Exploring One of Croatia’s Loveliest Beaches – Zlatni Rat

When summer comes to Croatia, much of the traffic heads south, to the island of Brac. Here, in the tiny town of Bol is one the most popular stops in the country – a beach called Zlatni Rat, my Europe travel tip of the week.

Zlatni Rat is also known as the Golden Horn. The water here is clear and clean (you can’t help but jump in), but this is not what makes this beach unique.

Zlatni Rat has a shifting coast line. Its tip is a thin strip that stretches out into the sea, and how far this tip extends into the waters is determined by the winds and the force of the tide on the day. This means that Zlatni Rat keeps shifting daily; if you happen to be on Bol for a couple of day, this makes for an exciting photography project.

In the peak summer months (July-August), when the sun is blazing down, there’s barely a pebble free on the beach. Beach towels and sun chairs are stacked one against the other, and it’s hard for late comers to hop over the many sunbathing bodies.

The beach offers a lot of entertainment and hospitality. Along the beach small bars operate, playing the latest chart toppers and selling beverages. Most of these beach shacks also rent out beach chairs and loungers. You can also hire jet skies, banana boats and other water sport equipment along the beach.

And when you finally tire of the beach or when the sun finally calls it a day, a number of lounge bars await on the promenade that overlooks the beach.

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