Called the Pearl of the Adriatic for its beauty, the island of Brac is famous for its beaches and for its white stone with which they built the Diocletian Palace and the White House in Washington. With its perfect climate, the luxuriant nature, the picturesque villages and the excellent gastronomy, Brac Island has all the ingredients to satisfy even the most discerning tastes.
The island of Brač in Croatia
BRAC It is one of the largest Islands of Croatia and the Adriatic ’, located in Central Dalmatia, It is part of the ’ Korčulan islands, together with Korcula, Hvar and other islets. The island is a few kilometres from Split, from which can be reached by ferry.
The Green Island Brac is world famous for the beach Zlatni rat, at the village of BOL, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the main tourist destination of Brac. Its triangular shape, formed by fine gravel and towards the sea, varies depending on the sea currents. The Zlatni rat It is also a favorite among surfers, Thanks to its favorable winds.
Besides windsurfing, in Brac you can practice, mountain biking and scuba diving, by alternating beach life with the visits to the numerous villages hidden between the bays of the island. For lovers of trekking, we suggest you climb to the top of the Vidova Gora (height 778 m), the highest peak of Brac, where you have an incredible view of the Adriatic Sea and nearby islands.
Life on the island of BRAC was based, Since its origins, livestock farming, on viticulture and the fishery and olives. You can still relax in one of the taverns located family inland, enjoying the tranquility and tasting local products, as the famous Brac cheese, fresh fish, lamb meat, grappa and Plavac, famous local wine. From here comes the famous curzolano marble beautifying the historical buildings in the villages of Brac (the same has been used in the construction of large works such as the Budapest Parliament, the Berlin Reichstag and the White House in Washington). Marble, or brazzana stone, Since the Renaissance was mined in ancient stone quarries near Pucisca and worked by talented stonemasons, including Juraj Dalmatinac, Nikola Firentinac and Andrija Alesi.
The development of the island today is oriented primarily on tourism, Thanks to the climate and the charm of its beaches and its villages, set in quiet coves, safe haven for the many boaters each year reach Brac by speedboat.
The villages of Brac
The most interesting are Supetar, the island's main port, Sutivan and Milna, small fishing village on the West Coast. BOL, located on the South Coast, is the most touristic place, famous for its beaches and nightlife.
Supetar – BRAC
The town of Supetar (in Italian, Supetar), with 3500 inhabitants, It is the main city and the capital of theIsland Brac. Located in the northern part of the island, within the Bay of SV. Petar (Hence the name), its port is connected with the city of Split by frequent ferries (the journey time is approximately 40 minutes).
The story of Supetar It is historically linked to the Italian, and its rich cultural and historical heritage dating back to the Roman Empire and the Republic of Venice. A Supetar You can visit the Church of the Annunciation of Mary, dating back to the 18th century and built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica, with a Bell Tower and a museum inside. Close to the Church are located the remains of early Christian mosaics.
Also worth a visit to the cemetery of Supetar where stands the white dome Neo-Byzantine Petrinovic family mausoleum. Over in Supetar is located the Church of SV. Luka, one of 19 preserved Romanesque chapels onIsland Brac, dating back to the 11th century. Inside the chapel houses carved into the wall and the representation of the oldest ship in Dalmatia. All around Supetar, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, You can admire the traditional cottages with round plant with domed roof.
Thanks to its beautiful landscapes, the numerous beaches and bays around, and the numerous possibilities for accommodation and entertainment, Supetar meets the expectations of the many tourists who come here every summer for holidays. Just a walk through the cobbled streets and squares of Supetar, to breathe the spirit of coastal villages of Dalmatia. Supetar offers a wide choice of lodging, among hotels, Ville, houses and apartments, combined with a multitude of restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Supetar is a good starting point for touring the Island Brac and nearby islands, Thanks to numerous tours and sailing trips, to the islands of Hvar and Vis.
BOL – BRAC
BOL, located on the South coast of BRAC, most touristic destination of the island. Located at the foot of Mount Vidova Gora (778 m), the highest peak of the Adriatic Islands, the town of BOL is known for Beach Zlatni rat, also called the “Gold Horn”, for its triangular shape towards the sea. Composed of thin gravel that looks like Golden, the tip of Zlatni Rat changing its shape under the influence of winds, ʼ, of waves and currents, appearing every time different. Around BOL There are also other beautiful sandy and pebble beaches stretching for kilometres, surrounded by nature, and are well worth a visit.
In addition to the picture postcard beaches, BOL also boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage, among Baroque palaces, churches and squares. Worth a visit Dominican monastery, founded in 1462, to which preserves a rich collection of Maritime Archaeology, Roman and Paleo-Christian fragments sculpture, and sacred objects. In the Museum there is also a work of Tintoretto depicting the Madonna and child with Saints.
