It may be one of many islands dotted along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, but Brac can lay claim to being the largest and the closest to the Split coastline. With no shortage of activities, picture-perfect views and charming waterfront towns to explore, the easily accessible island of Brac is a fabulous choice for a villa holiday in Croatia.
From Split on the Croatian mainland, an enjoyable ferry hop of around an hour brings you to Supetar, the capital of Brac, on the north coast. The lure of beaches, dramatic rocky interior landscape, unspoilt architecture, sleepy villages, boat trips and delicious food make Brac a classic ‘island getaway’. It has retained a more peaceful and understated feeling than some of the busier destinations, yet Brac caters to a variety of holiday wish-lists and is ideal as a relaxed villa holiday base for families and friends.
Stunning unspoilt beaches are laced around the island, interspersed with picturesque, unspoilt fishing villages, and these alone could fill a holidays-worth of exploring. One of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Croatia, the incredible shifting pebble ‘V’ of Zlatni Rat – Golden Cape, juts out into the impossibly blue Adratic on the south coast at Bol. There are beaches to the north, south, east and west of this island, so an afternoon stretched out in the sun is never far away.
However, Brac has much to offer beyond beautiful beaches. As might be expected, boat trips and watersports are readily available from the coastal centres such as Sumartin, Milna and Bol. Some of the very best Croatian food and wine can be found on the island, with numerous restaurants & cafes serving up local specialities – the local olive oil is phenomenal!
For spectacular views, Brac boasts the highest peak in the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora. At over 2500 ft, arriving at the top on foot is a challenging hike, but it can also be reached by car. Paths for cycling and hiking can be found across the island, taking in the beautiful natural landscape along the routes.
The white limestone of Brac gives the island its name of ‘The Island of Stone’. This has been exported far and wide for centuries for construction of historic buildings, perhaps the most famous to use it being The White House in Washington DC. Our luxury holiday villas here may not be on the same scale as that, but any one of them is sure to offer a comfortable and memorable experience on Brac.