, the best known summer resort of the Makarska
littoral, is situated near the Adriatic highway, 14 km away from Makarska in the direction
of Split. It consists of several smaller places known for their developed tourist
facilities and attractive entertainment programmes. Its pebble beaches are a few
kilometres long and they extend themselves along the sea, which received, for its
cleanness, the blue flag
- the international mark of high quality for
the protection of the environment.
Makarska Riviera is a part of Dalmatian coast of Adriatic, about 60 kilometers long and
only several kilometers wide, squeezed under towering mountain Biokovo. Sunny climate
and long pebbly beaches make this region a popular tourist destination.
Brela, a town next to the sea is a municipality with 1770 inhabitants. Brela has become
one of the most exclusive and most wanted tourist destinations in Dalmatia during the
last few decades of the 20th century thanks to the attractive natural environment,
clean pebble and sand beaches, romantically arranged along a side where a promenade
swerves between pine trees and modernly comfortable hotels, guest houses, apartments,
boarding houses, catering and other modern tourist facilities.
The town of Berulia
, mentioned also by Constantine Porphyrogenitus (10th c.), emerged
at this location. The present town developed in recent times by migration of the population
from small villages and hamlets under Biokovo Mountain. The parish church from the 19th
century was built on the location of an earlier Baroque church, next to the cemetery is
the mediaeval necropolis with eight tombstones adorned with reliefs. The church houses
several tombstones from the 18th century.
The history of Brela goes back for more than 2 millenniums. In this beautiful landscape
are still held many attractions from ancient times. The first protector of
this Adriatic oasis was Silvan
- Illyrian-Roman god of forests and pristine nature.
Brela is an attractive village set on a beautiful full six kilometers of white pebbly
beach and is surrounded by fig trees, olive groves and lovely pine woods. The beach at
Brela slopes gently into the safe blue sea making it an ideal place for family holidays
with children. Setting is spectacular: white pebbles underneath the huge Biokovo
Forbes magazine recently ranked Brela's beaches in the top 20 of the world.
The most popular beaches are Punta Rata
, both awarded with
Brela also provides a wonderful coastal promenade which hosts a number of excellent
seafood restaurants. Accommodations in Brela are of the highest quality, which has been
attested to by opinion polls which rank Brela’s hotels among Croatia’s very best.
Aside from swimming and sunbathing, Brela also provides a significant number of
sports and recreational opportunities. Local restaurants serve sensational local and
international cuisine. In addition, cultural and entertainment programs are offered
during the high tourist season.
Also, excursions are also regularly organized.
An old village on the slopes of Biokovo - once the original Brela settlement, has become
an attractive place for one-day excursions and visits of holidaymakers coming there to
admire beautiful views on the sea and off shore islands or taste delicious healthy food
dishes in indigenous village restaurants and wine cellars.
There are other places of interest worth visiting on daily excursions: Makarska
close by, the Park of Nature Biokovo
with its rare,
protected plants and three alpine houses situated under the mountain peaks.
Brela Google map
Today it is a modern, tourist village with a rich tradition and natural beauty.
Comfortable accommodation is offered to holidaymakers in numerous private apartments,
villas and house rentals.
There are planty of hotels in Brela. From small butique hotels and villas to
exclusive hotel resorts one can find the accommodation for every taste, budget
and personal interest.
Brela also offers a nicely arranged coastal promenade and a number of excellent
restaurants with seafood so as numerous bars, clubs, cafes, pizza, fast-food and pasta
restaurants and all sorts of events.