Brac

Island Brac, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, the third largest among the Adriatic islands; area 394.57 sq km; population 13,824. It is separated from the mainland by the Brac Channel, from the island of Solta by the so-called Splitska Vrata (Split Gate) and from the Island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel.

The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus' Mount) (778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands.
The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and on the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar).

The island landscape is dominated by a karst limestone relief, with numerous gullies, crevices, cavities, round valleys and coves. Milder forms of the relief, with brown Primorje soils (the most fertile on the island), are found mostly in the interior (especially between Lozisca and Nerezisca, as well as between Selca, Novo Selo and Sumartin).

Composed primarily of limestone and dolomite, the quarries of the island of Brac have been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. The old Romans have known its quality and used this very stone to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia.

There are no surface water streams on the island. Permanent water sources are provided only around Bol. Higher parts of the island (above 400 m) are at some places covered with black and Aleppo pine forests; larger or smaller forests of Aleppo pine are found around all coastal towns and villages; dominant are dense evergreen underbrush (macchia) and rocky ground.

The largest places are Pucisca and Supetar. Major farming products are olive oil, wine and fruit (sour cherries and almonds); chief occupations include also livestock breeding and fishing. Fish canneries are located in Postira and Milna.

Major quarries, where the famous Brac building stone is excavated, are located near Pucisca, Selca, Postira, Splitska and Donji Humac (this kind of building stone was used in the construction of the White House in Washington and the Palace of Diocletian in Split).

A road network has been constructed throughout the island; ferry lines Split - Supetar, Makarska - Sumartin; ship lines with Supetar and Bol. Airport 'Brac' (for smaller aircraft) is located above Bol.
We invite you to explore this unique island that offers everything one needs for an unforgettable holiday in an unspoiled natural enviroment.

Rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea, high quality accommodation in private facilities and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of a holiday you will always remember.

CULTURE

Island Brac:
- Zlatni Rat Beach – The Caribbean-like beach of the Adriatic on the island of Brač
- Blaca Desert, Brač – The stone fortress was built by local priests and there is a cave nearby. It lies on a rather inaccessible part of the island
- Škrip, Brač – is the oldest settlement on the island of Brač, where the Brač island Museum is located

GASTRONOMY

Besides standard Dalmatian dishes, Brac has many of its own culinary specialities.
The Brac lambs that have not yet tasted grass, only their mother's milk are well known from ancient times; vitalac is particularly appreciated by gourmets - lamb' s offal (liver, milt, heart, lungs) skewered and wrapped in lamb's sheath.
After turning them on live coals, the sticks are wrapped in lamb's intestines and then turned for another hour. Vitalac is then cut and eaten while the diners wait for the whole lamb to be baked. Another speciality is butalac - stuffed lamb's leg rubbed down with scented grass and splashed with wine or prosecco; also janjeci tingul (stewed lamb), lamb in "teca" (saucepan) and cooked.

Brac cheese is also quite famous including procip. Procip is made of fresh cheese (not older than 24 hours.) which is cut into slices and baked in caramelized sugar.

A traditional and invigorating drink is smutica -made of 4/5 of fresh goat's milk and 1/5 of red wine; legend tells that it was recommended by .Hippocrates himself. Its tasfeand colour are unforgettable.

EXCURSIONS

- Boat trips and panoramic flights over the islands and to the islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis

- The Blue Cave, Biševo near the Vis island – a rare natural phenomenon created by sun rays that enter the cave and colour it in silver-blue during sunny days from 10.30 till 11.30 and create unique and spectacular colour sights

- Dubrovnik – This old city surrounded by thick walls and towers, reminds us of a precious jewel surrounded by the sea. Dubrovnik is also a treasury of wonderful architectural wonders and numerous works of art preserved through centuries.

- Split – Visit the 1700-year-old Roman palace, the only still inhabited palace in the world.