Luxury Brac Villas

Found in the heart of the Adriatic Sea, Brac has largely escaped mainstream attention, making for a trip that's both relaxing and unique. Boasting classic coastal towns that retain the charm of yesteryear, a vibrant cuisine that draws on fresh produce, and ample hiking trails for getting your heart rate up, there's truly something for every type of traveller here.

While you could happily spend your villa holiday in Brac simply unwinding by the pool or spreading out on the beach, there's also a wealth of history to uncover. You'll find building after building made from that signature beautiful white stone, and each holds its own story for those who choose to listen.

Why visit?

  • Pebbly or sandy? Brac has both types of beaches, allowing you to pick and choose throughout your stay.
  • If you've always wanted to give watersports a try, you're in luck: Brac's turquoise waters are primed for kite-boarding, kayaking and more.
  • While the towns themselves are worth snapping photos of, you won't have to hike far to take in some truly incredible sea views from above.

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Why stay with us?

Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked villas in Brac have this in spades.

We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas in Brac that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.

Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.

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Luxury Villas in Brac: Our Top Picks

Why visit Brac

It may not have the star power of neighbours Hvar, Split and Dubrovnik, but Brac has repeatedly been ranked as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. From the moment you arrive, that title will appear well-deserved, with stunning stone buildings, beautiful beaches and flourishing wildlife found across this up-and-coming destination.

A brilliant showcase of Croatian natural beauty, it's also brimming with plenty to keep you busy throughout your villa holiday in Brac, from walking tours to wine tastings. However, even if you choose not to partake in any of these classic tourist activities, and instead spend your time simply wandering from tiny town to inviting village, you'll leave Brac feeling fully relaxed and reconnected with the world around you.

Things to do

Despite its quiet reputation, there's actually a lot to do in Brac. You may have Zlatni Rat at the top of your agenda, but keep in mind that this unique beach actually looks better from above than when you're simply walking down its slim, stoney formation.

That's why we'd suggest heading up Vidova Gora, which is the highest point on the island, looking out over signature postcard scenes. Not steady on your foot? There's the option to drive up too.

Something that can only be accessed by foot, however, is Pustinja Blaca, which is found down a steep 2.5km walk. Also known as Blaca Monastery, this storied structure was built in the 16th century and continues to stand in the middle of nowhere.

That's perhaps not surprising when you learn that Brac is famous for its stonemasonry, with the island's stone used around the world - including in the construction of the USA's White House. To discover more, visit the Stonemason School in Pucisca.

If you like your cultural attractions with a side of something delicious, hit up the Olive Oil Museum in Skrip. Not only will you learn all about how the favoured Croatian ingredient is made, but you'll also get to try some with morning tea.


Food and drink

Brac's cuisine stays fairly true to what is served widely across Croatia. However, the emphasis on seafood is much stronger due to the wealth of fresh produce available straight from the Adriatic Sea - you've got to try the catch of the day whenever it's offered. Typically these dishes are priced by weight, so be careful before ordering with your eyes!

If you prefer meat, you won't be disappointed either. Lamb prevails as the most popular type across the island, with a baked variety known as ispod peke (translating to "under the lid", which is how it's cooked) being most notable. Vitalac sausages, made from lamb's offal, are also commonplace.

Vegetarians won't be hard up on options though - many goat's and sheep's cheeses are made here, plus a selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables. After all, you can't beat a crisp salad on a warm summer's day.

Why it's perfect for families

  • Great for babies: Introduce them to their first animal friends at Nature Park Sutivan, with sheep and goats galore!
  • Great for kids: What kid won't love spending their holiday in the sea? They can let off steam as they splash, snorkel and build sandcastles.

  • Great for teens: Active older ones can take on the various cycling and hiking routes with their parents, being rewarded with snap-worthy views.

Top tips

  • High season: If you visit outside of May-September, you may find that the island hasn't quite woken up yet - and with it, the restaurants and main attractions!
  • Accessible adventure: You can easily navigate the entire island in one day by car, so consider a 24-hour rental to see the sights.

  • Day trips: Hvar and Vis Island are just a boat ride away, allowing you to tick off another Dalmatian destination on your bucket list.

What Oliver loves

Even in the height of summer, Brac rarely feels crowded. You can definitely carve out your own private paradise even when visiting the most popular spots.

Towns and villages in Brac

Brac is inherently a quiet island, meaning you may come here with dreams of merely sitting back and doing nothing - ideally with a refreshing drink in hand. However, there are still several towns and villages worthy of a place on your Brac villa holiday itinerary

With famous beaches, historical buildings and family-owned eateries in abundance, you'll be in for a treat wherever you choose to venture across Brac. And, if you want to extend your stay in the Dalmatian Islands further, we also offer villas in Hvar, Korcula and more.

Oliver’s Hidden Gem

Bit of a history buff? Head to the quiet village of Skrip, the oldest settlement on the island, which also hosts the Island of Brac museum - an ideal activity to get out of the midday sun.

Supetar serves as the island's capital while also being the location of its ferry port. You'll find a picturesque harbour that's perfect for strolling along, but venture further inland to discover its knot of medieval streets - the stunning Church of the Annunciation is found among them.

Bol is undoubtedly the most popular spot on Brac, and for one specific reason: Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Beach. Stretching out into the sea, its unique triangular shape shifts with the wind. That makes it particularly popular with windsurfers and anyone looking to get active in the water.

Found on the northern side of the island, Splitska is great for getting away from the crowds. It's home to only around 400 people, who are far outnumbered by the amount of olive trees. There's little to do here but relax on the beach and soak up the laid-back lifestyle - holiday bliss!

Brac travel: Getting there and around

Brac has its own small airport, but it's only open from around March-October, and even then with limited flights. Therefore, it's far easier to fly into Split and then get one of the catamarans across. It takes between 30-60 minutes depending on the time of year and service chosen.

You can also journey by catamaran from Dubrovnik, though it takes at least 3 hours to cover the distance.


By car

For those hoping to explore much of the island, we'd recommend hiring a car. If you've arrived in Split or Dubrovnik, opt to hire your car there and head across to Brac on one of the car ferries. Rentals are also available in Bol, but you'll have to reserve in advance if heading there in July or August.


By bus

For those who don't want to hire a car, you'll be pleased to know that a good bus service operates across the island. It connects the major towns and resorts, but all routes start and end in Supetar - so plan accordingly.


By foot

Many of the towns and villages across Brac are ideal for wandering without direction, exuding a peaceful feel that will instantly allow you to feel at ease. Just be sure to pack comfortable shoes for navigating those cobbled paths and patches of uneven terrain.

Top tips

  • Be sure to buy your tickets in advance for the ferries and catamarans - come summertime, they'll likely be fully booked up.

  • Looking to save a little, and not planning to hire a car? Passengers on foot are also allowed on the car ferries but at a reduced fare.

 

 

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