Brela is a city in Makarska Riviera, Croatia.
Brela (pronounced [brě̞la]) is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia county of Croatia, population 1,771 (2001). The municipality consists of two villages: Brela and Gornja Brela. Village Brela is located on the Adriatic coastline of Dalmatia, about 15 km northwest of Makarska.
Brela is a tourist town located between the Biokovo mountain and the Adriatic Sea. It's known as the pearl of Makarska riviera. The pearl of Adriatic or the pearl of Mediterranean is the name given to the city of Dubrovnik. In 1968 Brela was crowned as "Champion of Adriatic" for high achievements in tourist activity.
The symbol of Brela is "Kamen Brela" (Brela Stone), a small rock island just off the main beach in Brela, the Punta Rata beach. In 2003 American magazine Forbes put the Punta Rata beach on the list of 10 world's most beautiful beaches, where it's ranked 6th in the world and 1st in Europe.
You can take a taxi or a bus from the airport to the city.
Getting around is easy by car and by bus. If you decide to use the bus there are 3 to 4 major stops along the main road. Just choose the stop closest to your destination.
- Lady of Karmen Church. Built in 1715, this eye catching monument is a symbol of victory in war with the Turks. edit
- Kamen Brela. This iconic rock is considered the symbol of the town. edit
- Punta Rata. The main beach in Brela. Once voted by Forbes Magazine as the 6th most beautiful beach in the world. edit
- Vrula. Area were a system of fresh water streams meet the sea. Large groups of fish congregate in this area to feed and reproduce, making it a popular diving spot. edit
- Fishing. You need a license to fish in Croatia. Recreational and sport fishing is permitted in designated areas only and is prohibited around mariculture facilities, harbors and ports, beaches and bathing locations from May 1st. through October 1st. edit
There are numerous small shops in Brela. Brela center has a market, but be prepared with Kuna, Croatian, currency. The Euro is also accepted, but not as widely as Kuna.
- Konoba Feral, Matije gupca 5b 51000 Rijeka, ☎ +38551212274, . Many delicacies including Dalmatia and Mediterranean are part of the daily menu. This means that the dishes are based on a high quality offering fresh fish, shellfish and seafood. Using a careful selection of local, naturally grown, aromatic raw materials, the chefs offer extra meat selection of dishes creating new works, great taste and visual appearance. edit
- Villa Marko Brela, Kneza Domagoja 44, Brela, ☎ 00 385 (0)21 618 421, . edit
- Konoba Ivandica Dvori, Banje 1, 21322 Brela, ☎ +385 (0)21 618 407, . edit
- Gostionica Šampion, Breljanska cesta 21322, Brela, ☎ +385 21 618 680, . Wide selection of Dalmatian smoked ham, cheese and a variety of ready-made meals, a la carte dishes, seafood dishes, a variety of pizzas, roast lamb, chicken, home made bread, "peka" edit
- Restoran Punta-rata, Ulica Stjepana Radića 21322, Brela, ☎ +385 21 618 646. edit
- Southern Comfort Beach Bar, Ikovac BB 21320 Baska Voda, ☎ +385 (0)91 520 7496, . Placed on the Ikovac beach in nearby Baska Voda, exciting cocktails, wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, delicious ice creams, sandwich-bar. Music all day; DJ parties, live performances and cocktail parties at night. Relaxation and entertainment. edit
- Waikiki Beach Bar, Stomarica, ☎ +385 (0)21 618 625, . excellent cocktails, live music and lots of entertainment. edit
- Take Away Bar, Obala kneza Domagoja 21000, Split, ☎ +385 800 200 204, . edit
- Marcvs Marvlvs Caffe Bar, Papalićeva ulica 4 21000, Split, ☎ +385 98 963 7067, . edit
- Bluesun Hotel Berulia, Frankopanska 66 21322 Brela, ☎ +385 (0)21 603 599, . The charming Bluesun Hotel Berulia in Brela is set in a fragrant Mediterranean garden which leads to a beach with white pebbles and a calm sea. Hospitable staff, terrace and swimming pool with fresh water. edit
- Sunčeva postelja, Podrače 13A, 21322 Brela, ☎ +385 (0)21 618 304, . Only a few yards from the private beach in Brela on Makarska Riviera, Hotel Brela SP offers air-conditioned apartments with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and spacious balconies with sea views. edit
- Bluesun Hotel Soline, Trg Gospe od Karmela 1, 21322 Brela, ☎ +385 (0)21 603 207, . Featuring breath-taking architecture and a unique sandy façade, the Bluesun Hotel Soline in Brela impresses with state-of-the-art spa facilities and magnificent views of the sea. The pool area outside includes a large terrace and pool bar, and the indoor pool features a small cave. edit
- Villa Paulina, Ivana Gundulica 48b 21322, Brela, ☎ +385 98 160 1646. edit
- Brela Tourist Board: Telephone: +385 (0)21 618 455, Address: Trg Alojzija Stepinca b.b., 21322 Brela
If you're flying to your next destination, bus or taxi to the Split airport is your best bet. If you're staying in the same region, there are buses, taxis, rent-a-cars, ferries, and more.