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.


Lozica on Brac
Lozica on Brac

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.


Milna

Milna is the safest harbour on the island of Brac, for centuries welcoming sailors and yachtsmen coming from Split across the sea and now boasting two excellent marinas. It is on the north-west side of the island, 18km from Supetar where the Split ferry lands. The substantial village is centred around a huge bay with a very charming harbour full of yachts and fishing boats. Smart cafes and restaurants line the harbour and there are good bakeries, shops and market. A few minutes away are several beaches you can reach on foot. Typical Mediterranean stone cottages with red roofs give Milna its classical charm, and there is also a Baroque church with paintings of Venetian masters, worth seeing. There are some great villas with pools right in Milna town, and a bit further out of town are the Osibova, Lucica and Duboka Bays where you will find grand new villas perching on the seashore among pine woodland. Nearby Bobovišća village is also great to visit, with new luxurious villas as well. Water sports such as scuba-diving, sailing or fishing are available. In the summer Milna hosts a few summer fetes with song and dancing in the harbour, and a very popular "Fisherman's Night" where you get traditional local food and music in the streets.


Sutivan

This village, on the north west side of Brac island, is 1700 years old. Roman noblemen had their villas in Sutivan. There is a lot of history in the village, which was en-route from Venice to the East and had some grand old ships moored there laden with soldiers or exquisite merchandise. Dominated by an elegant medieval church with a substantial tower, the stone houses and noble summer palazzos are lined along the little port and into the bay called Likve, leading to some wonderful beaches with crystal clear sea. Olive groves, mandarin gardens and vineyards surround the village, which is quite tranquil, except for a few summer fetes and shows. It is a very sporty place which organises football and boules competitions in May, and there are opportunities for volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball in the Park of Nature and bike hire. Small children will find swings and sand to play. It is a quiet, but lively place with lots of sunshine and good food on offer in local cafes and restaurants, hiking and biking trails and water sports.


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.



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