Brela is famous for its exceptional natural beauty, preserved in spite of quality touristic development. Its 2 major landmarks are the Brela Rock and the Punta Rata Beach.
The Brela Rock
There are various legends telling of how the rock ended up in the sea, but it is definitely a unique phenomenon.
Punta rata Beach
Punta Rata Beach, the most beautiful beach in the series of Brela beaches, attracts bathers with its crystal clear sea and the shade of century-old pines. The Blue Flag, the national certificate confirming that the quality of the sea complies with the highest environmental standards, is further proof of the purity of the sea. Forbes Magazine included Punta Rata Beach on its list of the world's 10 most beautiful beaches. It has been ranked sixth in the world, and the most beautiful beach in Europe.
Punta Rata is a pebble beach, which makes it suitable for families with children. The beach is maintained to high standards with deck chairs, beach umbrellas and showers.
Many catering establishments, restaurants and bars are in the vicinity of Punta Rata Beach. We recommend the Punta Rata restaurant where you can try Dalmatian specialties and Mediterranean cuisine.
Vruja Beach is located north of Brela and the best way to reach it is by boat, which can be rented. Vruja is hidden beneath high cliffs and is ideal for romantics and nudists.
Those who want to flee from civilisation and find complete peace in nature will be delighted by the clean sea of Vruja. Due to the presence of a natural spring, the sea is somewhat cooler.
This 400 metre-long beach is located under Bluesun Hotel Berulia and consists of three bays.
Berulia Beach is the ideal place to spend the entire day with children, as it offers entertainment as well as clean showers and toilets. And thanks to the thick pine forest, it also provides natural shade.
Close to Berulia Beach is the lovely Puž restaurant/snack-bar, recommended for a light summer lunch.
Berulia beach has been awarded a Blue Flag, the national certificate confirming that the quality of the sea complies with the highest environmental standards. Disabled persons have access to Berulia Beach.
The patron saint of Brela, St Stephen, is celebrated with a feast day on 03 August. However, the favourite and most festive holiday among the inhabitants of Brela is the feast day of Our Lady of Carmel, celebrated on 16 July. The day is marked by a liturgical celebration, followed by public festivities. Holy Mass is held in a church in the immediate vicinity of Soline Hotel.
During the summer, guests in Brela can enjoy fishermen fiestas, concerts of popular performers and Dalmatian klapa groups (traditional á capella singing), and various other cultural events and fiestas that are part of the Brela Cultural Summer program.
There are several notable smaller churches in Brela and the surrounding area that are definitely worth seeing. Below is a list of some of them:
- The Church of Our Lady of Carmel: a Baroque church built in 1715 as an act of gratitude for victory over the Turks.
- The Church of Our Lady of Good Health: the church dates back to the 18th century, with rustic elements of Dalmatian Baroque that are characteristic of the Dalmatian hinterland.
- St Elijah’s Church: the church dates back to the 18th century and is characterised by simple rural architecture