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The largest island in Dalmatia, Brac (pronounced Bratch) is best known for its pristine white pebble beaches, rocky shoreline, small valleys, scented Aleppo pine forests and endless olive groves. This is an island that has a character all its own, despite its proximity to Croatia's other islands. Known for fishing and agriculture, sleepy Brac is less touristy than Hvar or Korcula, and offers visitors a chance to experience authentic island life. Enjoy a villa holiday on Brac and soak up the quiet atmosphere and get a glimpse of how the locals really live.

Things to do in Brac

There are so many things to do and see in and around Brac. If you want to visit Croatia's other islands, ferries are available regularly too. The largest town on the island is Supetar with its charming medieval streets lined with friendly cafes, bars and shops. On the southern coast of Brac lies the secluded harbour town of Bol which is famous for Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Beach). Explore the Dominican Monastery and the twisting cobbled streets. There's also Skrip with its medieval walls, stunning Milna with its elegant harbour, and handsome Pucisca known for its gleaming white Renaissance buildings, all of which are easily accessible from your private villa.  

Supetar, Croatia
roman coins

History and culture in Brac

There is evidence that this beautiful island has been inhabited since the Bronze and Iron Ages. It has had a few names in its past, including 'Brentos' (meaning stag) by the Illyrians, and 'Elaphusa' by the Greeks. Much like the rest of Dalmatia it soon became part of the Roman empire. It has been occupied by the Austrian, Italy and Yugoslavia until Croatia declared its independence in 1991. 

Brac has grown olives since Venetian times and you will find rare Buhavoca olives here. In 1655 the Venetian state insisted that the island be carpeted with olive trees, and fines were imposed on anyone who damaged the trees. As well as olives, it is famous for its white stone which has been exported across Europe and North America since Roman times. The White House in Washington DC is made of Brac stone, as well as Berlin's once mighty Reichstag and Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral. 

Family holidays in Brac

Brac is the perfect choice for a family villa holiday. Spend the day on the beach in the beautiful Croatian sunshine or enjoy a day sightseeing and exploring. Visit the Olive Oil Museum and the Archaeological Museum in Skrip. Young naturalists will enjoy the natural park near Sutivan where there is a small zoo. Plus, Vidova Gora Mountain is a fantastic adventure for children to climb and admire the magnificent views. If you are simply looking to spend some time together as a family, relax at your family villa with private pool, basking in the wonderful sunshine.

mountain climbing Croatia

Adventurous activities in Brac

Brac has the highest peak of the Adriatic Islands, Vidova Gora Mountain, and you can enjoy excellent hiking opportunities here. If you enjoy scuba diving, you are in for a treat as the clear azure waters are teaming with fish. Go kayaking, up paddling and downhill biking. On Brac you can be adventurous as you like, as it is all about the great outdoors. 

Romance in Brac

For a little romance, Brac is the island to stay. As it is quiet and secluded, you will find plenty of time to be alone and enjoy each other's company. Relax on the beautiful beaches, take a stroll on Bol's pretty promenade and go wine tasting at the Stina Winery. You can enjoy memorable evenings sipping cocktails looking out to sea and enjoying delicious cuisine with a glass of wine. You can even go sunset kayaking or simply watch the sun go down from your private couples villa.

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