Situated in the Makarska Riviera, Brela is a small and idyllic Croatian resort which offers a cosy combination of beach culture, pine forests and light tourist entertainment. Still regarded as one of Croatia's hidden gems, a visit to Brela is a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Scenery to take you breath away
With a backdrop of mountains and tree-covered hills rolling down to the beach, Brela is a small resort with big impact. What makes the landscape unique here is the tree-topped rocks on the edge of the beaches and in the shallows. There's a tiny island just off the main beach that is underlit at sunset, creating a beautiful outlook from the shore and beach bars.
Pebble dashed beaches
Over six kilometres of stony beach make up Brela's shores, and with only a limited tourist population, there's more than enough room to lay down your towel and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. Plenty of little coves and hidden spots offer complete seclusion for those who want to really escape.
There are opportunities in Brela for kayaking, diving and boat hire, so you can explore the coast of Croatia by sea. Pull your new sea vessel up to Dugi Rat, the beach that won most beautiful beach in Europe in 2004, and take a dip in the clean, clear waters, which are suitable for families with young kids.
A rich cultural heritage
Brela is home to some amazing museums and art galleries, including the Biokovo exhibition at the Natural Park Presentation Centre. Here you'll find zoology, botany, geology and fossils, all on display with reference to their history in Brela and neighbouring resorts in Croatia. No matter what time of year you visit, this is the ideal spot for any avid nature lover.
Meanwhile the history of Brela stands proud in the town, especially in the case of the fortified tower in Soline. The tower guards a series of Filipovic houses, once serving as protection from Turkish invasion in the 16th century. For more recent history, be sure to visit the chapel of St. Stjepan in Donje Selo – a colourful church which was erected in 1897.