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Bol’s town centre surrounds a pretty harbour, where small colourful fishing boats bob up and down. Cafés, restaurants, art galleries and shops line the waterfront, many housed in historical buildings made of the island’s distinctive white stone.
Although the town centre is attractive, the main attraction in Bol is Zlatni Rat beach, the most recognizable beach in the Adriatic Sea with its famous horn shape. Zlatni Rat is located 2km west of the centre at the end of a tree-lined promenade.
To the east of the town centre, stands the Dominican Monastery, which is one of the oldest institutions of Bol and was instrumental in the growth of the town. There are three beaches this side of town too.
Rising high above Bol is the mountain chain Bolska Kruna (Bol's Crown) and the highest peak of the Adriatic islands, Vidova Gora, which is a rewarding hike from Bol and offers fantastic views of Bol, the islands of Hvar, Korčula and Vis and the mainland.
Thanks to its proximity to the international airport of Brač, only 15 kilometres away, the direct catamaran service between Bol and Split and the mainland ferry connections from Supetar and Sumartin, Bol is an easily-reachable destination. We hope to welcome you here soon!
The island of Brač has always held a strategic position in the Adriatic Sea and was much sought-after by the major players throughout history. Brač has been governed by the Romans, the Franks, the Byzantines, the Hungarians, the Omiš pirates, the Venetian Republic, Napoleon, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Yugoslavia, until the establishment of the independent and autonomous Republic of Croatia in 1991.
It was during Venetian rule (1420-1797), that the population of the island began moving from the interior of the island to its coast. The first mention of Bol as a settlement in fact dates from 1475, when the Glavica Peninsula in Bol was donated to the Dominican Monks and that act was recorded in a deed of donation. As a locality, Bol was mentioned much earlier in church records in the 12th century.
Inhabitants of the island were mostly engaged in agriculture – cattle-breeding (goats and sheep), fishing, growing olives and producing wine, but they were also famous for shipbuilding. In the 17th century, Bol had fifteen patented ships built in its own shipyard and in the 18th century, Bol became the third naval force on the Croatian side of the Adriatic.
The Dominican Monastery's museum holds a rich collection that speaks of this rich history and then there is the nearby pre-Romanesque church of St John and Theodore from the 11th century, the church of Our Lady of Mercy from the 15th century, a baroque fortress and a renaissance baroque palace from the 17th century and the parish church of Our Lady of Carmel from the 18th century.
Along with its high-quality hotels and its berths for yachts in its port, Bol offers more than 2500 beds in private accommodation from self-catering holiday apartments to traditional town houses or luxury villas with swimming pools, from studio apartments to single rooms in locals’ houses.
Besides numerous restaurants, traditional konoba and café bars along the waterfront, there are some hidden gems to be found if you wander off-the-beaten track.
Bol offers a thriving nightlife thanks to its summer-long programme of cultural events that includes concerts, art exhibitions, film festivals and weekly festivities in the town square and its late-night party scene where tourists can dance until sunrise.
Bol is also a place to get active on sea and on land. From windsurfing and kiteboarding to scuba diving, from tennis vacations to cycling holidays, from hiking trails to a handful of historic sites just waiting to be explored.
And there is plenty of fun to be had with children, young or old including an inflatable water park, a variety of crazy water rides, an amusement park, an outdoor games arcade and several children's playgrounds.
Spend your summer holidays here and experience Bol, a place of adventure and traditional island culture.
Hiring a car, a scooter or bike is a great way of exploring Bol's sites and its beaches as well as other Brač villages, beaches and sites of interest..
Join one of our new tours and let our in-house expert guide lead you to discover things about Bol, the island of Brač and the island of Hvar you would never have found out for yourselves!
Adria Tours provides a range of taxi transfers and services aimed at making your arrival to and departure from Bol as simple as possible as well as providing an easy way of exploring the island of Brač once you are here.
Boats are ideal for finding those deserted beaches and hidden coves, accessible only by sea - an exciting family adventure or a romantic getaway.
This boutique hotel blends contemporary styling with natural features inspired by the island’s traditions to create luxurious accommodation for the ultimate comfort of leisure and business travellers alike.