Brac Island Travel Guide
The Island of Brac, a world famous travel destination located right opposite Split and the neighbouring island of Hvar, is one of the largest islands in Croatia covering the area of 396 km². It is widely known for exceptional beaches and centuries-old quarries that the stone for Washington's White House and other grand buildings originated from. An Island Brac travel is possible by a flight from its own international airport as well as by ferry connecting Split and Supetar, Makarska and Sumartin or by catamaran from Split to Bol.
The interior of Brac Island was inhabited by the Illyrians from the Bronze Age but witnessed no Greek colonization. Stone mining was initiated by the Romans and has thrived ever since. The island faced two waves of immigration from the mainland caused by the arrival of the Croats in the 7th; century and that of the Turks in the 16th century. From 1268 to 1918 it was under the Venetian, French and Austrian Empires.
Tourist attractions. The unique local stone monuments are a must-see for Island Brac holidays, including sacral buildings, citadels, palaces. The Island Brac Museum in Skrip and the Dominican monastery museum in Bol house priceless collections of artifacts dating from its early history. The highest island point of Vidova Gora (778 m) has two outstanding 15th century monuments, the Blaca Desert complex and the Dragon's Cave.
Restaurants. The local restaurants, taverns and bars have a rich offer of homemade delicacies for your holidays in island Brac, such as cuttlefish risotto, lamb dishes, Brac snails and cheese, the highly reputed Bolski Plavac red wine. The best selection of nightclubs, discos, bars can be found in Bol, but numerous parties, shows and fun activities are organized in the open in all towns on the island Brac as part of summer cultural and sports festivals.
Beaches. The abundance of beautiful beaches is the frequent reason for a summer Island Brac travel. The most gorgeous of them is the Zlatni Rat beach that glamorized both the Brac Island and Croatia. The south-western village of Milna is known for a series of superb shingle beaches and the Zaglav sandy bay. The northern coast boasts the gravel Banj and Vlacica beaches in Supetar and the Lovrecina cove in Postira.
Active vacations. The Island Brac holidays cannot be imagined without fun water sports like jet skiing, sailing, parasailing, sea kayaking, spearfishing. Bol is a remarkable place for windsurfers and scuba divers with its favourable winds and stunning underwater spots. Vidova Gora is a great climbing and mountain biking area on the Island of Brac. Tennis, football, bowling, basketball and volleyball facilities can be found in most of the towns.