Brac is an island I went to strictly be I just had to see the most beautiful beach in all of Croatia. What surprised me was the number of things to do in Brac, so I decided to stay for a while.
Brac holds history, has a reputation for the islands wine, olive oil and stonemasonry and has the highest (and best) viewpoint in all of the Adriatic islands.
Have I convinced you to visit Brac island on your Croatia itinerary?
If you only have one day in Brac it’s still possible to see some of the best sites. Brac can be visited from Split on a boat or catamaran so you still get to see Croatia’s best beach.
What's in this article
- 1 Things to do in Brac
- 1.1 Chill out on Zlatni Rat beach
- 1.2 Tour the island in a day
- 1.3 Visit the olive oil museum
- 1.4 Check out the views from Vidova Gora lookout
- 1.5 Taste test the local wine
- 1.6 Go on a food tour
- 1.7 Stop by Skrip
- 1.8 Take time to explore Supetar
- 1.9 Visit the Stonemason School
- 1.10 Wander through Bol
- 1.11 Be a kid at the inflatable water park
- 1.12 Try your hand at some water sports
- 2 Where to Stay in Brac
- 3 How to Get to Brac
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Things to do in Brac
Discover what to do in Brac for a packed day trip or a fun-filled few days on this stunning island with this quick Brac guide.
Chill out on Zlatni Rat beach
The top Brac beach is obviously Zlatni Rat. It is not only named the most beautiful beach in Croatia but one of the top beaches in all of Europe. The beach itself is a spit that stretches out in the Hvar Channel and creates a point where two beaches meet together.
The beach is a pebble beach but the pebbles are quite small so they don’t hurt to walk or lay on and there’s the bonus of no sand.
The water surrounding Zlatni Rat is amazingly blue, crystal clear and beautiful to swim in or enjoy some water activities.
Keep in mind that this beach gets quite busy but it’s worth checking out and then finding a more quiet beach.
Tour the island in a day
If you’re limited on time this jeep tour will ensure that you see the most of Brac in one day. Not only will you get to go off-roading in a jeep but you’ll also have time to visit the famous Zlanti Rat beach.
Taste testing olive oil, visiting Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island, stuffing your face with delicious Croatian cuisine and seeing the best view on the island from Vidova Gora are all packed into one day of adventure, food and beautiful sites.
Visit the olive oil museum
In Skrip, an olive oil museum was opened in 2014 in a building that housed an olive oil mill. The building was restored and today visitors are guided through to see a piece of history.
The mill started operation in the 1860’s and now the family-run business lets guests come to see the mill for free along with many of the tools and demonstrations of how it all worked.
You can buy olive oil, vinegar, jams and more directly from the family for their efforts.
Check out the views from Vidova Gora lookout
Vidova Gora lookout is without a doubt the place to be for the best views on the island. It’s the highest point not only on Brac itself but also in all of the Adriatic Islands.
The summit is 778 metres high which you are able to climb to the top of but if it’s too hot or you’re just not a climber then the summit can also be accessed by car.
From the viewpoint you will see over Zlanti Rat (the best view of the beach), to Hvar, the stunningly blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and if it’s a clear day you may even see Italy.
Taste test the local wine
If you’re a wine lover or someone who just wants to sit by the water then a visit to Stina winery is the perfect place for you. Along the waterfront, in Bol, you can sit at tables or on the edge of the stone walkway and marvel at the luxury yachts and watch the waves as you taste some of the local wine, which Brac is known for.
White and red wines are available with quite a few options for both and some delicious platters (including local olive oil) to pair with your wine.
There is a showroom where you can buy wine and tours are available so you can take a peek at the winemaking process.
Go on a food tour
Get to enjoy a mouthwatering 3-course lunch on a food tour that will also take you to other sites around the island including the olive oil museum.
Your gourmet lunch will have great views and will certainly be a meal to remember.
Stop by Skrip
Skrip is where the oldest settlement on the island was. The town dates back to over 300 years and is slightly inland because it was a better position for the town to defend itself.
Skrip is completely different to the coastal towns of Brac, there’s no hustle and bustle, just cool history, old buildings and a few museums to explain the town and islands history.
Skrip is the perfect place to stop by if you just want to get away from the crowds for a bit.
Take time to explore Supetar
Supetar is where the ferries from Split and Makarska dock but don’t just hop off the ferry and leave. Supetar is a great place to grab some food, roam around the marina, try your hand at some water activities or shop in the cute little boutique stores.
Visit the Stonemason School
In Pucisca you can visit the Stonemason school to be truly blown away by the amount of work and incredible details that go into stonemasonry.
Brac is famous for its stonemasonry and is where a school has been since 1909. Students come to study here for 3-4 years and some of the pieces made take multiple students a number of years to make.
In fact, the stonemasonry in Brac is so good that some of it is even in the White House.
Wander through Bol
Bol is another cute town in Brac and is where the best beach, Zlatni Rat is located. Here you can find more beaches that are quiet but still beautiful, it’s also where Stina winery is and there is a long beach promenade to Zlatni Rat that will take you past more shops and small restaurants as well as resorts.
Other things worth checking out in Bol are the Blanca Monastery and hiking up to the viewpoint, Vidova Gora, that I mentioned previously.
Be a kid at the inflatable water park
I am not big on water activities but I have to admit that this inflatable water park looked epic. There is a floating course on the water that you can run, jump and slide across with different obstacles.
If you’ve ever seen the show Wipe Out, it’s like that but not quite as intense. You can find the inflatable water park in both Bol (close to Zlatni Rat) and in Supetar.
Try your hand at some water sports
Since Brac has a lot of beaches, especially in Bol, there are a number of water sports that you can try. Kiteboarding is quite popular and very fun to watch, windsurfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, riding in tubes and banana boats…you have options for Brac activities in the water.
Where to Stay in Brac
Brac is a large island that you will not be able to just walk across. It’s best if you pick one area to stay in and then venture out from there. To make your decision easy, I’ll tell you where is best to stay when on Brac and that is Bol because it has the most activities within the closest proximity.
However, if you prefer a more quiet option and have transportation then Supetar is for you.
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How to Get to Brac
Brac can be accessed by catamaran or ferry from Split or Makarska. Getting from Split to Brac is the most common route but I highly recommend visiting Makarska!
Taking the ferry is the cheaper of the two options and the option that will allow cars to board. You will dock at Supetar so if you are staying elsewhere on the island you will then have to take transport to wherever you are going.
To Bol there is a public bus or minibusses fill up quickly and you can jump in and share the cost with other travellers.
Catamarans are available from Split. These are only available for foot passengers and you can get direct to Bol or Milna from Split.
Both ferries and catamarans services are run by Jadrolinja. Tickets can be purchased before boarding the boat.
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