The location of Bol
Bol is located in Croatia, Split-Dalmatia County, at the foot of the Vidova Gora mountain in the southeast. It is the largest establishment on the southern shore of Brač Island.
The history of Bol
According to archaeological findings, the area has been inhabited since ancient times. The Illyrians built the ancient Koštilo castle here, above the establishment. Proofs of Roman presence include the remains of Villa Rustica, tombs and the walls of the Roman basin. The latter can be found above the famous Zlatni Rat beach.
The name of the establishment comes from the Latin noun “vallum”, meaning “earth wall” or rampart. Bol was first mentioned in a certificate in 1184, however, it referred to the former buildings and not the establishment. As an establishment, it was first mentioned in a sanad in 1475. To provide protection against pirates and later the Turks, the Vusio family built two castles here. One is near the beach, while the other is located between Bol and Sumartin. The Venetian rule ended in 1797, then Austrian troops invaded Dalmatia. Although the French defeated the Austrians in 1806, after Napoleon’s defeat at Leipzig, Austrians gained control over Brač Island once again. The locals made a living out of animal housing and growing grapes and olive. Bol became part of the new Serbian-Croatian-Slovene state then later Yugoslavia. It has belonged to the Independent State of Croatia since 1991.
The climate of Bol
The Middle Dalmatian area has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are incredibly mild. The average temperature in July is 25, 3 °C, and it is 8, 3 °C in January. Do you love swimming? The temperature of the sea might reach 25.1 °C in August.
The main sights to see in Bol
If you like hiking, the Vidova Gora mountain has an excellent hiking route. Would you like to see valuable monuments? You should visit the Dominican Monastery on the Glavica peninsula or the Blaca Monastery slightly further from Bol. The latter is unique because it was nominated for a World Heritage Site in 2007.
The gastronomy of Bol
One of the most frequently used ingredients is olive, which grows in Bol as well. If you are looking for a delicious meal, the Ranc Restaurant or the Konoba Mendula are excellent choices. Both are characterized by the first-class service and are great value for money.
Beaches around Bol
Zlatni Rat is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic Sea thanks to its crystal clear waters. It is a tongue-shaped land that is constantly changing its form due to currents and waves. There are showers, a restaurant on the pebble beach, and you can also rent beach umbrellas and sun lounges.
The beach is a water sports paradise. You can go surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, wakeboarding, water skiing and ride a jet ski. If you want to avoid crowded places, there are some beautiful rocky bays in the area.
The pebbly beach is located in Murvica. From here you can not only admire the hills covered with vineyards but the nearby islands as well. If you are looking for a delicious meal, you should visit the restaurant nearby; you can taste the specialties of the region here.
Information about Bol sailing, or rent a boat in Bol
If you choose Brač Island, alongside Bol we particularly recommend Milna, where you can choose from three ports. We are going to show you the other docking places nearby.
The port of Bol is located on the southern coast of Brač Island, about halfway between Milna and Sumartin. Because of its small size, it can be hard to find a free berth during the main season. The depth of the water is 6–7 metres near the entrance and 2 metres at the pier. They provide drinking water, electricity, laundry as well as cafés and restaurants.
Ports of Milna
Milna has 3 ports and can accommodate more than 300 boats. The largest is ACI Marina Milna, offering 170 berths for boats up to 40 metres. The depth of the seabed is 6 metres. You can choose from many quality services here, and you can refuel.
Marina Vlaska is on the northern side of the Bay of Milna. It has 71 berths for boats up to 25 metres. The depth is 15 metres.
Yacht Club Milna has 100 berths for boats up to 30 metres. The depth is 3 metres. Information about sailing in Milna, or rent a boat in Milna
Port of Sutivan
Sutivan is located on the westernmost part of the north coast of Brač. It is only 7 kilometres from Supetar. The port can accommodate smaller yachts, but larger boats can only anchor in front of the bay. The depth at the entrance is 6 metres, and 2-3 metres along the quay.
Port of Supetar
Supetar’s outer port is reserved for ferries and commercial vessels. In contrast, mostly smaller boats and yachts use the inner basin. The depth of the seabed at the entrance is 6 metres, 5 metres in the outer basin, and 3-4 metres in the inner basin. Information about sailing in Supetar, or rent a boat in Supetar
Port of Pučišća
The Port of Pučišća is located on the northeast coast of the island of Brač. It provides 25 berths for boats, of which 8-10 are usually available for yachts. The depth of the seabed along the quay is 1, 2-2, 3 metres, and 3, 5-4, 3 metres in the middle of the port.
