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Croatia’s dazzling coastline is home to more than one thousand islands. If you were to look out to sea from anywhere along the Croatian coastline, it would be unusual for you not to see a green speck in the distance! Our solos guided walking holiday shows you the best of the coastline as well as the beautiful interior.
The price shown here excludes flights but includes a sole occupancy supplement
Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
Not included – evening dinner which we take at local restaurants
We stay at Villa Adriatica
This unique Villa hotel is 100 meters away from the main sandy beach. It is the ultimate location in Supetar, in the heart of the island of Brac. Located in a quiet residential area, right next to the tennis courts. Completely refurbished and re-decorated in 2017. You’ll enjoy your stay in any of the beautiful areas of the Villa: the restaurant, the garden cafe-bar under the shade of gorgeous palm trees, and the originally designed rooms.
Hotel Villa Adriatica, is a small family-run hotel offering 23 modern furnished, air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom and all the necessary amenities including Wi-Fi access all over the hotel. Furniture with details of rattan creates a relaxing atmosphere. You can relax in the beautiful outdoor pool and enjoy the sun while slowly sipping your favourite cocktail. The wellness area boasts a sauna and a hot tub. Our Spa offers various types of massages. On the terrace by the lounge bar, our guests can spend lazy afternoons reading a good book in the shade of old palm trees in the middle of the Mediterranean vegetation.
Facilities at Villa Adriatica
23 double rooms/Air-conditioning and heating
Phone/ SAT / TV
Restaurant/Terrace cafe-bar and cocktail cafe-bar/Live music
Garden/Pool and outdoor Jacuzzi/Yoga and massage/ Fitness and sauna, hot tub/24 hour service
Close to the beach/ Proximity to sport facilities
Special cocktail evenings by the pool
Sole Occupancy Supplement
The sole occupancy supplement of £29 per night is already included in the cost of this holiday. – as shown at the top of the page.
The room is a twin or double room for sole occupancy.
We fly into Split airport and are transferred to the hotel, first to the Split ferry terminal, then by boat to Supertar on Brac island. We will be picked up at the Brac ferry terminal and taken to our hotel.
We accumulate passengers together at the airport for onward travel- as flights from UK regional airports generally arrive in close proximity. Our guides will meet you at the airport.
The first afternoon and evening is a settling in day- we can explore the town and beach areas before going for dinner in Supertar.
Walking is for five days with one day free.
The closest airport is Split which welcomes regular non-stop flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Newcastle and Belfast
From Split, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to the port (35 minutes) for your ferry to Brac which takes 40 minutes. You will then be transferred to your hotel.**
Flight prices also change based upon how late you book with us. We will always quote you to your exact specification and give you options on flights.
Note – in order to maximise the transfers that we organise, we will arrange for a transfer with others. This will meet the morning UK departures to Split.
This can mean small delays whilst we accumulate clients together for group transfers- un avoidable- and this policy impacts favourably on the cost of your holiday.
Should you arrive later than the morning flights, then we will still organise your transfer, but there will be an additional £40 transfer charge per person as this will be an separate transfer arrangement.
Note- we always try to advise that you fly from your local airport- this is one of the unique selling points for our holidays.
The advantages in cost and convenience however far out weigh any additional local airport supplement- and to support the environment – reducing the overall carbon footprint is good policy.
Should you want an individual transfer- to avoid any waiting time – then there will be an additional charge for this
The routes we use are mostly along tracks or rural roads; sometimes on paths (some can be rocky due to characteristic limestone). Paths are generally easy to follow and sometimes waymarked and/or signposted however this is variable.
If required, Secret Hills Walking will provide two walks daily – one being less mileage and slower paced, the main walk will be as described below.
The Adriatic sea is an ever present – whether walking along side it or viewing it from a distance.
There are many superb viewing points along our routes. A highlight is the highest mountain in all the Croatin islands – Vidove Gora.
We are excited that our Slovenian guiding company – we have worked with them for 12 years – are leading our walks in Croatia.
Sample walks include
-a varied circular walk providing an excellent introduction to the villages and landscapes of BraÄ. As you follow the coastline there are several swimming opportunities to enjoy in the vivid clear blue water. Pass through unspoilt villages surrounding natural harbours as you make your way back to the lovely town of Supertar.
-This superb walk takes you to the coastal village of Bol via the highest point in the Adriatic Islands known as Vidova Gora. For a while you join the well waymarked ‘Educational Trail’ passing various information boards (in both Croatian & English), then a lovely path takes you up to the edge of the limestone escarpment and on to the summit with its breath-taking views to Hvar and beyond.
Walking on Brac is a delight. Limestone predominantly on our paths, generally good underfoot, but some stony sections with loose limestone stones.
