Brac Island Holidays
"A slice of Croatian Paradise - Brač Island is home to some of the nicest beaches within the region..."
A beautiful Croatian island located in the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea, it is renowned for the quality of its beaches, which are among the best in all of Europe. Foremost of these is Zlatni Rat, an iconic surfing destination that attracts enthusiasts from around the world. The island has an interesting history having been ruled by some of Europe’s major powers, including Venice and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and is also famous for the quality of its nightlife. Visitors should make sure to visit the famous dragon cave, which is steeped in Slavic folklore and incredibly beautiful.
This stunning island – also birthplace of the white stone which built Diocletian’s Palace – is a little piece of Croatian paradise. Visitors will find everything from great food and drink plus a pretty decent nightlife in the most wonderful natural surroundings.
This all serves to make Brac Island the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing and active beach holiday, in an idyllic setting.
Brac Island Travel Guide
At A Glance:
Brac is a medium-sized Croatian island, located in the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea. It is famous for its many beautiful beaches, including Zlatni Rat, a white sand beach that is one of the finest wind surfing destinations in Europe. The island’s main town is called Supetar, replete with a small harbour that provides ferries to and from Split. Brac has a total area of 396 kilometres and a population of around 15,000.
The island enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, which is ideal for a summer holiday. The hottest months are June, July and August, when the average temperature tops 25 degrees and the seas around the island are warm. Brac Island is also hot in the spring and early autumn, although visitors may find it slightly colder and emptier during the winter months.
History and Culture
Evidence of inhabitation dates as far back as the Bronze Age, although it only became a part of Croatia in the 10th century, under the rule of King Tomislav. It then swapped between Venice and the Croatian-Hungarian Empire for around 400 years, before finally falling under total Venetian control in 1420. When Venice collapsed there was a period of tumultuous action, when it swapped between Russia, France and Austria, finally becoming an official part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1814 after the fall of Napoleon. The island flourished under Austrian rule, until a plague affecting winemakers caused many of them to emigrate to South America. It joined the new country of Yugoslavia in 1947, having been a part of Germany and Italy during the second world war.
Offering a surprisingly varied cuisine given its island nature, with standard Dalmatian dishes on offer in every restaurant, you will find the island’s specialities, such as Brac Lambs, who never eat grass, making their meat especially tender and juicy; vitalac, the local name for their offal, which is served skewered and wrapped in a lamb’s sheath and ‘butalac’, a stuffed lamb’s leg that is flavoured with wine or prosecco. Brac is also quite famous for its cheese, with ‘Procip’, a fresh cheese that is cut into slices and caramelized in sugar. The local drink is known as smutica, which is made with goat’s milk and red wine, with local legend claiming that it was brought to the island by Hippocrates the father of modern medicine.
Because of the quality of its beaches, no trip to the island would be complete without a trip to the Zlatni Rat Beach, a beautiful white sandy beach, with stunningly clear waters and a treasure trove of underwater delights. The Bol Promenade is an excellent place to wander, take in the scenery and enjoy everything that the island has to offer, while it also includes a number of fun playgrounds and trampolines for the children to enjoy. The yellow submarine is a boat that sails out from Zlatni Rat Beach and has a glass underwater viewing section, where children can enjoy the magic of the things that lie beneath the sea in a safe environment.
Tours and Attractions
The white sandy beach of Zlatni Rat is ideal and excellent for those interested in surfing. Furthermore, the cave of Zmajeva Spilja is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit and is considered to the former home of a dragon, in Slavic folklore. The island also grows its own wine and connoisseurs are sure to enjoy the tastings and tours available at the Stina Winery.
Both the main towns in Brac, Bol and Supetar, have a vibrant nightlife that caters to every taste. There are plenty of relaxed cafes and restaurants, where visitors can enjoy some delicious Dalmatian food and wine, long into the night. This combines with several clubs and trendy cocktail bars, ensures that there is a good selection of fun parties available for those who want something a little more exciting.