If you love to explore, then the incredible Blaca Hermitage is a must-visit on your trip to Brac Island. Sitting in the southwest of the island, it’s around an hour’s drive from Bol, or a touch longer if you take the stunning coastal road.
The effort will be more than worth it when you arrive at the old monastery. Established in the 16th century, it was occupied by successive generations of monks until as recently as 1963. The
hermitage started life as a stone cave that was inhabited by a couple of Glagolitic monks, who built a church surrounding the cave.
Over 450 years later, what they started is a fantastic cultural attraction that’s on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. If you have a car you can drive most of the way to the hermitage, but you’ll have to park up and walk for around half an hour to complete the journey. Or if you’re feeling
adventurous, you can hike up from the nearby port, but bear in mind that things do get very steep.
However you decide to get there, imagine how isolated the monks will have been all those years ago as you make your way to their former home. After a little rest following your walk, take a tour with a guide and step inside stone doorways to see ornate rooms filled with things like antique clocks, a
telescope and a 19th century printing press. There’s even a piano that was carried up the steep mountainside by workers at the hermitage.
After you’ve seen the sights of the interior, which were all paid for by trading wine, olive oil and honey, take in the spectacular view out across the Adriatic as you walk back outside. Make your way back down to Bol and go on a tour of the Stina Winery, or rest your legs on the Zlatni Rat beach.