Brač Island Holiday Villas

Brač Island is the largest island in Dalmatia, containing twenty-two villages and at its highest peak is Vidova Gora which is 778 meters above sea level. It is anchored in the heart of the central Dalmatian islands and is at the intersection of many sea routes including the Brač channel, the gate of Split and Hvar channel.

As well as being the largest of all the islands in Croatia, the island prides itself on its diversity. Brač is the island of stone that has been used for centuries to create Bol I, Author Marko Kapitanoviå source Tourist Board Split.-dalm. countyarchitectural masterpieces such as temples, homes and even the Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The island is known for its olives, wine, sheep and goats which produce the finest of cheeses which you are sure to sample if you visit the fine island of Brač.

Brač is a top fishing and maritime island, but also has one of the cleanest seas making a visit to the beach a must on your holiday. It is the top destination amongst visitors, with an abundance of Croatia holiday villas as well as plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Brač is home to plenty of cycling, walking and hiking trails for those seeking a more active holiday, or you can brave the Vidova Gora which offers the best views of the island. Alternatively, you can visit the vineyards and olive groves to sample Brač’s homemade specialities.

If you prefer the sea, this rich island has two completely different coasts. The south-west coast is adorned by the deep and sheltered bays that attract hundreds of sailboats, motorboats and yachts, while the north coast is the most populated part of the island. For beach lovers, the best place to visit is Bol, which boasts the world famous beach, Zlatni Rat. With white sandy beaches and clear water, it’s not hard to see why this is often rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Brač is rich with things to offer on your Croatian holiday and an island that is well worth spending the time on. Explore our range of villas in Croatia below, or visit our guide’s below where you can learn more about the wonderful island of Brač.

There has been evidence found to indicate that the history of Brač dates back to the Paleolithic. This was found in the Kopacina cave, between
Supetar and Donji Humac, where archaeologists have confirmed the existence of human communities. Illyrians inhabited the island in the Bronze and Iron Age, leaving behind many historic ruins which make up many of the historical sights. The first name that was given to Brač Island, by Illyrians, was Brentista Elaphus meaning deer.

9 AD marked the founding of the Roman province of Dalmatia, Salona became the main hub of activity and generally, no larger villages and towns were founded. Although Brač seemed to escape Roman rule, there is still evidence of the Roman presence including presses for wine and oil and remains of the ports such as Split, Bol and bay Lovrečina.

Starting in the 12th century, Brač played host to multiple rulers, from Venetians to Hungarians until finally settling in 1420 to the Venetian Republic, which started its long-term administration.

During the Turkish invasion in the 16th century, Brač became a refuge for entire communities that were escaping from the Ottoman Empire. They Ložišće Bračleft many traces of their heritage on the island, including the Blaca hermitage and Dragons Cave, both believed to be the work of Glagolitic
monks.

From the late 18th century to the present Brač was under the French, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Yugoslavia until the creating the Croatian Republic.

 

Although the gastronomy on Brač Island is made up mainly of seafood due to their proximity to a rich sea, it is most known for is its lamb. Lamb which is not yet fed on grass but its mother’s milk is famous on the island of Brač and has been used in meals since ancient times. Vitalac which is lamb offal stacked on a thin skewer and rotated on coals, Butalac which is stuffed lamb rubbed with aromatic herbs and splashed with wine and also Tingul which is stewed lamb.

We recommend you try an assortment of food that often appears on Brač tables such as fazoli, chickpeas, peas or beans, harvested with pasta, smoked meat and bacon or meat.

olive-oil-968657_1920Like other Dalmatian Islands, Brač has an abundance of rich olive groves that provide a high-quality oil. One we highly recommend is the Orvas olive oil, extra virgin which is obtained from hand-picked olives and tastes like fruit, but it is also bitter and spicy.

We also recommend hrapoćuša, or Dol Cake, a cake full of ground almonds and caramelised walnuts that are named after the rocky caves found in the village. Procip is a fresh cheese that is cut into slices and baked in caramelised sugar.
If drinking is more your thing, then you must taste Smutica which is a delicious beverage made from 1/5 red wine and 4/5 fresh goat milk which was said to have been recommended by Hippocrates. Like many of the speciality recipes on Brač Island, it has remained preserved from ancient times until today.

You are sure to feel like a local and enjoy the cultural delicacies that this rich island has to offer. View our Brač blog post here to see why you should visit this wonderful island on your Croatian holiday.

Because of its diverse natural environment and rich heritage, Brač has a lot to offer to its visitors.pustinja-blaca-brac-optimizirano-za-web-sergio-gobbo

Desert Blaca – Blaca
hermitage is a monument of exceptional value,
founded in the 16th century by Glagolitic monks who were escaping from the Turks.  It is a truly historic marvel that was cared for by monks for over 400 years and something you must see on your visit to Brač.

Dragon Cave – Again created in the 16th century by Glagolitic monks, Dragon’s Cave or Zmajeva spiljais a bit harder to get to and only really possible with a guide and those willing to partake in a tough hike. The cave itself is named of the carvings on the wall made up of angels, something and dragons which make for a fascinating spiritual experience.

Dol Village – Dol is a village of authentic Brač heritage and spirit. The rough stone, rich forest and unique architecture are what make this small village a delight for someone wishing to find true Croatian culture. The friendly locals live off the land and it is the place to visit for true cuisines such as lamb, wine and fresh olive oil.

Brač’s quarries – Brač is an island famous for its masonry and the beautiful white stone which has helped build many powerful buildings such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the ancient city of Salon, parliament buildings and even the White House. You don’t have to look far to find the white stone, but the ancient Roman quarries such as Rasohe show the remains of the ancient work that went into buildings such as Diocletian’s Palace.


Vidova Gora
 – this is the highest peak on the island and worth a trek to see the magnificent views of Brač as well as the surrounding islands.
Whether you choose to hike to the highest point or stop further down, you will not be disappointed with the view.

The Island Of Brač Museum – The Brač Museum is convenientlyvidova gora located in Škrip, the oldest settlement on the island, where visitors can see traces of Illyrian, Roman and Croatian culture.

Stonemasonry School – Brač is known for its stone and the ancient practice of stonemasonry, so much so that there is a school dedicated to the trade. During the school year, you can visit it and see the students how they create new works.

Kopačina Cave – this is the most interesting prehistoric site where archaeologists found the oldest traces of the people on the island. It dates back to the Bronze Age.

 

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