Zlatni Rat, the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean, and certainly one of the most beautiful in the world, is a picture-perfect postcard from Croatia. The special shape of the beach makes it a unique symbol of Brač, Croatia and the entire Mediterranean. The influence of different winds and sea currents change its shape by moving the tip of the beach in different directions. The beach has been celebrated far and wide, and we bring you the latest compliment, from February 2022, by Slobodna Dalmacija:
… There is no need for long, overseas flights to dip your feet into soft white sand and a crystal clear sea, according to the prestigious and highly read Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
Europe has thousands of miles of beautiful coastline and places suited for postcard pictures that can be reached from the UK in just a few hours by plane. They propose some of the most beautiful European beaches that are worth visiting, and the list includes one from Croatia. This is, of course, the famous Zlatni Rat in Bol on the island of Brač.
They state that Zlatni Rat is a must-see for every cruise on the Adriatic and that the view of it from above is one of the most recognizable motifs of the whole country.
“Located on the sunny coast of the island of Brač, this tongue-shaped beach changes direction depending on the wind, and the most beautiful view of it comes from the air, so feel free to climb the nearby Vidova Gora. The location is great for families because of the shade offered by the pines, and is ideal for sailing along the smooth, pebble shore,” the magazine states.
Apart from its beautiful beaches, Brač is perhaps best known for its quarried stone and the art of stone carving.
The stone from Brač is renowned worldwide and used in many impressive buildings, such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the White House, parliament buildings in Vienna and Budapest, but also for a church in Milna on Brač, shown in the photograph.
Brač is also the largest island in central Dalmatia and the backdrop of rich history and exceptional natural beauty and phenomena.
Pustinja Blaca is located on the south side of Brač, between the settlements of Bol and Milna. It was founded in the 16th century by Glagolitic priests from Poljica who were fleeing from the Ottoman army. The priests found refuge in a cave walled off by stones.
As Pustinja was built of stones from a nearby quarry, it has blended in perfectly with its surroundings over the centuries.
On the steep rocky slopes of Vidova Gora, near the settlement of Murvice, close to Bol, lies the Dragon’s Cave. It can be reached by a path that is pastoral in origin and is used for tourism today. The Dragon’s Cave is only twenty meters long, but it preserves numerous traces of Poljica Glagolitic people who fled to these steep southern slopes of the island during the mid-15th century to lead the life of a monk within the cave.
Today, the cave still contains remains of the chapel walls and the dwellings of the hermits who lived there. In addition to other reliefs, an image of a dragon is carved into the rock, and the cave is named after it.
The island of Brač is rich in indigenous grape varieties, and it also has a long tradition of winemaking. The most famous wine of the island is the dark red Plavac, with wine tastings available in the traditional environment of stone houses in Nerežišće, in the wine cellar of the Senjković family in Dračevica, or in the cellar of winemaker Baković in Murvica. The “Jako Vino” winery in Bol was established in 1903, and it currently operates on the premises of the First Dalmatian Wine Cooperative.
Brač is one of the symbols of olive growing in Croatia, as it is estimated that around a million olive trees grow on the island, with about half of them cultivated. Olives and olive groves are an unavoidable staple in the Dalmatian landscape, and the Olive Trails of the island of Brač start in Mirca.
Two unavoidable delicacies of Dalmatia. A good host on Brač, just like in the rest of Dalmatia, if they appreciate and want to honour their guests, will always serve Dalmatian prosciutto and lamb, most often roasted on a spit.
Dalmatian prosciutto is a delicacy that has been served in taverns for centuries, and whose basic ingredients are salt from the Adriatic Sea and wood smoke. Dalmatian prosciutto is protected by geographical origin due to its specific method of production, primarily because of smoking, which is a specific method of conserving food. It is almost always served with homemade cheese, either cow or goat, and olives.
Many Dalmatians, as well as their guests, will say that this is the best appetizer in the world.
And the appetizer is usually followed by the main dish: on Brač, spit-roasted lamb. This is an almost ancient dish that requires a flawless piece of meat, a lamb that grazed on aromatic island herbs.
The entire lamb is roasted on a spit, over a carefully managed fire, for about three hours, and is seasoned only with coarse Adriatic salt. Ideally, this dish is served with potato slices, green onions and bread baked under a bell.
Udaljenost od zračne luke
Udaljenost od centra
Udaljenost od plaže
Šetnica put Zlatnog Rata