Brač is an island that offers visitors an unforgettable vacation. The diverse beauty of Brac is always described in superlatives. The largest island, the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic, some of the oldest archeological sites. These descriptions will come to life to those who want to get acquainted with the islands typical Dalmatian stone landscape, intersected with beautiful olive groves. The main attraction of the Brač is the renowned beach ”Zlatni Rat”. It is considered to be the jewel of the tourist offer of the island. Offering swimming and windsurfing on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian coast, and view from the highest point of all Adriatic islands,
Brač was famous for goats; even Pliny comments that from the island of Brattia (the Latin name for the island) comes excellent cheese, wine, and olive oil. The island’s main claim to fame though is the quality of its pure white limestone, which has been quarried since Roman times and found its way into buildings as varied as Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington DC.
Anchorages and Harbors
Brač is well supplied with mooring facilities for the cruising yachtsman, with ten harbors, two marinas and numerous anchorages around its deeply indented coastline.
The bay of Milna
Is situated at the SW tip of the island of Brač. It’s a very busy harbor during the summer, hosting several hundred yachts at its two marinas; Marina Milna and Marina Vlaska. This is the most sheltered natural harbor on the island. The harbor has good all-round shelter, although strong W winds cause some swell on the town quay.
is a small harbor located on the W coast of the island of Brač in Croatia, at the head of a narrow inlet which forks into two at its head. In the N arm is a quiet anchorage with around 20 mooring buoys for visiting yachts. In the S arm is the village proper, with quays around the shore of the inlet, another 20 mooring buoys and 10 laid moorings on the N shore suitable for visiting yachts. Shelter in the harbor is good in virtually all conditions, although a swell develops in strong W or SW winds.
berthing options are very limited in the harbor. Moorings for small leisure craft line most of the quays and a visiting yacht must squeeze in wherever it can. Go alongside the breakwater if you can find space; the depths here are 3.0 meters. There is usually room at the end unless other yachts have got there first. Alternatively, drop anchor carefully clear of the moorings and go bows or stern-to the breakwater quay wherever there is space. Shelter in the harbor is good in most conditions except for strong N or NW winds, which, if they are very strong, would make the harbor untenable.
The commercial port of Supetar
is situated on the N coast of the island of Brač. It is the main ferry port of the island and most of the tourists visiting the island during the summer are disgorged here. As such, it is not the quietest of places to moor and shelter. The approach to Supetar has no hazards, although the coastline is shallow for some 300-400 meters off on either side of the harbor. Ferries from Split charge in and out of the harbor during the day and caution is needed on entering. The harbor consists of an outer basin behind a long breakwater oriented E-W and a smaller inner basin behind a wide jetty which is used by the ferries. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 meters; in the outer harbor 5.0 meters and 3.0 – 4.0 meters in the inner harbor.
The town of Bol
with its small harbor is situated on the S coast of the island of Brač. Roughly halfway between the harbors of Milna and Sumartin at the W and E ends of the island. The town is a very popular tourist resort given its proximity to the internationally renowned beach of Zlatni Rat (aka Dugi Rat ). The harbor is small and cramped and visiting yachts need to squeeze in wherever they can among the boats along its quays. Shelter here is good in winds from NW round to SE but poor in SW and S winds. The immediate approach to Bol has no dangers. In the approach from the W, past the sandy spit of Zlatna Rat, note that the shallow water extends for nearly 400 meters from the end of the spit. A yellow buoy is usually in position marking the end of the shallows. There are laid moorings along the quays. Depths are mostly about 2.0 meters, increasing to 4.0 – 5.0 meters along the S breakwater (where, unfortunately, the ferries and tripper boats have priority).