Why May is a Great Month to Visit Brač

May on the island of Brač is a month filled with sunshine, mild temperatures, and fewer crowds, making it an ideal time to experience the island's stunning natural beauty and rich culture.

Explore with us some of the top reasons why May is a great month to visit Brač as we highlight some of the must-see attractions and activities on the island in the middle of the spring.

Weather in May

While summer months are certainly popular, May is an excellent time to explore Brač. It marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer with warm, sunny days and pleasant temperatures.

The weather during this month is mild and comfortable, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and exploring the island.

The average temperature during the day is around 23°C (73°F), while at night, it drops to around 16°C (61°F).

As the sea temperature rises with every day of sunshine in May, the braver ones will take a swim, although the real swimming season begins in June. The average sea temperature is 18°C (64°F).

Additionally, May is characterized by lower rainfall and humidity levels with on average only 6 rainy days, making it a perfect time to explore the island without having to worry about the weather.

Activities and Events in May on Brač

May is an excellent time for outdoor enthusiasts on the island of Brač. Visitors can enjoy various activities and events without feeling overwhelmed. Here are some of our top recommendations:

Hiking

May is the perfect month for hiking. The island offers diverse terrain, ranging from flat coastal roads to challenging climbs through the interior.

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You can enjoy stunning landscapes, natural beauty and some picturesque old villages.

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Experienced hikers will prefer a challenging hike up to Vidova Gora, the highest peak on the island but there are many less demanding hiking trails along the island that you can find on this amazing website.

Brač offers a unique Via Brattia Hiking Trail that surrounds the entire island and connects almost all famous attractions. There is also Camino Brač Trail that connects the most famous sacral, cultural and natural landmarks.

If you just like short walks and exploring some must-see attractions then we recommend checking this list:

Cycling

The unique and diverse terrain of the island creates great scenery for cycling enthusiasts of all levels.

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There are several cycling routes that showcase the island's beauty and you can find them all on alltrails.com and most of the attractions mentioned above are accessible by bikes.

Also, many local tour companies offer guided cycling and e-bike tours, as well as bike rentals for those who prefer to explore on their own. The island also hosts several cycling events throughout the year.

Sports events

Brač hosts several sports events in May, including two most popular Uvati Vitar bike marathon and Brač Trail competition in trekking.

Uvati Vitar is a 3-day marathon held at the end of May in Sutivan. It's a challenging but rewarding race that attracts both amateur and professional cyclists from all over the world. The route is designed to showcase the island's stunning natural scenery and covers various terrains, including mountain trails and coastal roads.

Brač Trail offers various routes for participants to choose from, ranging from easier to more challenging trails, with distances ranging from 7 to 24 kilometres. The event attracts both amateur and professional runners who enjoy the scenic views and challenging terrain of the island.

Gastronomy

When visiting Brač in the spring, indulging in seasonal and local delicacies is an absolute must-do. This is the perfect time to savour some of the island's most delicious treats, including young Brač lamb and seasonal vegetables.

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Don't miss the opportunity to taste traditional dishes such as Peka, a slow-cooked lamb meat and vegetable dish, or a local speciality Vitalac made from lamb innards.

Other lamb dishes include lamb soup with veggies, lamb with young peas, grilled lamb, lamb tripe and dolce garbo.

Spring is the season for asparagus, artichokes and other local vegetables and herbs. Must-try spring dishes include simple but tasteful braised artichoke with broad beans, blanched wild asparagus drizzled with olive oil and divlje zelje - wild, edible herbs blanched in hot water and eaten alone or with boiled potatoes.

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For dessert try bračka škuta a traditional ricotta-type soft and fresh cheese with a unique mild and gentle flavour or a combination of škuta with warm caramel.

Water sports

May is also an ideal month for water sports. If it's still a little too cold for you to swim you can try your hand at some water sports and activities. Why not try windsurfing or kitesurfing?

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These thrilling water sports are popular on the island and you can easily find rental shops and experienced instructors. Try also kayaking, and paddling as they are great ways to explore the island's coastline.

Local events

In addition to all these activities, in May you can experience local cultural events and festivities. It is especially festive on May 1 when we celebrate Labor Day and on May 30 when we celebrate Croatian Statehood Day.

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If you find yourself in Brač at the beginning of May, be sure to visit Split on the feast of Saint Duje. It is held every year on May 7th, in honor of the patron saint of the city, Saint Duje. The celebration is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the rich cultural heritage of Split, with various events taking place throughout the city.

Bonus: lesser crowds and lower prices

May is a great month to visit Brač if you want to avoid crowds and save money. Unlike the peak tourist season in July and August, May is considered the shoulder season.

This means that the island is less crowded and the prices are more affordable. You can enjoy all the beauties of the island without the long waiting lines and high prices.

Many accommodation options also offer special deals and discounts during May. Whether you prefer a hotel, villa, or apartment, you can find a great deal in May.

So, if you want to experience Brač without the crowds and without breaking the bank, May is the perfect time to visit.

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As you can see, May is a fantastic month to visit Brač. With the perfect weather, fewer crowds, and more affordable prices, you'll have a chance to explore the island's stunning natural beauty, rich culture, events and delicious cuisine.

If you still want to be sure that it will be warm enough for swimming, wait until at least mid-June.

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