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Holidays in Brac Island

Despite being the largest of the islands of Croatia and just a short ferry trip from Split, this island is the least ‘touristy’ of the lot. Brac Island holidays are ideal for those who enjoy laid-back breaks with a hefty slice of authentic Dalmatian life served up on the side. Its lush forests are peppered with tiny, stone-built houses, capped off with russet-coloured roofs and set around stone-paved streets. While there are plenty of beaches on the Island, Zlatni Rat is widely considered to be one of the best in Europe, offering a mix of sand and round pebbles and shores that seem to melt into the electric-blue sea. You’ll also find an excellent range of water sports on offer if you want to add a shot of adrenaline to your break. The area’s countryside is ideal for walkers and hikers, who come from across the world to explore the walking trails and pit themselves against some of Croatia’s highest peaks. This is an ideal destination for families and couples and, with so much to see and do, you can make your holidays to Brac Iisland exactly what you want them to be!

9-25 °C

If you want to soak up the sun on your holidays to Brac Island, book your break between July and August, when the temperatures are in the mid-twenties °C and peak in the low thirties.

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Approximately three hours.

The closest international airport is Split International Airport, which is just over 50km away from the resort.

Experience everything from unique beaches to wine tasting and gastronomy tours when you book a Thomas Cook Holiday to Brac Island.

Featured Brac Island holidays

SENTIDO Kaktus

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Scenic location on Brac Island
  • Only 70m away from a shingle beach
  • Relaxing spa

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Based on 529 reviews

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Based on 1 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Bluesun Berulia

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach at Brela
  • Modern and contemporary style
  • Beautiful hillside location

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 269 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

smartline Bluesun Neptun

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • FREE kids' places
  • Beachfront location
  • Large outdoor pool area

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 406 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Osam

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18+
  • Roof top bar with harbour views
  • Gourmet restaurant

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Based on 259 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Le Meridien Lav

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Pool
  • Heated pool indoors
  • Pool towels

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Based on 1979 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Families and couples will find plenty to see and do on Brac Island. Zlatni Rat offers the scope to laze under the sun, or get some adrenaline pumping with a selection of water sports. There are atmospheric caves to explore along the coast and the ancient architecture, stone houses and historical monuments tell the stories of a bygone age. Food lovers can look forward to local dishes, or enjoy the wine and cheese that the island is famous for.

Hopping from one beach to the next definitely tops the list of activities to do on Brac Island. From pebbles to white sand, and usually surrounded by pine trees, each beach is more dazzling than the next. The island is best known for the uniquely-shaped Zlatni Rat beach in Bol, which has been named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Watch its triangular peak shift as the current sweeps across it. Due to Bol’s favourable wind conditions, the area is also popular with windsurfers and there are excellent conditions for scuba divers and snorkelling. Discover hidden beaches around Supetar, with its small bays and concealed coves pitting the coastline.

The fresh ocean air, high mountain regions and lush Mediterranean soil makes Brac the ideal place to grow grapes, olives, and figs. The island is known and for its wine, olive oil and cheese produce and there are various wine and food tours to tickle your taste-buds. Wondering what to eat in Brac? Try, Vitalac, a local lamb dish or sip the local drink Bolski Plavac, a feisty spirit made from grapes and herbs that’ll get you drunk from the knees down!

Visiting the small towns of Brac, with its ancient architecture, quaint houses and harbours that date back centuries, is the perfect way to fully appreciate the people and culture of Brac Island. The remains of the biggest Christian Basilica can be found close to the parish church in Povlja, which is also home to the oldest preserved documents written in Croatian. In Supetar, hidden between olive plantations and vineyards, you’ll find bunje: round, rock-built houses with domed roofs. Today, they are used to store tools, but they are believed to have once been the houses of prehistoric man.

RESORTS NEAR BRAC ISLAND

 

Brac Island is best for...

Beach lovers: Make sure you pay a visit to Zlatni Rat, which is thought to be one of the best beaches in Europe.

Foodies: Croatia is famous for its sharp ewe’s cheese, outstanding wines, delicious lamb and fruity, fragrant olive oil.

Adventure seekers: Tick windsurfing, mountain trekking and scuba diving off your to-do list.

More about Brac Island
Overview, Things to do, Weather, Currency


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Croatian. While the locals know the odd bit of English, it’s worth packing a phrasebook or downloading a language app to help you out with those simple essentials like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Croatian Kuna, before heading off on your holidays here.

Local time:  Brac Island is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Split Airport. The transfer to Brac Island takes about 2 hours by coach and ferry. 

Flight time from UK:  The flight time to Brac Island is 2.5–3 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here www.bracinfo.com.

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Brac Island.


Weather and climate

Temperature: 9°C - 25°C

Brac Island enjoys the privilege of being located in one of the sunniest spots in Europe. Basking in an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day in spring and 13 in the summer, you’ll find the warmest months are between May and September, with the mercury hopping into the low thirties between July and August. May and June offer slightly cooler conditions, making them ideal times in which to explore the island’s natural attractions. September and October also see the mercury hovering in the low-to-mid-twenties. November is the wettest month and the temperatures continue to fall, hitting their lowest in January, at around 9°C, but it’s still mild enough to get some exploring done.

Weather in Brac Island
Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec


Getting around

By bus: Travelling around the island by bus is an inexpensive and convenient alternative to a car.

By boat: Try a taxi boat, or rent your own boat and hop from beach to beach.

By car hire: Drive around the island on your own time by renting a car.


Events

Supetar Summer Festival: The small town of Supetar erupts into a three-month-long festival, beginning in late June. Expect a celebration of the local culture involving everything from classical, pop and jazz music concerts to the famous Fisherman’s Feast, klapas evenings, and theatrical performances.

For history lovers: Visit the Museum of the monastery of Andrija Kacic Miosic, with paintings and pieces dating back to the 17th century.

Adventure seekers: Take part in the Vankaregule Outdoor Adventure Sport & Film Festival with mountain biking, windsurfing and a showcasing of extreme sport documentary films.


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