Port of Sumartin
The peaceful, quiet Sumartin lies at the eastern tip of Brač. It is the youngest settlement on the island. From the marina, you can see Makarska. They are connected by ferry. The depth of the seabed is 1-3, 7 metres. Information about sailing in Sumartin, or rent a boat in Sumartin
Marina Stari Grad
The port of this cosy town can accept a total of 150 boats. The depth of the water is 13 metres near the entrance, and 4–5 metres at the town pier. They offer cafés, restaurants and an information office as well. Information about sailing in Stari Grad, or rent a boat in Stari Grad
The port of Brusje
The Stiniva Marina can accommodate a total of 8 boats. The depth of the water is 2–4.5 metres. If you are hungry, you can find a small restaurant in the bay.
Port of Hvar
This popular docking place of Hvar Island provides protection against the northern wind. However, southern and northwestern winds can cause significant waves. They offer several high-quality services including fuelling. Information about sailing in Hvar, or rent a boat in Hvar
Marina Sveti Klement
ACI Marina Palmižana is one of the safest harbours on the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the northeastern part of Saint Klement Island, which belongs to the Pakleni archipelago. It is open seasonally, from the 1st of April until the 31st of October. There are 180 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 30 metres. The maximum depth of the water is 3–8 metres. They provide showers, Wi-Fi, cafés, restaurants and you can even find a grocery store here.
The port of Vrboska
ACI Marina Vrboska is located in a breathtaking natural environment. You can admire lavender fields, olive trees and vineyards nearby. They have 119 berths for ships as long as 20 metres. The depth of the water is 5 metres. The port has every service you might need, including a fuel station.
Port of Jelsa
The port offers 54 berths for ships as long as 40 metres. The depth of the water is 2.70–4 metres at the northern shores, and varies between 1.50–3.70 metres at the southern shores. They offer water, electricity and showers.
The port of Sućuraj
Sućuraj is located in the eastern part of Hvar Island, in a bay that bears the same name. West from the ferry port, you can find 9 berths for yachts. The depth of the water is 2-3 metres.
The port of Sveta Nedjelja
Marina Zlatan Otok, a port run by a family, is located in a small village called Sveta Nedjelja. It can accept ships up to 18 metres long, and the depth of the water is 4 metres. Ships up to 40 metres long can dock on the outer side of the mole. The port opens at the end of May or beginning of June and closes in October.
The port of Zavala
The little port is located on the southern shore of Hvar Island, near Šćedro Island. Smaller yachts can dock at the mole – the depth of the water is 2-3 metres here. Bigger vessels can dock at the mole where the depth is 6–16 metres.
The centre of the Island of Vis is the town of the same name, located in a large, protected bay. The marina can accommodate 70 boats, up to 20 metres in length. As for winds, the Bora and the Jugo can make berthing more difficult. When they are blowing stronger, it is better berthing at the southeastern side of the bay, at the nearby town of Kut. The depth of the seabed here is 2, 5-4, 5 metres. If you have to refuel, there is a refuelling station at Marina Vis. Information about sailing in Vis, or Vis boat rental
Komiža Town Harbour
The harbour of Komiža is on the northeastern side of a wide bay. It has 30 berths for boats up to 20 metres in length. The seabed is 6 metres deep. The harbour offers excellent protection from northern and eastern winds, but the southern Jugo can cause some waves. Information about sailing in Komiža, or rent a boat in Komiža
If you sail to Bol, you should definitely explore the other wonderful holiday resorts in the area, too. Stari Grad, Vrboska, Jelsa, Vela Stiniva Bay, Podgora, Makarska and Sumartin offer unforgettable experiences.
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Information about Bol sailing, or rent a boat in Bol, and cruise around Bol
Day 1. Bol – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Vrboska (ACI Marina) 23, 31 km (14, 48 mi), Day 3. Vrboska (ACI Marina) – Jelsa 2, 97 km (1, 84 mi), Day 4. Jelsa – Vela Stiniva-bay 10, 01 km (6, 22 mi), Day 5. Vela Stiniva-bay – Podgora 23, 64 km (14, 69 mi), Day 6. Podgora – Makarska 7, 73 km (4, 80 mi), Day 7. Makarska – Sumartin – Bol 31, 38 km (19, 5 mi)
Day 1. Bol – Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) 15, 59 km (9, 69 mi), Day 2. Stari Grad (Mooring Bouys) – Vis (Marina Vis) 36, 41 km (22, 62 mi), Day 3. Vis (Marina Vis) – Komiža 19, 71 km (12, 25 mi), Day 4. Komiža – Vela Luka 57, 84 km (35, 94 mi), Day 5. Vela Luka – Lovište 42, 09 km (26, 15 mi), Day 6. Lovište – Sućuraj 22, 07 km (13, 72 mi), Day 7. Sućuraj – Sumartin – Bol 51, 17 km (31, 8 mi)
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