The beaches of Bol on Brac

Day 24
Brac, Croatia

The largest island in central Dalmatia is best known for two things: its lustrous white stone that has built some of the world’s most famous landmarks, like the White House, and Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), described by many as the most beautiful beach in this country. Today, after an hour’s ride from Split, we saw both.

Our ferry arrived in Supetar, Brac’s main port, a little before 10 a.m. We hopped off and cut right to the matter at hand: finding the cheapest rental vehicle possible, which happened to be a Peugot 107. Not American-made like our Chevy Spark in Korcula, but it would do.

Passing quarries and piles of stones that had been removed by hand in order to farm the land, we worked our way towards Bol, a town on the south side of the island. Approaching from the mountains, it wasn’t hard to spot Zlatni Rat, a smooth stone beach that juts about 1,500 feet into the sea. It has been described as a tongue, because depending on the wind and waves, the tip of the beach can change shape.

We were treated to another day of great weather (Brac gets 2,700 hours of sunshine annually), and the rocky cliffs, blue sky, crystal clear waters and pine trees separating this sliver of a beach made for a dramatic setting.

With its strong maestral wind, Bol is also the windsurfing capital of Croatia. More recently, Zlatni Rat has been discovered by kitesurfers, who by early afternoon, had crowded the sky with dozens of their kites.

On our way back to Supetar, we stopped in Milna, a small fishing village that was used by Emperor Diocletian en route to building his palace in Split. We had a coffee, explored the town’s harbor and then took a short hike.

This evening, Burt returned to Dubrovnik. Tomorrow, he’ll be flying back to the States at about the same time that I’ll be meeting my Dad in country #4, Greece.

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