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OTOK BRAC

The island of Brac (Otok is island in Croatian) is the third largest island in the Adriatic and has the highest peak, Vidova Gora, at 778 meters (over 2,500 ft.).  The appearance of the island was rather barren and rocky as we motored (again no wind) along the south coast of the island after leaving Makarska.  The longest part of the island runs east-west and parallel to the mainland SE of Split.

Rocky Coastline

Rocky Coastline

The island is famous for its stone which has been quarried for centuries and at one time agriculture was bigger than tourism as a way of life.  There are terraced stone walls everywhere in Croatia that were once cultivated fields but now lie fallow.  Most of these walls are several feet high and wide–made of thousands and thousands of rocks all placed by hand over the centuries.

Fallow Fields

Fallow Fields

More amazing was seeing the plots still under cultivation on the steep, parched mountain side.

Rocky Cultivation

Rocky Cultivation

The main town on the south of Brac is Bol, a small fishing harbor that provides some shelter and a town quay with tailed lines and electricity  for visiting boats.  The cost, as was the case in Makarska was very expensive—over $80 US so we opted to pick up a mooring outside the harbor and went ashore by dinghy to explore.

Approaching Bol

Approaching Bol

Kent goes Scouting

Kent goes Scouting

 Fortunately, the weather was calm overnight because the mooring was exposed. 

October 1st Sunrise at Bol

October 1st Sunrise at Bol

The biggest attraction at Bol is the  spit called Veli Rat which is about ½ mile from the town.  It is the largest and reputedly the “nicest” beach in all of Croatia.  Most “beaches” are rock platforms but Veli Rat, while not sand is small pebbles and at least walkable.  The white beach against backdrop of pine trees and mountains is dramatic.    

Approaching the Tip of Veli Rat

Approaching the Tip of Veli Rat Veli Rat

This is what passes for sand in Croatia

This is what passes for sand in Croatia

Destiny off Veli Rat

Destiny off Veli Rat

 

More chairs than tourists in Oct.

More chairs than tourists in Oct.

Although October has arrived and the nights are cooler, the days are still sunny and warm and the water temperature still lingers around 80 degrees making swimming pleasant.  We have our share of threatening weather but much of it passes by without a drop of rain–like today.

Here comes the Weather

Here comes the Weather

Time is flying by as we approach the end of our stay in Croatia.  Over the next couple of weeks we will head back north to Sukosan where the boat will be hauled for the winter.  We can’t believe we’ve been here five months–it has been great fun.

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