Golden Beach (Zlatni Rat)
The beach is beautiful, we were here in late June and it was therefore not high season of tourism. We stayed in Hvar, so we had rented a speed boat with a driver who drove us over, he said that when it was tourist season the beach was packed with people!
A nice place to swim and enjoy the sun!
It is worth a visit!
The people of Bol decided together with the Duke of Brac, Zarcharia, on the spot where the Dominicans could build their retreat which had a great influence over centuries on the town. That was in 1475. Today the monastery houses a museum and the church is well worth a look with an altar from the Jacob Tintoretto workshop. There are strange opening hours which cannot always be relied upon. Best ask in the tourist office.
For the small church see the separate tip. Also there is a lovely old cemetery there to visit.
The monastery and its church is located to the east of town on the edge of the sea at the end of town. Behind the monastery there is a nice beach with rubbish bins but no public toilet or shade anywhere.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
- Museum Visits
Golden Beach (Zlatni Rat)
This is the most amazing beach in Croatia and maybe in the whole world as it’s actually two beaches in one because it’s like a little peninsula sticking out into the sea. Since we visited it after the peak season it wasn’t busy at all. Because of the wind one side was virtually empty.
The tongue of the golden beach is about 0,5 kilometers long. The beach is situated 2 kilometers from the town of Bol. You can walk along the shady promenade to get there or alternatively you can take a boat or the little tourist train to take you to the beach.
About 3 big hotels tucked away in the forest are situated between the town and the beach, so for the package tourists the distance to the golden beach is much shorter.
At the beach itself you will find snack kiosks and there is an underground pay toilet too. Nearby there is a big self-service restaurant.
Kings stairs and fountain
In the centre of Bol you will find a small staircase which takes you from the Riva up to the place where the fruit market is. These stairs were built in the honour of the visit of Emperor Franz Joseph I. on 23rd April 1875. You may see the stairs on the second photo.
In 1885 this fountain was created as it contains one of the two springs of drinking water in Bol. It served that purpose until 1962.
- Historical Travel
Bol has some fascinating sculptures to look at and take pictures of. My favourite is without doubt the one of the two men by the harbour. It never gets boring looking at it because of its angle.
We saw another sculpture of a mother with child on our walk to the monastery (picture no. 3).
In the harbour itself there is another one (picture no. 4).
Parish Church of Our Lady of Karmel
The church dates back to 1668 and features baroque decorations and has rococo touches. The church was financed by the Vuzic and Andreis families as well as other wealthy inhabitants of Bol. The church was only finished in 1788.
Culinary walk in the town
There is a wide selection of restaurants offering a variety of local and Mediterranean dishes. Meat, fish and pasta are the main ingredients, accompanied with delicious salads and fresh vegetables.
The local ‘konobas’ specialise in grilled meat and fish dishes, cooked using traditional methods and recipes, though the Croatian cuisine is a little limited. These family run establishments are well worth a visit.
Dozens of café bars in and around the town are great places to sit and enjoy a drink and a chat. You can choose to sit near the harbour to watch the boats and yachts arriving and departing or along the cool, tree-lined promenade that leads to Zlatni Rat beach.
Order a bottle of malvasia (Croatian white wine), a mixed seafood buzzara (prawns, mussels and langoustine) and watch the world go by.
Wherever you choose, you can’t help but be drawn in to the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and the tranquil beauty that is rarely found in Europe.
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Promenade to Golden Beach
At the Western end of Bol starts the pedestrian promenade which is at first lined with various stalls that sell beach items and souvenirs. You then pass the various hotels catering for beach holidays.
Just before you reach the Golden Beach you will pass a small church (photo no. 2) on your right where your camera may see more than you (photo no.3).
Gothic summer residence
On the east side of the harbour you will see a fortified house dating back to the end of the 15th and early 16th century. It was built in Venetian Gothic style. In this building you will find the tourist office and the library.
Church of St. Ivan and Tudor
This small church dates back to the 9th to 10th century and it’s built in the old Croatian way. It's the oldest church in Bol.
Unfortunately, this church was closed when we were there. The church sits on remnants of a building from 6th century which features a cistern and frescos.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Zlatni Rat beach
Croatia does not have everything: it has few sandy beaches, but if it is beach you are after, the best in the country is Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) - a 630m-long sandbar on southern coast of the island of Brac, the most spectacular beach of the Adriatic. A story has it that this is the only beach in the world that runs vertical to the coast.
The pebble cape of this unique phenomenon stretches into the open sea like a finger whose tip changes shape and position depending on the wind.
The waters are shallow, making it ideal for families, but there are also enough waves to make it a fairly reliable surfing option; a pine forest provides welcome shade.
And here you can encounter again with a local superstition: the "Lucky stone".
It is actually a cover of a certain type of shell. It is said and believed that if you find it, you are getting lucky. Many are trying to find it for ages... but it is extremely hard to find.
Swim or not-never fail to visit Bol beech
Its a most famous and beautiful beech in the region. You should visit here and walk on the beech. In the summer there are many people from all over Europe, but when I visited the beech (very early may), it was calm and quiet. Its a very relaxing experience to walk and look at the scenery.
The famous beach of Bol
Surely the most famous beach of croatia because of its form of triangle. Effectively, it's a nice beach but extremely crowded. A little part is reserved to naked people and the extremity of the triangle is reserved to fun-boarders and kite-surfers.
From the center of Bol, you'll have to walk during 20 minutes on a beautiful pedestrian road along the sea.
And if you are very very lazy (or tired), there is a taxi-boat between the port of Bol and the beach or a mini-train.
the Golden Horn
I took a boat from Hvar to Bol on Atlas tours (150 kn) which took about 2 1/2 hrs. Instead of taking a water taxi from Bol to the Golden Horn I recommend walking there. The walk goes along the coast, under pine trees and takes about 25 minutes at a leisurely pace. The Golden Horn is a smooth peeble beach which juts out to point - one one side of the Horn wind surfers, jet skies and boat swarm like humming birds. The setting is sublime - the mountains lord over the Horn, blue clear water on your left and right, the sound of the waves on the pebbles, a gentle breeze. I wish I had a full day here - I would recommend spending 2 nights here - 3 hours was not enough.
Formerly the famous hermitage of the Glagolitic Order erected on the high, steep cliff, Blaca in one of the most beautiful mountain resorts on Braè today. This had already been noted in many scientific and travel-descriptions.
Blaca is a unique monument on our coast. A visit here is not to be missed. Blaca is situated on the fringes of a long valley, in the southern part of the island, between Bol and Milna, 3,5 kilometers inland from the sandy Blataèka uvala (The Harbour of Blaca).
Blaca was established in the 16th century by the Glagolitic priests from Poljica. .
This small hermitage of Blaca houses some objects of great monumental value. The church built in the Renaissance manner was completed in 1588 and dedicated to the Ascension of Mary.
From the ethnographic point of view, the kitchen with the spacious open-air fire place is especially interesting as an example of a gathering point.
Blaca's furniture will indisputably attract attention. We would, however, call your attention to the astronomical instruments of this world-wide known observatory, then to the rich collection of ancient weapons and old watches and finally, to the exceptionally rich library with still a number of unexamined archives, many of them written in old Croatian alphabet...