Friday, September 6, 2013

Dazzling Dalmiatia - off-roading on Brač

A trip to one of the many famous islands is a must if you are ever to come to Croatia. We picked Brač, just outside Split. Ferries leave from Split to Supetar several times a day and take around 50 mins (price was around 150KN/car and 30KN/person, the same price range goes for most Jadrolinija ferries around the coast). From Supetar we drove straight across the hill to Bol where we arrived at around 11pm and hadn't made any bookings but still had no trouble finding a lovely apartment to stay in. Very handy! 

Leaving Split
We had a couple days to discover the gorgeous island. The weather was a stark contrast to the cool (cold) mountain climate of Plitvice - sunny & hot! We passed the first day walking around the city of Bol, the pine tree lined beach walk, lounged on the famous tongue shaped Zlatni Rat beach (great smoothies there too!). The evenings we continued our trip tradition of Croatian "tapas": local salami & prosciutto and some wine. 

The next morning went on a "off-road" bike tour.. Less off-road than we had hoped but was a fun way to discover the island. In the evening we continued on four wheels: cruising with a quad around the fun dusty roads and the hills of Brač!

Typical scenery on the bike tour
Typical scenery on the off-road quad tour
On both trips we also stopped by at the top of the island (supposedly the highest "island mountain" in Croatia) and could enjoy some spectacular views of Brač and especially the Zlatni Rat beach.

There's loads to do on Brač and the island is full of stunning little towns and coves so make your way out of Bol or Supetar if you're staying there! If you do end up in Bol I'd recommend the Moby Dick restaurant for a romantic dinner with possibly the best "dinner with view" on their second floor terrace.

Other islands you may want to visit: Hvar for party people. Mljet if you like nature. Korcula, Vis and Lastovo are also easy to reach on ferries. Our next stop however was on the Pelješac peninsula...

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