Cycling on the Brac Island
The bike climb on to Vid's Mountain, the biggest and also the highest peak of all Croatian Islands, will give you once-in-a-lifetime experience where you will be able to enjoy in beautiful sight on to one of the most famous Croatian beaches – Bol’s Zlatni rat, Islands Hvar, Vis, Lastovo, and on a sunny days even Italian coast can be seen. Ride down to the Bol’s beach Zlatni rat through macadam roads is a unique experience.
The Brac Island is ideal for cycling because of its beautiful gravel and paved trails that have mild rises. For example, a 15km drive from Škripa to Vidova gora is located less than 500 meters above sea level and is suitable for beginners.
Cycling through fields where only sheep graze, you will enjoy in a view on a beautiful town Omiš on one side and with occasional view to the other side toward the Hvar Island.
Descend from Vidova gora to Bol goes through Blaca bay through forest trails surrounded by pine trees. About halfway, carved into the canyon itself, there is Blaca Desert monastery which was founded by Glagolitic priests in the 16th century when they fled from the Ottoman invaders. Therefore, the name Blaca desert, because of hermit priests who lived there.
With its hidden caves, themed trails, with the highest peak of the Dalmatian Islands, interesting flora and fauna and a spectacular view of the neighbouring Islands and the coast, Brac Island has become perfect and very popular destination for walking or hiking in Croatia.
You can hike through Brac Island wherever and however you like, but you can also visit a number of themed trails:
Themed trail Herkules
Diocletian's Palace is on the UNESCO list of world heritage. On this route you will find out more about the history of Split, the significance of Hercules in Roman and Greek mythology and all about Brač stone and the tradition of his processing. The trail is marked with hiking signs and interpretation boards.
At Rasohe quarry you can expect great rest, plenty of peace and serenity of nature, and great stories about the history of Brač and the relief of Hercules in the rock.
Walking and gourmet trail Dolčevita
On a trail that begins near the agritourism„RANJAK“ above Supetar there are 5 restaurants, taverns and agrohouseholds, 2 art galleries and family winery.
The route with a total length of just over 6 km takes you to Donji Humac and Dračevica – still undiscovered jewels of Brač architecture and way of life. Each of the buildings on this trail offers something indigenous, 100 % local (olive oil, cheese, brandy and liqueurs, stone souvenirs, lamb, wine, sweets).
Walking trail maslinovi puti
This circular-shaped walking trail, with the length of 6 km, takes you for a walk through olive groves above the village, until you get to Prihoda – old irrigation system. It shows you a tradition of olive oil production, the types of olives that grow on the Brac Island and the value of olive oil in daily use.
Once a famous Glagolitic desert, and later even an observatory, it is located on the eastern slope of the valley on the southern side of the Brac Island between Bol and Milna. In 15th century, when the Turks invaded, Glagolitic priests fled from Poljica to the Brac Island, where the Prince of Brac gave them permission to settle.
In 1552 they founded the monastic cooperative society and began to cultivate land which was given to them as donation. In 1570 Glagolitic priests have obtained permission to build a monastery and church. They have developed a trade route through the bay that nowadays people call Popova vala. Since 1862 and until 1962 Blaca was run by the Milicevic priests. With the death of Don Nikola Milicevic, the last one of them, this desert of Croatian Glagolitic extinguished. This little desert at Brac Island has a great heritage value. It started as a cave fenced with stones, and hermits were eventually upgrading ground floors for different purposes (kitchens, basements, stoves etc.).
In an era of prosperity luxurious building with more floors were built. In the year 1588 Renaissance church was built that got expended in the next century. The church has three Baroque halls, and in the desert there are pictures of the Venetian school of the 17th century. The way to Blaca desert on the Brac Island is actually a beautiful, marked trail through a pine forest. From the main road where you must take the stone path to the Blaca desert it takes an hour of slow walk.
Vid’s Mountain is the highest peak of all the Croatian Islands, 778 meters above sea level. From Vid’s Mountain you'll have a breath taking view at very popular Bol's beach Zlatni rat and Island Hvar.
It got named after Svantevid, and with the Christianisation of Croats the name was dedicated in honour of St. Vitus. Therefore the name Vid’s Mountain. At the top stands 12 meters high monumental cross made of white Brac stone and telecommunications facility. There is also a tavern Vladimir Nazor. 100 meters below there are the remains of the old Croatian chapel St. Vid.
The main access road to the Vid’s Mountain is an asphalt road that branches off from the main road Supetar-Bol. After 1 kilometre the road turn towards the wilderness and Blaca desert.
The road to Vid’s Mountain continues with 4 kilometres gentle climb through the pine forest. The road is suitable for travel by bike or by car although it can be reached by foot from Bol but the terrain is a little difficult and the ascent takes about 2 hours. The view from Vid’s Mountain at Brac Island is unique and worth all the effort.