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Croatia is a land of contrasts with an impressive heritage. The north of the country shares many cultural similarities with Central Europe, whilst its coastline feels closer to the Mediterranean. It is a popular destination for holidaymakers looking for a holiday with a bit of variety. The Croatian Riviera boasts around 5,800 kilometres of beaches and coastline, including those of its 1,185 islands, which are surrounded by the blue waters of the Adriatic and offer a wide range of fun seaside activities. Explore Zagreb, the capital and cultural centre of the country, Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic", or Split, the commercial and cultural hub of central Dalmatia. Each of these cities has landscapes as fascinating as their history, and are just waiting to be discovered!
Brač, the largest of Dalmatia's islands, lies in the crystal waters just off the coast of Split. Its culture, history and traditions are a faithful and authentic representation of Croatia as a whole. Its stunningly beautiful landscapes are a succession of enchanting coves, authentic villages, lush green valleys and vineyards. The island is dominated by the peak of Vidova Gorat, the highest point on the Croatian islands, and the view from the top is simply sensational. Brač is also home to Zlatni Rat beach, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
This charming little coastal town lies on the southern coast of Brač. It has a pretty harbour lined with restaurants, bars and shops, as well as numerous seaside and sporting opportunities. Walk in the shade of the long promenade from the port of Bol to reach the famous Zlatni Rat beach, which forms a golden horn surrounded on either side by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. Bol is also the starting point for some of the most beautiful hiking trails that lead to Vidova Gorat, the highest point in the Adriatic. Distance from the airport: 15 km.
Many boats from Split drop anchor in the port of Supetar, the island's economic and cultural centre. Its good transport links make it an ideal base from which to explore the island's unmissable sights. What’s more, this town regularly hosts summer events and boasts beautiful, gently sloping beaches fringed by pine forests. Distance from the airport: 30 km.
This ancient fishing village set against the mountains on the north coast of the island is popular for its picturesque and authentic character, its cultural heritage and the remnants of its long history. It is also home to a number of charming golden beaches, where you can relax and enjoy a range of seaside activities. Distance from the airport: 29 km.
In Bol, opt for a Plavac Mali tasting at the Jako Vino winery to try this red grape variety that is grown on the island of Brač. The winery was built in 1903 in the region where Dalmatia's first wine cooperative was established, and has since been expertly restored to welcome visitors and offer tastings.
In Postira, visit the olive oil museum to discover all the secrets of this wonderful product. The passionate olive growers will tell you all about the profession, the production process, tools, transport and storage methods, and will even offer you a tasting session.
Climb Vidova Gora, the highest point in the Adriatic at 778 metres. The hiking trail from Bol follows the Vela Staza signposts through fabulous scenery up to the summit. It's a demanding hike, but it’s worth it for the magnificent views over Zlatni Rat beach and the neighbouring islands.
Discover the neighbouring islands of Hvar and Biševo. Hvar, often described as one of the most beautiful in the world, boasts wild landscapes where fields of vines rub shoulders with lavender plains and sublime beaches. In Biševo, you'll fall under the spell of the Blue Grotto, a natural wonder that’s not to be missed.
The Blaca Monastery is a particularly interesting place for lovers of history. Founded in the 16th century, this monastery of Franciscan hermits once served as an astronomical observatory before being transformed into a museum dedicated to life in a hermitage and exhibiting all sorts of relics of Croatia's rich heritage, such as paintings, period furniture and armour...
The marvellous beach of Zlatni Rat, also known as the Golden Horn because of its unique curved shape and the golden colour of its pebbles, is located in the municipality of Bol. When exposed to winds and currents, it takes on different shapes, even curling in on itself under the influence of the strong Jugo wind.