Croatia // The southern Dalmatian islands //


You cannot help but be overwhelmed by the beauty of BOL’s setting, hugging the coastal flanks of Vidova gora mountain, or the charm of its old stone houses. Most famous the of the town’s attractions is the beautiful Zlatni rat (Golden Cape), a 400-metre-long pebbly promontory which stretches into the sea just west of town. Both Bol and its beach fill up with visitors during high season, when accommodation is at a premium; come in early summer or September for a lower stress dose of Adriatic charm. Bol’s summer crowds provide a ready-made audience for the enjoyably informal Supertoon animation festival, which screens short films in a variety of around-town outdoor venues in late July/early August.

Although there’s a modest string of package hotels on the path to Zlatni rat, the town itself is a reassuringly low-rise affair, with a couple of rows of old stone houses set above an attractive harbour packed with small boats and pleasure craft.

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