POSTIRA & DOL ETHNO-ECO-VILLAGE

ISLAND OF BRAČ

The true beauty of a small Dalmatian town!

Postira was founded in the 16th century. A number of stone houses in the harbour bear witness to the former large landowners of Brač; the Lazanić family castle is particularly interesting since it was the birthplace of Croatian poet Vladimir Nazor (1876 -1949). The parish church was built in the mid- 16th century and bears the name of St. John the Baptist, and the remains of an early Christian basilica from the 6th century were found beneath it.

There are two stories related to how Postira got its name. One comes from the official books and records in which Postira has been mentioned as far back as 1347 under the name of Postirna (from the Latin pastura for ‘pasture’), while the other, a folk telling, is associated with women from the neighboring town of Dol, who would come to Postira to wash clothes and spread them to dry (prostirati).

If you walk through the old part of town, you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Moored boats rest around a small bridge from which local families saw their seafaring members off, as well as eagerly awaited their return. The closed shutters of the aristocrats’ houses still keep secrets of romantic encounters at the well, and the sound of games, laughter, arguments, and small talk echo from the stone benches. On the way to the sea, the old tiled roofs leave a special impression, not only because of their traditional building style, but also because of the supernatural beings that are believed to have lived in the attics. Stories of little devils, werewolves and fairies will spark your imagination. The narrowest street, called Pust me proć (Let me pass), is situated in Škarića dvori, and also hosts the largest number of taverns.

You can experience fantastic tastes and scents in every meal and in every restaurant. Local specialties to try include salted anchovies, grilled sardines, pašticada (beef stew with plums), grilled and baked lamb, and mendule u cukar (candied almonds), as well as dolski domaći vitalac made from lamb offal and hrapoćuša cake, both of which are listed as Croatian cultural heritage.

Postira is one of the few places where idiosyncrasies, contrasts, and a mix of old and new come together in harmony. A harmony of sound and silence, the Bora and the romantic sunset, the waves and smooth pebbles, farm work and Dalmatian songs. Here, you will experience the traditional southern way of life and connect with the local people — and you will certainly want to come back.

INFO: TB Postira www.postira.hr 

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