The Traveler's Guide
Top 10 Things to Do in Brač
Steeped in history and filled with stunning nature, the Croatian island of Brač is sure to steal your heart. Get the most out of your vacation with our picks for the top 10 things to do in Brač:
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1. Go beach hopping
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, the famous beach of Zlatni Rat (‘The Golden Cape’) is of course a must visit. If you’d rather skip the summer crowds, hop on a boat and explore the island’s indented coastline, which is dotted with hidden coves and secluded beaches.
2. Eat your way around the island
Known for its lamb meat, sheep and goat cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, Brač is a fabulous destination for foodies. And what better way to complement your meal than with a glass of local wine? Try some delicious Pošip (white wine) or Plavac Mali (red wine).
3. Take a trip back in time in Škrip
With a history going back thousands of years, the picturesque village of Škrip is the oldest settlement on the island and a jewel of cultural heritage. Discover prehistoric town walls, churches dating as far back as the 7th century, Roman artefacts, and plenty of archaeological finds.
4. Visit the Museum of Olive Oil
While in Škrip, don’t miss a chance to learn about the history of olive oil on the island with a visit to this old-mill-turned-museum, which has been run by the same family for generations. Even kids will love it!
5. Go olive oil (and wine) tasting
Once you’ve learned everything there is to know about olive oil producing in Brač, experience the different characteristics of each available oil—or ‘liquid gold’ as the Ancients called it— with a tasting session! And since Brač also has a longstanding tradition of winemaking, it’d be a shame not to indulge a little.
6. Discover Brač island’s ‘school of rock’
Stone from the island’s quarries has been used for centuries for the construction of major edifices, such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the parliament buildings of Vienna and Budapest, and even The White House. Be sure to visit Croatia’s only stonemasonry school in the town of Pučišća, where many master stonemasons and world-renowned sculptors learned their craft.
7. Hike to the top of the island’s highest peak
Lace up your boots and hit the trails leading to the highest point on the Adriatic islands. Standing at over 2,500 feet, Vidova Gora delivers jaw-dropping views of the sea and Croatia’s coastline. A must-do (but sturdy) hike!
8. Swim in a submarine tunnel
If you’re after a more offbeat experience, why not explore the island’s submarine pens in the bays of Kruščica, Maslinova, and Smrka that the Yugoslav army used as hideouts during World War 2? You can even swim to the end if you dare!
9. Find seclusion at the Monastery of Blaca
Founded by monks in the 1500s and last inhabited by Father Niko Miličević, a keen astronomer, 400 years later, the cliff-face stunning monastery is now a museum. Get there by boat, as the monks did, and admire a collection of vintage clocks and astronomical tools among other curiosities.
10. Chase the wind in Bol
Whether you’re an avid windsurfer or would just like to try it out, Bol is the place to do it. Sign up for some classes or rent out a board at one of the local schools before you hit the waves.