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A quieter neighbour to the glitzy island of Hvar and the tourist favourite Korčula, Brač is an unassuming window into the true nature of Croatia.

Pebble beaches and rocky shores characterise the island of Brač, with steep cliffs and seaside villages dotting its coastline. Inland, things get a lot quieter, with a dramatic pairing of rocky landscapes and pine forests that scent the whole island.

As the largest island in Dalmatia, and the third largest island in the Adriatic, Brač gives visitors an insight into authentic Croatian island life, offering less hustle-and-bustle than some of the other islands and a more sedate pace of life.

Culture and history

Inhabited since Neolithic times, Brač has a long and varied history. Looking back to the 20th century, Brač became part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, or Yugoslavia, from 1929, until Italian forces invaded and occupied the island in 1941. Native rebels fought a guerrilla war from the mountain regions inland, but the Italians responded harshly, resulting in many arrests and executions. After this, German troops occupied the island during the early half of 1944, until they were defeated and the island was freed.

The Croatian War of Independence had little impact on the island itself, with fighting barely happening on its shores. However, the aftermath resulted in a sizeable impact on tourism, which affected Brač substantially.

Things to do

Head to the harbour in Supetar to stroll along the promenade, marvel at the 18th century parish church, and enjoy a cool drink in one of the traditional cafes. For a more sedate pace, visit the Golden Beach, or Zlatni Rat, in the village of Bol – widely revered as one of the best beaches in Croatia. In fact, you’ll find images of the beach on many Croatian tourism posters. For history buffs, Škrip’s medieval town centre is well worth a visit, with medieval walls and plenty of fascinating sights to enjoy.

The island's tallest peak, Vidova Gora, or Mount St. Vid, is the highest point on the island as well as being the highest peak of the Adriatic Islands. For those wishing to make the most of the views, the hike to the top is well sign-posted. Alternatively, visitors can reach the top by car.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.