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Last Minute August

5 Family Friendly Things To Do On Brač


An island getaway could only mean one thing – rest and relaxation. But despite the fact that it only covers 396 km2, Brač has a lot more to do than just rest and relaxation. This is wonderful news for those of us with children who cannot sit still.

1. The Beach

The #1 thing to do on Brač is head to the beach. Whether it’s to watch the mesmerising amber-pink sunsets or to go fishing or just to soak up the sun and cool off in the refreshing crystal clear waters, the beach is for everyone.
Zlatni Rat Beach is the most popular beach, not only on Brač, but in the entire country. It is covered in pebbles that, while tough on the feet, mean no sand in the car or the underpants. The water is irresistibly incandescent which is perfect for spotting fish.
There are several cafés and bars spotted along Zlatni Rat Beach and plenty of umbrellas and sunbeds for hire so that you can spend the whole day enjoying Croatia’s postcard-perfect weather.

Why is it family friendly? All kids love the beach and can play hours on end – especially one with an endless supply of pebbles to toss into the water.

2. The Resort

For the ultimate in rest and relaxation there’s nothing like spending the day by the pool at your resort. This is even more true when you select a family friendly resort with a kids club, 10-pin bowling alley, dedicated children’s pool and all sorts of fun entertainment.
Make it an effortless vacation by choosing an all-inclusive package so that every time your kids are hungry there is no need to leave the resort.

Why is it family friendly? What child at any age doesn’t love to hang out by the swimming pool or try their hand at bowling? The right hotel will make all the difference on your memorable family vacation.

3. The Promenade

On the way to the beach you will find the Bol Promenade, which is a shaded walkway through swaying pine trees. The surface of the promenade has been created from smoothed local “Brač stone”. The pathway hugs the shoreline and stretches from the centre of Bol west towards Zlatni Rat Beach.
Along the pathway you will find plenty of amusements including playgrounds, restaurants, bike hire and boat hire in addition to small stalls selling hand-crafted jewellery and accessories.
It’s a beautiful walk at any time of the day or night.

Why is it family friendly? Along the path you will find multiple playgrounds for the kids. There’s even a trampoline that for only pocket change will send the youngsters into a squealing delight. Best of all, this is a natural wide-open space, ideal for running and bike riding, or just let the kids roam and collect pinecones and sticks. They’ll be sure to love it.

4. The Submarine

On Zlatni Rat Beach you will find the Yellow Submarine, as if snorkelling or swimming in the sea wasn’t fun enough. While the submarine doesn’t fully submerge, there is a berth under the ocean with large windows.
A short half hour boat ride is the perfect length for active children to discover schools of fish underneath the sea.

Why is it family friendly? The ride is short enough for children to sit still and long enough to get a great taste of what’s along the coast in the Adriatic Sea. A perfect family activity which can be followed by a day at the beach.

5. The Views

The highest peak of all the Dalmatian islands, Vidova Gora, at an elevation of 778 m offers panoramic views of the incredibly popular Zlatni Rat Beach, Hvar and several other islands.
The drive towards the lookout ventures through stunning woodland to emerge at the top of the sheer cliff face.

Why is it family friendly? Kids will enjoy the woodland drive, especially if you like to stop to gaze at the sheep or hike in the bush. But keep a close eye on them near those cliffs as there are no safety barriers.

Bonus – The Dragon Cave

For those with older children you may like to tackle the Dragon Cave. It’s a steep one-hour hike up a 300-metre elevation that could leave you dusty and sweaty. However the views from the top are phenomenal and the cave is shrouded in mystery. Just make sure you bring enough water for the hour back down as well.

Why is it family friendly? Younger kids might not love the hike, but once at the cave, there’s a fascinating mystery to be explored. Rocks, carvings and adventure are all ready for the taking. Plus on the way down you just might head by the wineries to taste the juiciest grapes in Croatia.

Getting to Brač is an easy 50-minute ferry ride from Split that could even possibly be done in one day. But why not make it the perfect family friendly vacation and get away for the weekend or week? You won’t regret it.
Author Bio:
Erin has been travelling with her husband and 2 children since May 2012. It’s an open-ended, unplanned, round-the-world trip discovering amazing places for families. They have stayed in hostels and 5-star luxury resorts, travelled on scooters and cruise liners, danced with leprechauns and cuddled tigers. Nothing is out of bounds or out of reach for this remarkable Australian family. You can find unique family travel insights at her award-winning travel blog, follow her on Facebook, or catch her tweeting on Twitter.


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