If you are planning a short day trip to Island Brač then we have some good ideas for you. We have planned how to spend a full day on Island Brač, in detail just for you!
Join us on this one-day trip and explore some of the best and most popular Brač sites. You can follow us with this Google map where we had planned the whole trip.
We promise a great time, lots of fun, amazing stories and delicious food. So let's go!
Ferry boat Split - Supetar: 7:30 - 8:30
We are starting early with a ferry boat ride to Supetar. The ferry departs from Split at 7:30 am. If you like early mornings, there are even earlier lines, so you will get a little more time on the Island.
For more information on ferries to Island Brač read our article: First time on a ferry boat to Brač Island? Tips and recommendations.
Supetar Morning Coffee: 8:30 - 9:00
After one hour you will get to the island's largest city Supetar. Right from the ferry you will see a beautiful seafront full of cafes and restaurants. It is our favourite spot for morning coffee with locals and beautiful views of the sea and small fishing boats.
We don’t have much time on our timetable so we are just getting a dose of caffeine to push us through the morning.
Car drive Supetar - Ložišća: 9:00 - 9:20
We are starting our Brač adventure with a 20-minute drive to Ložišća. It is a small village with just over a hundred inhabitants on the west side of the Island.
Some may say that this is not a tourist hotspot worth visiting, but you will say otherwise as soon as you see the magnificent Ložišća bell tower.
Visiting Ložišća Bell Tower: 9:20 - 9:50
As soon as you see the bell tower, you will instinctively grab the camera. It is one of the most photographed places on the island and a breathtaking sight. Such a monumental building in such a small and almost forgotten village.
Even more incredible than the site itself is the story of how the bell tower was built. Be sure to walk down the narrow street to the foot of the Church and drive to the lookout point which offers a beautiful view of the village and the bell tower.
Car drive Ložišća - Nerežišća: 9:50 - 10:05
Our next stop is a 15-minute drive away, straight to the centre of Island Brač. On our way to Nerežišća, we will pass two beautiful villages Dračevica and Donji Humac - one of the oldest places on the island. There is also an old quarry where you can see how the famous Brač stone is mined.
Visiting Nerežišća Bonsai Tree: 10:05 - 10:45
Finally, we are getting to Nerežišća. In the old days, Nerežišća was the administrative and business centre of the island with Brač Duke who governed the whole island. We definitely recommend a walk through this old place with an impressive Baroque Church built around 1750.
But we are here for one much “smaller” reason. On the main square on the roof of the small church grows a real Pine Bonsai Tree. It is 170 cm tall and more than 150 years old. No one knows how it got there, but you will definitely want a photo of it.
Car drive Nerežišća - Vidova Gora: 10:45 - 11:00
After something small we go again for something much bigger. We are taking our car for a 15-minute drive up to the highest peak of all Croatian islands.
Nearby is a road that leads to Blaca Monastery, an amazing place built in stone by hermits. But we can't visit it today because it takes about half an hour just to get there.
Visiting Vidova Gora: 11:00 - 12:00
Vidova Gora is 778 m high which makes it the most beautiful lookout point on the whole Adriatic. From there you will get spectacular views of the surrounding islands Hvar, Korčula and Vis.
Sit, relax and inhale the fresh mountain air. You are just looking at our next stop - breathtaking Zlatni Rat beach. But first - lunch!
Lunchtime: 12-00 - 14-00
Fresh air has certainly whetted your appetite. Luckily just a few minutes drive from Vidova Gora there are a couple of fantastic taverns (locals call them konoba) with local and homemade food. The star of Brač cuisine is lamb and a variety of lamb dishes.
That is why we recommend visiting Gažul. This rural household was built over 200 years ago for shepherds and sheep who sought grazing during the summer months. Today, Gažul is a perfect place to taste Brač lamb culinary specialities. That includes whole roast lamb on a spit (janjetina na ražnju) or pieces of meat roasted on a spit (lamb on the spike - janjetina na špicu) and lamb under the bell (janjetina ispod peke).
Be sure to arrange your lunch in advance.
