Brač is an island in the Adriatic Sea within Croatia, with an area of 396 square kilometres (153 sq mi), making it the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest in the Adriatic. It is separated from the mainland by the Brač Channel, which is 5 to 13 km (3 to 8 mi) wide. The island’s tallest peak, Vidova gora, or Mount St. Vid, stands at 780 m, making it the highest island point in the Adriatic. The island has a population of 13,956, living in numerous settlements, ranging from the main town Supetar, with more than 3,300 inhabitants, Milna and Bol, which is the oldest settlement on Brač island.
Supetar is a real island town and the biggest Brač’s village. A real heart of the island located in its northern part. It is also an excellent starting point for exploring this beautiful, diverse and very interesting island. Supetar is also administrative, cultural, economic and touristic centre and has a very good ferryboat connection with Split.
Milna lies on the west coast of Brač island. The hospitable bays of Milna are glad to see the anchorages of almost all sailors navigating the Central Dalmatian aquatorium. Today, Milna is still considered the most beautiful and protected Brač harbor. With three well-equipped marinas, Milna will satisfy even the needs of most demanding boaters.
Bol is the largest tourist center on the island. Located at the south side of the island, Bol has wonderful beaches (Zlatni Rat is the most famous, and apparently the most photographed beach in Croatia), good restaurants, lots of accommodation choices (particularly hotels), beautiful winery, and just so many things to do.
Zlatni rat beach (Golden Horn or Golden Cape) is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean and thanks to its particular shape it is also one of the most exceptional beaches in the world. Many world famous business and travel magazines like the New York Times, National Geographic, the Insider Travel listed it many times in their articles as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Zlatni rat’s elegance and appeal have made it the symbol of both the town of Bol and Croatia and it is protected by the government of Croatia as a geo-morphological monument. But it is not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. It is surrounded by the crystal clear sea that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just 10 to 20 meters and it is bordered by decades-old pine trees, planted by the locals to create some natural shade.
Transport on the Brač island: Car ferries connecting the island with the mainland depart daily from Split and Makarska. The one-way ticket from Split to Supetar, for two adults and a car, costs 230 Kn. There is also a year round catamaran line connecting island with Split, and with the island of Hvar.
There is a small airport on the island of Brač, mostly used by charter planes. There is a regular charter from Vienna to Brač during summer months. Autotrans is the main bus operator on the island. All villages on the island have a direct bus to Supetar, but the buses between other villages on the island are not always direct. Buses have different schedule for summer and winter. Detailed timetable you can find at Autotrans Website. One-way ticket from Supetar to Bol costs 40 Kn.
Accommodation on the Brac Island: The best accommodation choice on the island of Brac you’ll find in Bol: from large hotel complexes, small family run B&Bs, to apartment rentals, and campsites, Bol has you covered. The other villages lack large hotels (not necessarily a bad thing), and accommodation offer is mostly based on private apartments and rooms. The prices vary according to the season, location, and type of accommodation.
Best time to visit the Brac Island is from June through September. During this time, the ferry service is frequent, all activities and facilities are open and running, the weather is nice, and the sea is warm. August is the busiest month, and you can expect ferry queues, high accommodation prices, and generally very crowded popular beaches. So if you can avoid August, it’s perhaps a good thing to do.