Situated on the island of Brač, Zlatni Rat has the characteristics of a truly heavenly place and is considered one of Croatia’s iconic beaches. This stretch of coastline is on the cover of many magazines and has often been named among the most beautiful beaches in the world. Zlatni Rat stretches for just under half a kilometre and is characterised by fine gravel and a truly beautiful sea.
The peculiarity of this beach, which lies on a narrow ‘tongue’ of sand and gravel, lies in its particular shape, which changes over time according to the tides, currents and wind. The furthest point of this strip of land faces slightly eastwards, but shifts westwards under certain weather conditions. Because of this peculiarity and the natural environment in which it is embedded, Zlatni Rat beach has become one of the most popular beaches in Croatia.
The beach at Zlatni Rat consists of pebbles mixed with sand and is washed by sea water that is clear and cool thanks to the currents from the Hvar Channel. As well as being very popular with families with children, the beach attracts many surfing enthusiasts who can take advantage of the Mistral wind, especially in the afternoon.
Surfing is not the only activity that can be practised at Zlatni Rat, as a large number of water sports and activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing and parasailing are available here. There are also children’s play areas and points where you can rent pedal boats and jet skis.
This beautiful beach offers both free beach areas and equipped stretches, and many people like to organise walks along the shore to look for the shells of sea snails, which are called ‘fortune stones’ because they are said to bring good luck to those who find them.
The westernmost part of the shoreline is characterised by small bays and coves that are often frequented by naturists. All around the beach, on the other hand, there is a beautiful pine forest, which, in addition to housing the remains of an ancient Roman villa, is an oasis where you can take shelter in the shade and where you will find numerous bars, cafes and refreshment areas.
The beach of Zlatni Rat is located just over two kilometres from the centre of the town of Bol, making it the closest place to stay. Here you can find hotels, small B&Bs and resorts (also for families) where you can spend a fantastic relx stay. From Bol, it is then possible to reach the beach by transport or a 20-30 minute walk.
Alternatively, there are facilities such as private flats, small family-run hotels and luxury accommodation located between the centre of Bol and Zlatni Rat beach. These facilities provide faster access to the beach but are located outside the town centre.
Zlatni Rat beach can be reached on foot, by car, by a special train or by sea.
Those who want to reach the beach by car can find a large car park where they can leave their vehicle near the shore and then walk for five minutes from there.
From the centre of Bol it is also possible to reach the beach in about 20-30 minutes on foot through the beautiful pine forest. Alternatively, a tourist train also departs from Bol, shuttling all day long between the town centre and the beach.
Those wishing to reach the beach by sea, on the other hand, can take one of the taxi boats from the port of Bol to the beach of Zlatni Rat. There are numerous runs throughout the day. It must be said that the island of Brac is well connected both by catamaran and ferry with numerous Croatian cities such as Split and Makarska, which present themselves as ideal bases from which to visit Zlatni Rat during the day.
There is also Brač Airport on the island, which is about 15 km from the town of Bol and is a stopover that offers connections with both Croatian and European cities.
Zlatni Rat is one of Croatia's most famous beaches and is located just over two kilometres from the town of Bol, in the southern part of the island of Brač.