Bol is a city situated on the southern coast of the island of Brač in middle Dalmatia. It is the oldest coastal settlement on the island. Bol was first mentioned in some documents from the 12th century. The first residents in Bol were Illyrians and later the Romans came. The island of Brač as well as Bol was ruled through history by Venetians, Romans and Hungarians. All these periods have left their traces which are visible in historical monuments. In history the residents were mainly engaged in fishing and viticulture. Today people are in principle oriented to tourism since the city is a very popular tourist destination. The trademarks of the city of Bol are its beaches and particularly the beach Zlatni Rat (Golden toungue) which is a natural phenomenon. It is shaped like a tongue which changes the direction of its peak according to currents.
Accommodation in Bol:
As the leading destination on the island, Bol provides all kinds of accommodation. In 1927 the first motel was founded. It was made out of a renovated house which later increased the capacity. After this, more and more households began to provide accommodation. Today there are many hotels and hotel complexes like Bretanida, Borak, Elaphusa, Bonaca and the others. The majority of hotels are situated in the area of Zlatni Rat. In terms of private accommodation you will find rooms, apartments and private houses. There are also several smaller campsites. Accommodation in Bol includes also the Dominican monastery which offers nature and peace for those who are in search of a spiritual and physical relaxation.
Apart from accommodation you will find a number of recreational activities, like tennis, and especially Windsurfing which is extremely popular on the Zlatni Rat beach. Several companies offer beginners course in Wind and Kite surfing.
What to see in Bol:
On the eastern side of the city there is a sanctuary more than 1000 years old. The Dominican monastery was built in 1475 and its church contains valuable works from Renaissance and Baroque. The monastery includes a botanical garden and a museum of valuable archeological findings from the island.
Dragon’s cave is interesting for the findings of a dragon. They were found by priests in the 15th century. The cave also has a number of antique cult symbols.
The Art Gallery "Branislav Dešković" is situated in a renaissance-baroque palace; it is a gallery of contemporary Croatian art with more than 300 paintings and sculptures.
The desert Blaca is a very valuable monument. It used to be a hideout for hermits who escaped from the Ottomans.
Where to eat:
Bol has a variety of restaurants, a number of pizzerias and fast foods. Restaurants offer typical Dalmatian cuisine, dishes prepared from seafood, different meat and vegetarian food. Brač lamb is also very famous. You can enjoy the famous wine from this area, Plavac.
How to get to Bol:
By Car: take the A1 motorway from Zagreb to Split, exit the highway at the Dugopolje exit, and follow the signs to the Split ferry harbor.
By Plane: Nearest airport is the Split Airport, which is about 25 km outside of Split, which is where you will have to take car ferry or catamaran to get to the island Brac. From the Airport you have the following transfer options to get to Split/Bol. (All prices below are rough ESTIMATES, prices depend on several factors, like time of year, day of travelling etc.)
Bus – take the Airport bus to Split centre, from here there is 100 meter to the catamaran, and 500 meters to where the car ferry leaves.
Taxi – price for a taxi around 300 kn, remember to agree on a fixed price before leaving the airport.
Pre-booked Transfer – price of transfer 1-3 person’s app. 260-280 Kuna, 4-8 persons price should be around 300 Kuna. – Some companies also offer pre-booked transfer which included ferry and transportation from Supetar to Bol.
Car ferry: Car ferry to Supetar on the north side of the island is the most frequent connection with about 15-20 daily departures during main season, price is 27 kn a person. From Supetar there is about 36 km to Bol. – From Supetar there is option to take taxi or Bus to Bol.
A second car ferry connects Makarska and Sumartin on the south eastern side of the island, from here there is about 28 km to Bol.
Catamaran: From Split there are catamaran connections to Bol and Milna, unfortunately there is only very few daily departures.
Photos from Bol on Island Brac: