Take an approximately 1 hour 15 minute ferry ride from Split to Bol in Brač, Croatia, for a relaxing vacation, even in the height of summer in August. You may want to flock to alternatives like Hvar in the south, but if you’re looking for a quieter, more authentic vacation away from the crowds, look no further than Brač.
See our vacation film on Croatia to see clips on exploring Brač, to give you a visual representation of the highlights mentioned below:
It’s a good alternative to crowded islands like Hvar in the summer
Brač is much less crowded than islands like Hvar in the summer. If you want to avoid crowded restaurants and even more crowded beaches, head to Brač, where you can walk to hidden pockets of beach all to yourself… even in August!
It offers a more authentic experience
Brač is a popular vacation spot among locals. You’ll find many more locals sunning themselves here over foreigners. We met quite a few locals who were pleasantly surprised at our holidaying in Brač.
Given the less touristy vibe, accommodation, drinks, and food tend to be less expensive on Brač than on Hvar or even Korčula.
The most popular beach in Bol and Brač in general, you can still easily find a beach umbrella, lounge chairs, and get a drink with no hassle, at this strip of gorgeous beach. Like most Mediterranean beaches, this is a pebble beach so watch your step! Beach chairs and umbrellas are rented at a flat rate for the day.
Kayaking and renting an ATV
You can rent an ATV at one of the many stores by Put Zlatnog rata, the street leading to Zlatni Rat from the ferry terminal, or at one of the outlets at the ferry terminal itself. An ATV can be a fantastic way to spend two days on the island: see below for details. Navigating Brač is fairly easy, and the roads are safely constructed.
See the tourist office by Big Blue Café for details on renting a kayak. Kayaks sell out fast on the island, especially in the summer, so we recommend booking ahead, or even looking around online.
Thinking of taking a sunset cruise?
Ask how many others will be on the boat: many companies offer “sunset cruises” which consist of around 50 people on a boat for two hours with a few crudités. A much better alternative would be to rent an ATV/car (depending on your family size and age) or kayak and spend a few hours catching the sun from around the island – without the crowds!
Splitska, Milna, Pucisca
Rent an ATV and drive to these quaint, quiet fishing villages for an authentic Croatian experience. You can easily visit these villages in a day.
Drive up to Vidova Gora
The highlight of renting an ATV on Brač is driving up to the highest point on the island: Vidova Gora. Here you can catch gorgeous views of the island and the Adriatic. Take plenty of water and snacks, especially if you’re driving around in the summer, you will get easily dehydrated on the drive up. The drive itself is very easy to do.
We recommend renting an ATV for two days to be able to fully explore the island.
The Dominican Monastery
Make your way to the Dominican Monastery, about 30 minutes from the center of Bol, to see a small monastery, enjoy quiet strips of beach, and even catch sight of some deer. There is a restaurant on site.
Where to stay
There is plenty of accommodation in Bol, Brač, in the south of the island, where ferries directly deposit and pick up travelers to the island. From here, you can walk to Zlatni Rat, and rent an ATV to explore Splitska, Vidova Gora, Supetar, and more, depending on how long you are staying for. Bol is a quieter yet active alternative to Supetar in the north.
We recommend spending 3 days on the island to see the above spots at a leisurely pace.
Where to eat
You’ll see plenty of advertisements of restaurants on Brač on your ferry ride to the island. Don’t buy into the hype – visit local restaurants away from the main strip Vladimira Nazora (see Google Maps) for cheaper, more home-made, delicious meals.
Don’t miss: Konoba Mendula
This is an excellent, family-run restaurant in Bol. Enjoy cozy seating, and fresh food at affordable prices on this gem, even in the middle of summer!
Top tip: Bol is built on many inclines so keep in mind that almost wherever you stay there’s going to be some cardio involved getting back to your hotel/Airbnb!
How to get there
Jadrolinija offers daily ferries to and from Bol, Croatia. You can reserve your tickets online. Make sure you show up at your departure port at least 45 minutes prior to your ferry, especially in the summer. Some ferries tend to overbook, and you’d need a seat for longer journeys (e.g. to Dubrovnik).
Please queue politely – there’s no need to cut the line.
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