Airport and transport – a catamaran (from Bol and Milna) and a ferry (from Supetar) to Split (around 15 km) and Makarska (around 10 km); Airports on Brac and Split; regular bus connections between all the villages of the island.
History – archaeological findings from the Paleolithic; in the Bronze Age and Iron Age, Illyrian tribes populated the inner parts of the island; quality of stone from the island was recognized by Romans already in 3rd century and transported for the construction of the Diocletian’s Palace in Split; the parish court (in Pucisca) keep the famous Povaljska listina (13th century; the oldest preserved document written in Croatian Cyrillic on Croatian language); in 1516 the first private school on the island was established in Pucisca.
Interesting to see: early Christian mosaics (Supetar; 6th century); church of St. Luke (Supetar; 11th-12th century); church of Mary Annunciation (Supetar; 18th century); remains of the biggest Christian Basilica on the island (Povlja; 5th-6th century); church of St. Jerolim (Pucisca; 16th century); church of St. Ciprian (Gornji Humac; 11th century); church of St. Ante (Gornji Humac; 15th century); church of Blessed Virgin Mary (Stomorna; 13th century); house-fortress of Jakov Natalis-Bozicevic (Sutivan; 16th century); the castle Kastil Marijanovic (Sutivan; 17th century); summer cottage of Kavanjin with a baroque garden (Sutivan; 17th century); church of St. Ivan and St. Tudor (Bol; 11th century); the residence of the bishop (Bol; 12th century); church Madonna of Graces (Bol; 15th-17th century); the fortified gothic summer palace (Bol; 15th-16th century); Dominican Monastery (Bol; 16th century); the renaissance and baroque palace (Bol; 17th century); church Madonna of Karmel (Bol; 18th century); ruins of a large early Christian basilica (Postira; 5th-6th century); the parish church (Postira; 16th century); baroque church (Milna; 18th century with the most beautiful altar on the island).
Info – the third biggest islands on Croatian coast; coastline 180 km; 22 settlements; 13 125 inhabitants; highest peak Mount of St. Vid, 778 m (makes it the highest island in the Adriatic Sea); more than 2700 hours of sunshine per year (one of the sunniest islands of Croatia); beginnings of organized tourism started in 1923 in Bol; famous quarries of the island of Brac have been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries (Romans used it to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia; stone was used in the construction of the White House (in Washington, D.C., USA) and Diocletian’s Palace in Split).
Happenings: Cultural Summer-festival (concerts of classical, pop and jazz music, performance of klapa (traditional a-capella music), exhibitions, well-known guest theatres, lectures, promotion of books, literature evenings, and various sports-events); International Summer Music-school; Summer Music-festival.
Where to go out: excellent restaurants, taverns, coffee bars, cake-shops, discotheques.
Inevitable to see: the Park of nature Sutivan; Blaca Desert (once a famous Glagolitic place; elevated along high, steep cliff); Dragon’s cave and its reliefs (in Murvice; the first-class monument of the cave monastery life of Glagolitic priests in the 15th century); Stone-mason school; Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn; in Bol; gravelly pebbled beach; the most beautiful in Croatia; total length of some 15 km; a unique phenomenon; stretches into the open sea in the shape of a tongue, with its tip changing the form and side, according to the direction of winds, waves and gentle sea currents; a rumor has it that this is the only beach in the world that runs vertical to the coast).
Inevitable to taste: the Brac lambs that have not yet tasted grass; local specialties (vitalac; butalac; janjeci tingul; lamb in “teca”); exquisite wines of Brac (the famous “Bolski Plavac”); Dalmatian prosciutto; Brac cheese; Procip (made of fresh cheese, not older than 24 hours, which is cut into slices and baked in caramelized sugar); a traditional drink smutica (4/5 of fresh goat’s milk and 1/5 of red wine; legend tells that it was recommended by Hippocrates himself); olive oil (the biggest producer in Dalmatia).
Good to know: Brac is famous for its excellent local stone (many palaces throughout the world have been built with the local stone from the renaissance age until today; e.g. White House (in Washington, D.C., USA); the first monument in the world dedicated to Russian writer Lav Tolstoj was established in Selca in 1911; poisonous snake (the ashen horned viper); Brač produces about half of the Dalmatian olive oil production.