Discovering the Hidden Gems in Sunny Supetar: An Unexpected Odyssey
Often overshadowed by the glitz and glamour of its sister city Hvar, Supetar on the island of Brač is a slightly less frequented Croatian jewel glowing understatedly in the Adriatic Sea. Like a younger sibling who grows up to be cooler than the eldest (we’ve all seen it happen), Supetar has quietly cultivated a charm that is both understated and irresistible.
Fancy some ancient Roman history with your morning coffee? Nothing beats lounging in a café on the Riva promenade, sipping a cappuccino while gazing upon the ancient Roman mosaics littering the sea floor, just visible beneath the gentle waves. It’s like drinking from the fountain of youth, but instead of eternal youth, you get a taste of eternal Roman culture. And let’s face it, a shot of espresso with a side of history beats botox any day.
Later, skip the bus tour and head instead to the Supetar cemetery, home to the Petrinovic Mausoleum. It may sound macabre, but trust us, this place is more ‘Van Gogh’s Starry Night’ than ‘Night of the Living Dead’. The mausoleum is a testament to not only architectural brilliance but a tranquil ambiance you won’t encounter anywhere else. Take a walk in the serene surroundings, whispering sweet nothings to the sacrosanct spirits and who knows, you might just find some inspiration for your next novel!
Laugh, Lounge, and Limbo: The Unofficially Official Supetar Travel Guide
Now, to truly soak up the Supetar vibe, you need to hit the beach – but remember, not all beaches are created equal. The sandy Bay Beach, located on the north side of town, is the Beyoncé of Supetar’s beaches – always drawing a crowd. However, if you prefer a lesser-known Taylor Swift of beaches, a quiet rocky inlet to the west of the harbour is your best bet. With fewer tourists and an abundance of local wildlife, it’s ideal for quiet contemplation, painting, or crafting the perfect beachside haiku.
Dining in Supetar is like stepping into a Croatian grandmother’s kitchen – if your grandmother was a Michelin-starred chef, that is. For the taste of authentic "home-cooked" food, head to Konoba Vinotoka located at Jobova 6. This charming eatery serves up traditional dishes, from plump black risotto to a divine variety of seafood, all with a side of that Croatian charm you’ll fall in love with.
Finally, for an adventure that’ll make you feel like a 5-year-old let loose in a candy store, rent a bike and explore the unspoilt trails that crisscross the island. Pedal through olive groves and vineyards, feel the wind in your hair, and the burn in your thighs. This isn’t the Tour de France, it’s the Tour de Supetar, and it’s a darn sight more picturesque!