One of the most popular Croatian islands among tourists is Brac, also known as the island of harmony and beauty. Located a short ferry trip from the city of Split, with its 396 square kilometers, it is the largest island in Croatia. We’ll outline things to do, beaches to visit and where to stay on one of the best islands in Croatia, Brac.
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Best Things To Do in Brac
If you want to visit more of the attractions and know Brac even better, I made you a list of must-see things:
- Škrip – The oldest village on the island. Surrounded with fortified walls from the Illyrian settlement dating back to the 3th century, it is a valuable archeological site. Moreover, a charming Roman Radjokovic castle has the Museum of the island of Brac where you can find an amazing collection of ethnographical and stone remains.
- Nerežišća – the former main center of the island, this little town is best known for a beautiful baroque church of St Mary, the most monumental church on the island. Furthermore, here you’ll find an interesting chapel St. Peter. Don’t forget to bring a camera because from the chapel’s stone-paved roof of the apse grows a tree!
- Murvica – a small settlement that boasts with Dragon’s Cave (Zmajeva Špilja), a habitat and temple to priests of Glagolitic from the 15th century full of unusual sculptures. If you have enough time, take a 2-hours walk from Murvica and visit the hermetic monastery Blaca. Founded in 1551 and hidden away, the monastery holds a museum where you can get in touch with fascinating (and at that time extremely progressive!) life in this community of believers.
- Selca – the largest town on the eastern side of the island that is also the town with the most monuments per city in the entire world. Even though it has only 700 inhabitants, the locals are very passionate about honoring famous figures. Therefore, Selca has 14 monuments and 21 memorial tablets with the corresponding inscriptions. Moreover, Selca was the first town in the world to monumentalize Leo Tolstoy. To see the work of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, head to the Church of Christ the King and enjoy viewing a statue made out of plaster in 1956 (locals covered it with melted cannon shells!).
- Supetar – the main city with stunning beaches, excellent restaurants, cozy taverns, local shops, and picturesque streets. Culture and history buffs will be enchanted by the baroque Church of the Annunciation of Mary from the 17th century and the millennial Church of St Luke that has a magnificent panoramic view and where you can see the oldest preserved view of the ship. On the other hand, beach hoppers won’t be disappointed by Supetar’s long sandy and pebble beaches surrounded by pine trees and Mediterranean vegetation.
- Vidova Gora Mountain– The highest peak of the Croatian islands (778m), Vidova Gora makes Brac the tallest island as well. Completely covered with forests of cypress trees, the island is full of sunny hills with vineyards, Mediterranean vegetation, and striking landscapes. During sunny days and clear weather, you can even see Italy while standing at the top.
Best Beaches in Brac
Despite numerous cultural sights, Brac is best known for the beach Zlatni rat located in Bol. Zlatni rat is included on the list of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world and it attracts thousands of tourists each year. Completely covered with fine sand, it’s the perfect spot to sunbathe, enjoy water-sports or explore the local town of Bol.
Zlatni rat Beach – Put Zlatnog Rata, 21420, Bol, Croatia
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Where to Stay in Brac
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