How to Move an Islet by Rope – Mrdulja Tugging

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For my short time working at the Croatian Embassy in Bratislava, I heard so many jokes from the Embassy staff about Brač people and Hvar people. It was something new for me then, but apparently Brač people are considered to be very careful with their money in those jokes. I did not put too much attention to any of those, as it did not reflected my personal experience when on Hvar.

But then, I heard about the Mrdulja tugging and it made me thinking.

It is a tradition for so many years now, between Brač island and Šolta island. The islet Mrdulja lies between these two islands and both islands claim the islet is theirs. As they are not able to make any kind of reasonable agreement about the ownership of the islet, they play tug-of-war every year on the last weekend of July to pull the islet bit closer to one or the other side.


It became a beautiful tradition for the locals to meet people from the other island once a year. After the tug-of-war, the winning island is hosting a celebration with wine and live music back in the harbour. How convenient, that islands alternate in winning, so both islands get to host the party and be the winner for that particular year.


If you would like to experience the Tugging of Mrdulja, as each year more and more people do, you can take advantage of the Sugaman Special Edition of their Blue Lagoon trip on July 25, 2015.  Visiting the Blue Lagoon with an unique experience on the way back. And it is an afternoon trip, so you can even sleep in!!


This is the itinerary of the tour:


14:30 Departure from Split Riva

15:10 Enjoying the Blue Lagoon

16:20 Departure for Mrdula Island

17:00 Start of the Tugging

18:30 Departure for Split

19:00 Arrival to Split

For more information, please visit the Sugaman tours website, where you can easily book this or any other tours.


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