It seems that everybody who heads to the island of Brac stays in Bol but if you’re looking for a locals-only corner of the island which is off the beaten path from most tourists, we suggest that you head to Povlja, Croatia.
Head To Povlja, Croatia
Bol is nice and it’s the island’s oldest town but it’s a busy city and has a working port and it’s full of travellers. By heading an hour north-east of this bustling city, you’ll find yourself in the small, harboured village of Povlja, Croatia. Nestled into a small valley, surrounded by hills of lush, green trees and scattered smaller hamlets, Povlja is a perfect place to learn & practice Croatian and meet local people.
So here are our five reasons why you should head to Povlja, Croatia.
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1. Experience Traditional Croatia
If you’re looking to spend time away from tourists we spent a week staying on the eastern side of Brac island in Povlja and really recommend it.
Povlja has a permanent population of just 393 people and although this swells during the summer months, it could never be considered busy.
With a sheltered & protected harbour on which many shops and restaurants are based, you’ll find locally made ice-cream and shops & stalls selling locally produced items like olive oil, honey and jewellery made of olive wood.
From here you could easily practice your Croatian and learn more about Croatian culture. The gorgeous promenade sits aside those clear waters that Croatia is famous for and there are plenty of areas where you’re able to soak up the sun or swim from.
2. Walk In The Hills
The hills are covered with lush forests, vines & olive trees and whilst I was walking the dog we regularly bumped into friendly locals with their goats. The air is super-fresh as very few non-Croatian tourists make it up to that part of the island and as a result, traffic is less.
In the morning before the heat of the sun has risen and in the evening after the sun’s heat has gone down, the hills of olive trees and vines are silent except for the sounds of cicadas and birds. The view over Povlja from above is mesmeric and when the sun is setting, the green hills glow a golden hue.
3. Discover Hidden Coves
The area around Povlja has a number of coves, some easily accessible from the centre of town and the main promenade but others you must go out and found.
Whilst I was walking the dog, I found two hidden coves on the western side of Povlja which were both picture-perfect and ideal for swimming and picnics without a single soul bothering you. These coves are secluded and protected and great for exploring on foot, although it takes longer but quicker and easier with paddleboards and canoes. Traversing around the twisty tracks on two legs can’t quite compete with the serenity of gliding along the water.
4. Explore Parts Of The Island Other’s Don’t
Povlja is only an hour’s drive to Brac but it’s world’s apart in the number of tourists it attracts. The people who visit Povlja actually want to be there and planned there trip.
Once you’ve explored the town, its coves, the hidden coves and explored the hills, you can take day trips to the other quaint Croatian towns of Novo Selo, Selca, Sumartin, Gornji Humac and see what you can find.
5. Just Relax And Enjoy The Sun
We love adventurous holidays but we also really appreciate down-time where we can relax and soak up the peace and quiet whilst baking in the sun’s rays. Croatia’s weather during the summer has always treated us well and has ranged from 26-36*c depending on our location.
Povlja, Croatia really is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the ambience of good food, good wine, good sunshine and excellent swimming.
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We stayed in Apartment Ada 2 and loved our stay. We’d happily recommend it to other people and would gladly stay there again.
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