The sunny climate of the island Brač beckons with beach and sea, various hiking possibilities and cultural sights. Hospitality is a top priority here and those who enjoy water sports will find numerous opportunities to indulge on this wonderful Dalmatian island.

If you have ever spent your holiday on Brač, you are guaranteed to want to come back. In addition to a breathtaking landscape, the almost 40 km long and 13 km wide, mountainous island offers charming holiday resorts with picturesque beaches and impressive sights.

Begun with Zlatni rat, in German golden horn, the most famous headland with its white gravel triangle in the turquoise blue sea in the south of the island conveys almost Caribbean feelings. Here kite- and windsurfers find ideal conditions to practice their sport. Whether you are a water sports enthusiast, beach holidaymaker or hiking enthusiast, the best place to stay is in Bol, within walking distance of Croatia's most famous beach. Due to its sheltered location at the foot of the mountain "Vidova Gora", the idyllic town is milder than anywhere else on the largest island of Dalmatia. Pretty little stone houses and a harbour promenade with cosy taverns lend the place a very special charm.

Of historical and cultural interest is the Dominican monastery with a small museum, where you can learn that the Romans already appreciated the Golden Horn: On the headland a Roman villa with a pool has been excavated. Besides the monastery you can admire the old Croatian church Ivan i Tudor. Or how about modern sculpture of expressive sculptures, to be found in the Galerija Branislav Dešković in the picturesque harbour.

If you want to make an excursion from Bol, you must go by boat to the impressive Blaca Monastery, located near the village of Murvica.

A trip by car to the north of the island is also recommended. The journey alone is an experience in itself. Via the winding coastal road you quickly reach the sparsely populated mountain country. Passing olive groves, kiwi and mandarin plantations as well as herb meadows, where many sheep live, you reach the white harbour village Pučišća, 25 km away. Almost all houses are built of the famous bright Bračer, a marble-like limestone. The precious material is not only used in the renowned local stonemason school, but exported all over the world. Well-known sights such as the Diocletian's Palace in Split, the Berlin Reichstag and even the White House in Washington were built from exactly this material.

If you have enough time, the bicycle is the perfect alternative to a rental car. Brač can score not only with wonderful hiking trails, but also with a variety of well signposted cycle paths, which give you sensational views of the unique island landscape.

And if you feel like a bit of adventure after a day of swimming, why not take a tandem paragliding flight from Bol's 778-metre-high local mountain and take a bird's eye view of "Zlatni rat"?

To round off a successful holiday day, we recommend a visit to one of the many restaurants in the harbour, which, in addition to delicious regional dishes, tasty cocktails and regional wines, also provide a lively atmosphere with music. Try the Dalmatian cuisine: pumpkin gnocchi with a sauce of four types of cheese - simply heavenly. Bol, an ideal place to combine beach holidays with culture.


How you get there:
with SWISS or Edelweiss to Split and then with rental car and ferry to Brač

How long am I supposed to go:
1 - 2 weeks

Best travel time:
May to October

Highlights:
Zlatni rat, water sports à gogo, local cuisine

Accommodation tip:
www.villadalmatina.hr

Excursion organiser:
www.nautic-center-bol.com
    
Restaurant tip:
tavernariva-bol.com

Impressions

Realised by Michael Bachmann
Further travel pictures under www.kissed-by-nature.com