Date: November 7, 2019
Vagabonding Day: 38
Location: BraÄ Island, Croatia
Elevation Gain: 2300 feet (701 meters)
Distance: 6.75 miles (10.5 km)
Located on BraÄ Island, Vidova Gora stands majestically above the town of Bol and provides sweeping views of the Adriatic and beyond. With a height of 2552 feet (778 meters), it is the tallest mountain on all of the Adriatic islands. Iâ€™m always on the hunt for a new mountain to explore, so when I heard about this beauty I really wanted to see it for myself.
The Vidova Gora trailhead begins on the outskirts of Bol at the intersection of Ul. Gornje Podbarje and BraÄka Cesta. Itâ€™s easily accessible by foot from the downtown area – which is a nice change from some of my other recent hikes which required a lengthy bus ride. After locating the trailhead, I started walking uphill towards the mountain ridge behind the town.
The trail follows along Ul. Gornje Podbarje road until it meets a gravel pit. Here, the trail branches away from the main road and passes a row of industrial trucks nestled into the hillside. The trail branches again here, with the Mala Staza trail going right towards the airport and the Vidova Gora trail going left. I headed left along a dirt road.
Trees laden with dark ripe olives lined the trail as I hiked. I wondered if anyone owned these trees, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I got my answer on the way back to town later that day as a group of farmers were gathered around the trees harvesting the olives.
Just past the olive trees, the path narrows from a dirt road into a bona fide hiking trail. A rocky path zig-zags up the hill via a series of switchbacks and past a livestock gate. I stepped through the gate and carefully latched it behind me, wondering what kind of livestock lived on the hill.
I soon found out. The clanging of a cowbell alerted me that I wasn’t alone. After rounding a corner I came upon a group of surprised sheep who quickly trotted in the other direction. I continued to run into sheep as I hiked, but they were really skittish and it was hard to get a good photo. Mostly I got pictures of sheep butts as they ran away.
Eventually I reached the top of the ridge. I assumed that I’d reached the summit, which was fine by me as I was feeling worn out and looking forward to turning around. After looking around a little, I located the summit about a kilometer away along the ridge. Uggghhhhâ€¦
Well I’d come this far, I wasn’t going to back out now. So I kept going. On the bright side, I passed some more sheep and managed to get a decent photo before they all ran away again.
The summit was spectacular. I had a bird’s eye view of Zlatni Rat beach, as well as incredible views of all the neighboring islands and the Croatian mainland. It was definitely worth the extra effort to make it all the way to the top. Plus there was a picnic table for me to sit at while I ate my lunch!
More information about hiking the Vidova Gora Trail is available at the following links.
- Hiking Vidova Gora on the Island of BraÄ, Croatia – on the Earth Trekkers blog
- Vidova Gora Trail – on AllTrails.com
Read my other blog post about our visit to Bol here: