All along the coast and hilltops, Brac Island is dotted with small villages, each one distinctive, all charming.
MILNA HARBOR, on the southwest side of the island is the largest harbor on Brac and on all the neighboring islands. Milna is home to private & charter yachts from around the world and launch point to sailing the Split archipelago all the way to Dubrovnik. Private speed boat rentals and great public connections from Milna make island hopping easy & fun for day trips to Split, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Mljet & Dubrovnik.
In Milna you will find harborside cafes, restaurants and shops. Local olive oil, wine and “spirit” tastings are a must in the village. Visit the local vegetable and fruit market, bakery, fish market our buy your fresh fish directly off the fishing boats in the morning. Local restaurants serve Dalmatian specialties.
SKRIP is the oldest town on Brac, with some walls dating back as far as 1200 BC. The name Skrip originates from the Latin name scrupus, which denotes huge stones, which were to be found in Roman quarries. Here you can actually see the history of Brac; Illyrian, Roman and Croatian. The town boasts a small cultural museum with a curator and an olive oil museum complete with olive mill, olive press, and all the traditional tools for transport, production and storage of olive oil. With its Ilyrian buildings, Roman cemetery, stone walls and traditional houses, the village alone is well worth a visit.
DOL, nestled in a lovely green valley not far from the coast, is the essence of Brac. Surrounded by vineyards, the buildings and narrow streets capture the soul of the island. And an added bonus, especially for wine lovers, is Crkveno Konoba. Located on the left hand side as you enter Dol, this winery/Konoba has good Brac wine (their own and others) as well as a sampling of wines from the best Croatian wine regions. The director, Hrvoje Znider, is knowledgeable and friendly and willing to talk to those who are interested. You can buy bottled wine or bring your own bottles and fill up from the barrel at a lower price. The restaurant serves “only food that compliments the wine”.
SUPETAR, the ferry port and pretty harbor town, boasts beautiful 6th century mosaics adorning the 18th century church with its stunning bell tower. Lively festivals throughout the summer celebrate everything from Dalmatian cuisine to local artists and famous Dalmatian a cappella “Klapa” singing.
MIRCA, on the coastal road between Supetar and Sutivan is a small, charming village with narrow cobble stone streets, quaint church and bell tower and pretty pebble beaches.
BOL, on the east side of Brac, facing Hvar island, has the famous beach, Golden Horn. Bol is lively during the summer and has good restaruants, nightlife and daily ferries & excursions to Hvar island. Bol is also a great place for enjoying water sports – boating, wind surfing, parasailing and jet skiing.
SUTIVAN, on the Northwest side of the island is a charming, well preserved seaside village with lovely historic buildings and active lifestyle. The great beaches, stone buildings and unspoiled village life evoke the timeless Mediterranean lifestyle of historical Europe. Sutivan is also an active center for island sports, including kayaking, hiking, biking and water sports.
SUMARTIN, on the southeast side of Brac is a sleepy seaside village with daily connection to Makarska Resort on the mainland. The Museum of the monastery of fra Andrija Kacic has beautiful mosic work and local art, among which is an early Baroque Last supper.
Probably the finest examples of medieval and modern Brac stonework and architecture are in PUCISCA, where there is also the school for Stone Masonry. You can see the many stone quarries and stone mason workshops of Brac scattered all over the island. On the northern side of the island, generations of local stone work dating back to the Rennaissance can be seen in the pretty buildings, decorative adornments and local ateliers of the artists. The stone Mason school is one of Europes best and is open to the public. You can even try your hand at carving by joining a local program designed for tourists.
DRACEVICA is a tiny village in the center of the island. You would pass right through without noticing, but look for the signs to SENJKOVIC WINERY a detour well worth your time. The owners are friendly and knowledgable and willing to share their history, wine and lovely pairings of Brac cheeses, family olive oil and Dalmatian specialties to go with your wine.