Places: Bol – Zlatni rat, Milna, Bobovišća, Sumartin...
(we mention places on the south side of Brač in Hvar channel, because they are on usual route of our charters and daily trips, but there are also fantastic sights on the north side in Brač channel)
Attractions: beaches and bays, hiking to Vidova gora, gastronomy and wine, history
Brač is the largest island of cental Dalmatia, with 395 sq km, and population of cca 14 000.
It is also the highest island of all Croatian islands with the peak Vidova Gora at 778 m.
Under Vidova Gora is place Bol, and it's famous Zlatni rat beach. To Vidova Gora you can drive, hike or bike, to get unforgettable view. Trails are marked, but the climb could be little challenging in hot summer months, so maybe it is better for off-season time.
Check all activities on Brač here: www.visitbrac.com
Trademark of the island is the most attractive Adriatic beach in Bol – Zlatni rat (The Golden Point).
Island is covered with forests of cypress trees, and has many magical bays and beaches.
The sunny hills of Brač are covered with vineyards – the most famous Brač grape is „plavac mali“. Beside wine, major products are olive oil, fruit (sour cherries, almonds, figs) and traditional occupations are livestock breeding and fishing, combined with tourism of course.
Brač is famous for its quarries which have been a source of white stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. This kind of building stone was used in the construction of the White House in Washington, Diocletian's palace in Split, and other historic buildings in Europe, as well as the houses of the people of Brač. The ancient trade of traditional stonemasonry is still taught in stonemason school in beautiful place Pučišća.
Bol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia, a picturesque place with numerous cultural and historical sights.
Offers many sports and recreational activities, many little restaurants by the sea, clubs...
is typical charming Mediterranean little town, located on the north west part of the island, famous by its gorgeus bay, in which the ships of the emperor Diokletian have found a secure harbour in the time of the building of his palace in Split. Even today Milna is favourite nautical port, offering two highly equipped marinas and service. Beside historical sights, Milna will enchant you with its healthy Mediterranean cuisine abundant in fresh fish, quality olive oil and home-made wines.
At the entrance to the Milna harbour is located small islet of Mrduja
Interesting local story about Mrduja is a centuries long dispute among two neighbouring islands Brač and Šolta about to which Mrduja belongs to. So, the fishermen got the idea to strapp ropes and pull the islet and see who will win! Now it became a traditional event of pulling the island on The eve of Mrduja, every summer.
Check more on the link from the picture:
Mrduja is also a place where a local regatta is held every year, gathering a large number of yachts from the area.
Sumartin is the youngest fishermen village on Brač, with a ferry port and connection with Makarska. The village was named after the Church and Franciscan monastery of St.Martin, with beautiful stone bell tower. In the neighbourhood of Sumartin you can find many quite and picturesque coves with crystal clear sea: Rasotica, Zukovik, Radovnja, Studena, Zvirje and Splilice.
Like the other parts of Dalmatia, cuisine of Brač is rich in fresh fish, seafood, olive oil and great wine from „plavac mali“ grapes.
But the lamb is specialty on Brač! The Brač lambs that have not yet tasted grass, only their mother's milk are well known from ancient times. Roasted lamb (whole or in pieces),on a spit, baked lamb under the bell...
Meal called „Vitalac“ is original island dish and is on Croatian national list of nonmaterial cultural heritage. Lamb's offal (liver, milt, heart, lungs) skewered and wrapped in lamb'y sheath – althrough it does not sound or look good, Vitalac is indeed the top specialty.
Butalac – stuffed lamb'y leg rubbed down with scented grass and splashed with wine or prosecco.
Best place to taste Brac lamb is in inland in one of the oldest settlements on island- Donji Humac
Brač sheep cheese, specialy „škuta“- cram cheese is also to recommend.
The desserts of Brač are great – almond cake, hroštule, rožata, crepes with škuta, combined with homemade liqueurs and herbal grappas.
Cake „Hrapoćuša“ originating from the village of Dol, made acording to an old traditional recipe is also on Croatian national list of nonmaterial cultural heritage, and something you must try!