Bol is one of the leading tourist centers on the Adriatic. He is the first named tourist champion in 1965. As well, he is the oldest coastal settlement on Brač. It exists in the solitude of the landscape, at the foot of the Bol crown and Vidova Mountain. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Radio and Television consider Bol to be the tourist champion of Croatia.
City of Bol
City of Bol was first mentioned in 1184, although only as a site. However, the first evidence of Bol as a settlement dates back to October 10, 1475. The name most likely came from the Latin word ‘vallum’ which literally means ‘rampart’. The urban core of Bol is shaped along the port. There are baroque summer residence, Loza, with a little church, renaissance-baroque palace with an art gallery inside it.
You can find more about Bol on the website: https://www.bol.hr/discover-bol/about-bol-en1 .
City of Bol and its history
The city of Bol was built on the site of a Roman settlement, however, a group of arab tribes, Saracens, destroyed it in 827. Still, pieces of old Christian decorations have been preserved in the church of St. John (probably from the 11th century), and on the walls around the Dominican monastery. In the 15th century, a gothic castle was built next to the town’s dock, as well as the Renaissance – style house (of the Jelicic family) in the 17th century.
Hotel Sveti Križ - Baština on Bol
City of Bol and Cultural and artistic achievements
The most significant building in Bol is Dominican monastery on Glavica peninsula. The Dominican community on the island built the monastery and the church in 1475. The church can be considered finished three centuries later, when the bell tower was added to the complex. An important piece of cultural significance of this monastery is the painting of Our Lady of the Child from 1563. The painter of it was Jacopo Tintoretto from Venice.
Sights of the city of Bol
Bol offers a wide gastronomic offer, several clubs and numerous sports facilities. Bol is also extremely famous for its beautiful coastline and a famous tourist spot: Zlatni rat beach. It is connected to mainland Croatia by ferry lines and it is relatively close to Brač airport. Aside from the city of Bol, there are some interesting places to visit in Brac as well, such as the Dragon Cave and the Blaca Desert.
For those looking for entertainment and cultural events during the tourist season, we recommend visiting ‘Bol Summer’. They organize various concerts, art exhibitions, fishing evenings, etc. On the other hand, guests who prefer to stay active during their stay on the Brac island, there are many cycling and hiking trails. An interesting fact is that Croatia’s highest island peak, Vidova Gora, is located on Brac at 778 meters above sea level.