Bol strip
Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol, Brac Island (11)
Lovrecina Bay Beach Sandy Beach, Brac Island (1)
Sumartin Bay, Brac Island (10)

By Croatia Gems, 3rd April 2023

When you think of Croatia, you do tend to think of its islands – it goes with the territory! Croatia has over 1200 islands and they remain truly different from the mainland – relaxing retreats with their own island buzz. There are a few easily accessible islands that make for a really good and easy family/group holiday. They don’t take long to get to and in actual fact, the fun really starts when you get to the port and you get on the deck of the ferry!

Brac island

Brac Island is a 45 minute ferry hop from Split Riva (the main promenade of central old town Split) to Supetar. It only takes 20 – 30 minutes to get from the little palm tree-surrounded Split airport to the Ferry. So lay back and relax on deck and enjoy the lovely views as you pull out of Split and feel the warm sea breeze on your face. As you watch the old city and Roman palace fade into the distance, you glide towards the islands and realise that everything is quite close by. After all that rushing to your destination airport, and the queuing and stress, you will find Croatia at a different pace. Let yourself fall into that slower pace by taking a deep breath in and letting it out slowly, to fall into ‘Croatian time’ – now begin your Brac villa holiday!

Arrive in a private boat transfer directly from the airport

An alternative to the ferry is a private boat transfer directly from the airport jetty to Brac. Sometimes this can be directly to your Brac villa (for example, 5 bedroom Villa Godi Star, 3 bedroom Villa Sinatra, 4 bedroom Villa Stara, or 6 bedroom Villa Corrine or Villa Mila), which are all able to let you disembark just by the Brac villa so allowing you to get to that sun lounger by the pool in record time! Even if there is no jetty at your villa, all the villages around the coast have little ports to be dropped off at – you’ll still save time in getting to the sunbed!

Where to head for

Brac is the largest of the Dalmatian Islands and perfect if you want a bit of everything from a villa on Brac.

If the urge takes you to move from the pool, check out Bol – as you might expect with the famous, much photographed Zlatni Rat beach here, water sports are the name of the day here. Along with bustling restaurants and a great buzz, it’s the place to be seen. Night times are more lively too, so you are just in the right place to enjoy the island feel here.

Supetar where the largest and most frequent ferry comes in from Split, has a lot going on for the whole family. It has an atmospheric old town, water sports aplenty, including a water park for the children, and even a cinema. From here there are super little villages to explore with their own beaches and restaurants. Sutivan is just along the coast and is gaining a reputation for being more of an exclusive destination – there are some higher end, interesting restaurants in the bay and in the surrounding area. It’s also quite a centre for cycling.

At either ends of the island…

Sumartin is a traditional fishing village with everything you need from lovely beaches, restaurants and café bars. You can get a ferry to Makarska from here. At the other end of the island, Milna is quintessentially Croatian and is attracting the smart set, drawn by the new marina. There’s also a direct ferry to Milna from Split, making it super-easy to get to.

Just 2km from Milna, but feels like a world away, we have a new addition to our portfolio.  Villa Olive Bay is a sea edge, uber-relaxing villa. It’s a laid back sort of place; a very comfortable Croatia family villa which has an organic feel amongst the Mediterranean vegetation. Meander down the terraces for a swim off the private beach before breakfast perhaps?

Gosh this place is easy to get used to… you’ll find it hard to leave 🙂


Feel free to search through our villas. If you don’t find what you want there, do have a look at our ‘By Request only’ villa portfolio. Alternatively, just give us a call or email us and we’ll find a lovely Croatia villa for you.

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