Make your escape to Brac Island and you’ll be surrounded by irresistible beaches, stone houses with russet-coloured roofs and lush forests, not to mention the electric-blue sea. This is the place to go for a slice of the laid-back Dalmatian life; you can spend your days relaxing in the sunshine on Zlanti Rat (one of Europe’s best beaches) and strolling down stone-paved streets. Step it up a gear with water sports and outdoor adventures; the sparkling sea and dramatic peaks will be your playground. This may be one of Croatia’s biggest islands, but it’s one of its best-kept secrets and the least ‘touristy’ of the lot.
Things to do
Holidays to the island of Brac are ideal for families and couples. Laze around in the sun on Zlanti Rat, or get your adrenaline pumping with a water sports adventure. Go and explore ancient caves and amazing architecture, and when you’re done, indulge in local fare; the cheese and wine are just two of many highlights.
Brac Island has one of the best beaches anywhere in Europe, perfect if you want to spend lazy days recharging your batteries. The Zlatni Rat beach stretches out into the Hvar Channel, where a gentle current brings crystal clear waters, which are perfect for swimming or snorkelling. The beach is also a windsurfing haven, so it’s great for learning or honing your skills while you’re away.
If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, then Brac Island has some fantastic attractions that you can visit. Get ready to climb up to the jaw-dropping Blaca Hermitage, a beautiful monastery, or spend some time admiring the vineyards of the Stina Winery before you sample the fruits that make the wine. For some water-based fun, see what the Nautic Center Bol has to offer, including boat trips and action-packed excursions.
As well as popular towns such as Bol on the south coast, Brac Island has a number of beautiful small towns, where you’ll find picturesque harbours and pretty old houses. Hire a car to explore at your own pace, stopping off at the village of Povlja in the north east, where there’s the remains of a fifth century Christian basilica. After a day’s sightseeing, fill up on local specialities like the vitalac lamb dish. Brac Island is also renowned for its wine, cheese and olive oil, the perfect accompaniments for any evening meal.