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The history of the island

Even in the ancient times, Diocletian chose a peaceful place to spend his vacation in a favourable Mediterranean climate, mild winters and bearable summers where he could spend most of his time outdoors – taking long walks or engaging in recreational agriculture. He chose Dalmatia for its nutrition habits as well, because there is fish, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetable all year long. Of course, with an occasional sip of good wine.  

The name of Brač dates back to ancient history from the Illyrian name “brentos” (deer), representing thus a Deer island. The legend retold among the inhabitants of Brač says that the name was created by a Trojan soldier who settled in Greek Ambratia from where he sailed away to the island he called Brachia. He brought a shepherd, a sailor, a farmer and a wine grower along. They brought grapevines and olive tree branches to Brač.

The island of Brač, whose patron saint is St Jure, has a rich history. Proof of life on the island dates back as far as Neolithic era (about 3000 BC).
Greek colonisation of Dalmatia skipped the island, however under Roman reign many Roman estates emerged (rustic villas), thanks to the exploitation of the world-known Brač stone. Antique walls of rustic villas can still be found at the Supetar cemetery.

In the 7th century the island was inhabited by the Croats, and after they converted to Catholicism the island life gained a new impetus. Venice had a large impact on the island because it had been under its reign for almost 4 centuries and the constant Turkish threat on the mainland impacted the increased number of island population.