Mandrac is a sheltered enclosure for boats. In the past, every house directly accessing the sea used to have one. The mandrac consists of a quay-like stone structure which instead of extending straight out into the sea, formed an enclosure in order to provide shelter from storms or invaders. Every mandrac had a “tiradur” – a space that was used to pull boats on the coast during winter or when they needed to be repaired.
Ponta - The characteristic of houses next to the sea is the so-called “ponta”. It is a small quay built of stone extending out into the sea. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides, while on the fourth it is connected to the coast. On ponte, there are stone seats, locally known as “pizuli”, usually enclosed by walls. Ponte are sometimes planted with flowers and trees, usually lemon and oleander.
In 1904, the Austro-Hungarians built a new coastal road without taking into consideration the purpose of the ponte and mandraci in regard to the inhabitants they served, thus breaking an organic connection between the town and the sea. Today, there are only two mandraci, one in the area of “Luka” and the other in “Prencic”.