Car drive Vidova Gora - Zlatni Rat: 14:00- 14:30
After this authentic island lunch, it is time to relax. We are taking half an hour drive to the most famous and most spectacular Croatian beach.
We are driving slowly, along a long and winding road near one of the first Brač settlements Pražnica and Gornji Humac.
If you are planning your Brač day trip outside the bathing season - don’t worry. Just swap your beach time with a visit to Blaca Monastery.
Zlatni rat Beach time: 14:30 - 17:30
Zlatni Rat Beach is located near Bol, the main tourist destination on the Island. The beach is huge and there you can buy or rent absolutely everything, from fresh and chilled fruit to a bathing suit if you forgot it.
Some may think that Zlatni Rat is artificial, but the beach is a natural phenomenon and is solely built by nature without any kind of human intervention.
It’s time for some fun, sunbathing, swimming, and maybe even a cocktail on the beach.
Car drive Bol - Pučišća: 17:30 - 18:00
The day is slowly coming to an end, but we still have a lot to see. So we must hurry to our next location in the beautiful small settlement called Pučišća, 30 minutes drive from Bol.
Don’t be surprised by the beauty of Pučišća when you get there. You will see a long seafront in the bay surrounded by houses built with bright white Brač stone. That stone is the reason why we are going there in the first place.
Visiting Stonemasonry School: 18:00 - 18:30
Brač stone has been mined since Roman times. Diocletian's Palace in Split was built with it.
Today, in Pučišća there is one of the last stonemasonry schools that teaches the use of that ancient Roman hand tools for stone processing. The school exists for more than 110 years and you can get inside and take a look at amazing stonework, and tools and learn about ancient stone processing methods.
Car drive Pučišća - Dol: 18:30 - 19:00
Our next stop is the land of fairy tales and mysterious supernatural beings. We are heading to the eco-ethno village Dol.
Visiting Dol: 19:00 - 19:30
In Dol, time seems to stand still and you will have the feeling that you discovered the closet leading to Narnia.
Stone houses on the slopes of a hill, Mediterranean greenery and supernatural stories about Viver, a mythological creature living in the caves that surround the village. If you are lucky, you may hear his loud roar in the evening.
These caves are made of reddish-grained stone called Hrapoćuša and if you will have enough time we recommend that you sit in one of Dol taverns and order one Hrapoćuša. You will get a slice of a sweet walnut cake that is unique and autochthonous for this area.
Car drive Dol - Škrip: 19:30 - 19:45
For the end of our Brač day trip, we will need to drive just 15 minutes, but we will end up going 5000 years in history to the oldest settlement on the island - Škrip.
Visiting Škrip: 19:45 - 20:15 - 30 min
Škrip is called Croatian Mycenae, and the entire old part of the village is protected as a cultural monument. In a few metres, you can see traces of the ancient Greeks, Illyrians, the Roman Empire and towers built for defence against the Turks.
Museum of the island Brač in Škrip keeps many valuable objects from turbulent Brač history and according to legend, the wife and daughter of the Roman emperor Diocletian were buried there.
Dinner time: 20:15 - 22:15
You must be hungry from this journey into distant history. How about dinner by the sea? We are going down to Splitska, which used to be the port for the transportation of Brač stone to Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Right by the sea, in the centre of the village, there is a tavern Kod Tonča. You will not go wrong if you order any seafood. You will get the freshest and most delicious dish on the island. Our favourite is Buzara, a traditional Dalmatian technique of preparing seafood by cooking it in a mixture of olive oil, wine, garlic, parsley and some breadcrumbs.
Ferry boat Supetar - Split: 22:45 - 23:45
We would love to enjoy this atmosphere and a glass of wine all night, but it is time to finish our day on Brač. The Ferry boat departs from Supetar at 22:45 and in one hour we will be back in Split.
This one-day road trip to Island Brač is just our idea of how to spend a full day on the Island. You can always change the schedule and timings to your liking. We recommend you check our travel tips based on different travel preferences.
For example, you can swap swimming in Zlatni rat for any other beautiful Brač beach or if you are not a beach type you can visit more Brač must-see sights like Blaca Monastery or Dragon's Cave near Bol.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), it is impossible to see everything that Brač offers in just one day.