Perched on the extreme east coast of the island of Brac, laid-back Sumartin is a quintessentially Croatian small harbour town, whose boat-filled harbour and pretty buildings make it a postcard-worthy location.
Relaxation is top of the agenda as soon as you arrive in Sumartin. The main activities here are still the traditional wine making, olive growing and fishing, making it the perfect place to visit for an authentic experience of Dalmatia.
Pause for a long lunch in one of the inviting waterside cafes and be mesmerised by the boats bobbing on the crystal clear waters. Take a stroll around the town and discover the Franciscan monastery with its paintings, museum and jewellery collection.
The draw of the sea is never far away on Brac, and Sumartin has a number of lovely beaches within very easy reach, starting from just around the headland from the town. Coves of sand and shingle provide hideaways to stretch out on and soak up the Mediterranean sun, a smattering of beach bars offer superb sunset viewpoints. For exploration a little further afield, ferries from Sumartin cross a few times a day to Makarska, which makes a delightful day trip.
From Sumartin its a short drive to the charming inland village of Selca, where life revolves around the village centre with its pretty parks and local restaurants and bars overlooking the impressive church.
Going a little further Sumartin, its a 30min drive to the busier town of Bol, with the jaw-dropping Zlatni Rat pebble beach a must-visit. Heading inland a short way brings you to another photogenic location, Vidova Gora. At around 2550ft, it is the highest peak on the Croatian islands.
With its pretty setting, a handful of good restaurants, shop & post office, and bike & boat hire, Sumartin has all the right ingredients for memorable villa holidays on Brac.