Why visit Brac
First of all, islands make a huge part of Croatian geographical and national identity. If you are coming to Croatia, you should definitely visit at least one Croatian island. And why not Brac?! Tourism on Brac started in 1923 in Bol. Bol has, with Dubrovnik, and Opatija, one of the longest tourism history in Croatia. And along with few other destinations, like Rovinj, Split, Plitvice, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik, Bol remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia (Don’t tell me you’ve thought it was the off the beaten path destination).
Zlatni Rat, famed beach in Bol, is perhaps the best known and the most beautiful beach in Croatia. But as locals like to say, it isn’t the only beach here. The entire south side of the island of Brac is dotted with gorgeous pebble beaches. Pebbles here are small, soft to walk on, and perfectly rounded. And the best part is that, apart of Zlatni Rat, other beaches aren’t crowded at all, especially as you get out of Bol.
Islands seem to live at their own pace, and we always feel like stepping back in time when visiting any of Croatian islands. The veggies and fruits here taste better, their taste brings back childhood memories (yes, we kept saying to ourselves, this is what the food should taste!), olive oil is abundant here (Brac is particularly famous for its olive oil, lamb, sheep cheese, and mandarins), fresh fish is to die for.
Grapes have been growing here since the ancient times. Viticulture has always been important part of the island’s economy. And it’s still very important today. The south slopes of the island have a terrain and orientation very similar to that of Dingac on the Peljesac peninsula. And since Plavac mali, Croatian indigenious sort, has been planted on Brac for centuries, today these grapes are replanted in bigger quantities, along with other sorts like Posip, Vugava, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
The Brac Island is located in the central Dalmatia. With the surface of almost 400 km2, Brac is the third largest Croatian island, and the largest island in Dalmatia. Its highest peak, Vidova Gora, is at 778 m, and it makes Brac the highest of all Adriatic islands. This fact seems to make locals proud. We’ve visited Vidova Gora many times, and this time was no different. You can easily reach it by car if you aren’t into hiking. The views from the top stretch far and wide over the Zlatni Rat Beach, the island of Hvar, and further south over Peljesac peninsula.
Island at a glance
Best time to visit the Brac Island is from June through September. During this time, the ferry service is frequent, all activities and facilities are open and running, the weather is nice, and the sea is warm. August is the busiest month, and you can expect ferry queues, high accommodation prices, and generally very crowded popular beaches. So if you can avoid August, it’s perhaps a good thing to do.
Accommodation on the Brac Island: The best accommodation choice on the island of Brac you’ll find in Bol: from large hotel complexes, small family run B&Bs, to apartment rentals, and campsites, Bol has you covered. The other villages lack large hotels (not necessarily a bad thing), and accommodation offer is mostly based on private apartments and rooms. The prices vary according to the season, location, and type of accommodation.
Being the most popular tourist spot on the island, accommodation in Bol is also the most expensive. August and July are the most expensive months to stay on the island. And the closer to the sea your property of choice happen to be, the more you can expect to pay. When it comes to a type of accommodation, campsites are the cheapest option to stay on the island, followed by private rooms, apartment rentals, and finally hotels.
Transport on the Brac island: Car ferries connecting the island with the mainland depart daily from Split and Makarska. The one-way ticket from Split to Supetar, for two adults and a car, costs 230 Kn. There is also a year round catamaran line connecting island with Split, and with the island of Hvar.
There is a small airport on the Brac island, mostly used by charter planes. There is a regular charter from Vienna to Brac during summer months. Autotrans is the main bus operator on the island. All villages on the island have a direct bus to Supetar, but the buses between other villages on the island are not always direct. Buses have different schedule for summer and winter. Detailed timetable you can find at Autotrans Website. One-way ticket from Supetar to Bol costs 40 Kn.
Food on the Brac Island: Restaurants on the island of Brac tend to be slightly more expensive than restaurants on the mainland. However, this mostly apply to meat dishes, and less to seafood. Seafood on the island is very good, and fresh from the Adriatic.
Lamb is the most popular meat on the Brac island, and it’s served almost everywhere. Light lunch you’ll pay around 8 euro, seafood, like a portion of scampi, expect to pay 140 Kn, Adriatic squid will set you back 120 Kn per person, while fresh fish goes by kilo, and for local white fish (like monk fish, sea bass, and alike) you’ll pay at least 340 Kn per kilo. A portion of lamb meat in a restaurant will set you back 90 Kn, or 220 Kn per kilo.
Beaches on the Brac Island: The number one reason for so many people to visit the Brac Island are its beaches. The south slopes of the island are steeper, but hide some of the best beaches in all Croatia. The north shores gradually descend to the sea. The beaches here are pebble, rocky, and even sandy.
The most famous beach, not only on the Brac island, but in all Croatia, is Zlatni Rat beach located in Bol. Other popular beaches on the island inlcude: sandy beach Lovrecine, then Paklina on the east end of Bol, Murvica, and Vela Farska west of Bol, Ticja luka and Ratac in Povlja, Lucice and Osibova Bay near Milna.
Day trips - Brač
A visit to one of the world’s most famous beaches, Zlatni rat (included in the official list of 40 best beaches of the world). Ideal for windsurfing or a wonderful night out. A day trip by car, approximately 35 km away from the apartments.Our tip –visit Bol both by day and by night!!!
Vidova gora – climb among the clouds and enjoy a unique view of the neighbouring islands and the Zlatni Rat beach.
A visit to the highest mountain top on all Adriatic islands (778 m). Approximately 20 km away from the apartments by car.Our tip –take a photo camera or paragliding equipment!!!
A sandy lagoon, some 10 km away from the apartments by car.. Our tip – take a ball and toys for playing in the sand!!!
Blace desert – feel the intact nature and visit the refuge of monks from the 15th century
Approximately 10 km away from the apartments by car, and a 3 km hike on foot.Our tip –take a photo camera!!!
Visit to Supetar – main town on the island of Brač with numerous hotels, restaurants and beaches.
Approximately 2 km away by car or on foot.
Visit to other towns on the island
Sutivan – 4 km, Milna – 15 km, Splitska – 7 km, Postira – 9 km.
Biking, tennis grounds, diving schools, windsurfing, rent-a-boat, lonely beaches and lagoons on the island, far away from the crowds and the noise
- There are numerous restaurants on the island, offering traditional Mediterranean meals, seafish and local wines.
- Buses run through all towns on the island.
- Ferries to Brac Island leave from Split (to Supetar), and from Makarska (to Sumartin). The main ferry operator is a national company – Jadrolinija.
- Ferry from Makarska is less frequent (winter or summer) and smaller (it can only take up to 25 cars)
- Ferry has two schedules: winter (from October to May); and summer (June to September)
- In high season (July, August) you need to arrive to the port at least 2 hours in advance to make sure you board your desired ferry (1.30 might not be enough; it did, however, worked for us but we were literally the last car to enter).
- Ferry from Split takes 50 min to reach Supetar, while a ferry from Makarska takes 60 min to reach Sumartin
- There is a catamaran service from Bol to Split, and to Hvar (in case you don’t travel by car)
- Buses on the island are infrequent and slow
- Roads are good and safe; however a road going down to Bol is windy, steep, and full of serpentine (but the view is gorgeous!).
- Bol is the most popular place for tourists with most facilities, and the nicest beaches. If sleepy villages aren’t your cup of tea, head straight to Bol (and vice verse).