Blaca Hermitage – a remarkable cultural site

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Working hours and entrance

The monastery is open to visitors every day (except Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sightseeing tour costs HRK 40 per person, i.e. approximately ‎EUR 5.40.

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Sightseeing tour of the hermitage

Sightseeing tours can be booked on-site, for instance in the travel agency in Supetar. A tour for a small group includes transport, a guide and a ticket for the hermitage.

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Gastronomy and
shopping

In the hermitage, you can buy souvenirs and honey. There are no restaurants, but the monastery surroundings are ideal for a cosy picnic. You can also get recommendations for restaurants to try out in the evenings.

In the hermitage, you can buy souvenirs and honey. There are no restaurants, but the monastery surroundings are ideal for a cosy picnic. You can also get recommendations for restaurants to try out in the evenings.

Fleeing from the Ottoman invasions in the 16th century, a group of Glagolitic priests built a well-hidden monastery undetectable from the sea: the Blaca Hermitage on the Croatian island of Brač.

It is in fact a magnificent monastery complex, which during the time the priests lived there included a school and a printing office. The hermitage is one of the largest cultural attractions of Brač. For a while, the Monastery of Brač served as an agricultural establishment, but in time it got abandoned. It came back to life again in the first half of the 20th century, thanks to the monk Nikola Miličević. Father Miličević was a learned mathematician and an astronomer who set up an observatory in the Blaca Hermitage. Some important astronomical discoveries, which during that period attracted a lot of attention, were made in that observatory. Today, the Blaca Hermitage is a remarkably famous museum. Its various exhibits, some of which date back to the observatory age, give insight into the old times. Among these exhibits is Father Miličević’s telescope, which he had delivered to the monastery on donkeys since there was no adequate infrastructure for it to be brought over there by any other means.

Blaca desert today – different paths to the Monastery of Brač

Nowadays, the trip to the secluded monastery hidden in a cliff is very pleasant. There is a partially wild road leading from Nerežišće to Blaca. After reaching the parking lot (an open area with a souvenir shop), there is a one-kilometre wooden path that must be travelled on foot since the monastery is not accessible by car. The monastery can also be reached by boat from the Blaca bay. The picturesque bay, which is undoubtedly one of the most important attractions of Brač, is surrounded by a dense pine forest. Slightly above the beautiful beach, there a small chapel waiting for you to discover it. An approximately two-kilometre long forest trail will lead you from the bay to the hermitage. Passionate hikers are given the possibility to explore the excursion sites of the island of Brač on foot. One of the most attractive, but also longest walking routes leads from Bol through Murvica and Faska to the Blaca Monastery. The tour begins on a partially paved street in the direction of Murvice. The street passes above a hotel west of Bol. Near the hotel Bretanide there is a signpost for hikers in the direction of the monastery. If you have enough time, you can take an alternate route through Obršje and Vidova Gora on your way back to Bol – the picturesque attractions around Brač will definitely make the long journey worth your while.