Zlatni Rat Beach – Brač
One of the most popular beach in Croatia is Zlatni Rat on island Brač placed in Central Dalmatia, is often referred to as the Golden Cape or Golden Horn (translated from the Croatian language), is a horn shaped beach located about 1 mile west from the small harbour town of Bol on the southern coast of island of Brač.
It extends into the Hvar Channel, a body of water in the Adriatic Sea between the islands of Brač and Hvar, which is home to strong sea currents. The landform itself is mostly composed of a white pebble beach, with a Mediterranean pine grove taking up the remainder.
Zlatni rat beach on both side of the spit extend for some 2,080 ft altogether, but the exact shape and length of the landform varies with regard to changes in tide, sea currents, and wind.
The farthest end, which is usually turned slightly towards the east, will often shift to the west in certain weather conditions, especially a strong south-eastern wind Jugo. The surrounding waters are usually cool and very clear, due to the currents in the Hvar Channel.
The sea currents around Zlatni Rat Beach are mildly hazardous for swimmers who decide to venture far directly southwards from the tip towards the open sea, as it could be difficult to swim back west towards the beach; the danger is not severe, however, as the standard current would merely take the swimmer back east towards the harbor of Bol.
A reliable afternoon westerly wind known as a Maestral (North-West wind) has made the beach ideal destination for windsurfers.