White House Stone and the Zlatni Rat: Bol, Croatia

8 Sep

The road to Bol

BOL, on the Island of BRAC, CROATIA

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I decided to spend the last weekend of my trip on the mountainous island of Brac (pronounced ‘Bratch’) in the picturesque little town of Bol. Car ferries depart regularly from Split, heading to the island’s largest city, Supetar.  Once there, I found it Supetar simple (ha!) to catch a  bus to Bol, where I remained amazed at the way these bus drivers whip around curvy mountain roads.

I stayed at a hostel called The White House, which wasn’t really a hostel at all, just a private home with an owner who had converted rooms into dorms. I walked through an open door and after not seeing any sort of reception, wandered around the house for a good 10 minutes. Eventually, I was greeted by a miniature old women carrying a broom. After saying something in Croatian which included my first name,  she handed me a note from the hostel owner, which read “I’m sorry Sarah but I couldn’t be here for your arrival. My mother does not speak English!  You are just welcome to take the key and go to your room.”  I glanced at this little old lady, who was smiling at me as I read. They had upgraded me to a single room for the same price, which was fine with me! I liked this place already.

Bol's famous white stone

Bol is famous for its white limestone. Apparently, both the White House (U-S-A) as well as Diocletian’s Palace in Split were built from this very stone.

Stone statues on the way to the beach

Fun and sun on the Golden Horn.

The Zlatni Rat peninsula!

Zlatni Rat beach is even more famous than Bol’s signature limestone. It overwhelms Croatian tourist brochures, but is as not as nice as it’s cracked up to be, in my opinion. The beach wasn’t all that crowded when I was there, which was nice. I took the opportunity to fall asleep while listening to Orchestra Baobab.

There wasn’t very much to do in Bol, which I suppose is the attractive thing about a beach vacation town. At least, it’s all fine until it begins to rain, as it did during my second day in town. I had dinner with some Swedish girls at my hostel at an Italian place called Topolino, where the pizza was decent.

Babes in bikinis

Awaiting the storm

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3 Responses to “White House Stone and the Zlatni Rat: Bol, Croatia”

  1. Bol Croatia March 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Great post on Bol, and nice pictures, too! Hope to see you again 🙂

  2. Joshua February 16, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    I know this blog is several years old now, but I am traveling through many of the same areas (Croatia-Bosnia-Montenegro-Albania-Greece) for 6 weeks beginning the end of April, and I’m wondering if you ever had any trouble finding (inexpensive or reasonably priced) accommodation last-minute? Or did you book all your hostels and dorms several weeks or days ahead? I have a day by day itinerary but I know once I’m there I probably won’t be following it exactly.

    Also how difficult was it to get from town to town, city to city? I’ve heard buses are the way to go in the Balkans, but that a lot of schedules are subject to sudden change and this is slightly worrisome to a traveler who has never done it solo before.

    Thank-you!

    • Sarah Hucal February 18, 2014 at 4:12 am #

      Hi Joshua,

      No, I didn’t have trouble finding inexpensive accommodation last minute. Most of the hostels in the Balkans are inexpensive by western European standards. I’d usually just book a hostel a day or two in advance, but a few times I just showed up in said city and found something on the spot. In a couple of the nicer hostels I stayed at in Croatia, I did book a week or so in advance, just to ensure that there would be room. However, since you’re traveling in April, you probably won’t have to deal with a lot of tourists.

      I planned ahead with the transportation a bit, but it wasn’t really necessary, since I booked everything once I got to each city, often at the last-minute. I took buses the entire time, from minibuses (vans) to proper large ones, depending on what was available from the cities I was traveling to and from. The people working at your hostel should be able to help you with the appropriate transfers. Have fun!!

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