Brna is a small coastal village situated in a deep and spacious bay on the South Riviera of Korcula Island. The bay itself is divided by a broad peninsula named Mali Zaglav, separating the bay of Brna (eastern) from Istruga bay (western). The village itself is located on the local road Blato-Prižba-Brna-Smokvica-Cara, approx. 3 km from Prizba village and approx. 4 km from the village of Smokvica.
Long ago the area served as a safe and sheltered harbour for the inhabitants of the near by inland village of Smokvica and it only had a few small houses used by local fishermen to spend the night and rest before long fishing days. Brna developed in the 19th century, during Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, when the pier was built that made the harbour a port used for exportation of local wine from Smokvica. Being the safest port on the southern part of the island, it was an import-export port not only for Smokvica, but for the other places on the island as well. In 1860, when the pier was built, it had about 200 embarkations and disembarkations yearly, exporting mostly wine, olive oil, pine logs for ship building and fire wood and also importing everything that the inhabitants of the island needed. Since early 1970’s, the whole area became a place where people from Smokvica started to build their summer houses and that is how Brna slowly formed as a village of its own.
Today Brna is mostly tourism oriented and offers tourist accommodation with a hotel complex and numerous private apartments. The village has a grocery store, a post office and a few restaurants with an exceptional offer of fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, olive oil and excellent wine. The near by area is well known by its vineyards and the respected wines of “Rukatac” and “Posip” so if you enjoy a glass of fine wine, be sure to try these.
As Brna is a very deep bay, it is popular among sailors as their overnight anchorage spot, being well sheltered from dangerous winds. There are two main jetties that are used for mooring of larger vessels while smaller boats moor all around the bay, so if you are bringing a boat or some other marine equipment, Brna might be a choice to consider. During summers, the north-western wind (or “maestral”) is ideal for all of those who love wind surfing, as well for those who would like to learn it, so be sure to check out the local sailing club.
At the shallow part of the bay, in the center of the village, there is a small pebble beach called “Zal”, next to a couple of large and old pine trees with huge branches that provide a comfortable shade on the hot summer days. It is equipped with a little slide so it is suitable for children. There is also a beach in front of a 4 star hotel where you can enroll the sailing school, rent a kayak or other equipment.
In the vicinity of Brna, there is a deep and narrow bay of Istruga where you will find a small recreation center with two tennis courts, a bocce terrain, tables for table tennis and a terrain for beach volleyball. Half of the bay is covered with six meters thick “liman” layer, an underwater peloid whose development process lasts at least thousand years and basically is a therapeutic mud which helps cure rheumatic ailments. According to an ancient legend, Odysseus visited this area and decided to anchor his ship in front of the bay for a few days and enjoy its beauties. It is believed that mermaids kept him company, hiding underwater and sun-bathing in the near by secluded coves.
Crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches and hidden coves in the surrounding area, as well as the near by islets…Thick pine forests, clean nature and fresh air enriched with the smell of Mediterranean herbs that can be found all over…Discover Brna and enjoy your stay!
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