Supetar on Brac, Croatia

Picturesque beaches and a pretty old town, where art and cuisine are important, make Supetar on the north coast of Brac a worthwhile holiday destination.

Supetar, an idyllic holiday resort on the north coast of the island, is the gateway to Brac for many Croatian holidaymakers, as this is where the ferries that cross from Split on the mainland dock. As the largest ferry port and town on Brac, Supetar is also the tourist centre of the island.


Holiday in Supetar

When you step off the ferry, you are immediately greeted by the picturesque harbour promenade of Supetar. Lined with cosy konobas and nice restaurants, it invites you to take a relaxed stroll. Behind it you can already see the pointed bell tower of the church of Supetar, which is one of Supetar's top sights.

With holiday homes, flats, hotels, restaurants and taverns, Supetar offers visitors every conceivable amenity. In the summer months, numerous events ensure that holidaymakers do not get bored.

Sights in Supetar

The only town on the island of Brac is rich in cultural and historical sights, some of which date back to Roman times. The cobbled alleys of the old town lead to idyllic squares and still exude the flair of a typical Dalmatian coastal town.

The most important sight in Supetar is the 17th century Church of the Annunciation, which dominates the town centre with its impressive bell tower. It is a listed building and has a small church museum. Here you can also admire the remains of a mosaic from the 6th century.

Also worth a visit is the Petrinovic Mausoleum in the Supetar cemetery. The artistic sculptures that adorn not only the Petrinovic family mausoleum but the entire cemetery were created by the Croatian sculptors Tome Rosandic and Ivan Rendic.

By the way, there is more of the latter to see in Supetar. In 1999, an entire gallery was dedicated to the late 19th century artist, who grew up in Brac. In addition to the presentation of sculptures, drawings and sketches, the gallery also provides information about the life of Ivan Rendic through photos and documents.

In the evening and at night, the Put Vele Luke promenade with cafés, bars and discos invites you to dance, drink and laugh. During the day, shopping enthusiasts will find what they are looking for at the souvenir stalls and in the numerous shops.


Tip: On the olive trail near the village of Mirca, just 3km from Supetar, secluded footpaths lead through gnarled olive groves that are said to date back to the island's first civilisations.

Beaches in Supetar

The beaches of Supetar offer a wide range of sports and leisure activities for young and old alike. As is usual in Croatia, the pebble beaches offer crystal-clear sea water and kiosks provide bathers with cool drinks and snacks.

Concreted sunbathing areas make it easy to spread out beach towels and enjoy unadulterated sunbathing. Jet ski rentals, boat rentals, surf schools and a small aqua park with a water slide ensure that active holidays are not neglected on bathing day.

Banj and Tri Mosta

The most popular and beautiful beaches of Supetar with the best leisure facilities are located with the beaches Banj and Tri Mosta, which merge directly west of the town centre. Sufficient infrastructure, the shallowly sloping seabed of sand and pebbles, water slides and a lifeguard make these two beaches ideal for families.

Tip: Between these beaches lies Bill Rat ("white horn"), another recommended stretch of beach. The forested headland with rocky beach is ideal for snorkellers!

Vela Luka and Vlacica

Vela Luka beach is also very popular. The infrastructure is as good as on the beaches of Banj and Tri Mosta, but focuses more on gastronomy than on leisure and sports. Sun loungers, shady trees and concreted sunbathing areas are available, and at the western end sandbanks on the royal blue sea provide a paradisiacal flair.

Just behind it is the completely concreted city beach of Vlacica, from which it is easy to walk to the neighbouring harbour. This is where the locals of Supetar meet.

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