Looming over Zlatni rat to the north is the 778-metre peak of Vidova gore, the highest point on any Adriatic island. It's accessible via an asphalt road which leaves the Supetar-Bol road just south of the village of Nerciisća, and there's also a marked walking trail (2hr each way) from the centre of Bol, which heads uphill about 100m beyond the Faces discotheque. small There's a smatavern at the summit which sometimes serves roast lamb during summer, but most people come simply to savour the view, encompassing Zlatni rat and Bol down to the left, with the islands of Vis and Hvar visible further out.
Tucked away at the head of a valley on the western flanks of the Vidova gora is the Hermitage of Blaca (Pustinja Blaca; Tues-Sun 8am-5pm, though check in the tourist office at Bol or Supetar as times can vary), about 12km out of Bol. You can walk there by following the road (which later degenerates into a track) west from Bol, passing the village of Murvica before heading inland at Blaca bay.The route is easy to follow and takes about three hours each way - a worthwhile but unshaded walk along a rugged hillside with the sea far below. You can cut out some of the effort by taking a boat trip (advertised in Bol harbour in high season) to Blaca bay and continuing from there. If you're driving, take the turn-off for Vidova gora midway between Supetar and Bol, then turn right after about 2km onto the signed gravel track for Blaca (just about passable for cars, but rough on the suspension). From the end of the track, walk along the path which heads downhill past deserted hamlets before arriving at the monastery after about forty minutes.
The hermitage was founded in 1588 by monks fleeing the Turks; the last resident - Niko Miličević, an enthusiastic astronomer who left all sorts of bits and bobs, including an assortment of old clocks and a stock of lithographs by Poussin - occupied the hermitage in the 1930s.You can also look around the ascetic living quarters and the kitchen, with its forest of blackened iron utensils surrounding an open hearth. But the principal attraction is the setting, with the simple buildings hugging the sides of a narrow, scrub-covered ravine. Islanders from all over Brac attend the pilgrimage to Blaca on the first weekend after Assumption (Aug 15).
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