Brac Island

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Brac island is popular because of it's white stone and for one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia!

Brac is the largest island in the Dalmatian island grouping, and the third largest amongst the Adriatic islands.

Covering an area of 394 square kilometers, Brac boasts a population of 13,824 people.

The Brac Channel separates the island from the mainland - it's separated from the island of Solta by the Splitska Vrata (Split Gate) and the island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel.

Vidova Gora is the highest peak on the island at 778 m - it's also the highest point on all the islands of Croatia. The part of the coast made up of limestone is steep and rocky (everything else is low-lying and rather sandy).

The White House In The USA Was Built With Limestone Of Brac! White house

The most impressive aspect of Brac island is the karst limestone relief, containing gullies, crevices, cavities, round valleys, and coves. Did you know that the white house of the United States was built with the white stone of Brac?

In January the average air temperature is between 4.9 degrees and 7.2 degrees. In July it rises to 22.9 degrees at Nerezisca and 24.7 degrees at the elevation of Sutivan.

Most of the rain that falls on the island accumulates during the winter, so if you take time to visit Brac island during the summer you won't be disappointed!

Altogether the annual rainfall on Brac is 1,450 mm. The sirocco and bora winds mainly blow on the island, contributing to the region's moderate climate and temperatures.

Like many of the Croatian islands, Brac doesn't have any surface water streams, but you can find some permanent sources of water near Bol. If you venture to the higher elevations on the island, black and Aleppo pine forests cover the landscape and surround the quaint villages and towns.

Pucsica and Supetar are the largest settlements in the region - most of the locals work on farms producing olive oil, wine, and growing fruit such as sour cherries and almonds. Livestock breeding and fishing are also major activities carried out on Brac. In fact, in Postira and Milna fish canneries provide employment for local residents.

It's not difficult to travel about the island - a modern network of reliable roads allow visitors to travel by car, and ferry lines run between Split - Supetar, and Makarska - Sumartin, with ship lines between Supetar and Bol.

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In the past Brac was the location of several Neolithic settlements, and contains evidence of inhabitants from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The Greeks also occupied the island at Vicja Vala. The Illyrians, however, were the first people on Brac and are most likely responsible for naming the island (the Illyrian word "brentos" means deer).

During Roman times rich citizens constructed elaborate mansions and tombs on the island in the interior and on the coast. During Diocletian's reign the quarries near Skrip were already being exploited for building projects and the island was abuzz with activity.

In the Middle Ages the island was under Byzantine rule and subsequently transferred over to the Slavs in the 9th century, at which time it was annexed to Croatia. After many years of pirate invasions along the coastal towns, most inhabitants retreated to the interior of the island for safety reasons.

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