ISLAND OF BRAČ
Brač is the widest Dalmatian island and the third largest island in the Adriatic. It is situated between Split and Hvar, and Poljica and the Makarska Riviera, in the cliffs reflection of Mosor and Biokovo mountains. Brac is 394 km2 big with a coastline of 175 km. There are 22 villages on the island (town Supetar and 21 settlements) with the population of more than 14,000 residents. "The Adriatic roof " - Vidova gora (778 m) is the highest peak of all Adriatic islands.
The climate with mild and rainy winters and hot, dry summers provides the island of Brač more than 2.700 sunny hours, with the warmest sea temperature of 23 C (August) and average summer air temperature of 23,8 C, 8,6 C in winter, and an average annual temperature of 15 C. There are no rivers or streams on the island, only a few small springs of fresh water and three hundred of coastal and submarine springs with mostly salty water.
Insular reef is asymmetrically curved. It gradually and gently desends to the north and suddenly and steeply to the south. The island is rich with grass, bushes, underbrush and woods. The coast is rich with pines, and on a 400 m high plateau you can find pine, common oak, hornbeam and ash-tree. The forest occupies approximately 26% of the island's area. The island abounds in wildlife, too. (Photo by R. Barilla)