The beauties and legends of island Brac

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

Brac is the highest Croatian island, you know, the one with the peak Vidova Gora raising high above the Golden Horn beach. Should the road or the sea every carry you that way, make sure you explore all of it - it is very much worth your time!


View of Vidova gora from Golden Horn beach in Bol, Croatia
View of Vidova gora from Golden Horn beach in Bol

One of the world's most famous and most stunning beaches is the Golden Horn (or Zlatni rât in Croatian) beach. Unlike any other in the entire Mediterranean, this beach doesn't follow the coastline, but it stretches out, deep into the Adriatic sea. It is a fine pebble beach, made from the millions of years worth of limestone rocks crumbling down from Vidova Gora peak above it. The sea currents then carry the pebbles out into the sea, creating this one-of-a-kind natural phenomena. In fact, the currents play such a big role in the shape of this beach that, depending on which current is stronger, the beach moves from left to right. So it never looks exactly the same.


Aerial view of Golden Horn pebble beach in Croatia near Makarska Riviera
Aerial view of Golden Horn

We've already written about the dragons living in Makarska Riviera, but have you heard about the Dragon's cave Near Murvica on Brac? Combining Christianity with ancient Slavic legends, the monks who used the cave have engraved depictions of dragons into the rock of the cave. The monks lived there in 15th century, but since this is a unique combination of (at the time modern) Christianity and paganism, there's a good chance that the cave was inhabited long before that time. The town of Murvica, for example, existed even in the Roman Era. The town is around 4 kilometers from the Golden Horn beach, and it would be a shame for you to miss it!

Maybe you also didn't know this, but there are many jokes that are said about the people of Brac. You know, they are the ones who dug a whole channel between the island and the coast because one of them once dropped a penny on the ground. The ones who can't figure out if the light bulb in the fridge is using any power when the fridge doors are shut. The ones who would rather swim after a speedboat than after a ferry because that would save them 40 kuna instead of only 16.

All of these are jokes are based most likely in the fact that life on the island was and still is a lot harder than on land. In fact, if you go, you'll find that people of Brac are some of the most hospitable and generous hosts you'll ever meet. And they take no offence to the jokes - they are no snowflakes. And, as the rest of us Dalmatians, they also proudly say the words of St Jerome:"Parce mihi, Domine, quia Dalmata sum", or "Forgive me, Lord, for I am Dalmatian."


Donkey is a symbol of Dalmatian pride and stubbornness
Donkey is a symbol of Dalmatian pride and stubbornness

However, one of the best stories that clearly depicts typical Dalmatian spite and stubbornness is the story about a house within a house.

The story is a true one, and all of it happened on the island of Brac.