The Croatian coast is simply amazing. Boasting turquoise blue waters, breathtaking beaches and thousands of islands & islets on the Adriatic Sea, Croatia will impress you with its picturesque towns & villages cling to the rocks. The limestone-rocks of Braç are very typical and have made it all over the world.
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SENTIDO Bluesun Berulia, Brela - The Dalmation Art Of Taking It Easy
Here at the crystal clear sea of the Makarska Riviera, the sun warms your skin while a light breeze gently caresses and cools you. Once you arrive here at this gem of a hotel it won’t take you long to understand the concept of ‘pomalo’, the Dalmatian way of taking it easy – discard a layer of clothing and relax. In the lush vegetation that surrounds this modern, unfussy design hotel, you’ll smell lemon and jasmine, cypress and pine. Try a black ‘rizot’ risotto or some delectable ‘prsut’ dry-cured ham, perfectly complemented with increasingly famous local wines. Heaven!
SENTIDO Kaktus Resort, Brač - An Island Oasis Of Colours
The beauty of Brač can be best reflected by its colours - the white stone, the crystal clear blue of the sea, and the green hues of the lush forests. The marble-like Stone of Brač has been used to build Mediterranean cathedrals for centuries – as well as the White House in Washington. The island offers a breath-taking combination of pristine beaches, untouched nature, and picturesque villages. The hotel itself is an oasis of relaxation set amongst lush vegetation, fragrant pines and olive gardens. The resort is located directly at a pebble beach, which is unusual for the Croatian coastline. You can walk to the beach without having to climb over cliffs or inclines.
THE JOY OF BRAÇ
Buildings and monuments all around the world – including The White House – have been built from the beautiful, pure white limestone of Braç. Although it’s as if nature itself created the island’s culture of stonemasonry, it is the Pučišća Stonemason School that is to thank for preserving its artistic craftsmanship. Since 1909, its students have been learning how to form the precious Braç stone with care, strength and tradition. During summer, visitors too can try their hand at creating timeless pieces with the proven methods of the Renaissance era. On a tour of the beautiful premises during a stay at SENTIDO Kaktus Resort, the school’s director, Tamara Plastić talks to us about her work and stone cutting in the 21st century.
WHY IS THE VESELJE LIMESTONE OF BRAÇ SUCH A SPECIAL MATERIAL?
It is a great material to work with. In many ways it’s like marble; very soft, so it’s easy to form shapes into it; as well as very reliable, durable and resistant. It forms in your hands easily and is therefore perfect for sculpturing. It breaks where the stonemason wants it to break, which makes it a pleasure to work with. From an aesthetic point of view, it is a very sought-after material because of its white colour and the texture of the stone result in a unique and mesmerising reflection in sunlight.
NO MACHINES, NO COMPUTERS – WHY ARE THE STONE-CUTTING TRADITIONS OF THE ROMAN AGES STILL SUPERIOR TO MODERN METHODS?
They are not superior methods of stone cutting, but superior methods of learning. The students get to feel the stone, explore where it’s soft, find out where it’s hard. They learn to communicate with it. We want them to take up the old techniques to become experts, ready to meet any challenge. But we also understand the importance of moving the trade into the future. We are currently building a new part of the school, where our trainees will also learn to work with computers, modern tools and different materials. But learning how to stone cut with antique Roman techniques will always be the foundation of our education at Pučišća.
WHAT CAN VISITORS LEARN ABOUT STONEMASONRY DURING THEIR TRAINEESHIP?
We prepare every program for our students and visitors individually, depending on their skills, focus and available time. Our classes always include learning how to take real measurements, how to make drawings, preparing pieces for manufacturing, and carving an object.
STONEMASONRY IS A MALE DOMINATED FIELD. AS A FEMALE DIRECTOR, DO YOU THINK THIS WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE?
I was a student at Pučišća myself. Before the 90s, the stonemasonry craft was evenly balanced between male and female students, as the physical aspect of the work is irrelevant: using the right technique is more important than strength. Currently, we have six female students, a number we are very proud of. But I’ve definitely made it my mission to attract more female prospects in the next years. We are actively promoting the trade, especially on the Dalmatian coastline, where restaurateurs are much needed in the future.