Top 5 reasons to visit Island Brač
Island hopping is one of the best things you can do while visiting Croatian.
But with highly indented coast enriched with more than 1000 islands, it is hard to decide which island to visit. Although you can't go wrong with visiting any Croatian island, today we decided to introduce you with one of the most beautiful Croatian islands, Island of Brač.
Located in the central Dalmatia with a surface of almost 400 km2, Brač is the largest island in Dalmatia and third largest island in Croatia. With limited time at your disposal while on holidays you are probably thinking is Brač worth visiting? Well, here are the island's highlights and you decide for yourself.
First on our list is the magnificent Golden Horn (Zlatni rat) beach, often presented as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. This 1 km long beach is made of smooth white pebbles with an elegant hornlike tip that is constantly shuffled by the wind and waves. Because of its rare beauty, this is a protected natural area and a perfect spot for surfers and divers from around the globe. If you don't feel adventurous, you can always laze all day under the deep shade of pine wood surrounding the beach.
Next on our list is stone! Yes, the stone is something that this island is widely known for. The island's quarry is located in the small town Pučišća, where white gold has been feeding local families for centuries. Be sure to visit the Sculpting Academy, one of the few stone masonry schools in Europe and a place of the finest craftsmanship. The academy was founded in 1909, conveying the love of stone masonry from generation to generation. Fun fact: stone from Brač was used to build Diocletian's Palace in Split, the cathedral in Šibenik, the parliaments in Vienna and Budapest, and even the White House in Washington.
From white gold to liquid gold. Next on our list is island's top-notch olive oil. Olives have been grown on the island ever since the Roman occupation of the area, and there are over half a million olive trees here today. Visit Museum of Olive Oil, located in the village Škrip, the oldest settlement on the island, and find out why Dalmatia extra virgin olive oil is considered one of the best in the world.
Enough with gastronomy, let's talk about nature! Next on our list is Vidova Gora. With its 800 metres high peak, Vidova Gora makes Brač the highest Adriatic Island. It's possible to drive up the mountain, but if you’re feeling adventurous then give the hike a go. Once you get up there, you will be swept away by incredible panoramas. Besides the stunning views, here you can also explore the ruins of the small church of St. Vid, by which the mount got its name.
Last on our list is the desert. Yes, the desert, known as Blaca hermitage or Blaca monastery, situated on the eastern slope of the valley, between Bol and Milna on the southern part of the island of Brač. It was established in the 16th century by two Glagolitic priests as a spiritual place, a place for cultivating olive oil and vineyards as well as a private astronomical observatory. Today, the monastery has been converted into a museum, and it exhibits rich inventory that includes paintings, clocks – which show time according to worlds famous observatories, and incredible 11,000 books form the monastic library. Besides the enormous heritage, Blaca hermitage will sweep you away with a jaw-dropping desert wilderness.
We hope this post put a little light on why you should visit this beautiful island, and that you will have an incredible time in Croatia wherever you choose to go! Bon voyage!
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