I recently spent a week in Croatia on the island of Brac with my boys and a friend and her boys. And as usual I want to share my travel experience with you.
We flew there from Luxembourg with Lufthansa (flights via Munich or Frankfurt) and landed in Split. There is also an option to fly via Zagreb and land directly on Brac island.
We had rented a car for 65 euros a week with which we drove to the ferry terminal in the Split harbor. Travelling with boys is easy because any new mean of transport excites them. So after plane and car, we were on to a big ferry boat taking us to Supetar. From there it was another 40 minute drive to Bol.
We had rented a house with 4 bedrooms and several bathrooms allowing us to comfortably stay a week without stepping on each others’ toes. The house is walking distance from the village and only 2,5 km from the famous Zlatni Rat beach . If you prefer a hotel with all amenities, I can recommend the Bluesun Elaphusa.
While we were there, the famous WTA tennis tournament BolOpen were being held and we were able to watch Luxembourg’s own Mandy Minella play.
The Bluesun Elaphusa hotel hosts this tournament and has many tennis courts for you to rent. https://www.bluesunhotels.com/en/hotel-elaphusa-bol-brac.aspx
Bol – eating and drinking
Bol is a pleasant little village, secluded enough for a quiet holiday but trendy enough to be visited by tourists from all over, included those getting there by sailboat. The main area of the village is along the sea where you will find lots of restaurants and bars, little shops and ice cream parlors. We have eaten in quite a few restaurants and can only say good things. Except for Moby Dick where service was bad and the food okayish. We had the best seafood platter at Ranc restaurant.
At night, there is quite some activity and dancing at Varadero bar for those who want to let their hair down. The music can of course be heard all over town, including in the bedrooms of the house we rented. So I was happy for my earplugs which are my trusted companions whenever I travel.
There are many beaches walking distance and easily accessible from Bol. The biggest and most famous is Zlatni Rat beach. You can rent beds and parasols, there are bars and food stands and there are activities for the kids (banana boat rides, aquapark etc. There are parking lots near the beach (the first one after the village costs 7 euros, but if you drive further around, ie closer, the parking is 4 euros for the day). If you want to have a cocktail while listening to lounge music and watching the beach empty out, why not flop down on the fatboy chairs of Auro bar . Their margaritas are lethal!
What else to do
We did not do much during our week there because the holiday was geared at beach and sun. One day we rented a boat and took it up the coast to a more secluded beach from which you can hike up to the Blaca monastery.
If you do not want to hike that far but still would like to see some religious history you can visit the Dominican Monastery . The Glavica beach there is nice too.
Here is a good blog post on what else you can do with kids on the island