Four teenagers spending a week exploring Brač Island from their base in Supetar
This summer my 16 year old daughter and three of her best friends are spending a week on our island. The plans are underway, tickets already booked and this is now their dream and something to look forward to during exhausting GCSE exams. Hot and exciting summer is not that far away!
The girls will fly from Luton to Split, take the shuttle bus from the airport and hop on the next ferry to island Brac. Simple as that! Once they set their foot in Supetar their holidays shall begin, just hours after they left their UK homes.
There are so many exciting things to do on Brač. They are old enough and quite sensible and should be able to do most of the things on their own! Croatia is safe and local teenagers are used to travelling by buses to see their family and friends at the seaside during summer holidays. Below are a few ideas to fill their days.
- Boat trip from Bol to Hvar island
Wake up early and catch a 7:00am bus from Supetar to Bol https://www.autotrans.hr/en-us/bus-bol-supetar that takes less than an hour. It is a nice journey and an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Hvar as the bus strolls down the steep and curvy road approaching Bol. The boat leaves Bol at 9:00am and returns at 6:00pm. There is enough time to wander through Hvar’s narrow streets, visit churches and a theatre, or even explore the fortress and then enjoy the rest of the day on the beach at nearby Pakleni Islands, known for crystal clear waters. Cost of the trip is £20.00. Bring packed lunches if you are on a budget holidays as Hvar might be pricey due to it’s popularity and high end clientelle.
Hvar & Palmižana (Pakleni islands)
Spend a day exploring the oldest tourist centre in Dalmatia: wander through the narrow kale(streets), stumble upon hidden cafés and restaurants beneath the city walls, visit the cathedral, museum and one of the oldest theatres in Europe (17th Century) or take a walk to the 16th Century fortress.
In the early afternoon there is an optional onboard fish picnic and an optional trip from Hvar to Palmižana Bay, one of the nearby Pakleni Islands, to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters (at an additional cost).
- Sea kayaking in Sutivan
If your teenagers prefer an active holiday, this is another enjoyable thing to do. Aldura Sport organises all sort of activities to get your adrenaline going. Sunset kayaking is truly a magical experience.
Photo by Aldura
Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to truly experience the island Brac, its hidden bays, beaches and small picturesque villages. The trip starts from Sutivan along the North-West coast of the island of Brač, taking in the view of pristine nature and clear sea close to the shore, away from the sea traffic and crowded beaches. The trip usually stops for a snorkel/swim break to enjoy the sea and sun and then paddling continues to the cape of the island (cape Gomilica) from where we will have an amazing view of the island Šolta and Mrduja islet. Return to Sutivan is at lunch time. This is a popular family activity, 5 NM (9 km long) that takes 3.5 hours. Cost of trip is £29.00 (2015.).
- Day trip to Zlatni rat in Bol
The best way for teenagers to enjoy the day in the sun is spending it on the world famous Zlatni rat beach. Buses from Supetar leave every hour, but make sure you are first in line for the last bus from Bol at 9:00pm which is usually full. The walk from the bus station in Bol to Zlatni Rat is a good 20-30 minutes (shorter if you are rollerblading), but most of it is in the shade by the sea with many bars, restaurants and souvenir boots along the way. You can learn to windsurf, enjoy the sea trampolines, or just lay in the sun with your iPod on.
- Hiking: Vidova gora and Blaca monastery
Another active day could be hiking down to impressive Blaca monastery on the southern side of the island which is hidden in cliffs half way from the top of the island and a beautiful bay at the bottom. The hike from the top is 30 minutes to the monastery and then another 30 minutes to the most secluded beach not too many people visit. The hike up is then longer than an hour, but worth every step! Blaca is closed on Tuesdays, but please double check with Supetar Tourist Board to avoid disappointments: tel +385 21 63 05 51 )
- A day in Split – a day in ruins!
Supetar is connected with Split on the mainland with an efficient and frequent ferry service. The girls could go on a 10:30am ferry to Split and should be there in 45 minutes. The old town and Dioklecian palace are a short walk away and there are many walking or ‘hop on and off’ tours they can join in if they want (some of them are free, check http://www.splitwalkingtour.com/index.php/daily-tours/free-split-walking-tour.html). They can spend most of the day strolling the narrow streets, watching street performers, do some souvenir shopping and visiting it’s vibrant and hipster cafes and restaurants. Split has it all, but the most importantly, it has a unique vibe and is perfect for young people. After they have seen it all and held the St. Grgur’s toe for the luck, they can either go to Marjan hill where they can enjoy the fascinating views of Split and the islands, or go to famous Bacvice beach to watch locals play ‘picigin’ in shallow waters. Return is with 9:00pm (or midnight) ferry to Supetar. Cost of return ticket is £8.00
- Beach days: sea, sun and paddle boarding
If they are able to do all of the above, it will be a proper action packed holiday! The hours in between should be spent on the beach relaxing, or maybe learning to windsurf with Moonkiki Windsurfing, tel +385 95 397 7520.