Blaca Bay is a beautiful cove on the southern shore of the island of Brač in Croatia. It is surrounded by a dense pine forest and has a lovely beach with a small chapel above it. Blaca Bay is also the gateway to the Blaca Hermitage, a monastery that was built by monks in 1551 in a secluded desert cave. The hermitage has a rich collection of books, paintings, musical instruments and astronomical equipment.
If you want to visit Blaca Bay, here are some useful information:
- The bay is open to visitors all year round, but the hermitage is only open from May to October.
- The bay can be reached by boat from Bol or Milna, or by car from Nerežišća.
- The hermitage can be reached by a 2 km forest trail from the bay, or by a 6 km road from Dragovoda.
- The entrance fee for the hermitage is 40 kuna (about 5 euros) per person.
- The opening hours for the hermitage are from 9 am to 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm) from Monday to Saturday, and from 12 pm to 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm) on Sundays.
- There are guided tours of the hermitage every hour, or you can explore it on your own.
- There are no shops or restaurants in the bay or the hermitage, so bring your own food and water.
- There are no accommodation facilities in the bay or the hermitage, but you can find some in nearby towns like Bol or Milna.
Some tips and tours for enjoying Blaca Bay:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking on the forest trail or the road to the hermitage.
- Bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent for protection from the sun and bugs.
- Respect the nature and the history of the bay and the hermitage, and do not litter or damage anything.
- Take your time to admire the stunning views of the sea and the mountains from the bay and the hermitage.
- Learn more about the fascinating story of the monks who lived in the desert for centuries and their contributions to science and culture.
- Book a boat tour from Bol or Milna that includes a visit to Blaca Bay and other nearby attractions like Zlatni Rat beach or Vidova Gora mountain.