Golden Horn Beach or Zlatni Rat (as it’s referred to by locals), is a must visit for anyone traveling through the southern islands of Croatia. Although it’s hailed as Croatia’s most famous beach, it is actually not that easy to get there! Located on the island of Brač, you will need to take a ferry from nearby Split on a day trip, or stay overnight on this beautiful island. Trust us when we say it’s definitely worth it to see what is famed as the best beach in Bol, and all of Croatia!
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How Golden Horn Beach Got its Name
Golden Horn Beach got its nickname from the unique shape, as it’s a peninsula that stretches out into the gorgeous Adriatic Sea. Also known as Zlatni Rat, the long pebble beach with mountains above, and crystal clear water makes for some jaw dropping scenery. The position and shape of Golden Horn actually changes due to the wind, only adding to its allure as Croatia’s most famous beach.
How to Get to Zlatni Rat
The long pebble beach sits on the southern end of Brač island. This makes Croatia’s most famous beach just a short walk from the center of Bol village. Most people stay in this area since it’s where the few bars and restaurants are located, and it’s also where the ferries arrive. Not to worry, the best beach in Bol is still right within your grasp!
Walking: Looking out at the ferry port from the center of town, take a right and head down the coast. You will walk off the main strip, and onto a pedestrian street that’s filled with small stands and cafes. As you get closer to Zlatni Rat you should see the tip of the beach (or horn) sticking out. This means you’re almost there! In total, it will take you about 20 minutes from the center of Bol to get to Golden Horn Beach.
Ferry: If you’re one to arrive in style you can also take a ferry to the beach! In the popular summer months boats park in Bol harbor offering transport for a small fee. The boats also park themselves at Golden Horn so after a day of sun you can skip the walk and flag one down.
What You’ll Find on Golden Horn Beach
Once you arrive at Golden Horn you’ll notice that there’s something for everyone! During the summer months Croatia’s most famous beach does get particularly crowded. However, it’s big enough for that not to really matter.
- Restaurants, bars, and water sport activities line the beach.
- Try wind surfing which is a popular sport on the island.
- Grab a drink at a beach bar then take a dive into the clear blue water of the Adriatic!
- Test out the water adventure park. On the left end of the beach this adult playground is super fun to hop around on.
- Grab your own little piece of paradise on the Golden Horn, and watch the sailboats fly by.
- Staying late? Head to the right side of the beach and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Croatia.
Island Tip: It’s important to note that Golden Horn is a pebble beach so make sure to wear shoes or sandals!
Sunset at Golden Horn Beach
Golden Horn Beach also takes the title for the best place in Bol to watch the sunset. Both locals and tourists fill the pebbled beach and relax as the sun sets to the west. What’s better than watching the sunset from the beach? How about soaking in the Adriatic as they sky turns red! A sunset at Golden Horn beach is definitely not to be missed.
Should You Visit Golden Horn Beach?
Bol (the closest town to Golden Horn) ended up being one of our favorite places that we visited in Croatia. So yes, it’s definitely worth the trip! We visited in offseason when it was especially windy, but still we’re able to swim in the ocean. We can honestly say Golden Horn lives up to its hype as Croatia’s most famous beach! If you’re looking for more things to do in Bol check out our other posts.
Have any questions about Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn Beach), or want to share your favorite beach in Croatia? Let us know in the comments below!
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Where To Stay In Bol Croatia
Ultra Luxury – Balado Residence – Bol doesn’t have many high end luxury resorts, but Balado Residence has everything you’ll need to feel right at home. Amenities include a swimming pool, on site restaurant, and even bikes to get to Golden Horn Beach!
Fun Vacation – Sea Pearl – Sea Pearl offers modern apartments with beautiful views of the harbor, and is within walking distance of the best beach in Bol! This is a perfect romantic place for couples, and is very close to the ferry port as well.
Budget Travel – Villa Ana – Studio and one bedroom apartments set in a traditional stone building. Balconies overlook the sea and there is a small pool to use on property.
For more places to stay in Bol you can explore the latest prices here!
Croatia Travel Planning
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for hundreds of activities around the country. You can book a blue cave 5 islands tour from Split, go sea kayaking in Dubrovnik, or take a day trip to the famous Krka National Park.
Rental Car: We use Discover Cars to rent vehicles on our travels. In Croatia, you can even take your car on the ferries so you have wheels for the different islands!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered! We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
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