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Destination inspiration: Brač Island, Croatia

Why go?

As the windsurfing capital of Croatia, Brač Island certainly isn’t short of sea breeze. If you’re more of a land lover, rent a car or scooter and cruise through the mountains with lookout points galore. The island’s treasured white stone has been exported across the globe, with ancient Roman palaces and even the White House built from its pearly rock. The island is just a 45-minute ferry ride from the city of Split and has two prime centres – Supetar and Bol. The former is the island’s main town, blessed with a postcard-worthy port, pebble beaches and surrounding countryside sprinkled with vineyards and olive groves.

Stone vilage Lozisca on Brac island view, Dalmatia, Croatia

Stone vilage Lozisca on Brac island view, Dalmatia, Croatia

Head south and you’ll discover the haven of Bol. This majestic harbour town overflows with history, featuring an ancient palace, Dominican monastery and Gothic church. Its strikingly shaped Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) white-pebble beach extends like an outstretched arm savouring the shimmering Adriatic waters. If it gets a little crowded, just head to one of the many other gorgeous beaches dotted along Brač’s south coast. It it’s soaring panoramic views you’re after, head to Vidova Gora – the island’s highest point.

mixed grilled fish and seafood with garlic oil

mixed grilled fish and seafood with garlic oil

Locals take great pride in their food and wine, with fresh-off-the-boat fish, Dalmatian prosciutto and smutica (4/5 of fresh goat's milk and 1/5 of red wine) all must-tries. Wine has been produced here since 1903, so a taste of the local tipple is highly recommended.

Zlatni rat, Brač Island

Zlatni rat, Brač Island

When to go?

Head here between June and September for frequent ferries from Split and an abundance of activities. You’ll also be spoiled with warm Adriatic waters and gorgeous weather. Avoid August if you can, as this is the peak of high season. Beaches are more crowded, ferry queues are longer, and accommodation prices are higher.

Apartments Belvedere scores highly for its fantastic waterfront location

Apartments Belvedere scores highly for its fantastic waterfront location

Where to stay?

Apartments Belvedere – Bol, Croatia

Made of the ancient white stone the island is famous for, these waterfront apartments overlook the inky blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Booking.com guests love this property’s location, which provides easy access to the beach and Bol’s rustic town centre. Home comforts include free WiFi, fully equipped kitchens and separate living rooms with satellite TV.

Apartments Rici are brimming with rustic charm

Apartments Rici are brimming with rustic charm

Apartments Rici – Bol, Croatia

Just 100 metres from Bol Promenade, these apartments offer an interior full of modern quirks and an exterior brimming with rustic charm. Stay connected with free WiFi and chill out in the pretty garden. The nearest beach is just a 3-minute walk away, while the famous shores of Zlatni Rat are a further 20 minutes away on foot.

A pool with a view at Apartments Diana

A pool with a view at Apartments Diana

Apartments Diana – Bol, Croatia

Booking.com guests rated these apartments as being in the best part of Bol, with the beach and town centre a few minutes’ walk from their doorstep. You can kick back in a sun lounger on the wooden deck, overlooking the outdoor pool and the deep blue waters of the Adriatic. Inside, you’ll benefit from air conditioning, a modern kitchen and a living area.