Obršje – Blaca round
OverviewVery nice tour on the south side of the island of Brač, passing uninhabited coastline with beautiful bays and by the famous monastery of Blaca
On the way to the highest peak (Vidova gora, 778m) road branches off to the monastery Blaca and Farska bay.
Shortly before the pass to the south side of Brač there is a small abandoned village Obršje. Equine path to the left (passing near an open water tank) leads to the canyon, this is the start of the tour.
Although the path is in poor condition (once it was the main link between Obršje and sea) the orientation is pretty simple, just keep going down and south and don’t take any turns, it will take you to Farska bay. Near the coast path turns into a gravel road.
Over an old pier, the path will take you west between the old houses along the coast until the end of the village. There is a start of beautiful coastal trail marked with hiking signs at some points. Orientation is still not demanding, you only need to stick to paths that follow coastline line which meanders through beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately, in 2011 the area was affected by fire so there are some scattered trees.
The path leads to the bay Blaca and turns away from the sea to the north, slightly uphill to the monastery Blaca. At the monastery Blaca in a westerly direction along the open water tank (signpost Obršje), steep path leads up to the plateau, and then ends in Obršje village, our starting point.
From the ferry port Supetar follow the paved road to Bol. After settlement Nerežišće, in approximately fifteen minutes, you should turn for Vidova gora. Very soon after that is another turn for Blaca monastery. Follow the paved road to the abandoned village Obršje. Note that village is not visible from the road and not marked with a sign so take a look at map before you go.
Alternative route is to start from Bol and drive on gravel road to Farska bay. From there you can make a circular tour in any direction.
Keep in mind that on the course, there is no place for the re-supply or drinking water.
Blaca Monastery is one of the largest pearls not only the island, but the whole of Dalmatia and beyond. It contains a huge library, piano (that no one knows how it got there), a collection of weapons that were intended to defend the monks from the Turks, telescopes and documentation of astronomical observations, and documents on an incredible journey of knowledge in this very backward and remote areas. Unfortunately, the monastery has been closed for several years due to the restoration, but maybe it will reopen already this year (2013.).
In summer, there’s a race that follow this route, with an interesting name From Heaven to Hell and Back. :)
Many thanks to neven.ka for providing us these beautiful photos! :)