Supetar is one of most important tourist destinations in Dalmatia today.
It is placed on the south side of the island of Brač, in the cove of sv. Petar (St. Peter) which gave the name to the city (sveti Petar – Supetar). With its 3500 residents it is also island’s capital city.
One of many things which will impress you in Supetar is definitely its rich historical heritage. The church of Mary’s annunciation dates from 18th century, while next to the church you will find early Christian mosaics from the 6th century. The church was build on the foundations of an early Christian basilica onsecrated to St. Peter.
A white dome from Petrinović family neo-Byzantine mausoleum which is placed on the cemetery, next to St. Nikola’s church, dominates the cove. Two early christian sarcophagus neighbour the mausoleum, and below the cemetery lie the remainings of an Roman ‘villae rusricae’.
All around the island, mostly in the fields you will see small round houses with dome-type roofs(which locals call ‘bunje’) in which peasants keep their tools for working in the field. It is believed that this is how the first houses of the pre-historical man looked like.
The city has excellent connection with nearby Dalmatian capital city Split, which gives you an opportunity to explore other nearby famous Dalmatian tourist sites like Cetina river, Krka National park, old cities like Trogir, Šibenik, Omiš etc.
Island Brač info
Island Brač, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands; area 394.57 sq km; population 13,824. It is separated from the mainland by the Brač channel, from the island of Šolta by the so-called “Splitska vrata” (Split gate) and from the island of Hvar by the Hvar channel.
The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus’ mount – 778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands.
The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and on the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar).
The island landscape is dominated by a karst limestone relief, with numerous gullies, crevices, cavities, round valleys and coves. Milder forms of the relief, with brown Primorje soil (the most fertile on the island), are found mostly in the interior (especially between Lozišća and Nerežišća, as well as between Selca, Novo Selo and Sumartin).
Composed primarily of limestone and dolomite, the quarries of the island of Brač have been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. The old Romans have known its quality and used this very stone to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia.
There are no surface water streams on the island. Permanent water sources are provided only around Bol. Higher parts of the island (above 400 m) are at some places covered with black and Aleppo pine forests; larger or smaller forests of Aleppo pine are found around all coastal towns and villages; dominant are dense evergreen underbrush (macchia) and rocky ground.
The largest places are Pučišća and Supetar. Major farming products are olive oil, wine and fruit (sour cherries and almonds); chief occupations include also livestock breeding and fishing. Fish canneries are located in Postira and Milna.
Major quarries, where the famous Brač building stone is excavated, are located near Pučišća, Selca, Postira, Splitska and Donji Humac (this kind of building stone was used in the construction of the White House in Washington and the Palace of Diocletian in Split).
A road network has been constructed throughout the island; ferry lines Split – Supetar, Makarska – Sumartin; ship lines with Supetar and Bol. Airport ‘Brač’ (for smaller aircrafts) is located above Bol.
We invite you to explore this unique island that offers everything one needs for an unforgettable holiday in an unspoiled natural enviroment.
Rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea, high quality accommodation in private facilities and the hospitality of the local people are a guarantee of a holiday you will always remember.