Trip to Bol, Croatia
Visited 3rd August to 6th August 2009
Bol is the second largest town on the Dalmatian island of Brač. A rich local culture, excellent food and the Adriatic's crystal clear water made for a great first stop on my brother and my Balkan adventure.
Alfresco dinning, a harbour full of boats and a pretty town; Bol has it all going on.
Zlatni Rat or 'Golden Cape' is Bol's main beach and one of the best known in Croatia; a country with a rocky, steep shoreline. Packed with rows basking sun bedders and scantily clad bathers it's not really my scene, but it's still worth checking out for an early morning or evening swim if you can miss the hoards.
One of the highlights of our stay was a hike to the top of Vidova Gora; Brac's tallest mountain. The views were spectacular and the trail that wound through boulder covered slopes and shady woodland was fringed with fragrant wild herbs including thyme, rosemary and marjoram.
The pizza was good at Topolino, a waterfront restaurant attached to the Kastil Hotel.
Fishing boats with Bol's distinctive breakwater in the background.
The waterfront at sunset; no Photoshop necessary.
Hiring a motor boat made for a fun day's outing. Needless to say there were lots of stops for swimming and lots of 'bombs' off the front.
Grilled vegetables, gnocchi, stewed lamb, wine, candles, ultra romantic setting; just a shame I was with my brother...
Our last evening was the Bol Festival; a celebration of the local Saints Day and an excuse for one big party.