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Brac Holidays

Nestled between the mainland and the neighbouring islands of Hvar and Solta is the enchanting island of Brac.

Holiday makers love its wonderful beaches, magnificent scenery and pretty seaside villages. Brac is Croatia’s largest island and the perfect destination for families and couples wanting to soak up the best the country has to offer. Brac offers a diverse landscape including pine-scented forests, crystal clear waters and rocky cliffs. The attractive town of Bol offers a livelier base including the famous Zlatni Rat beach, whilst the quaint village of Supetar is the perfect place to relax.

 

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Getting to Brac - Fly from London and all main regional airports from the UK to Split Airport (SPU). Flight time is typically 2hrs 15 mins to 3 hrs. To get to Brac you need to firstly take a transfer to Split Port which takes around 30 minutes. For Supetar take the ferry which takes 50 minutes and for Bol the catamaran takes just over 1 hour.

 

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When to go - Brac offers a warm climate and enjoyed throughout the summer period. The shoulder months of April, May, early June, late September and October offer cheaper accommodation and lesser crowds. 

 

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Getting around - Wherever you are staying the hotels are all within walking distance to the main sights and nearby restaurants of each town. Brac has an excellent local bus network enabling you to explore the island. To fully explore the island why not hire a car?

 

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Weather - The months of June, July and August are hot and usually hit 30 degrees. Early April and October is generally around 20 degrees.

 

It is possible for each one of our holidays to Croatia to be tailored to your needs. Below you'll find a number of our popular itineraries that incorporate Brac Island. You can tailor your holiday to suit you, such as the duration, preferred hotel and board. If you can't find the right holiday, feel free to contact us and one of our travel consultants will be in touch.

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Brac

Split and Brac Twin Centre

4 star: 7 nights from £659 pp

4 star: 10 nights from £809 pp

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Hvar

Brac, Split, and Hvar Multi Centre

4 star: 10 nights from £889 pp

4 star: 14 nights from £1199 pp

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Supetar, Brac

Supetar: The altogether quieter affair of Supetar, is one of the region’s best kept secrets. A quick 50 minute ferry ride from Split and you’ll be immersed in typical Croatia: olive groves, orchards, pine woods and an unforgettable coastline. Kick back and enjoy the relaxed way of life. The harbour is delightfully attractive whilst the medieval streets add atmosphere. A number of excellent beaches are within close proximity to Supetar as well. Given that Supetar is only a short hop from Split you’ll be spoilt for choice on how to spend your time.

 

Bol, Brac

Bol: The beautiful town of Bol is one of the focal points on Brac and is considered to be one of the Adriatic’s most charming spots. Atmosphere oozes from the maze of streets and alleyways and stunning architecture including the Dominican Monastery and Museum. It’s enhanced by a marble-paved promenade, fringed with subtropical gardens. Bol is of course famous for another reason: Zlatni Rat beach. A stretch of smooth white pebbles extends for about 500m with pine trees providing shade and rocky cliffs rising sharply behind the beach. Regular buses depart from Supetar to Bol.

 

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Explore the Island: The island boasts an array of stunning villages including Postira, Pucisca and Lovrecina, offering tranquil retreats amidst beautiful historical settings. These charming spots are just waiting to be explored, adding that extra little something to an already perfect escape. It’s easy to get to these little havens from Supetar, as all buses on Brac start and end in Supetar and are operated by Autotrans.

 

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Be active: Brac is an excellent location for outdoor types, with an abundance of marked hiking and biking trails which weave around the island. Take the 2 hour trail up to Vidova Gora mountain peak and you will be rewarded by breath-taking views of the Island and its near neighbours. For water lovers, Bol is celebrated as the best spot for wind-surfing, while at Potocine beach, kayaking and diving are popular.

 

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Split: The bustling city of Split is only an hour away and makes for a great day out from Hvar Explore the UNESCO Protected Diocletian Roman Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in existence. It is a maze of delightful restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and ancient churches.To get to Split from Supetar, there are around 12 ferries per day in the summer, taking 50 minutes or you can visit on an organised excursion. Find more information about Split here.

hvar island

Hvar Island: Regularly voted as one of the top islands to visit in Europe, the fantastic Hvar Town is the place to go, medieval walls surround the beautifully ornamented gothic palaces on the winding stone streets, while in the bay, luxury yachts dock near the stylish bars and cafes. Visit the Pakleni Islands, the archipelago just in front of the Hvar Town for some downtime in the sun. Connections from Brac to Hvar aren’t great for day trips, so you’d have to take the ferry to Split and then the catamaran down to Hvar Town or visit as part of an excursions. Find more information about Hvar here.

makarska

Makarska: Located on a horseshoe-shaped bay, the pretty town of Makarska is, not surprisingly, the larges on the Riviera. Her you will find a 500 year old Franciscan monastery, which amongst other things boasts a picture gallery and a library. Makarska also boasts picturesque beaches as well as many cafes, bars and pastry shops. Find more information about Makarska here.

