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Brac Island

Brac's main claim to fame is the strip of beach near the resort of Bol that stretches out like a finger into the sea, which is featured on almost all Croatian tourist brochures. Brac is the largest of the central Dalmation group of islands and its major agricultural products are wine, olive oil and fruit. The island is also known for its white stone, which is exported; Brac's white stone was used to build Washington DC's White House as well as the Diocletian's Palace in Split.

Bol and Supetar are the two main resorts on Brac, with attractive old towns and a laid-back charm. Bol is the windsurfing capital of Croatia, and Brac as a whole is a great destination for water sports. The rest of the island boasts numerous villages and dramatic coastal scenery. Like much of Croatia, the beaches on Brac Island are mainly rocky, boasting stunningly clear blue water and calm seas. If you are desperate to find a sandy beach head down to Lovrecina, which has its own beach bar and restaurant and is a lovely spot to spend the day.

Brac is generally less crowded than Split and other popular areas on Croatia's mainland, but it can get busy during the peak summer months.

Website: www.bracinfo.com

Transport: The Jadrolinija car ferry has regular services to Supetar on Brac Island from Split.