Brac is less touristed than the most famous islands of Hvar and Korcula further south. No celebrities or tycoons glide their yachts into Brac harbors nor do politicians stroll village steets. For that reason, it provides an excellent window into authentic island life, particularly in the interior. It’s famous for its olive oil tradition as the most of the locals produce one of the best virgin olive oils in the world. The stone excavated from the Pucisca quarry, was used as a construction material in many famous building, including the White house in Washington DC and Diocletians palace in Split.
Hot and drought summers make it the perfect place to enjoy the sea and sunbathe on the beautiful beaches. The island’s main cities are Bol and Supetar, the first being the most popular choice to stay among the visitors.
Zlatni Rat beach is a white pebble beach that juts out into the Hvar channel. This beach protrudes over 500 meters out into the sea in a v-shape, surrounded by deep blue and turquoise water. The shape of the beach changes with the wind and water current, which makes it one of the unique in Croatia. It is regularly listed as one of the top beaches in Europe.
The fine white stones that don’t hurt your feet, the beautiful shades of blue of the water, and the pine grove in the interior which provides relief on a hot day.
Spend some time at the beach and try some of many sport activities. There is a nice summer breeze each afternoon, so it’s a great spot for some windsurfing and kitesurfing. The island’s side where Bol is located can be very windy, which is very favorable for some of these activities.
Islands 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. You’ll have fantastic views in every direction including direct views looking straight down on Zlatni Rat beach.
If you want to escape the Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) crowd and have a private beach for your own – check out the Murvica area. There are many well hidden, pebble beaches in the area. There’s no real road that goes there so you can mostly reach it only by foot. Another great beach is Lovrecina beach which is located next to the Positra town. The beach is covered in sand and its surrounded with pine trees that’ll give you some shade during the day.
Visit this island include four experiences we cherish the most: beaches, food, wine and meeting people. And Brac did so well on all four. The island cuisine is famous for its combination of authentic dishes and Mediterranean gastronomy influence. If you want to taste an exceptional domestic food, you’ll be able to enjoy fresh fish right from the Adriatic Sea or other Mediterranean delicacies. While the seafood is a common food on the island, you’ll also enjoy other domestic specialties like lamb and goat meat or Dalmatian smoked ham that you simply must try to make your trip the best it can be.
Konoba Vallum. Traditional Mediterranean food served in a cozy and inviting Konoba. You especially enjoyed the fish soup.
Terasa Santo. A family run restaurant with a spectacular view of the port. Don’t pass up the fish platter for two.
Vagabundo Restaurant & Bar serving up exceptional Croatian dishes with a modern twist. Vagabundo has an extensive wine list, a great children’s menu, and incredible views.
It is possible to do wine and olive oil tasting on the island. Especially olive oil, you will find many places offering this activity, as it is one of the main products of the island. A day at the beach can make you very thirsty, so we suggest a visit to Stina Winery, situated on the main promenade.
One of the most interesting scuba diving destinations in this part of Europe is certainly Bol. Many popular scuba diving locations around Bol are only a 20-40 minute boat ride. Diving schools are organizing daily trips with one to three daily dives. You can dive on reefs, ship wrecks and caves. Scuba diving scools in Bol are affiliated with SSI, CMAS and PADI world scuba associations.
The Island of Brac and Bol, in particular, are excellent for families. With safe beaches and a friendly and welcoming attitude for your wee ones.