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Short history of the island

Supetar, island of Brac


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Short history of the island

The first inhabitants of the island of Brač were ancient Illyrians whose presence dates back to the early history. Numerous fortresses and ruins scattered along the island prove their presence on the island of Brač but also their strength to resist a strong Greek colonization of mid-Dalmatian islands in 4th Century B.C. Roman period from 167 BC has conditioned that life moved to the northern coasts and bays of Brač, but there were built no settlements but villae rusticae on the cape of St Nicholas in Supetar in Lovrečina bay, in locality Mirje near Postire and other. Under Roman rule on the island, Brač was also the economic centre. Stone used for the construction of magnificent buildings like Diocletian Palace in Split, listed by the UNESCO as the protected World Cultural Heritage was collected in quarries.

In the Early Christianity, from 6th to 7th century, on Brač were built Early Christianity Churches of which, from the cultural and artistic point of view, the most magnificent and most preserved church is that in Povlja. Croats have settled the island in 7th century, from Neretva area.

Today is considered that Brač is an ancient Illyrian name of one of the noblest animal – deer (in Illyrian Brento, in Greek Elephos) so Brač in history was recorded as Brentis or Elaphusa. Stephen of Byzantium says: Brač is the Adriatic island with a river (?) which Greeks call Elaphusa and other Bretanide.

Source | Tourist board of Supetar

Photo | Luna Postira

Frequently asked questions

Ok, so I got to the island. What now?

Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!

#1 EAT.

We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.

#2 SLEEP.

Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!

#3 HAVE FUN.

There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!

#4 AND MORE FUN.

You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!

#5 GET BRAČ PASS.

To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!

* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!

I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!

Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.

BY SEA ///

There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.

First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.

Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!

BY AIR ///

Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač DeluxeRent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!

Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.

All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!

POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ

Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112

DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER

Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 640 014 / 112

HRVATSKA GORSKA SLUŽBA SPAŠAVANJA // CROATIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICES

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