Korcula

Korcula: Renowned for being the reputed birthplace of Marco Polo, Korcula offers a rich history and excellent beaches. Its fascinating Old Town is of course a little smaller than Dubrovnik’s but is still a wonderful place to explore. You can easily get to Korcula from Bol, Brac, by catamaran which takes around 1hr 50mins. The catamarans run every day between June and September. Find more information about Korcula here.

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What is better Hvar or Brac?

Both Hvar and Brac are superb destinations. Each have their own merits. Brac has more to see as there's a wide variety of delightful towns and villages dotted around its coast, including Bol, Supetar, Sutivan, Pucisca, Milna, Postira and Sumartin, whilst visitors generally are drawn towards Hvar Town and Stari Grad. Brac is better value for money in terms of accommodation and also has the better beaches (Zlatni Rat in Bol being the most famous one. Hvar on the other hand offers more of a vibrant atmosphere and great for both younger visitors. Hvar is also an excellent base for day trips including Split, Bol on Brac and Korcula, with easy access in the summer by public ferry.


How many days do you need in Brac island?

We recommend at least 4 nights on Brac allowing you to explore more than just the town you're in but also giving you plenty of time to relax and unwind. You can certainly stay on the island for longer if you're looking to truly chill. Or on the otherhand if you're staying in other locations such as Hvar and Split, a day trip would be a fine way as an introduction to Brac Island.


How do you get to Brac island?

Brac is probably one of the most accessible islands in Croatia. There's four main ways of getting the island:

  1. Car ferry from Split to Supetar: a regular car ferry operated by Jadrolinija connects Split and Supetar throughout the day, with up to 14 crossings in the summer season. You can travel as a foot passenger or with your car and is very good value for money. Each ferry takes 50 minutes. Note that with all car ferries in Croatia it's based on a first come first serve basis, i.e. your ticket does not allow for a specific departure, therefore in the summer season if you must take a specific ferry you need to arrive a good hour before it departs
     
  2. Car ferry from Makarska to Sumartin: If you're coming from the mainland south of Split, another connection to Brac island is the Jadrolinija ferry from Makarska to Sumartin, a lovely little town on the east coast of Brac. Ferries take 60 minutes and departs up to 5 times a day in the summer. 
     
  3. Fast Ferry (catamaran) from nearby islands to Milna. Between April and October the Krilo Kapetan Luka ferry service connects Split and Dubrovnik and various islands in between, including Brac. The passenger only ferry (capacity of around 300 people) starts in Split at around 7:40am and stops at Milna (west coast of Brac), Hvar, Korcula and Mljet, arriving into Dubrovnik at around midday. It then departs Dubrovnik again at around 4pm on its way back to Split.
     
  4. Fast Ferry (catamaran) from nearby islands to Bol. Between June and September, a very similar ferry service to the above Krilo one, connects Split and Dubrovnik and islands inbetween. This is operated by Jadrolinija and departs Dubrovnik at around 7:00am. It is a slower service than the Krilo one as it takes around 4.5 hours to get to Bol. One important connect it does offer is from Korcula (2 hours 25 minutes) and Hvar (50 minutes) to Bol, vital for those wanting to experience one of our Croatia Island Hopping Holidays
     
  5. Ferry from Jelsa (Hvar) to Bol to Split. Jadrolinija operates this fast 20 minute catamaran ferry service once a day departing from Jelsa at 6am then makes its way to Split. This is a vital service for visitors needing to get to Split early morning, perhaps wanting to catch their flight.

Do you need a car on Brac island?

This really depends on what you are wanting to do whilst on the island. Getting to Brac is very easy without a car, by ferry (see above) if you're either coming from the mainland or another island. If you're wanting to explore the island's many stunning coastal towns and villages then car if probably the easiest method. You can easily hire one for the day from Bolm, Supetar and other locations. A number of companies also offer tours of Brac. Buses also offer connections (see below).


Are there buses on Brac island?

Yes there are. A number of services connect Supetar in the north with the other towns and villages on Brac. Buses are operated by Arriva.

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