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Day trip to Brac island

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One of the day trips to take if you stay in Split during your holidays is definitely the island of Brac. Split and Brac are very well connected by ferries, especially in the season. Ferries sail very frequently and the duration of the trip is 50 minutes.

Info on Brac island

The island of Brac is the biggest island in Dalmatia and the third biggest in Croatia. It has a population of 14436 people. The island has 22 settlements; some of them are Povlja, Sumartin, Pucisca, Selca, Postira, Supetar which is the main settlement on the island, Bol which is the main tourist attraction of the island.

Tourism is the main industry on the island but the residents are also engaged in growing olives and grapes as well as fishing. The island was once best known for its olives; there used to be 10 million olive trees on the island and it is interesting that Povlja was the first place to have an olive press in Dalmatia. The island is also known for its stone cutting tradition; Brac stone was used in building Diocletian's palace and some also say that Brac limestone was used in building the White House. The island's highest peak is Vidova gora which is 778 metres high and also the highest island peak in Croatia.

Brac sightseeing

Brac is an island which offers all kinds of tourism; whether you are a nature lover, an adventurist or even a fan of historical sightseeing you will find something for yourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wherever you go on Brac you will see dry stone walls of which the island is characteristic. Speaking of stone, it was already mentioned that Brac is famous for its cutting stone tradition. More precisely, the place Pucisca is known for its quarry and the fact that all the houses are made of stone. Pucisca has recently been proclaimed one of the 15 most beautiful villages in Europe by Global Grasshopper.

The most famous spot on the island is definitely Bol, that is the beach Zlatni rat (Golden horn) which is usually the most used motive to promote Croatian tourism. This beach is famous for its shape which changes according to the winds and the sea currents. It is also a paradise for windsurfers and kite surfers.

Bol is situated at the foot of Vidova gora, the highest peak of the island, which is great for nature lovers as well as active holiday lovers who can go hiking and enjoy an amazing view of Bol from the top of the mount. It is also possible to reach the top by car.

On the way between Bol and Milna there is Blaca monastery which is raised on a steep hill. It used to be a hermitage of Glagolitic order; today it's a museum. The monastery was built by priests from Poljica who fled to Brac running away from the Turks. The monastery also has a rich library and a collection of ancient weapons and old watches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milna is a place on the western coast of the island. It is situated in a very deep bay being thus well protected from winds and the safest port for the sailors on the island. It has a big marina for over 150 boats.

Lozisca is a small place characteristic of its position; it is situated on a steep ravine. The village is dominated by the church of St John and Paul, that is by its belfry made by Ivan Rendic, a famous sculptor from Brac. Unlike Lozisca which is a relatively new settlement, Skrip is the oldest settlement on the island.

Getting to Brac island

As already mentioned, Split and Brac are very well connected by ferries. If you decide to visit the island it is recommendable to have car especially if you want to go around. You can rent a car if you don't have one; there are some car rental agencies in Supetar where the ferry arrives from Split.

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