Pucisca, Brac, Croatia
Celebrated for its near-impossible beauty, Pucisca on the central north coast of Brac island is a picture-postcard small harbour town, its unspoilt classic buildings tumbling down to the water’s edge and bursting with true Croatian charm. The white limestone, for which the area is renowned, is pleasingly weathered in the centuries-old walls which sit alongside richly painted ones, and the town is often named on “prettiest in Europe” lists
In fact Pucisca is the perfect place to base a villa holiday. You can immediately relax into the holiday spirit, soak up the atmosphere while watching the comings and goings of the boats in the harbour, enjoy local specialities at one of the many restaurants or cafes, and meander along narrow cobbled streets, if you are lucky you will stumble upon a bakery offering local delicacies to enjoy back on your villa’s sunny terrace!
Pucisca’s past was not always as peaceful as this serene picture. Repeated pirate attacks on the harbour gave rise to no less than 13 towers being built to protect the town. Thankfully, traditional fishermen, day trip boats and watersports offerings have taken the place of any pirates in the port now, and it is easy to enjoy any of these water-based offerings. A boat trip to Split or other islands such as Hvar are fabulous days out from Pucisca.
Beautiful beaches are not in short supply on Brac, and Pucisca is no exception. White pebble & shingle strips fringe the unbelievably clean and clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. And these range from wild and deserted to those offering beachside refreshment & exciting watersports.
Traditional olive groves and vineyards spread into the countryside surrounding Pucisca, dotted with sheep and goats on the higher ground, and a tranquil walk in this idyllic setting will leave you feeling as if you have stepped back to another time. Limestone quarrying has given the area it’s prosperity and the limestone scenery is spectacular.
Along with nearby Supetar, Pucisca is one of the larger places on Brac and has a vibrant feel, although it is far from busy. A plethora of amenities, eateries, shops and activities, coupled with the unquestionably breathtaking beauty of this laid-back port make it hard to beat for a villa holiday on the stunning island of Brac.