uncrowded and all have crystal clear water and are delightful for swimming. The famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn)beach at Bol will be packed in mid summer but this spectacular beach, a narrow spit projecting out in the sea, must be seen if you are staying on Brac. The most notable towns on the island are:


Milna

Situated in a deep bay and is a favourite destination for yachtsmen. In the summer months the harbour is filled with yachts moored in the marina and along the town quay providing plenty of custom for the quayside cafes and restaurants.


Splitska
Splitska
Milna
Milna

Splitska

Situated around a delightful harbour, the town of Splitska, is one of the most attractive communities on the island.


Pucisca

Situated around a sheltered harbour, Pucisa has a character defined by its fine stone buildings set in terraces on the steep hillside. Here young stone masons are trained and can be seen practising their skills at The School of Stone Masons on the harbour front.


Bol Town
Bol Town
Bol beach
Bol beach

Bol

On the southern side of the island, Bol, has examples of 15th and 17th century architecture but is best known for its famous beach, Zlatni Rat, or Golden Horn, a shingle spit stretching out over 600 metres into the sea.


Sumartin

Sumartin is a quiet village at the eastern end of the island of Brac. Shops, cafes and restaurants front the harbour from where a regular car ferry crosses to Makarska on the mainland.


Sumartin
Sumartin
Postira
Postira

Postira

Postira's narrow winding streets lead down to a busy harbour bursting with small boasts and surrounded by lively cafes, shops and restaurants. A few kilometres inland from Postira the interesting and ancient village of Dol is renowned for its restaurants serving local produce grown in the valley.


Supetar

Supetar's busy harbour is where the regular car ferry from Split disembarks. The town's many shops and restaurants front the charming harbour and stretch along the water front. Evenings in Supetar are lively as the town is one of the main tourist centres on the island.


Monastery near Bol
Monastery near Bol
Pucisca
Pucisca

Activities on the island

Paintball is available on Vidova Gora, the highest mountain on all of the Croatian islands with fantastic views, walks, and a restaurant in the summer. Excursions to the mainland to go rafting on the Cetina river are organized from Supetar. Bol is the main centre for water sports such as windsurfing and diving.


Split

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.


Split waterfront
Split waterfront

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 Lozisca


Villa Morena
Villa Morena Newly renovated luxury villa that retains the traditional character. Has panoramic sea views, pool, terraces, sauna, fitness room and games room. Children's play area in garden. 6 bedrooms.


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