Paths well marked but we do venture off these info woodland.
No major ascents or descents but the land is not flat and we do walk from the coast inland – generally uphill and descend back to the coast.
The walks on this trip are rated as Moderate but each day involves a fair amount of ascent and descent. The trip requires a reasonable amount of fitness, ideally with previous hill walking experience.
You need good walking footwear, preferably waterproof walking boots with good soles for protection. You may find that walking poles will aid your enjoyment of this land.
Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any clients ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or they feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.
They will try at all times to provide an alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.
We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group and the leaders.
It’s all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress-free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secret Hills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekend’s activities – but it’s good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.
“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.
You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for travelling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.
Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.
Oh – by the way – it’s not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like-minded friends – just relax and enjoy.
Just arrive and enjoy.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
You may book online.
Payment is in two parts – you pay a deposit of 25%, payable when reserving your holiday place. You will receive an invoice for the holiday showing the deposit paid, and full amount to pay for the holiday. This acts as your confirmation.
The balance is due 8 weeks prior to the holiday start date. You will be sent a reminder.
About three weeks prior to departure, we will send you holiday joining details, and details of the transfer from the airport to the appointed hotel we have arranged for you.
Once you arrive at your holiday destination
Secret Hills Walking Holidays organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide. You make your own arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.
It is important to read Secret Hills Walking Holidays Terms and Conditions – click on the tab on our web site – before you complete the booking form.
Insurance – you need to be fully covered
It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate).
We will ask you to provide us with the details of your insurance prior to the holidays start date and it is a condition of reserving a place.
If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website.
Supetar is the main town on Brac, sort of its capital. It is only one hour away from Split – the centre of Dalmatia – 45 min by ferry or 20 min by catamaran. Twenty kilometers from Supetar there is an airport, one of the few on the Croatian islands.
The main reason for such a large number of tourists visiting Croatia is primarily its crystal blue sea. You can enjoy swimming from the beginning of May to the end of October. The beaches of Supetar are lined with kilometres of pinewoods providing shelter from the summer sun. The beaches are sandy or rocky; you can choose which you like. There are deck chairs, bicycles, windsurfing boards, scooters and other equipment to rent. . Everybody can find a corner to suit his own taste, avoiding crowds and jams.
Brac island is only 15 miles wide and 50 miles long so we can visit most of the good areas on this holiday.
It is an ancient civilisation, but has had a peaceful existence generally, though some activity in world war two is evident.
The population swells by 200 % in the tourist seasons- seasonal workers and holiday makers.
We so enjoyed this holiday and it made us realise yet again how fortunate we were to have found Alan and Secret Hills many years ago . The sun was a real tonic, the Hotel Villla Adriatica was superb, the guides were excellent and extremely caring, and the walking was just what was required. The meals taken in local restaurants were not for the faint hearted but we quickly adapted to Brac generous portions and everyone found something of interest. It was also good to meet up with old friends from previous walks, and indeed make some new ones, who we look forward to catching up with again sometime in the future.
John and Lin Chesshire
We had a fantastic time, the island is beautiful, the walks were perfect for us and varied daily. The hotel was very comfortable and provided a very good breakfast. The weather was good and the company excellent. A perfect holiday. Thank you, see you next year. Regards Elaine
Brac, Croatia – Oct 2019: This was a new trip organised by Secret Hills and it didn’t disappoint. I would say the walks were slightly gentler than other Secret Hills trips I’ve been on, in that there were no steep climbs and the paths were really nice, which made for a wonderful week exploring Brac island. Katya and Mica, our guides, were very knowledgeable and informative about the history of the island, they worked hard to offer a variety of walks and found some wonderful lunch spots to enjoy the local food, wine and grappa. As with all Secret Hills trips the walking was quite varied incorporating beaches, olive groves and some stunning views across to both other islands and the mainland. I particularly enjoyed the after walk dip in the sea, cool but refreshing! The mid-week break day offered the opportunity to visit more of Brac island, take the ferry to explore Split or, as I did, just enjoy the local town of Supetar. The small boutique hotel was difficult to fault, the breakfast was very nice and the staff were so accommodating and friendly. It was the last week in the season so things were starting to shut down locally, I enjoyed having less bustle, but it did mean there were some limitations on eateries that would take our group size. That said, as ever, the team did a great job in finding them and we ate and drank very well! Another wonderful trip and another wonderful group of people thanks Alan.
Been several times with secret hills to many Europe holidays. Brac was a fantastic location the hotel was excellent clean rooms with good choice at breakfast. Evening meals were taken at different restaurant’s. Excellent guides and choice of walks. Would recommend to friends hope to be doing another next year. It is lovely meeting up with friends we only see on these walks.
Thanks again for a great holiday and hope to see you again.