Brač is famous for two things: one is its radiant white stone, which was used to build Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, DC! The second thing being Zlatni Rat, a long pebbly beach at Bol extending lasciviously into the Adriatic and adorning 90% of Croatia’s tourism posters. Brač is the largest island in central Dalmatia, with several towns, sleepy villages and a dramatic Mediterranean landscape of steep cliffs, inky waters and pine forests. The interior is scattered with rocks – the result of the back-breaking labour of women who, over hundreds of years, gathered the rocks to clear land for vineyards and olive, fig, almond, and sour-cherry orchards.
The tough living conditions meant a lot of people moved to the mainland for work, leaving the interior almost deserted. Exploring Brač’s stone villages is an amazing experience. The two main centres, Supetar and Bol, are quite different: Supetar is pleasant if unassuming, while Bol revels in its more exclusive appeal.
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Bol is the oldest coastal settlement on Brač. It exists in the solitude of the southern landscape, at the foot of the Bol crown and Vidova Mountain – the highest point of all the Adriatic islands at 778 meters.