A BOL You can practice numerous sports. For tennis enthusiasts there are 20 tennis courts, and a stage where every year tennis tournaments Jadranska rivijera and Wta Croatian Bol Ladies Open. And still you can enjoy cycling, trekking, free climbing and especially windsurfing and kitesurfing, Thanks to consistently favorable winds.
Thanks to the many hotels, rooms and apartments in BOL, There is always a wide range of accommodation of all kinds. You can also come here without booking in advance as there is always some vacant apartment and last-minute offers. You can contact the people you see on the street holding a sign that says “Apartmani” (apartments), lead them to visit the nearest vacant apartments. Otherwise please contact theTourist Office in the city centre.
Milna – BRAC
Milna (its name means “Valley of a thousand ships”) is situated on the West coast ofIsland Brac, to 18 kilometers from Supetar. It is a favorite port with boaters due to its hospitable bays: indeed Milna It is also a natural harbour (the latter was a safe landing of the Imperial fleet during the construction of the Palace of Diocletian in split) and is considered as one of the most beautiful harbours and protected by Brač. The village has two well-equipped ports, which can satisfy even the most demanding nautical.
The town, founded in the 16th century by the family Cerinic, was once a renowned boatyard: right to Milna, in the 19th century, were built early bracera (or “brazzera” taking its name from the island), typical Dalmatian ships.
The town is dominated by two-story houses that belong, in the 18th and 19th centuries, to masters of ships and their captains. In the Middle stands the Baroque church with Bell Tower, in the typical Dalmatian style, in which are some Venetian paintings.
the location of Milna provides visitors with a Crystal sea and Mediterranean cuisine, fresh seafood, ʼ olive oil and high quality local wines. You can browse around the many beaches hidden in the shade of pine trees, like the nearby bays of Lučica, Osibova, or visit the small port of Bobovišća and the nearby village of Lozišće.
A short distance from the coast, in front of the entrance to the Harbour, stands the islet of Mrduja, always very busy with boats and speedboats.
Mirca – BRAC
Mirca is a small village located approximately 3 kilometers west of Supetar, in the direction of Sutivan, on the northern coast ofIsland Brac. A Mirca you can breathe the atmosphere of the small coastal villages. The beautiful and sandy beaches shaded by lush pine forests, away from the crowds and bustle of cities, the traditional cultivations of vines and olive trees, make Mirca an ideal destination for families and anyone looking for relaxation and beach life.
Postira – BRAC
Postira, situated on the northern coast of the island of BRAC between Splitska and Pucisca, It was originally a small fishing village, Today vacation spot for many tourists during the summer, with a wide range of hotels and apartments for rent. The village is characterized by its narrow streets that branch off in the middle of a multitude of stone houses, typical Dalmatian.
Around Postira There are many small bays (like those of Lovrečina and Konopjikova) with rocks and pebble beaches surrounded by green pine trees. In summer you can also attend some folk festivals, including the san Giovani Battista (24 June), the feast of our Lady of Carmel (16 July) and Madonna Grande (15 August).
Povlja – BRAC
Povlja is located in the Gulf, 10 kilometres east from Sumartin, in the northern part ofIsland Brac. Proclaimed the most beautiful tourist spot by tourist community, Povlja offers several attractive coves, ideal for enjoying the sunshine and clear waters, long walks and cultural beauties, good Dalmatian cuisine, along with numerous bar, pizzerias and restaurants. Povlja is surrounded by numerous bays with beaches, and in the same Gulf there's the port. The tranquility of the place is ideal for a relaxing holiday.
In antiquity the Gulf of Povlja was an important anchorage place ʼ for Roman ships: the name of the village derives from Paulus, a Roman stood here to build his palace. Still here are the remains of the Roman settlement (the current Church of St. John the Baptist was built on the ruins of an early Christian basilica).
Pucisca – BRAC
Pucisca is also located in a Bay on the North coast ofIsland Brac, at the point where the Creek splits into two smaller: Puciski dolac and Stipanska luka.
In the village there are two small beaches, a short walk from the Harbour. Pucisca It is famous for Brac stone, which was mined from nearby stony ground Called veselje, located South-East of the village, and worked even today thanks to an important tradition of stonemasons. Pucisca was called “The port of castles”, as in the middle ages there were 13 castles, around which grew the village today.
Splitska – BRAC
Splitska located on the North coast of BRAC, between Supetar and Postira, set in a beautiful Bay, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and the deep blue sea. Thanks to the beauty of the village and the beautiful bays of Splitska and Zastup, with beaches surrounded by pine trees, in recent years tourism for families has developed, alongside traditional crafts, as agriculture, the cultivation of vines and olive trees.
