The largest of Croatia’s central Dalmatian islands, Brac is also one of the most accessible from the mainland. Its core is a vast landscape of karst rocks covered in scrub, olive groves and vineyards, while the coastline is dotted with hidden coves and pretty beaches.

The island has long been known for its milky white stone, a mix of marble and limestone, which formed the building blocks of some of the world’s most famous buildings including the White House, parliament buildings in Budapest and Vienna and Croatia’s very own Diocletian’s Palace in Split. In more recent years, however, it is Zlatni Rat beach that has attracted most of the attention, appearing on at least half of all postcards that are sent home from Croatia. This long pebbly beach protrudes into the sea and due to the wind, waves and sea currents the very tip of the beach continually changes shape.

The two main hubs on Brac are Supetar in the north of the island and Bol on the south. While these get busy ferrying passengers to and fro in the summer months, there are plenty of quieter villages to explore, each with their own charm and their own stretch of sparkling Adriatic coastline.