The island of Brač hasn’t quite exploded onto the international holiday scene like its neighbours, Hvar and Korcula.
Unlike Hvar, with its party reputation, Brač is a quieter island, that’s perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beach.
One beach that has to be visited whilst on Brač is Zlatni Rat Beach, also known as the Golden Horn. This picturesque beach strip is often rated as one of the best beaches in Europe.
The beaches in Brac are not only about relaxation. Brač is a great place to try your hand at some watersports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and SUP.
Aside from lounging on the beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat. There are lots of top-quality and delicious Dalmatian restaurants scattered across the island.
Also don’t be surprised to still find a little party scene if you decide to spend your night in Bol. With a few lively cocktail bars and even a nightclub, there is no need to go home after dinner.
How long should you spend in Brač?
Deciding how long to stay on Brač depends on the purpose of your visit.
The island can be visited as just a day trip from either Split or Hvar. This is still a great way to see the island, but it will be a whistle stop tour.
If you’re looking to relax and really get to know the island then 3-5 days is a good amount of time. There are plenty of things to keep you busy if that’s what you’re looking for, or plenty of beaches to simply relax on.
#1 Relax on Zlatni Rat Beach
Rated as one of the best beaches in Europe, Zlatni Rat Beach is a must visit whilst on Brač.
Also known as the Golden Horn, the beach’s unique shape spreads out almost 500 metres into the turquoise sea. What makes it even more special is that the end of the beach is constantly changing shape due to the tides and wind.
This gorgeous, small-pebbled beach is surrounded by ancient pine trees, offering ample amounts of shade. Don’t worry you won’t have to fight for shade, the beach fits up to 10,000 people on it. Even if it’s busy, you won’t feel like sardines in a tin.
There’s more than just sunbathing
Zlatni Rat Beach has more than just sea and sand. There are plenty of things to do, such as volleyball, paragliding, jet skis, banana boat rides and a water park.
It’s also an ideal place for kitesurfing and windsurfing (we talk about this more below).
#2 Enjoy some adventure-filled watersports
Pretty much any kind of watersports you can think of, you can do them on Brač.
Here’s a list of what’s available:
Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in Bol
Two very popular water sports around Bol are windsurfing and kitesurfing. The perfect wind conditions create an ideal environment for these sports, whether you’re a rookie or a pro.
Thanks to the reliable thermal winds between August and October, the conditions will be perfect. In the earlier summer months, the winds are less strong, which will still be ideal for beginners.
Active Bol is one of the best companies offering both windsurfing and kitesurfing. Group windsurfing lessons start at €29/hour. They also offer a 4-5 day kitesurfing course costing €450.
Bol is the best place in Croatia to try both of these sports, so why not give it a go?
How to get to Zlatni Rat Beach
This stunning beach is less than 2km from Bol, making it easy to get to. You can hop in the car and drive there or enjoy a 20 minute walk along the sea.
#3 Hike Vidova Gora – the highest point on Brač
Vidova Gora is the highest mountain on Brač and one of the best viewpoints in the whole of the Adriatic.
You’ll be treated to panoramic views of the stunning ocean, rolling hills of Brač and neighbouring islands in the distance.
Completing the hike is a great way to spend a day on Brač.
Some information about the hike
The highest point of Vidova Gora stands at an impressive 715 metres, making it a moderately difficult hike.
The trail starts in Bol and takes between 3-5 hours to complete depending on your pace. The roundtrip is around 10.6km.
Along the way you’ll be taken through rocky trails, shady pine forests and lush mountain tracks.
You’ll definitely have worked up an appetite for some delicious Dalmatian food and wine once you have finished.
TIP: Our compact Brač Travel Guide shows you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Brač!
#4 Taste some incredible Croatian wine
Croatian wine is exceptional! It’s not as widely exported as other wines, so whilst you’re in Croatia you should taste as much as you can.
There are plenty of wine bars across the island, and Stina Winery is one of the best places to go.
Grapes have been grown on Brač for centuries, but have recently been revived. In 2009, Stina Winery was created and 50 hectares of new vineyards were planted.
What makes wine from Brač so special?
