Bol, Island of Brac, Croatia
1. Info and trail description
Bol is internationally known Croatian sea resort at the Adriatic coast. But Mt. Vidova, which
is rising directly above Bol is less known. At 780 m above sea level, it is the highest mountain of Adriatic islands. Thus it also causes famous
thermal wind Maestral, known to windsurfers who invade Bol in the summer.
Murvica - Mt. Vidova - Bol
If we want to conquer Mt. Vidova from Bol
as real mountain bikers (i.e. off-road) then there is only
one way to do it - in direction of Murvica. We start
ascending on macadam road with a lot of hairpin bends to
the top plateau just before Farska village.
When we reach the top plateau, we have to
pay attention to the side cart track on the right, which
will lead us in direction back to Bol. This cart track is
in the area of trees, called Fantovi dolci. Soon the cart
track leads us past deserted sheepfold and some sort of a
water well. This is where we turn left in the East
direction off the current cart track.
Now the cart track is clearly visible and
easy to bike. We follow it until we reach the main asphalt
road to Mt. Vidova, where we turn right. There is approx.
1 km from here to the top.
On the return we go along a footpath called Vela staza
leading directly to Bol. First we descent back on the
asphalt to the parking lot just beneath the top of Mt.
Vidova (outside the fence), where we turn right on the
cart track. The later leads us soon to a fence. After
going through the fence, we then continue along the
footpath. This footpath comes from the top, but is not
cyclable down to here. We then follow this path all the
way to Bol.
Well, the path is not easy at all. It
demands quite high level of DH riding skills. It is
cyclable almost all the way, depending on your skills of
course. At the beginning there are some major difficulties
because of big rocks, but soon the path is nicer and just
occasionally very difficult. In the last part the path is
wider, but still difficult to bike. A helmet is a must on
this DH. And if you have any additional protection do not
hesitate to use it because the terrain is rocky and the
rocks are sharp!