We spent a wonderful late spring week in Povlja and enjoyed every minute exploring the beautiful island of Brac.
We felt relaxed from the minute we stepped off the ferry in Supetar on the tranquil island of Brac just across the way from the ancient bustling city of Split. Split is one of seven world Unesco heritage sites, plan a day here to walk amid the tiny cobbled streets.
But if it's peace and relaxation you require then the house in the Raku Garden at Povlja will suit you perfectly. A well appointed, simple but stylish house, we had everything the five of us could wish for. We lounged in the garden reading, sunbathing, singing and BBQing. When we felt like company we gently walked down the cobbled hill to the harbour to be greeted by friendly locals. We discovered that while passing the time with a few beers on the harbour front we could buy amazing fish from the days catch when the local fishing boat came in.
Povlja maybe small but it's a great place to watch the world go by. It also usefully had a handful of cafes, ice cream stand and cake shop, bars and a grocery shop.
After a few lazy days we decided to do some full on exploring! We found bats in the tunnels of an old Second World War submarine base, deserted coves with sparkling blue seas to swim in and amazing cocktails on the famous golden beach of Zlatni Rat.
The island of Brac is very unspoilt and a breath of fresh air after many years of travelling round Greece whilst watching it fill up and get busier with tourists. Croatia is like going back to those early unspoilt days where you can still explore at your leisure without huge bustling crowds.
The Raku Garden is roughly half an hours journey over the island from the ferry terminal at Supetar. The journey has amazing views both of the sea and of the countryside - we even spotted a little snake on our travels!
See what you can spot!