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Zlatni Rat in Croatia – The famous golden beach

Zlatni Rat in Croatia – The famous golden beach

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Zlatni Rat is one of the most popular beaches in Croatia, and every year, thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the beauty of Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol – on the Croatian island of Brac. 

I’ve been there, and here’s a complete guide for visiting the famous golden beach on Brac.

Zlatni Rat Bol

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More information about Zlatni Rat

Zlatni Rat is a white pebble beach located on a small peninsula on the island of Brac, about 2 kilometers from Bol. It has been awarded and listed as one of the best beaches in Europe on a regular basis, and it’s one of the most popular places to visit in this region. 

The distinct shape of its tip has become a famous symbol of tourism in Croatia. Drone photos from above appear frequently in travel brochures, and for a good reason, the beach is stunning.

What’s even more interesting about Zlatni Rat is the fact that the tip changes its appearance. The tip can go both east and west or even straight forward. The exact shape varies depending on currents, wind, and tide. 

However, there are always 2 beaches available on each side of the pine grove above the beach, and of course the spit of land itself.

Zlatni Beach croatia

Zlatni Rat from above

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Quick facts

  • Other names: Golden horn, Golden cape
  • Type of beach: White pebble beach
  • Location: 2 kilometers from Bol on Brac Island
  • Region: Dalmatia
  • Country: Croatia

Beach amenities

  • Beach beds and umbrellas for rent
  • Showers
  • Kiosks selling food and drinks
  • Meal order service from a nearby cafe

Zlatni Rat Beach

Activities at the Zlatni Rat beach

Snorkeling

The snorkeling is amazing because there is no sand or seaweed, so the water is very clear with great visibility. If you like to snorkel and explore marine life, don’t forget your goggles and fins!

Swimming

If you come here during the summer, you’d, of course, want to go for a refreshing dip in the Adriatic sea. Just don’t swim out too far since there can be strong currents at times. 

Other activities

  • Rent a paddle boat
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Jetski
  • Parasailing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Windsurfing

The color of the water here is amazing!

Zlatni Rat watercolor

How to get to Zlatni Rat

First, you need to hop on a boat to Brac island. When you’ve arrived in Brac, you need to get yourself to the town of Bol. 

From Bol center, it’s about 20 minutes walking to Zlatni Rat. The walk is scenic and pleasant, but visitors can also get there by car. During the summer months, there is also a small tourist train going from Bol to the beach. 

Ferry to Brac Island

There are many regular ferries daily from Split or Makarska going to Brac. On some ferries, you can bring a car or bicycle. You can book the ferry online or buy tickets on the same day. 

If you want to bring your rental car it is best to book your tickets in advance, either in the harbor of Split and Makarska or online since there are limited space for cars on the ferry. 

How to get to Zlatni Rat

Frequently asked questions

Where is Zlatni Rat?

Zlatni Rat is located on the tip of a peninsula in Bol, on the island of Brac in Croatia. Exact coordinates: 43°15′21″N 16°38′02″E.

What does Zlatni Rat mean?

Zlatni Rat means Golden Horn or Golden Cape if you translate it into English from the local language. 

Is Zlatni Rat beach sandy?

No, it is not a sandy beach. Zlatni Rat is a pebble beach. However, the pebbles are small fine round stones and comfortable to walk on.

golden cape

Does the beach gets crowded?

Yes, in the summer months, it tends to get crowded just like any other popular beach in the Mediterranean. However, if you go early in the morning or come here in May/Early June or September, then there won’t be crowded. 

Is there any camping area near the beach?

Yes, there are two camping sites. These are Autokamp Nr 1 and Kamp Zlatni Rat.

Recommended Restaurants

Other than the kiosks on the beach, you can also find two nice restaurants within walking distance. 

  • Mali Raj
  • Centar Marijan

Recommended Hotels near Zlatni Rat


Have you also visited Zlatni Rat or is it on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!

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