The special thing about wine from Brač is that the grapes are grown in stone soil – hence the name Stina which means stone in Dalmatian dialect.
Stina Winery is located on Bol’s stunning waterfront, making it an ideal location to enjoy some incredible wine.
They also offer a short 15 minute tour of their winery every day between 5-6pm.
#5 Explore the town of Supetar
Whether you’re staying in Bol or Supetar itself, this town should be explored!
Situated on the northern coast, visitors coming from Split will first step foot in Supetar. This is where the ferry arrives on Brač. It’s more than just a transport hub though!
Supetar is the most developed town on the island, offering all of the amenities you could possibly need – shops, delicious restaurants, lively bars.
There aren’t any specific must-do things to do in Supetar. It’s more somewhere that you simply get lost in, stumble across little boutiques and take a seat in a coffee shop.
Beaches in Supetar
Although the beaches in Supetar may not be as incredible as the iconic Zlatni Rat beach, they are still worth a visit whilst you’re there.
Acapulco Beach is one of Supetar’s most popular beaches. This pebble beach leads on to the perfect swimming spot in the clear turquoise sea.
Another option is Punta Beach. It’s one of the main beaches in Supetar, bordered by plenty of trees providing the perfect escape from the sun.
If you want to stay in Supetar, here are some accommodations that we love.
#6 Explore the Dragon Cave
Looking to add some magic to your trip to Brač? Then immerse yourself in the myths and legends of the Dragon cave.
4 kilometres from Bol lies the eco-ethno village of Murvica. This quaint little town is worth visiting, but what attracts most visitors is a 30 minute walk away, high above the sea.
How did the cave get its name?
The Dragon Cave used to be a residence and temple for Glagolitic priests who practised a combination of Christianity and Paganism within the cave.
Although nobody officially lives here, the cave is still believed to be inhabited by spirits of werewolves, fairies, witches and of course the giant one-eyed dragon that used to live there.
These superstitions were fueled by the sculpture carved into the wall of the cave, but also its beauty and mysteriousness.
The Dragon Cave is certainly something different to explore on Brač. Situated 350 metres above sea level, the walk up is also an enjoyable one.
#7 Learn some history at Blaca Monastery
Blaca Monastery sits proudly in the cliffs of Vidova Gora. It stands as an iconic sight and representation of Brač’s rich history.
Built in the 16th century by 2 monks, the building is still in incredible condition. You almost feel like you’re being transported back in time.
Over the years, additions were made to the monastery such as the fort walls, a church and a library with over 11,000 books.
In 1963, the monastery was turned into the museum that we know today. Inside you’ll find old furniture and living quarters, plus a collection of tools, ancient weaponry and the impressive library.
Blaca Monastery is open Tuesday-Sunday and entrance costs €5.30.
#8 Step back in time and visit Škrip
If you’re a history lover, then you should make time for a visit to Škrip. It’s the oldest settlement on Brač, dating back 3000 years!
Škrip is the epicentre of history. Walking through the ancient streets you’ll stumble upon a castle, mausoleum, a Roman temple, sarcophagus’, churches and museums.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be born thousands of years ago? Škrip can give you a pretty good insight.
You may expect the earliest settlement to be based on the coast, to be better for trading. Škrip is actually situated inland, 10km from Supetar.
#9 Learn and taste at the Olive Oil Museum
You might not have planned to go to an olive oil museum whilst you’re in Brač, but it’s worth an hour of your time.
Brač is well known for its lamb, Brač stone, wine and olive oil. Where better to learn about olive oil?
The Olive Oil Museum is situated within the oldest settlement, Škrip, mentioned above. You can combine your visit to the settlement with a trip to the museum.
You’ll be taken on a journey, learning the traditional ways and history of olive oil production. Throughout the museum you’ll not only see how it is made, but get to taste different types of olive oil, cheese and other local products.
A museum where you get to eat, can you think of anything better?
Entrance to the Olive Oil Museum costs €4.50 each.
#10 Join a kayaking trip from Supetar to Postira
As we mentioned above, kayaking is a great watersport to try out during your trip to Brač.