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The Maraska Cherry
The Maraska cherry is a sort of a symbol and synonym of the place, an economic jewel of the past century. The Dalmatian maraska is the world’s best quality cherry and Brela are in the very top among the places suitable for its growing.
The sort of the maraska cherry from Brela is called the Sokoluša. Apart from its excellent taste, it has a beneficial effect on human health with its anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating, antibacterial, antiallergic, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic features.
For many years it was the only source of income for the Brela inhabitants so it is only understandable that they were happy and proud when the crop was good. This is also where the saying “From Brela, so what?” comes from.
The beach Punta Rata
American journal Forbes classified this beach among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, placing it as the 6th most beautiful and the 1st in Europe!
In 2014 The Huffington Post website described Brela as dream destination and a perfect reason to get on a plane to Croatia as soon as possible.
According to Belgian website European Best Destinations - Punta rata is one of the most beautiful beaches in 2015.
Business Insider in May 2015 wrote: "Brela Beach, between Split and Makarska, is a Mediterranean oasis with 6km of white sands dotted with fig trees and olive groves. For this reason, it's a favorite with couples..."
The original name of the rock symbol of Brela, the natural landscape phenomena and the recognizable brand of the Croatian tourism, is Šakan.
Arrival of the Croats to the sea
It is said that right on Dupci the exclamation "The sea! The sea!" was shouted.
The Brela caterers emphasize with pride the fact that they were the first at the Adriatic to introduce at our hotels in the 9160s lavish gala dinners with several courses, as well as a cocktail show. At the time, these were such events that many guests came even twice a year in order to enjoy the royal feast. These festive events were introduced to the Brela tourism by our seamen and their passenger ships.
The Legend on the Sunken Pelegrin Town
Legends are being told of the sunken Pelegrin town from generation to generation. There are two similar versions.
Pelegrin was a large and beautiful town that one day was damned and sunken. The legend has it that each year on Christmas exactly at midnight a carriage with two white horses at full gallop emerges, in which there are a princess and a prince. In order to open the town, i.e. to make it emerge again, the person who at the time is at that place should jump into the carriage and pass the reins to the prince.
The story was written down by Stipe Zubanović in his book titled "Walking with the Bora" ("Hod s burom").
A somewhat different version has been presented by Ante Putnik (Ante Carević) in his book:
The inhabitants of the sunken town of Pelegrin impatiently await the moment when the town will be reborn. However, in order for this to happen, we are waiting for a hero who, at midnight exactly atChristmas, will come near Gogolj and wait for the girl on a white horse. He will accept her hand and take her to Čerovica.
The road to Čerovica, a votive shrine of the sunken town, is full of perils the largest of which are the wild waters that are closely accompanying the riders in the intention to swallow them.
Anyhow, we are still waiting for a hero who will help that the story on the sunken town of Pelegrin gets its continuation. Good luck!