Pucisca

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The town of Pucisca is located around the western fork of a deep inlet that heads south from the northern shore of Brac, splitting at its southern (inland end). The town is famed as a Stone Cutters’ or Stone Masons’ town and for a long time the large limestone quarry located on the eastern side of the mouth of the inlet, and its associated masons businesses have dominated the economy here.


That said do not be put off by the industrial nature of this reputation, this spot is delightful with pleasant walks through the streets of the town which surrounds the western arm of the bay, lining its steep sided shores and out along the shores of the inlet. The nearest bathing areas are to the east from the visiting mooring (though the harbour is clean and you can swim there too). To the west you will soon round the end of the town harbour and be heading east again along the shore past the school where stone masons are trained to carve everything from tourist trinkets to limestone street lights (and a lot of stuff in between) and on to more bathing areas.



Carved stone street lamp


This is really a place to visit and enjoy the atmosphere, its claim to fame being that it is the source of the famous white limestone that was used to build the Washington White House.  It does not appear to be over-run by tourists (which may be a good or a bad thing) and is certainly a big contrast to the near by (7nm west) town of Supetar for instance which is a major package resort for people in Split and the surrounding towns. There are few, set attractions here however, the reason for visiting is the town itself and its surrounding walks rather than a particular museum or other tourist targeted site.



Pucisca inner harbour with visitor berths on the left


There are the usual range of cafes and basic services including post office and cash machines as well as several smaller supermarkets and a number of well thought of restaurants. Pizzeria Marin (currently un-reviewed) was well spoken of by other sailors during our visit and for those who are on a none Pizza night we found the Restoran Lucica very nice (4 Flads). Generally this is a popular spot with the yachting crowd, but there seems to be plenty of space on the harbour wall (which was less than half full during out visit) though to the west of the church the depths available are less than 2 metres.



Stone masons’ school on the north harbour wall of the outer harbour


Mooring for visiting yachts is on the southern shore within the inner harbour below the spire of the church. Mooring is stern and bow too in between 2-3 metres with boats being arranged at an angle of around 60-70 degrees to the harbour wall (with the bow pointing NE) so that the moorings can take the strain of strong Bora winds that sometimes blow down the mountains of the mainland around Omis on the mainland opposite, across the Bracki Kanal and then along the length of the Pucisca inlet before gusting into the harbour. Consequently you will find that the lazy lines are slightly offset to the east. This is only a problem if you are the first boat into the wall as all subsequent boats can follow suit on the angle of mooring - but the harbour master/assistant is quite helpful in making sure you get tied up at the correct angle.



At anchor in Pucisca outer harbour


The deep mooring to the north of the harbour (alongside in 4-5 metres) though empty during our visit is jealously guarded by the harbour master - presumably for larger craft such as gullets and day trip boats though it seemed if were staying for a few days we would have been allowed to moor here. If all else fails there is the opportunity to anchor either in the outer harbour in the middle of the inlet, in 7 metres of water, south of the masons school or in the eastern arm of the inlet (which may actually provide better shelter) though bare in mind the possibly of strong Bora gusts and ensure you have good holding.