Interesting Things To See & Do In Brac

Brac not only boasts unspoiled nature but it has a very interesting history. The island is mostly made up of limestone, something that's shaped the economy and history. It's world famous for its stone quarries, some of which were used to build the White House in Washington, DC, the Parliament House in Budapest and Vienna, and Diocletian's Palace in Split. Most visitors come to enjoy the mouthwatering cuisine and timeless beauty, including one of the most beautiful beaches not only in the country but all of Europe. But we'll reveal all the details to help you make the most of your Croatia holiday, and your time here, in this guide to the most interesting things to see and do in Brac. 
View from Vidova Gora on Brac Island

Hike the Island’s Trails

There are miles and miles of scenic trails on Brac, including routes that will bring you to the top of Vidova Gora, the highest mountain of all the islands in the Adriatic at 2,553 feet above sea level. From the summit, soak up awe-inspiring views of the town of Bol, the Golden Cape, and the nearby islands of Hvar and Vis. It’s not a difficult trek and covers just over three miles, taking from 90 minutes to two hours to complete. The hike from Bol to Blaca will take you to an ancient monastery in less than an hour. Along the way, enjoy beautiful scenery that includes pine forests stunningly contrasted against a brilliant blue backdrop of the sea.

View of Zlatni Rat Beach in Brac

Go Beach Hopping

Beach hopping is a great way to explore Brac’s gorgeous beaches, including one that’s named among the best in Europe, Zlatni Rat. A Blue Flag beach also known as the Golden Horn for its unique shape, it’s a must-visit. The third-of-a-mile stretch is surrounded by dreamy blue waters on three sides, jutting out into the Adriatic. Lovrecina is an idyllic sandy beach near the charming town of Positra, nestled in a deep bay and surrounded by pine forest, providing natural shade for hot summer days. You can visit four beaches that sit close to each other near Milna town, including Maslinova, Osibova, Lucice, and Pasikova. The aquamarine water is crystal clear and calm, particularly ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Brac Vineyard

Sample Wine at Local Vineyards

A Croatia holiday wouldn’t be complete without wine tasting, provided you imbibe. The country produces some outstanding vintages, including some made right in Brac, bringing the opportunity to tour, taste, and meet the winemakers at family-run wineries. That includes Stina Winery, taking its inspiration from Stina, the island’s unique white stone. Located along Bol’s seafront, it dates back more than a century – in fact, its top-quality wine was recognized at an international wine exhibition in Paris in 1909, delivering Stina its first gold medal. One of the most interesting things to see and do in Brac, you’ll learn about the varieties and production methods, followed by a tasting alongside delicious local bites like sheep’s milk cheese and breadsticks with olive oil.

Olive oil press

Visit the Olive Oil Museum

Another one of the products made in Brac is olive oil. If you have any interest, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Olive Oil Museum. Located in the small village of Skrip, the island’s oldest settlement, you’ll learn all about the history and traditional techniques of olive oil production, dating back to 1864 when the Krstulovc family founded the oilery here. An olive press, an olive mill, traditional tools, storage items, and other equipment used in production are displayed along with paintings and sculptures focused on workers in the oilery. Visitors can also enjoy tastings and purchase olive oil and other local food products like fig or orange jam, salted olives, Brac cheese, and Dalmatian smoked prosciutto.

Croatian seafood and wine

Dine on Local Cuisine

Whilst in Brac, you’ll want to dine on local cuisine with many enticing dishes served throughout the island. Olive oil is featured in many but when dining in one of the local restaurants, you might want to start with the fish soup, ragu brodet. Once considered to be a food for the poor, today it’s commonly served with polenta and considered a gourmet treat, made with fresh stewed seafood and fish, vegetables, spices, wine, and olive oil. For your main course, consider going for the highly recommended exotic delicacy called black risotto, which is made with seafood and squid ink. For dessert, indulge in the traditional cake, Hrapoćuša, known as the “sweet aphrodisiac of Brac.”

Mountain biker in Croatia

Mountain Bike to Vidova Gora

While a hike to Vidova Gora is one of the most popular and interesting things to see and do in Brac, it’s also possible to pedal to the top on a mountain bike. You can hire a bike or join a mountain biking tour to reach to the highest peak in the Dalmatian Islands. There are tours that will ease the pain of the ascent with a transfer by van to the top. Once there, enjoy time to capture photos and take in the panoramic views. Afterward, it’s an easy downhill ride down to Nerezisce on your mountain bike, with the bike, helmet, and gloves included. From there, many continue to the village of Donji Humacwhich has a stonework gallery.

Kite surfing Brac

Experience Watersports

With its crystal-clear blue surrounding sea, Brac offers a wealth of watersports. You might join a kayaking tour that will take you along the north-west coast to paddle out to hidden beaches and alluring bays, perhaps witnessing one of the few shipwrecks in the Mediterranean and an old stone structure that was used to burn limestone into quicklime. The beaches near Milna town are known for calm water with outstanding visibility that’s outstanding for scuba diving. Windsurfing is possible too, even if you aren’t experienced with instructors that can help you learn how to get out on the water in the wind and have a great time. Kitesurfing is especially popular at Zlatni Rat, with many kite schools nearby offering instruction.

Brac Stonemason School

Visit Pucisca Stonemasonry School

Last but certainly not least, visiting the Pucisca Stonemasonry School may be number one when it comes to the most interesting things to see and do in Brac during your Croatia holiday. Set in a grand building that overlooks a beautiful bay in Pucisca, it’s one of just three schools in Europe still teaching manual stone carving techniques. Open to the public for visits during the summer, learn all about its famous stone, including how architecture, statues, and other works are made from it. Viewing the exhibits that include works made by the aspiring stonemason students is often cited as the highlight of a visit to the school which has become somewhat of a cultural centre on the island.

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