MILNA, BRAC ISLAND - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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.


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.


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.


Supetar

Supetar on the north side of Brac island is the largest town on the island. The numerous passenger and car ferries come to Supetar from Split, a lovely 50 minute scenic ride. On Brac there is also a small airport, about 30 min drive from Supetar. On arriving by ferry or a yacht it is a beautiful sight to see the Supetar harbour with its charming stone houses crowding around it. Walk into any one of the local restaurants for refreshments, the food is excellent, fresh, simple, tasty and home cooked. If you are travelling by car, this is the place to stock up in the local supermarket. The town has many restaurants and shops, and quite a lot of history and culture. Go and see early Christian mosaics from the 6th century where an early Christian Basilica used to stand, have a look at the Church of St Mary as well as the sculptures of the 19th century sculptor Ivan Rendic in his gallery. A great family resort with sandy and pebbly beaches, good for swimming and sunbathing and a variety of water sports on offer. In the evening the centre is busy with cocktail bars and evening street markets.


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 Milna


Villa Hybiscus
Villa Hybiscus An elegant 5 bedroom villa with private pool in a quiet bay just a few metres from the waters edge and with a private bathing platform.
Villa Vicky
Villa Vicky A renovated traditional stone villa of great character and close to the sea. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms, air conditioned, WiFi. A lovely garden, pool and sea views.
Villa Idyll
Villa Idyll A three bedroom, two bathroom air conditioned cottage surrounded by a scented pine forest, close to the village centre and only 50 metres from the sea.
Villa Marble House
Villa Marble House Waterfront, traditional stone villa with three spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, air-conditioned, direct sea access, WiFi, BBQ, pet friendly, stunning sea views.
Villa Helmina
Villa Helmina A new luxury air-conditioned 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa, terrace, garden, BBQ, pool, WiFi, 3 parking spaces, sea view, sea 100 metres.
Villa Asya
Villa Asya A 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, luxury, air-conditioned villa, terrace, pool, BBQ, WiFi, parking, sea view, beach 70 metres.
Villa Milna
Villa Milna A luxury, air-conditioned, new, seafront 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa, gym, sauna, private heated pool, children's pool, whirlpool, garden, terraces, BBQ, Wi-Fi, maid service, concierge, sea 10 metres, beach 700 metres
Luxury Beach Villa Milna
Luxury Beach Villa Milna A luxury, air-conditioned, new stone villa right by the beach, first row to the sea, 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, Wi-Fi, garden, BBQ, private heated pool, gym, children's play area, pet friendly, own boat mooring, beach 5 metres.


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