Sites of historic interest (Childhood home of V. Nazor), Walks
A couple of km north of the bay containing the town and harbour of Milna on the western shore of Brac you will find the small fishing village of Bobovisca. The village is situated around the southern arm of a long inlet that runs inland from the west shore of Brac and forks around halfway along its length providing with potential anchorages to the north. The village and harbour are on the southern arm.
The village is is a short walk along the shore path from either anchorage and is entirely centred around the harbour. It has several restaurants by way of services. The Konoba Vala, overlooking the harbour wall, was lively, well frequented and during our visit played music through till around 21:30 before falling silent. The Grill Nazor restaurant was closed during our visit in early July 2009. In addition to the restaurants there is toilets and rubbish bins beyond the small park at the head of the bay. There is also a small grocery store and on occasion fresh fish can be bought directly from the town’s small fishing boats.
At the head of the harbour you will also find a statue and several plaques dedicated to the Croatian Politician, Author and Poet Vladimir Nazor, who’s childhood home was in Bobovisca.
To the west towards the sea there are several designated swimming areas, marked by ropes and float lines, this is probably a good thing in what is otherwise a narrow inlet with yachts and other boats passing up and down it.
This quiet little harbour is a fantastic place to stop either simply for a visit to Brac (and it looks as if it might have good potential as a base for walking) or as a convenient stop-over coming to or from any one of the charter bases and main Marina’s on the main shore (ACI Split, ACI Trogir, Kremik, Kastel etc). It is generally quiet, friendly and makes a great alternative for those who do not want to try either ACI Milna or Marina Vlaska in the adjacent and larger towns of Milna and Supetar
Vladimir Nazor was born on May 30, 1876 in Postira, Brač, but spent much of his childhood in his parents home in Bobovisca. Today he is perhaps best remembered as a poet and author, humanist and translator part of the Young Croatian literary movement. His popularity has its roots in his stories of Croatian folk legends such as the tale of Big Joseph (Veli Joze) written in 1908 but his verses in works such as Hrvatski Kraljevi (Croat Kings) published in 1912 also established reputation as a poet.
Perhaps less well remembered today (possibly due to his communist affiliation) was his work as a politician. Nazor supported the opposition alliance led by Vladko Maček in the 1938 Yugoslav elections and during World War II, on December 30, 1941, Nazor became a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts by government decree, but in 1942 he escaped from Zagreb with poet Ivan Goran Kovačić in a boat across the river Kupa. After his escape Nazor became one of Tito's closest associates and the President of Croatia's World War II assembly, the ZAVNOH.
After the war, he became the first president of the People's Republic of Croatia's Parliament (President of the Presidium of the People's Assembly), and thus the first head-of-state of the modern Croatian state in the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. He went on to write a war diary ‘With Partisans’ (S partizanima) (1943–1945).
Nazor died in Zagreb in 1949 and is buried in the Mirogoj Cemetery there. In honour of his literary importance Croatia named their highest state award for artistic achievement the Vladimir Nazor Award in 1959.
Walk (3/4 of a mile)
From the statue of Nazor at the east end of the harbour there is a nice walk that takes you along the northern shore of the inlet around the headland into the northern bay and then along its southern edge before returning to the village along over the headland and into the harbour area past the Nazor Grill.
By boat from the western shore of Brac or by car from Supetar or Milna
Vladimir Nazor at Wikipedia
Otok Brac: from Supetar follow the main road south to Nerezisce. There turn left (to the west) and follow the road to Lozisce. From there take the road west to Bobovisce. From Milna take the road north to Lozisce and then to Bobovicse. Park in the car park at the east end of the harbour and walk.
Friday, 29 April 2011