Holidays to Brac Island balance sleepy harbour towns and iconic beaches with a mountainous countryside made for adventure-seekers.
A Dalmatian Island
Brac is the biggest island in central Dalmatia. The whole place has a sleepy vibe – even in the larger coastal towns like Bol. Sand-and-shingle beaches and rocky coves ring the island. As for the interior, its hilly countryside brings in hikers, bikers and mountaineers. Ferries mosey between the surrounding islands and mainland Croatia, putting Split and Hvar within easy reach.
Zlatni Rat Beach
Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most Instagram-worthy beach, has the starring role. Its fishtail shape gives you two pebble-and-shingle arms to choose from. Windsurfers and kite surfers head for the breezier one, while families make tracks for the laid-back half. Rocky coves and shingle stretches decorate the rest of the coast, and there are a handful of spots for those who prefer to bask in the buff.
Bol and village towns
The towns on Brac Island are classic Croatia. Harbour towns like Bol serve up clusters of red-roofed stone houses. And the streets are all polished stone – the same material that was shipped to the US to build the White House. Further inland, pin drop-quiet villages dust the countryside and double as starting lines for forest and mountain hikes.
Daytrips to Split and Hvar
A decent ferry network makes the town of Bol a great launch pad for daytrips. Within an hour you can be in Split, a city on the mainland that’s packed with pavement cafés and historic monuments. Next-door neighbour, Hvar Island, is only 20 minutes away by boat. Its namesake town kicks off a wriggling coastline backed by lavender fields, olive groves and vineyards.
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