Visit the island of Brac on your Croatia charter, best known for the white-pebble beach Zlatni Rat
As the largest of the Central Dalmatia islands, Island Brac floats seemingly aimlessly away from mainland Croatia and some of its neighboring islands; separated from the mainland, Solta and Island Hvar by the Brac Channel, Splitska Vrata and the Hvar Channel, respectively.
With its sparkling limestone coast and towering Vidova Gora, the highest mountain peak in all of Croatia, Island Brac boasts a diverse natural landscape, one covered with coves, valleys, gullies and more.
Dating back to prehistoric times, Island Brac offers curious yacht charter guests a chance to experience Croatia’s most authentic cuisine, aquamarine waters, friendly locals and cultural traditions. A place unlike any other, Island Brac invites yacht charter guests to the island to explore its hidden beaches and idyllic views; just two of the many enchanting elements of Croatia’s Island Brac.
Things to Do and See in Brac
Built on the remains of an Episcopal palace in the heart of Bol, Island Brac’s Dominican Monastery was one of the area’s first examples of early Christian architecture. Wander through its halls, and visitors will find a picturesque garden and the monastery’s very own art gallery, complete with paintings like “Madona with Child and Saints” by Tintoretto and notable additions from the Croatian Baroque period. Likewise, the locale’s in-house museum holds religious archives, historical robes, stone monuments and archeological ruins; all further evidence of the monastery’s critical part in Croatian history.
Resting beneath Vidova Gora’s plentiful caves, on the southern side of the island, visitors will come across Hermitage Blaca – a community of hermitic monasteries stemming from the Renaissance period. First founded in the mid-1500s by two Glagolitic monks who made a home for themselves in the Ljubitovica cave, Hermitage Blaca reached its prime in the 18th and 19th centuries; becoming known for their production of wine, honey and olives, among other things. Today, this historical location has been transformed into a museum and observatory. Perched high on a cliff, it is still accessible only by foot, staying true to its inherent history.
As the highest mountain in all of Croatia, Vidova Gora is Island Brac’s most impressive natural feature. Named after the Church of St. Vid, the ruins of which are now near the peak, the mountain was once the site of Illyrian fortresses. Today, Vidova Gora has become one of the most popular attractions on the island, and visitors will even find a few tables and a pub designed to give them a place to enjoy its vast views below. Wander down its towering cliffs, and explorers will come across verdant valleys, vineyards and gravel beaches below; the typical landscape of Island Brac.
Just outside the quaint village of Murvica, Dragon’s Cave, a historic temple and dwelling place for Glagolitic priests, is one of the island’s most treasured archeological haunts. Paying homage to Glagolitic friars from the 15th century, this cave houses reliefs of Madonna angels, moons, dragons and more carved into the rock of the cliff. While scientists have yet to fully understand the meaning behind the carvings, they believe that it contains elements of the spirituality of the people who lived there during that time: both Christian iconography and Slavic mythology.