Whether you anchor in Supetar, Sumartin or Bol, you will feel the instant connection with one of Croatia’s largest islands - Brač. With the highest island peak on the Adriatic – Vidova gora, which is a great hiking, climbing or even paragliding destination, Brač stands out among other central dalmatian islands. There are few islands that can stand side by side with Brač - from hiking trips to Dragonjine spilje (caves) or Blaca hermitage, sailing from one bay to another and swimming on the beaches made of finest sand and gravel or anchoring in one of the safest bays such as Milna, to simply enjoying life and a nice glass of local wine, cheese or fish - you will experience it all on this Adriatic gem.
Brač hides numerous spots where you can anchor and spend some time or use it to explore the island’s inland characteristics and treasures, such as historically rich town of Nerežišće, known as to be the seat of Brač dukes or Selca, town mostly known for its stonemasonry tradition, seen in almost every white stone-built house in the town.
If your first stop is Supetar, the largest town and officially the only city on the island, you will soon experience its romantic, coastal dalmatian spirit. In Supetar, you can enjoy relaxing in one of the local restaurants or konobas, or sightseeing and exploring remains of Roman vilae rusticae, or 18th century Church of the Annunciation.
Continuing your trip through the northern part of the island, your next stop can be Postira, small traditionally fisher’s town that is still keeping its charm. Near the town there are few great anchoring spots and beautiful bays where you can enjoy some tranquil time away from the town, emerged in the nature’s best. Some of the most known bays in Postira area are Konopjikova or Lovrenčina, well known for its sandy beach and archaeological findings, or smaller ones such as Dučac or Trstena.
Going furthermore, you will reach one of the safest bays and anchors on Brač - deeply indented northern bay in which town of Pučišća situated. Well known for stonemasonry – for which the whole island is renowned - Pučišća is a charming Adriatic/Mediterranean town. Its unique look, intertwined with baroque, renaissance and old folk style houses, some of which are covered by great white stone roofs, makes Pučišća a great place to visit, and perfect for the days when the weather is not favourable for sailing.
Another island’s town which thrives in great anchoring bays is Povlja. The town was founded during the ancient Roman era, and it represented significant anchoring point for Roman fleets. Today is a well-known relaxing town, away from bustling and more crowded touristic spots. The town is sorrounded by numerous crystal-clear bays, such as Travna – great for anchoring during the strong gusts of Bura (NE).
In the area of Sumartin town, which is well known ferry port, connected all year with the city of Makarska, you will find Rasotica bay, well indented into the island, providing great shelter and retreat, and Žukovnik bay, with its beautiful pebbled beach and surrounding pine woods.
On the southern part of the island, there is one big star well worth visiting. The town of Bol, and it’s Zlatni rat beach are definitely the most renowned places on Brač. Due to its specific shape made of golden and white pebbles, that keeps changing due to the currents and wind blows, the beach still mesmerizes all who visit it. Due to its popularity, the town and the beach may be a bit crowded, but there are still times when you can freely enjoy it and relax. The town itself is situated at the foot of 778m high Vidova Gora, and is a favourite holiday getaway throughout the whole year. It has great recreational offer – kite surfing, surfing, cycling, or diving. If you are a history and culture aficionado, you can visit famous Dominican monastery that has rich collection of archaeological findings, or one of the baroque mansions and folk stone houses surrounded by traditional Dalmatian squares, so-called “pjacete”.
If you are looking for a bay to anchor and enjoy in near Bol, you should definitely go to Dračeva Bay, with beautiful sand and pebble beach and nearby remains of monk housings from 15th century. Another bay to check out near Bol and neighbouring Murvica is Blaca bay, surrounded with vast pine forest. This bay not only has a lovely beach to spend the day on, but if you take the 2km forest path, you will reach famous Blaca hermitage founded in 16th century by Glagolitic monks.
Last but not least, on your sailing trip, you should make a stop in bay of Milna town, on the western part of the island, a very popular anchoring spot for sailors and boaters from around the world. Even today, Milna is known as the safest and most beautiful port on Brač. There are two marinas that will satisfy even the most demanding of the boaters. The town itself is a beautiful coastal town filled with old stone houses. Well known as a shipbuilding town, and a place of creation of traditional dalmatian boat type called bracera, today Milna is popular holiday retreat offering the best of local cuisine and wines, and great mix of natural and cultural beauties and coastal charm. For those who want to explore, it is worth visiting some of nearby bays, such as Bobovišća port, or Lučice bay with its five branches, perfect as a shelter from unfavourable winds.