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Despite its proximity to Split, Brac is less touristed than the glittering islands of Hvar and Korcula further south. No celebrities or tycoons glide their yachts into Brac harbors nor do politicians stroll village steets. For that reason, it provides an excellent window into authentic island life, particularly in the interior.
Don't miss the olive oil in Brac! The olives are of a rare variety called buhavica and there's over a half-million trees. Olive cultivation dates back to the Venetian years. Back in 1655 the Venetian senate insisted that the island be carpeted with olive trees and imposed fines upon anyone with the temerity to damage the trees.
The highest peak on Brac Island is Vidova Gora at 778m which is the highest peak on the Adriatic islands. The interior of Brac is mostly small valleys and fields while on higher ground, north of Vidova Gora you'll find an endemic species of pine. Along the coast the woods are mainly Aleppo pine.
Brac is most famous for its beautiful white building stone which has been exploited since ancient Rome. Diocletian's Palace in Split was built from Brac stone and it is still used in the construction of buildings as far afield as Europe and north America.
The two main resorts are
For a quiet holiday, try the little coastal villages of
One nice way to discover the island is to take one of the walking tours offered by a local couple, Vic and Angela, at Footsteps in Croatia.
Without your own wheels it is only slightly inconvenient to get around Brac as there are regular bus services to all parts of the island. Note that all services begin or end in Supetar however. If your plan is to go from Milna to Bol for example, you'll have to go to Supetar first.
The bus company that handles the routes is Autotrans and you can book online.
From May to October Croatia Airlines runs twice weekly flights from Zagreb to Brac airport. Currently the airport is only able to handle planes of up to 100 passengers but an expansion is underway that will greatly increase capacity.
By car ferry
There are at least a dozen Jadrolinija car ferries a day from Split to Supetar (50 minutes) in summer, less at other times of year. See the Split-Supetar ferry timetable. There are also regular daily ferries from Makarska to Sumartin. See the ferry schedule.
Coming from Makarska by car, you can take one of the frequent Jadrolinija car ferry shuttles to Sumartin. Foot passengers are welcome but check the bus schedule carefully (see below) as you could wait a while in Sumartin for the next bus across the island. Most car rental companies have outlets in Makarska. See more.
By passenger ferry
There's a year-round passenger ferry from Split to Bol that goes on to Jelsa on Hvar Island. See the schedule. In the summer there are regular catamarans from Split to Milna that go on to Hvar, Korcula, Mljet and Dubrovnik. See the Split-Milna-Hvar-Korcula-Dubrovnik catamaran schedule.
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