Brac Island

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From Vis, we took the ferry (via Split) to Brac Island. Brac is a much busier island compared to Vis as it is the closest to the main land (and main hub Split). When we arrived in the town of Supetar we were alarmed by how busy it was. It was opposite of what we experienced coming off the ferry in sleepy Vis.

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Road to Milna

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Brac is the largest island on the Dalmatian coast with a population of over 14,000 living in numerous towns.

Because Brac island is quite busy, we really worked to stay off the main roads. Also, because of the size of the island, we did not stay in one location (like we did on Vis – making day trips), instead we worked our way around the island (staying at each place a couple of nights).

As we left the busy town of Sumartin, we headed to the quiet port of Milna. The ride there was spectacular. The villages along the way are truly awe-inspiring (particularly the sleepy town of Lozisca). Once again we experienced spectacular climbs!

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Tiny boat in Milna harbor

From Milna we headed out on a day ride on a road that wound along the sea. This ride ended up being quite epic (more climbing on loose gravel than we had anywhere else on the trip) but the views were remarkable and the change in vegetation and scenery that we experienced on this 6 hour (60km) ride were out of this world.

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Tree growing out of a building. How cool is this?

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Up up up

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Cycling through an old burn

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Fish farm

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Heading towards the opposite end of Brac, we zipped along paved roads to the town of Sumartin. We stayed in Sumartin a couple of nights leading up to our climb up Biokovo Mountain on the main land. Sumartin has a few great little swimming holes right in town and a lovely promenade winding around the town.

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Sumartin promenade

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En route to Sumartin

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Dinner donated by our generous host Starko

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Closest thing to a sandy beach in Croatia

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After biking Biokovo, we came back to Sumartin to rest and then moved on back to Supetar to continue our journey to the island of Hvar.

 

27 Sep 2013 3

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