Brac - Split

by Lana Jovic

Brac is the third biggest island of the Adriatic and the biggest island in Dalmatia. Is it situated in front of Split, aligning its massive appearance with the opposite coastline. Despite its relative closeness to the mainland (less than 10 km), Brac has often been overlooked as a holiday destination. Perhaps exactly this fact made Brac one of the most beloved summer vacation choices not only for the visitors, but also for the locals. Today’s Brac has a tremendous tourist offer; from its lovely beaches, clear sea and fascinating inland scenery; to the rich nightlife, cozy accommodation and exquisite local cuisine. And let’s not forget that one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world is exactly on the Island of Brac.

It is believed that Brac has been inhabited since the early Stone Age; there are numerous archaeological findings confirming that theory. Various civilizations and cultures have passed through this island, each one of them leaving its trail. There are numerous ancient villas, sarcophagi, monuments, medieval churches and magnificent baroque buildings scattered all over the island.

The famous beach Zlatni rat near the settlement of Bol is perhaps the most famous sight of Brac. With its beautiful white pebbles, crystal clear sea and interesting, somewhat shape-shifting triangular shape, it has been included on the list of ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Most of the visitors come to Brac attracted to this amazing natural beauty. But, while Zlatni Rat is definitely a place not to be omitted from your itinerary, you should be aware that Brac has a lot more to offer. Numerous romantic coves hidden from the everyday crowds offer sights of unseen and untouched natural beauty, washed by the impeccably clear and pleasantly refreshing blue sea.

Brac is famous for its quarries and the worldwide acclaimed white stone. It is believed that parts of the White House in Washington as well as the lobby of the United Nations building in New York are made exactly of this stone.

The island of Brac is connected with the mainland and the neighboring islands through regular boat lines. There are ferries between Split and Supetar or between Makarska and Sumartin sailing several times a day throughout the year. Catamarans connect Brac with the nearby Hvar and Split. Brac even has a small airport, 15 km away from Bol, suitable to accept smaller commercial or private aircrafts.

The accommodation options of Brac are, as in most of the Dalmatian tourist resorts, numerous. Whether you prefer to stay in the hotel or you like a more intimate and domestic atmosphere of the private apartment, there is a choice for everyone.

The gastronomy of Brac has features of the typical Mediterranean cuisine with the specific local touch. It has been formed through centuries of foreign influences, giving today’s dishes their specific and irresistible charm. Most of the local restaurants offer a wide range of fish and seafood dishes; but Brac gastronomy is famous for its numerous lamb meat specialties and quality goat cheeses.

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