Visit island Brac, Croatia
The highest of all Dalmatian Islands
A little bit about island Brac
BRAC, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands; area 394.57 sq km; the highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus’ Mount) (778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands; population 13,824, who are living in numerous little places, which are (by alphabetical order): Bobovisca, Bobovisca N/M, Bol, Dol, Donji Humac, Dracevica, Gornji Humac, Lozisca, Milna, Mirca, Murvica, Nerezisca, Novo Selo, Postira, Povlja, Pucisca, Praznica, Selca, Splitska, Sumartin, Supetar, Sutivan, Skrip.
It is separated from the mainland by the Brac Channel, from the island of Solta by the so-called Splitska Vrata (Split Gate), and the island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel. The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar). The island landscape is dominated by a karst limestone relief, with numerous gullies, crevices, cavities, round valleys, and coves.
What about and on Island Brac
Get away from it all
Is there a better way to forget the rush hour and your daily routine than to escape to an island big enough to lose yourself on?
395 square kilometers covered with forests, vineyards and olive groves, charming fishermen’s villages, early Romanesque churches, medieval monasteries, renaissance palaces, and kilometers of untouched coastline are all yours to explore and enjoy!
See life as it used to be
Brač farmers still travel to their fields by donkey, and agriculture is based on traditional technologies. The fisherman sells their daily catch directly from their boats. Shepherds in the mountains produce sheep and goats’ cheese which can not be bought in any supermarket. Olives and grapes are handpicked, and almost everybody on the island produces their own olive oil and wine. The harvest season is quite an experience…
See Bol historical photos.
Explore the bays
Brač’s coastline is 118 kilometers long. It varies from dramatic rocks to gentle pebble and sandy beaches. The most famous pebble beach is Zlatni rat beach near Bol. Maybe less known, but beautiful is sandy beach Lovrecina near Postira. Yet you may prefer to find a little cove to enjoy on your own, whether you get there by boat, on foot, or by mountain bike.
Lie down by the sea, in the shade of Aleppo pine trees, and listen to the eternal song of the Mediterranean cicadas combined with the sound of waves rolling the pebbles up and down, up and down, as they did for millions of years. Here, you will surely find your piece of paradise.
Learn about the art of stone
Stone is part of the scenery wherever you go. The force of nature has sculpted pebbles along the seashore. Drywalls along the roads and houses manmade all tell a story for themselves. Each builder has his own style, which is as recognizable as handwriting. Each wall is a kind of work of art to be admired as you walk by.
The white stone of Brac has been used for the construction of many famous buildings worldwide, from the Diocletian’s palace in Split to The White House in Washington. The stone-cutting tradition is still very much alive, and the stonecutters’ school in Pucisca is one of the few in the world.
Get the taste of healthy food
Most of the islanders live in ripe old age and are relatively healthy, even in old age. This has been attributed to the quality of local food. Excellent olive oil and delicious local wine are just part of the secret.
Discover hidden treasures
Some valuable pieces of art are hidden in the most unexpected places, which are sometimes even difficult to access, such as Blaca Hermitage (Pustinja Blaca), a Glagolitic monastery founded by the Franciscan friars in the 16th century in the midst of untouched landscape or the mysterious Dragon’s Cave (Zmajeva Špilja).
Mix with the locals
Each village celebrates the feast of its own patron saint with processions, street markets, and open-air concerts throughout the year. Besides, in summer months, all over the island, inside of and in front of churches, on town squares and in narrow streets, concerts, theatrical shows, art exhibitions, folklore evenings, and fisherman feasts are organized by local municipalities and tourist boards to make your stay even more interesting. Make sure you visit the event lists upon arrival in order not to miss anything.
Enjoy active holidays
Bol offers many possibilities for active holidays for those who do not want to lie on the beach. Windsurfing, diving, waterskiing, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, cycling, walking, hiking, free climbing, panoramic flights, tennis, paintball, volleyball, and we probably missed to mention more of it…
Stay with us
With a 100 year tradition in tourism, Bol offers a variety of accommodation, three and four-star hotels or hotel apartments to private accommodation (a room or apartment within a family house), from campsites in olive groves to modern wellness and conference centers, from fashionable bars to nice taverns in island villages.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Places of interest on island Brac
Hermitage Blaca (Pustinja Blaca)
Hermitage Blaca (Pustinja Blaca) – Brac, Croatia’s largest central Dalmatian island, rarely reveals all of its secrets, even to regular visitors. One of these is the sacred hermitage in Blaca and the monastery built under the cliffs of Brac in 1555 by Glagolite priests who fled before the Ottoman conquests. On land granted to them by the prince of Brac, these Glagolites built an impressive structure that has been the center of culture and scholarly events on the island for centuries.
Dragon’s Cave (Zmajeva Špilja)
Dragon’s Cave (Zmajeva Špilja) – Brac, Croatia The Dragon’s Cave is the oldest abode of hermits from the Early Christian period. In the fifteenth century, it was inhabited by Glagolitic monks from ‘Poljice,’ where they found refuge from Ottoman invasions. An order by the local authorities in 1609 stipulated that the hermits could not be disturbed.