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Just a 50minute ferry ride off the beautiful Dalmatian Coast from Split, Brač is a large island, lush with pines and figs, and known for its clear waters. And its bright white stone, which is what the White House in Washington is made from - and, more locally, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split. If you don’t recognise Brač from that you might recognise it from a photo: there’s a long, white-sandy spit called Zlatni Rat, just outside the town of Bol, which rolls right into the spectacular Adriatic, and a view of this beach appears in a lot of material advertising the beauty of Croatia.
Many of the best places to stay on Brač are in or around Supetar and Bol, the two main towns, but there are also some lovely places to stay in the rocky interior, or along its long stretches of pebbly beach. Brač also has steep cliffs in places, and small, peaceful ports and villages, pine forests and vineyards, olive groves, and fig, cherry and almond orchards. It’s really a lovely island to explore.
Supetar has an historic core of central streets, which lead outwards from the harbour. The views of Split and the mountains behind are quite something. There’s also a nice church and pleasant cafes, bars and restaurants. Bol has a bit more glamour: its small stone houses and winding streets are arranged around a compact but lovely, marina.
What Not to Miss
- There’s a reason they use Zlatni Rat in all the advertising for Croatia, it’s many people’s idea of a perfect beach, but it is changeable, shallow and shady at some times of day and deep and sunny at others.
- It would be a waste to visit the Dalmatian Islands and to spend all your time on Brac, and if you haven’t arrived on your own boat it’s easy to visit some of the other island by ferry or catamaran. The most famous islands in the group are in the centre of the region. Starting with Solta, just off the coast from Split and heading south you'll hit Brač, Hvar, Vis and Korčula. Solta is well developed and very visitor-friendly; Hvar has the fertile vineyards, gorgeous beaches and medieval towns; Vis has more of those lovely, sandy bays and beaches, and Korčula, the largest, is loved by cyclists.
- Brač has the highest mountain in the Adriatic, Vidova gora mountain, which isn’t a terribly taxing climb and offers wonderful views beyond Bol and the coast to the islands of Hvar and Vis.
- If you don’t fancy hiking then diving at Lucice Bay, kitesurfing and windsurfing are also popular and easily organised on Brač. And of course sailing - which is magical in these waters.
- And if you’re interested in the island’s history visit the Island of Brač Museum in the charming medieval town of Skrip.
- If you’re interested in Brač’s stone visit the stonemason’s school in the beautiful town of Pucisca - made largely using Brač stone.
- On the south side of the island, near the village of Murvica, is a wonderful cave called the Dragon’s Cave.
- Try the local olive oil, the cheese and the local wines and spirits, which are largely made with grapes and herbs.
The Best Places to Stay on Brač
- The Bračka Perla Agroresort is a traditional Mediterranean hotel with colourful rooms, a gorgeous garden terrace with a pool and stunning sea views. Almost all of the rooms have a kitchenette, so it’s a great option for families looking for a stylish beach break. You’re just outside Supetar, but surrounded by gardens and olive groves.
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- During summer Croatian Airlines runs flights between Zagreb and Brač Airport, but it’s possibly more convenient to travel via Split Airport. There’s a ferry from Split, which arrives in Supetar, and a catamaran from Bol, to Hvar and onwards to the other islands. In summer there’s also a daily ferry service from Dubrovnik.
- If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- Summer has the nicest weather, but this is peak time for visiting the Dalmatian Coast and between the cruise ships and those restricted by school holidays, it’s pretty busy. So the best times for most of us to visit are May-June or September-October when the days are long and sunny, the sea is still warm enough to swim in, the attractions and restaurants are all open - but you don’t have to queue for them.
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Best Hotels in Brač
Bracka Perla Agroresort from $270Brač, Hrvatska, Brač
Traditional Mediterranean boutique on the island of Brac. Colourful Mediterranean rooms, gorgeous garden terrace with pool, stunning sea views, and a spa. Perfect for a beach holiday on a sunny island. Not far from all the attractions and boat life.Families - Almost all the rooms have a kitchen, perfect for preparing picnics for children.Garden - Beautiful garden terrace with olive trees and shady spots.Romantic Break - Jacuzzi on the outdoor terrace and hotel spa.Traditional - Made from traditional Brac StoneRecommended by - I Escape