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For the place in California, see Brela, California.
—  Town  —
Panoramic view of beach Liskamen (front) and beach Punta Rata in Brela
Brela is located in Croatia
Location of Brela within Croatia
Coordinates: 43°22′11″N 16°55′21″E / 43.36972°N 16.9225°E / 43.36972; 16.9225
Country Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
County Split-Dalmatia County
 - Mayor Ivica Carević (HDZ)
 - Total 27 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 - Total 1,771
 - Density 66/km2 (170.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21322
Area code(s) 021
Patron saints Saint Stephen
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Brela is a municipality in the Split-Dalmatia county of Croatia, population 1,771 (2001). The municipality consists of two villages: Brela and Gornja Brela. Village Brela is located on the Adriatic coastline of Dalmatia, about 15 km northwest of Makarska.

Brela is a tourist town located between the Biokovo mountain and the Adriatic Sea. It's known as the pearl of Makarska riviera. The pearl of Adriatic or the pearl of Mediterranean is the name given to the city of Dubrovnik. In 1968 Brela was crowned as "Champion of Adriatic" for high achievements in tourist activity.

"Kamen Brela" and Punta Rata beach in Brela

Even though Brela is rather densely populated with tourists in the season (mainly German, Czech, Italian and Polish), it maintains a relaxed atmosphere and remains a place for families rather than the young party crowd. The beach is pebble and the water crystal clear, which is due to the filtration provided by the sheer mountains lying as the backdrop to the village.

The symbol of Brela is "Kamen Brela", a small rock island just off the main beach in Brela, the Punta Rata beach. In 2003 American magazine Forbes put the Punta Rata beach on the list of 10 world's most beautiful beaches, where it's ranked 6th in the world and 1st in Europe.

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Coordinates: 43°22′11″N 16°55′21″E / 43.36972°N 16.9225°E / 43.36972; 16.9225



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