Zlatni rat beachOne of the top 10 beaches in the world!
Zlatni rat beach
Zlatni rat beach (Golden Horn or Golden Cape) is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean and thanks to its particular shape it is also one of the most exceptional beaches in the world. Many world famous business and travel magazines like the New York Times, National Geographic, the Insider Travel listed it many times in their articles as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Zlatni rat’s elegance and appeal have made it the symbol of both the town of Bol and Croatia and it is protected by the government of Croatia as a geo-morphological monument. But it is not just its shape that makes it so beautiful and unique. It is surrounded by the crystal clear sea that goes from turquoise blue to dark blue in just 10 to 20 meters and it is bordered by decades-old pine trees, planted by the locals to create some natural shade.
The beach is situated less than 2 km from the town of Bol, connected with a lovely promenade under the pine trees shade, along which you can find many other small beaches. This fascinating 500 meters long pebble beach has a unique shape, like a small peninsula that stretches into the sea that in both sides together has almost 900 meters of beach sea line. The area of the beach is over 20.000 square meters and can comfortably accommodate over 10.000 people. The curiosity about this beach is that it changes its shape and position, depending on the wind, tide and the current and sometimes, the tip of the beach rotates so significantly that it forms a small pool. Usually, the mornings are windless and the wind blows every afternoon, but one side of the beach has always calm water and offers perfect conditions for families with small children.
Interesting facts about Zlatni rat beach
First, let me tell you that many people ask if Zlatni rat is natural or man made beach; it is a nature phenomena and is solely built by nature without any kind of human intervention.
One mistake most people make when imagining the beach, is that it is a sandy beach, well; it is not a sandy beach. Zlatni rat beach is pebble beach; pebbles are small fine round stones which are really nice to walk on. They are great to lay onto since they shape under you anatomically as the perfect mattress. The size of the pebbles is getting smaller as you are reaching the sea line.
Apart from its top moving and shifting from one side to the other, there are few other interesting facts about Zlatni rat beach. When top is turning, there are times when it forms a lake on top of the beach as its point turns all the way to touch the beach back. Until 1950s, area that is now covered with pine trees, used to be vineyard. Only in 1950 government took possession of the land and Bol municipality planted pine trees there.
Another interesting fact is that Zlatni rat beach is growing, it is getting longer over the years. Latest data shows that from 2006 until this year, Zlatni rat beach grew in length by roughly 80 meters. East side was measured this year 500 meters (420 meters in 2006.), west side measured 468 meters (360 meters in 2006.) and center from last tree to the top of Zlatni rat is measured 197 meters (158 meters in 2006.).
What to do on Zlatni rat beach
Zlatni rat beach is famous among adrenaline junkies and those in love with windsurfing and kitesurfing. Strong thermic wind called “Maestral” blows on a regular basis during nice weather and it gives experienced windsurfers and kitesurfers the adrenaline they need. Nearby the beach there are several windsurfing and kitesurfing centers where you can take lessons and also rent the equipment.
But the beach also offers plenty of other interesting things to do for young children and adults like beach volley, parachute rides that give you an amazing bird’s eye view of the beach, jet ski, banana boat rides, enormous water park etc. Near Zlatni rat you can also go scuba diving, play tennis or volleyball on the Borak beach. There are rental motor boats that you can rent and explore many other secluded beaches west and east of Bol. On Zlatni rat beach you can also rent paddle boats with slides, or kayaks for exploring the coastline. There are two restaurants just a few steps from the beach, where you can enjoy local specialties under the natural shade and several stands where you can buy fresh fruit, smoothies, pancakes etc.
Two curiosities to mention for all those planning a visit to Zlatni rat, the first one – don’t forget to visit the remnants of an ancient Roman Villa Rustica, hidden among the pine trees just a few meters from the beach. The second one is to see how lucky you are and find a “stone of happiness”. Well, it is a small stone that closes the sea shell, looks like a snail fossil and it brings luck to its finder. You can probably find it on the whole beach, but the best place to search them is on the west side beginning of the beach.
We cannot forget to mention that Zlatni rat beach has the “Blue Flag”, so be sure that you will find all the comforts you need, but most of all a clean beach and clean waters, so help us keep it that way.
Getting from Bol to Zlatni rat beach
For getting to Zlatni rat you can choose one of four options. Least recommended is by car, since Bol is really small town and driving a car in summer months is not really a pleasure. If you do choose to go there by car, there is large parking for you to leave your car there for the day (cost is 70 kuna ~ 9 EUR).
Really nice option is to walk from Bol to Zlatni rat beach by the sea, there is beautiful promenade (walkway) that is in shade of pine trees and the walking from Bol is roughly 20-30 minutes, easy and relaxed walking speed. Your third option is street tourist train, that rides all day back and forth from Bol center (near petrol station) and costs roughly 2,5 EUR one way. Fourth and interesting option is taxi boats that go all day from Bol center straight to Zlatni rat beach. These are small taxi boats that carry from 20 to 50 people. Ride is fun along the coast and takes 10-15 minutes. It costs also roughly 2,5 EUR one way.