Hiking Vidova Gora from Bol. Brač Island, Croatia

About a year ago I researched and listed Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes. Since then I’ve been working my way through that list. One of the hikes at the top of my list was Vidova Gora on the island of Brač. Why?

1. It is the highest peak in the Adriatic Islands
2. It offers the best views of Zlatni Rat beach – the most famous beach in Croatia.
3. Bol (the town where most people start this hike) is easily accessible from Split (just an hour away by catamaran).

Below: the peak of Vidova Gora seen from Zlatni Rat beach.

We spent a weekend enjoying Bol (which I’ll write about on my next post). On our 2nd day I left Lissette to explore the town and went off on my own to do this hike.

The average time one way is 2 hours. Most people count on about 5 hours to do this hike, including an hour up top to explore the peak. 

The most obvious question when going for the hike is “where does the trail start?”. Our Airbnb host indicated it on a map which I’ve replicated below (click on it to enlarge).

Below: The first sign indicating the way up Vidova Gora

Below: Looking back into town from that first sign.

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Once you’ve found that first sign (it took me 10 minutes to get to that point from Bol’s pier) the rest is easy. It’s just a matter of following the road which, once you pass a church and a quarry, turns into a pebbly path.

Below: views of the road, then the path, that leads you up the mountain.

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At a certain point, the terrain gets steeper and you have to go up a series of switchbacks. You then suddenly find yourself on a plateau with views like this (that’s Zlatni Rat beach – not only scenic at but the nicest Croatian beach Lissette and I have been to).

 

You’ll have continue another 15 minutes along the top before actually arriving at the peak of Vidova Gora (just go towards the huge TV antenna that dominates the skyline). Then you’ll enter this gate. You’ve arrived!

At the top you’ll find a picnic table, a board telling you all about Brač, the mandatory cross (which every Croatian peak has), some kind of unkept stone building, and the huge TV antenna. But the highlight is wandering around and climbing rocks to see different vantage points of the scenery. The views are fantastic.

Below: The town of Bol seen from the top of Vidova Gora.

I spent about an hour up top, taking photos and having a snack at the picnic table. Then I started back down, following the same path I had come up.

Below: views coming back down.

 

Notes and Impressions on climbing Vidova Gora

Technical difficulty: Easy (easy path, no climbing or scrambling)

Physical difficulty: Intermediate (gets steep, requires decent fitness level)

Distance: 11 km (7 miles) return.

Height: 780 m – the highest peak in the Adriatic islands.

Time required: about 2 hrs up, 2 hrs down plus whatever time you need up top (I was in good form on this day: it took me 1 hr 35 min to get up, 1 hr 10 min to get down).

Impression: The hike up is not that exciting until you get to the top of the plateau. The last 15 minutes to the peak is full of great views. It’s all worth it when you get to the peak – the views are fabulous in every direction and there are lots of rocks and ledges around the top that you can explore.

 

Some practical info

– We stayed at this Airbnb apartment which we found of great value ($40 CAD, that’s $32 US per night. We went late September when rates are off-season). Use our Airbnb link to save $45 CAD on your first Airbnb rental.

– Check the Jadrolinija website to schedule your trip to Bol. It takes an hour from Split on the catamaran.

 

Have you been up Vidova Gora? What did you think of it?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the useful info, really helps. Croatia is on our list for next year and this is a hike I’d love to do. That beach down below looks awesome…

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Thanks Jack. Yes, the views phenomenal and Zlatni Rat is a fantastic beach – the pebbles are very small and smooth and you won’t hurt your feet (unlike many Croatian beaches). And the water has all these different shades of blue…really nice.

  2. all the hikes in Croatia look amazing, however, they also seem to have very little tree coverage/shade!

    • Frank (bbqboy) says:

      Very true. It’s generally very barren in Dalmatia – up north and inland you’ll see more forest but along the coast it’s all rock.

  3. Thanks for the virtual hike, Frank. I felt like I got the reward of the wondrous views from your photos without having to put forth any effort! From the looks of your list of Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes and reading through your previous posts, you must be well on your way to working through the list. And you don’t have to do any explaining about why you chose Croatia as your home base. It’s fabulous!
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