There are thousands of beaches in Croatia, and choosing just one indeed is a challenging task. One of our new finds is the white pebbled beaches of the Makarska Riveria, located on the Dalmatian coast 50 kilometers south of Split.
We chose to stay at the 4-star Hotel Berulia Brela for a few days of rest and relaxation without Baby Donkey. The seaside town of Brela is simply stunning. It’s dwarfed by the towering Biokovo Mountain on one side, while the Adriatic Sea laps against its white pebble shores on the other.
It was time for Mr. Chasing the Donkey and me to unwind without having to carry around the baby stroller and all of the other many items needed when traveling with a baby. Cue some of the most smiley hotel teams you’ll ever find, a room overlooking a picture-perfect beach, and a welcome bottle of Stina’s finest wine, all to make the perfect romantic getaway.
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Even though it was just the two of us that weekend, Hotel Berulia in Brela is family-friendly, as are the surrounding beaches. So, if you are not so lucky like us and have your children in tow, don’t panic. The hotel will look after you.
If you’re short on time and can’t see all of the beaches in Makarska, make sure to visit Punta Rata Beach, which was voted by Forbes Magazine as the 6th best beach in the world and number one in Europe (2004). Walking to this beach from our hotel was a pleasure in itself.
Brela has a pedestrian-only path running parallel to the beach. Lined with century-old pine trees, the scent of pine is all-encompassing at Punta Rata. Now, I realize that the Forbes award was 15 years ago, but the beach has not changed. It’s still as azure and romantic as ever.
This stone is the photo you see on dozens of postcards of Brela and the Makarska Riviera. This very famous stone is called Kamen Brela (Brela Stone in English).
Local tip: It’s just a wonderful natural formation, but some locals like to tell people fanciful stories of how you’ll find romance or be blessed with a son if you swim around the rock.
So, you’ve worked up a (healthy) tan laying by the beach in Brela. Now what? What are the top things to do in Brela?
Things To Do In Brela
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Brela Beach is most certainly a family-friendly destination, but it also has a place for romance. After dinner, walk up to Baska Voda and lay back in the deep sun chairs at one of the many bars that line the shore, and stare out at the romantic moonlight caressing the Adriatic Sea. All this with a mojito in hand, of course. While the cocktails are a little on the expensive side, the vibe will make up for those few fewer euro in your wallet.
Eat Croatian Food
Finding great Croatian food always makes our things-to-do list. Why? Because it can often be so hard to weed out the tourist traps. In Brela, we recommend Konoba Feral. We ate a seafood feast, wine, dessert, and coffee for under $100 for two people. Just be sure to take cash, as they do not accept credit cards.
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Take A Walk
Beginning in the settlement of Kričak, the car-free promenade continues all the way back to Hotel Berulia Brela. You can stop along the way for a swim, drinks, lunch at Konoba Opat, or watch the sunset.
Along the Makarska Riviera are these super-fun inflatable jumping castles floating in the Adriatic. These Wibit sports water parks are safe for children as young as four, and you can buy a pass for an hour, day, or even the full week. Definitely one of the most fun things to do in Brela, if you ask us!
Vruja Canyon is located in a freshwater spring and is suitable for experienced divers. It boasts several underwater canyons with depths of more than 100 meters and is home to an unknown number of species.
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Take A Day Trip
- Makarska. Just 12 kilometers south of Brela is the town of Makarska. Here, you’ll find markets, cafes, restaurants, beaches, and you can wander the cobbled streets of the old town.
- Dubrovnik. Visit Dubrovnik for the day and walk the ancient fortified walls. Inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list, these walls offer a view of the Adriatic like nowhere else.
- Whitewater rafting. Go rafting on the Cetina River near the pirate town of Omiš. Great for all ages and fitness levels.
- Zipline. Check out Zip Line Omiš, which is Croatia’s fastest zip line. Running between two canyons, the zip line is for those seeking a bit of outdoor adventure
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you like ticking off UNESCO World Heritage Sites along your travels, head to the Catholic church in the often-overlooked town of Šibenik in central Dalmatia. The Cathedral is a magnificent example of a blend of architectural heritage from northern Italy, Tuscany, and Dalmatia. Split, Trogir, and two other UNESCO cities can be reached as a part of day trips from Brela.
- Zlatni Rat Beach. The beach town of Bol makes for another day trip from Brela. We listed 19 things to do in Bol Croatia (not all of which you can do in a day!), but you can at least see another one of Croatia’s best beaches: Zlatni Rat Beach
- Hvar Town. Located on the island of Hvar is one of Croatia’s oldest tourist destinations. You can explore Hvar in a day trip from Brela via excursion boats, which depart from Makarska daily.
- Bosnia-Herzegovina. You already have your passport with you, so why not drive over to Bosnia-Herzegovina for a day?
- Spiritual site. Međugorje has a strong following among Catholics across the globe, as the site is said to be the place of apparitions of Mary, mother of Jesus. One million pilgrims visit the site each year.
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Reasons To Stay At Hotel Berulia Brela
- The team at Hotel Berulia Brela will gladly make all of your day trip reservations for you.
- Sat between the two towns of Brela and Baska Voda, you have two places within walking distance to eat, swim, and shop.
- Hotel Berulia Brela has all-inclusive options, which can help to make it a low-cost holiday.
- Centrally located to many of the Makarska Riviera beaches, including just meters from Brela Beach.
- Additional luxury accommodation on the beach in a private villa is an option with Villa Berulia. As well as having access to the hotel’s amenities and facilities, the Villa is stocked with its own collection of wine. Hello there, a perfect choice for a honeymoon in Croatia.
- Hotel Berulia Brela has a private pool if you want to skip the beach.
- Free parking, WiFi, and gym.
- Discounts available on the wellness and spa services at Bluesun Hotel Soline (their sister hotel), located up the road.
Plus, you can take FREE Croatian language lessons and Zumba and or yoga classes if you like to be busy on your vacation.
Where Is Hotel Berulia Brela?
Located just an hour south of Split or two and a half hours by car from Dubrovnik, Hotel Berulia Brela is easy to find. Book or find out more here.
To find out more about Brela, visit the Brela Tourist Board page.
We want you to know: Our stay at Bluesun was a part of a sponsored trip. All thoughts and opinions are given honestly and without bias. Main photo credit Leonardo Uzeda Photography
Have you ever stayed at the Hotel Berulia Brela or done any of these things to do in Brela?