Bol, the island of Brač, Croatia
Bol is situated on the southern part of the island of Brač and is the oldest town on the coast of Brač. This little town was founded long ago and became an extraordinary tourist oasis because of the wide gravel and sandy beaches, which expand over 10 km, and of the springs of drinking water. One has to see Zlatni rat (the Golden cape), certainly the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic Sea. Its cape is turning one moment to one side and the other moment to the other side playing a strange game with the wind and the waves.
Bol is situated at the foot of the coronet-like hills, the Illyrian fortress Kostilo (660 m) and the Vidova gora (778 m), the highest peak of the Adriatic islands. Bol is only 15 km away from the international tourist and sport airport Brač. It can be reached by a fast ferryboat from Split or by a ferryboat from Split to Supetar (45 min) and then by a bus transfer from Supetar (36 km).
Bol fascinates with the crystal clear water, wonderful nature and the virgin beauty of the houses made of stone the Croatian poet Tin Ujević wrote about. This little town has kept its Mediterranean spirit. The narrow stony streets and wide piazzetas are simple and typically noisy. In Bol, you can open the door of history, which goes back to the ancient times. The Roman piscinas testify that as well as the grave monuments and reliefs. There are also the old Christian sarcophaguses with the engraved crosses, the preromanic church of St. Ivan and St. Tudor (11th century) where foundations of antique buildings were discovered, the residence of the bishop (12th century), the church Madonna of Graces (15th-17th century), the fortified gothic summer palace (end of 15th and beginning of 16th century), the renaissance and baroque palace with the gallery of the Croatian artist Branislav Dešković (19th-20th century) and the local church Madonna of Karmel with the motive of an angel with the handkerchief of Veronica (finished at the end of 18th century). The name Bol (in Latin vallum, the earth wall) was already mentioned in the year 1184 according to the document Povaljske listine (the oldest chart in Croatian language written by the Croatian Cyrillic fonts) edited by the island authorities. An especially important event for the spiritual and cultural life of Bol was the foundation of the Dominican community in 1462, and the construction of the monastery in 1475, which today keeps collections of prehistoric and ancient maritime archaeology, Roman and early Croatian architecture and sculpture, a numismatic collection and collections of incunabulas and sacral objects. The museum has also the painting Madonna with the Child and Saints by the Venetian painter Tintoretto (1563). You cannot get acquainted with Brač if you don’t move from its coast. The nearby Vidova gora is a paradise for adventurers and mountaineers, collectors of mushrooms, asparagus and healing plants. In the Mountain resort Vladimir Nazor you can invigorate yourself with specialities from Brač, and you will maybe hear old Slavic myths like the one of Sevid, the cult of light. Certainly, you have to visit the glagolitic hermitage Blaca with the monastery founded in the 16th century, and the Zmajeva spilja (the Dragon cave) with interesting reliefs.
How to arrive to Bol
Step 1: Arrive to Split
By plane: Split international airport is very well connected to the major European cities. From the Split airport there is a bus running regularly to the Split bus station, just opposite the ferry port from where you are to continue your journey to the island of Brač.
By bus*: There is plethora of companies connecting Split to Zagreb, and/or to the other Croatian cities, as well as to the cities throughout the region. Bus station is located just opposite the ferry port from where you are to continue your journey to the island of Brač. For more information contact web pages of Zagreb Bus Terminal and Split Bus Terminal as well as Autotrans (being one of the major Croatian bus companies).
By car: Split is connected to the world by an extensive highway network. Drive from Zagreb takes 3,5 hrs.
*Please note that some bus companies run directly from Zagreb or Split to Bol. Should you opt for it, the bus will take you to the ferry and off the ferry, as well as from the port of Supetar on the island of Brač to Bol, and there will be only a 20 – 30 mins walk from the Bol bus station to the Elaphusa hotel.
Step 2: From Split to the island of Brač
By ferry Split – Supetar: Comfortable ferries connect Split and the major port on the island of Brač (city of Supetar) in mere 50 mins, more than ten times daily (last departure at 23:59, first at 5:00).
By speedboat Split – Bol: Speedboat (passengers only) departs once a day from Split and in mere 45 mins takes you directly to Bol passenger port, from where there is a 20 – 30 mins easy walk to the Elaphusa hotel.
Step 3: From the Supetar ferry port to the Elaphusa hotel
By shuttle taxi: As soon as you get out of the ferry, you will see many comfortable vans going to Bol. The approximate fare per passenger is 50,00 HRK and you will be left at the hotel front gate
By bus: Next to the ferry port in Supetar, there is a bus station. Buses run several time daily to Bol. From the bus station in Bol to the Elaphusa hotel, there is a pleasant, 20 – 30 mins easy walk.