Hidden Gems of Brac
Hidden Gems of Brac
For a number of years, I have heard too much about Croatia. The country is famed for her warm weather, beautiful mountains, and wonderful islands have always been marketed as the best for any holidaymaker seeking for the finest experience ever. I decided to visit Croatia in June, with a specific interest in the Island Brac, which is not very far from Split. I wanted to take full advantage of the few days I had and decided to rent a boat from a Croatian charter and sail to Brac on my own. As I approached this third largest island in Croatia, the eye-catching beauty was irresistible with Vidova Gora, the highest peak being visible from far.
I arrived in Brac on a Wednesday and docked on the fishing village of Sumartin, located on the eastern side of Brac. This is the main entry point and saying it’s beautiful and quiet would be an understatement. Upon arrival, I decided to visit the Franciscan Monastery where some interesting flamboyant paintings and writings done in Bosancica alphabet dating back to 17th and 18th century are housed. As a lover of art, I could not have enough of this place but had to keep moving.
I decided to rest a bit before exploring the beaches which are fantastic and really attractive. Brac Island has some of the most attractive beaches in Croatia and these have always been a major point of attraction for many people who choose the island over many others. I headed towards to southern slopes where some of the best beaches are hidden. I didn’t want to do much on the first day but my goal was to map the area to help me decide on how I would spend my days.
On my second day, I headed towards Zlatni Rat beach, one of the best beaches not only in Brac but in Croatia. I spent a few hours in this beach swimming and basking under the blue skies. It is hard to get enough of this picturesque beach, one of the most photographed places in Croatia. Later in the afternoon, I took a walk in Bol to sample the wonderful wine on offer here. Everything about this place was fantastic and the wine and foods sumptuous.
Before calling it a day, I visited Povlja, a small village east of Sumartin. The seafront here is lined with stone houses with the parish church rising above the picturesque village. From Sumartin, I could enjoy the beautiful views of Biokovo Mountain and the mainland. This was a great place for me to swim, unwind and enjoy a few water sports. I also had an opportunity to visit other amazing villages and mingle with the locals as well as other tourists who flock this place between June and September. Some of the villages I visited include Splitska, Postira, Milna and Supetar.
Having a rental boat also made it easy for me to visit some of the most spectacular beaches in Brac including Lovrecine, Murvica, Osibova Bay, and Vela Farska. I could not conclude my visit without visiting Nerezisca, where a 200 year old tree has been grown right through one of the famous churches here. I was also able to interact with friendly and hard working locals, something that made my experience memorable. Although there are ferries sailing between Split and Brac, I found having a rental boat to be amazing as it gave me the opportunity to connect between different locations with ease and at my own pace. I sailed back to Split after three days refreshed and with a story to tell. Brac is definitely a hidden gem of Croatia, a must-visit if you are looking for some tranquil moments.
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