WHEN A DESTINATION is awarded by professionals, and our island metropolis – Supetar, had this privilege for three years in a row now, then you know that you are in the right place!
In football terms, Supetar achieved a real hattrick, winning three prestigious awards “Sunflower of Rural Tourism” (in Croatian – Suncokret ruralnog turizma) – for the Dolce Vita themed trail and the project “Island Cuisine”, yet the most recent Sunflower award was won for its famous Museum of Oil (in Croatian – Muzej uja). So, if you’d like a vacation in the original island ambience, spiced up with traditional delicacies – it’s time to buy your ticket for the first available ferry!
… AND UNLOCK YOUR INDIVIDUAL HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE in Supetar. It is, in fact, the new slogan of the Supetar Tourist Board, which combines the head leitmotif of the tourist offer and the emblematic symbol – the key – found in the coat of arms of Supetar town, held by St. Peter, the local saint-patron. Let this creative slogan invite you to do exactly what are the head tourism professionals in Supetar had in mind – explore and create your own personal, tailor made experience of Supetar!
Whether you are a gastronomad, an active holiday fan, a curious visitor in search of attractions, a real party person – or perhaps all of the above, Supetar has something for you! Unlock an active holiday, traditional tastes, cultural heritage, or entertainment, and opt for the facilities and programs according to your affinities!
Another great boost of motivation for this successful destination to expand and improve its offer is also given by significant anniversaries, such as the 25th anniversary of the Supetar Tourist Board, as well as the 110th anniversary of Banje, Supetar’s favorite beach.
PROJECTS WHICH OFFER THE BEST OF BRAČ. Supetar town does not just boast on its glory – the professionals here are very determined to enrich and extend its offer, what is nicely shown in the project of revival of Škrip area, thus presenting the part of the strategy for a more evened-out development of tourism throughout the town. This initiative will especially thrill all fans of protected cultural heritage and original island environments, as an authentic rural unit and many attractive objects (such as Kaštel Cerineo, Kaštel Radojković – Brač Island Museum, St. Jelena Church, St. John the Baptist Church, ancient Roman quarry etc.) will be given a new life. At the same time, it will raise the quality of life of the local population, so the tourism valorization of the said attractions will result in benefits for the entire community.
But that’s not all – new and inviting attractions are here to put a wide smile on the faces of active holiday fans – what do you think of a 140-km long walk around the whole island? Namely, it is a praiseworthy project of making the Brač promenade – a pedestrian-hiking trail based on existing macadam paths, which will take you to explore all the most attractive spots on the island (such as Zlatni Rat, Blaca desert, the bays on the south side of the island, Ložišća, Škrip, Museum of Oil, Lovrečina Bay, stonemasons’ school in Pučišća, St. John’s Church in Povlja…). Recreation with a dose of intriguing sights, which are genuinely here to encourage guests to find out what’s coming up next along the path? If you ask us – a total hit!
A FEW FABULOUS GASTRO STORIES. We do not object to those guests who, when coming to Supetar, are motivated to explore another side of it – the one appealing to the palate. The authenticity, with a small dose of mystique that Brač exudes, has not surpassed the island’s local kitchens (in local dialect – kužine), including the ones in Supetar. It is a must to mention that the gastronomy of Brač, apart from the widely known lamb, home-made wines and tasty cheeses and prosciutto, boasts with several dishes that have reached the national list of protected intangible heritage, such as “hrapoćuša” cake, which irresistibly resembles the visual image of Brač karst or the ancient dish made with lamb intestines – “vitalac”.
And speaking of lamb, we cannot skip to mention the splendid rural households on Vidova gora. Already in the olden days, 200 years ago, this was a favorite gathering place for eating, drinking and socializing, and today it is one of the island’s hottest gastronomic points, worthy of all recommendations. Namely, only fresh meat will be served here because the hosts do not have a fridge and they prepare meat only when they have guests in arrival!
In addition to lamb, they also have their vineyard with 2500 vines, and produce their own wine, cheese, juices, brandy, vegetables … Visit this truly unique place and try their grilled or steamed lamb, lamb tripe and of course – the famous “vitalac”!
If you are in search for an excellent way to taste “the best of” gastronomy in Brac, projects and culinary events in Supetar promise a real spectacle for the palate. The Sunflower awarded “Island Cuisine” project started in 2016, with the aim of promoting authentic gastronomy and reviving simple, old and traditional island dishes, taking them back to restaurant tables!
Thanks to this project, in a few rural households, agrotourisms and taverns, you can taste dishes based on healthy, accessible and original ingredients, coming from domestic gardens and olive groves, prepared by tried-and-true recipes that have been carefully guarded by generations of grandmothers on Brač! The Museum of Oil in Škrip is also part of the project, which regularly delights guests from all the corners of the world, familiarizing them with the traditional olive oil production process, which can also be tasted there, along with a variety of original delicacies.
It is sufficient to take a look at the very strict Tripadvisor and convince yourself of the general thrill which this place provokes in guests! The intense aromas of peculiar delicacies are widespread in Supetar especially in April, when the culinary event “Biser mora” (Croatian for “Pearl of the Sea”) is held – it is an international competition of culinary maestros, held in Supetar hotels. Inspired by the diversity of Supetar’s gastronomic delights, what else can we say at the very end, but – bon appetite!
Photo: TB Supetar