Sumartin – BRAC
Sumartin is a village of 600 inhabitants, situated on the eastern part ofIsland Brac, and is an important port for the Mainland, Thanks to Ferry to Makarska. In addition to shipping lines Sutivan-Makarska (with 5 daily ferries), in Sutivan Harbor there are also many tourist boats and yacht clubs.
The village was established in 1645 by the inhabitants of Dalmatia fleeing from the Turks, and was originally called Vrhbrac. Since its origins, its inhabitants have devoted themselves to the fishing, to navigation and shipbuilding, In addition to the cultivation of vines and olive trees. The current name of the village, Sumartin, derives from the Franciscan monastery of S. Martino.
Present day, clean sea, the beautiful beaches, the intact nature and the rich gastronomic offer, make Sumartin a nice place to stay. Near Sumartin there are many bays, quiet and hidden (like those of Rasotica, Zukovik, Radonja, Studena, Zvirje and Spilice) with sandy and pebble beaches.
Sutivan – BRAC
Sutivan is a village located on the northwest coast of theIsland Brac, exactly opposite Split (which is 13 kilometers). The Foundation of Sutivan is back to the time of Diocletian, reason why today we can say that the village has approximately 1700 years old. The town takes its name from the Church of St. John The Baptist, built on the foundations of an early Christian basilica from the 6th century. Throughout Sutivan There are beautiful Renaissance palaces and Baroque villas surrounded by the typical Dalmatian stone houses.
Present day Sutivan is a tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and for its natural park. Sports enthusiasts can not miss the extreme sports festival “Vanka Regule” (Without rules) that takes place in Sutivan every July, In addition to football tournaments and bowls. In addition to the many beaches, where tourists can relax in the crystal clear waters, There are many paths that lead through olive groves and vineyards, offering spectacular routes for mountain bikers and trekking.
Other villages of Brac
SELCA is a village located within the island in the East part of BRAC, to 1 km from the sea. On the coast you will find the tourist areas of Punitnak and Ruzmarin, and the beaches of Radonja, Spilice and Zirje. SELCA delight visitors with the beauty of its stone machining, whose tradition has been preserved until today. The buildings of SELCA were built using the white stone from Brač, which gives the village a charm and a harmonious beauty.
Murvica is located near BOL, on a rocky cliff surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Here you should definitely visit the nearby cave of Zmajeva špilja (Dragon Cave) and Dračeva luka Bay, that preserves the remains of houses nuns, coming from 15 century. The sandy beaches nearby Murvica, in addition to, are among the most beautiful ones of the South coast of Brač.
Not far from Murvica There is also the Blaca monastery, last refuge of Glagolitic order ʼ, now a Museum.
The country of Bobovišća is located on the West coast of the island, in the Bay that branches in port of Bobovišća and the port of Vičja. The port of Bobovišća is preferred by many boaters, While the Bay of Vičja luka is a historical site.
DOL is a typical Dalmatian village, situated in a deep valley, to about 2 km from the sea. Today the country is little village, and mostly attracts lovers of rural tourism, fascinated by its stone houses, and its wineries, in which you can taste the local dishes such as lamb meat, accompanied by ʼ olive oil and local wine.
Donji Humac, located on a hill 7 kilometres from Supetar, is one of the oldest villages ofthe island of Brač. Here you will find some stone houses and Roman mausoleums built with stone from Brač. In the Centre of the village is dominated by the Church of S. Fabian and Sebastian, with its Baroque bell tower.
Characterized by stone houses, narrow and surrounded by unspoilt nature, the village of Gornji Humac is the highest village of BRAC, located at 500 m on the sea level and 10 kilometres from Pucisca. Inside the Church of St. Nicholas is the triptych of Giorgio da Sebenico.
Dračevica is a small village located not far from Donji Humac. At the Centre of the village there is a well water, around which the houses are. Surprise is its lush, with gardens full of almond trees, fragrant fields of lavender and many olive trees.
the village of Ložišća is located at 2 kilometres from the sea, in West Brač. At the Center stands the Bell Tower of the Church of Saints John the Baptist and St. Paul. It's a classic village Dalmatia.
The village of Nerežišća, located at the intersection of the main roads of Brač, was the administrative and commercial centre of the ʼ island, and seat of the Princes of Brač. At the center of the country, surrounded by stone houses, stands the Church of our Lady of Mount Carmel, from which unfold the charming narrow streets that characterize the village. During the celebration of the day of Saint Margaret, worth to watch the game that takes place in Nerežišća, called “balun or ruke” (hand ball), an ancient game played in the past on Mediterranean islands.
Pražnice is a small medieval village situated on a plateau, at about 7 kilometres from Pučišća, known for the traditional animal breeding.
Škrip is the oldest settlement on the island of Brac ʼ. This resort is a destination visited by the numerous archaeological finds and ancient craft of Brač, dating back to Roman and medieval times.