Reason #134: dip your toes in the Adriatic while riding your bike (almost)
Brač offers tons of cycling routes, with various difficulty levels, vistas and sight-seeing opportunities. This is one of the loveliest and most scenic of all: Supetar – Splitska – Postira – Pučišća.
A good portion of this route is at, or just above sea level. It takes you through bays, beaches, villages and even vineyards.
You can take paved road all the way, but if your bike can handle it, I recommend going partially off road (between Splitska and Postira, and between Postira and Lovrečina).
Don’t forget to take your swimsuit and a beach towel with you.
One of the many bays and beaches on the way to Pučišća.
Lovrečina. Here we leave the dirt road and join the main, paved road again.
Postira, the view of mainland
Cycling path between Postira and Lovrečina bay. The view of mainland.
At the start of the route, just outside of Supetar.
Poppies growing in springtime. One of the many bays along the way.
A sculpture in Postira
A cross for someone who died here, probably drowned.
Cycling path between Postira and Lovrečina bay
It’s hard to say, would you rather be on that boat or on this bike.
A couple of horses on a farm near Pučišća.
This is where you take the cycling path from Splitska to Postira
A special thanks to Davor Cvitanić for the route tips :)
You can always contact me if you need more specific information about this or any other route on Brač.
Reason #124: eat May 1st bean soup in great company
May 1st is a national holiday in Croatia – International Workers Day and it’s a custom to have a group outing or a picnic, cook a huge pot of bean soup and have fun. It’s an old socialist tradition that is slowly disappearing, but on Brač it’s still alive, luckily.
If you’re going to join one of these bean soup eating festivities, you can go for one of the urban, public events such as the one in Supetar where you could be served by the cool new mayor Ivana Marković…
Photo source: Ivana Marković FB page
… or you can go old-school and have a picnic at 600 m above sea level, up on the Vidova gora mountain, with the great folks from the “Profunda” hiking club.
Master Chef stirring the meat and the beans: Jurica a.k.a. “Lola”
The line forms quickly :)
The trick is to scoop out your ideal proportion of soup, beans, sausages and meat.
Second helpings are not at all frowned upon, but some room should be left for the dessert. Great news, there’s always dessert in Croatia :)
The hardest part of a May 1st outing is getting back home when you’re completely stuffed and relaxed. Fortunately, when you’re at Vidova gora you can always say: “It’s all down hill from here”.
Reason #121: riding the ferry can be anything you want it to be
When I first thought of living on Brač the fact that I had to get there by ferry each time seemed like a hassle. And it sure can be. But I’ve also since come to embrace the positive aspects of it. So, let’s do another pros&cons list. But first let’s watch this fun video:
And now the pros&cons list…
Cons of ferry rides to and from Brač:
- they take a long time (50 minutes!)
- the tickets are kind of expensive (pricelist PDF)
- tickets for bicycles are ridiculously expensive IMO: 38kn
- you’re stuck, you can’t go anywhere for an hour
- the wi-fi is there to tease, but you can’t actually log onto it
- if the weather is bad it’s not as fun
- if the wind is really strong, especially on the Sumartin-Makarska side, the ferry won’t run
Pros of ferry rides to and from Brač:
- they’re not that long (just 50 minutes)
- if you live on the island you pay half the price for everything (people, bike, car)
- you can’t go anywhere for an hour so you can get a lot of things done: read, work, write blog posts, chat with people, play cards, think, meditate, people-watch, etc.
- you run into people you know and hang out
- you can sit outside and enjoy the sun, even get a tan
- you can sit inside and enjoy the A/C
- there’s a bar
- there are toilets, with toilet paper
- there’s a tv and if you love soaps and the news, you’re in the right place
Here’s a great page (unfortunately, facebook) with lots of pics and videos from all the ferries to and from Dalmatian islands, including Brač: Uživo s dalmatinskih trajekata / Live from Dalmatian ferries
Reason #120: compete in a singing talent show
The participants were chosen through auditions in elementary schools and they sang Croatian pop songs.
Check them out, they’re adorable:
“OMG, how are we going to top that!?”
Sometimes catching bubbles takes priority over singing.
Lots of cool choreography…
… the kind where your hair acts as a helicopter.
More cool dancing
Boys can sing, too!
Stella and the bubbles
Stella Marinković from Donji Humac won 1st place. Congrats, Stella!
Check out the video medley with this year’s participants:
Although this latest craze with talent shows is a relatively recent thing, since the Idol, The Voice, CountryX’s Got Talent, etc… However, this talent show has a much longer tradition. It used to be called Pjevači amateri and was conceived in Selca by Zoran Vrsalović Peci.
All the photos courtesy of Dalmalino. You can find lots more here.
Kudos to the organizer – Dalmalino and Zoran Vrsalović Peci – on a great effort. Hopefully Glas Brača becomes a long-standing tradition once again.
Reason #95: some uphill roads on Brač are really tough for cycling
Brač is awesome for cycling! That’s one of the top three reasons I’m here, of course :D But it’s not easy cycling. Both paved and off-road cycling routes are pretty tough. Especially in the summer, when it’s too hot during the day. To understand this better, check out the elevation profile on this sample route: Yes, that’s upwards of 500 m above sea level, and there are routes that go higher than that. But as long as you have a decent fitness level, you take enough water with you and cycle in moderate heat, you should be enjoying it. My least favorite bits of road on Brač for cycling in the summer are these two: Bobovišće – Dračevica route. No shade, straight uphill battle. No houses, so if you run out of water, it’s torture. Another road from hell scenario in the summer is this bit between Supetar and Nerežišća. Also straight, steep and long, no shade.
Reason #91: palm trees create a nice tropical vacation feel
These palm trees in Sumartin are getting a trim in the spring, so they can be all nice and fresh for the tourists in the summer.
They have to look pretty for when they pose with the Sumartin church, of course.
And over in Supetar I found a house where you can buy baby palm trees. Or, so the sign says.
Reason #21: stone Stations of the Cross in Supetar
In Supetar you can find Stations of the Cross depicted on 14 charming little stone reliefs.
Brač, of course, is known for its stone, stonemasons and sculptors.
The street is a small one next to the church, used as a shortcut when you need to get from riva to the Police station or the Emergency room on foot.