Hello from Croatia!
Living on Brač Island here in Croatia for almost two months was very life changing - just as I expected it to be. The daily view of the Adriatic Sea from my apartment balcony brought me peace and tranquility. I swam in the clear, warm sea almost every day and joined the gym at a local hotel. It was reinvigorating, rejuvenating, and really nice!
Not only did I get to know the small town of Bol quite well, but I also had the chance to tour the whole island. The scenery, the views, and the kind, wonderful people made this time one that I’ll forever cherish!
Take a Walk Through Bol, Croatia
The town of Bol has only about 2,000 locals living here all year round. During the summer months, tourists increase that number to close to 10,000! Aside from tourism, the locals are involved in wine-making, olive growing, and fishing. You can easily walk from one end of Bol to the other in no time at all.
So in the video below, we start at the Dominican Monastery (with its bells ringing in the morning) and end up at one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches - Zlatni Rat Beach (also known as the Golden Horn due to its unique shape!) The tip of this renowned beach is constantly changing shape due to the effect of the waves and currents.
Island Hopping to Hvar
One of the best things about the coast of Croatia is being able to hop on a boat and explore nearby islands. In this video, I visit the nearby island of Hvar - and the town of Hvar. It’s a beautiful town (with somewhat of a younger, more hip vibe), and the boat trip across the Adriatic Sea was amazing on this clear, sunny day!
A View from St. Vid's Mount
My friend Nikica was born and raised here in Bol. He’s a tour guide, and I first met him when I was in Zagreb in the spring of 2020. He’s so fun to be with, and obviously very knowledgeable in the history of Croatia - both in the capital of Zagreb and also the coastal towns and islands.
Late one afternoon he drove me up to the top of Vidova Goran (St. Vid's mountain) for one of the best views of Bol. This mountain is the highest peak in the Adriatic islands. From this view you can also see the neighboring islands of Hvar, Vis, Korčula, and Jabuka.
To make my time here even more memorable is that Bol was in full swing when I got here in early September. The tourists were everywhere, making for a really fun, exciting vibe.
Then I experienced all the tourists leaving - and restaurants and stores closing up for the winter. It went from one extreme to the other. I was expecting this, so it wasn’t a shock.
Although it was very weird experience, that’s the seasonal reality here. And when they close up for the winter, it’s like they are preparing for a hurricane! It's a bit ironic in that the town becomes desolate, yet you look right out at the peaceful, clear blue Adriatic Sea - with bright sunny skies (most days) and sailboats everywhere.
But now I’m ready to leave the island and get back to civilization (just like Gilligan lol.). I’m ready for more people around me - and can’t wait to once again feel the buzz and vibrant excitement of restaurants, music, busy streets, and open stores.
So… it’s back to the mainland of Croatia and the scenic coastal town Dubrovnik! Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most visited towns, known for its architecture in Old Town - and many people also know it from where they filmed Game of Thrones. I never watched the show, but nevertheless I know it will be another beautiful place to visit here in Croatia.
More from Dubrovnik next month!
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