Croatia – paradise on earth! Croatia has always been one of our favourite countries. We first visited in 2003 and the pull to go back has always been strong. This would be our 5th visit to the country and we couldn’t wait.
Brela is the perfect place to stay in Croatia on the Makarska coast. We first visited Brela in 2007, along with my parents to celebrate John’s 30th birthday. To this day it’s one the best holidays we’ve ever had, perhaps because it actually was a holiday! Everything came together on that trip to create the perfect time.
Fast-forward 7 years (almost to the day) and we found ourselves back at Villa Silva, with our perfect view of the sparkling aqua-blue waters of the Dalmatian Coast.
It’s always dangerous to return somewhere you remember so fondly, especially in Croatia where tourism is ever increasing, but we couldn’t think of anywhere else we’d rather have a holiday. And thankfully, Brela remains the same small peaceful town on the Makarska coast it was 7 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, it’s touristy, but compared to Dubrovnik, or even neighboring Baska Voda, Brela is relatively peaceful and quiet.
Things to do in Brela
Our days in Brela followed much the same pattern. Mornings were spent laying on the beach or swimming in the calm aqua-blue water. The Adriatic sea is so salty, you float without effort, so can stay in the water for a long time before you get tired.
We’d then have lunch on our balcony with views across the ocean.
The afternoons we spent relaxing, reading or swimming.
Perfect lazy days in the sunshine – just what we needed!
Boat Trip to Brac and Hvar
We did manage one day trip during our time in Brela. We took a boat trip to visit the Islands of Hvar and Brac.
Jelsa, on Hvar island, is a sweet little Croatian port town with narrow winding streets paved with smooth stones surrounded by beautiful buildings.
It was just a short visit in Jelsa before we were back on the boat headed to Bol on the island of Brac. Bol is famous for it’s amazing beach – the Zlatni Rat.
But as we’d been to Bol twice in the past, we skipped this more popular beach and headed to our favourite spot. A beach with the most perfect clear aqua water and a beautiful church on the point. Much quieter and more idyllic.
Nightlife in Brela
Back in Brela, each evening we’d have dinner in town (amazing seafood – goes without saying) before heading back to our balcony for the beautiful sunsets over the Adriatic sea.
Brela was exactly what we needed.
When we visited: a week mid/end of June 2014.
How to get to Brela: We flew into Dubrovnik airport and took a bus up the coast. This is the long way around but we wanted to visit Dubrovnik quickly before heading into Brela. Brela is 5 hours from Dubrovnik but just one hour from Split, which is the better place to arrive.
Restaurant and Bar recommendations for Brela: Definitely Markos on the promenade at the further end of town. We tried a number of other places in town, including those with better reviews, but this one was consistently the best for pizza, salads and seafood – yum!
Where to stay in Brela: Villa Silva – the best apartments in town. Right on the beach, down the quieter end of town. We just had to walk down 12 steps and we were out of the complex on the beach – you can’t beat it.
And you can’t beat the uninterrupted balcony views.
Add to that an amazing host, Silva herself, and an immaculate and comfortable apartment and you have everything you need for an amazing holiday!
Where’s your perfect holiday spot?