Practical tips on visiting Zlatni Rat: Croatia's most famous beach

Practical tips on visiting Zlatni Rat: Croatia's most famous beach

Zlatni Rat (the Golden Horn) was voted the most beautiful beach in Croatia in 2009 and is visited by millions of tourists every year. Why should you join them?

Everyone recognizes Zlatni Rat beach from postcards and photographs, but few of us have seen it with our own eyes. The Golden Horn, or Golden Cape, is located on the southern side of the island of Brač. With more than 2,600 hours of sunshine, it is one of the sunniest islands in Croatia If you're sailing from Split, make sure you stop off here. It's definitely worth it!

Zlatni Rat is located in the Dalmatia region near the town of Bol, on the southern part of the island of Brač. A picturesque town full of romantic restaurants and wine bars, it has become one of the most luxurious resorts on the Adriatic.

Interesting facts about Zlatni Rat Beach

Although most people think of it as a sandy beach, it is actually a pebble beach. What’s interesting is that the pebbles move due to the sea currents. This means the whole beach constantly shifts shape and the angle at which it bends. Sometimes the horn curves to the right, sometimes to the left and sometimes straight, and all because of the sea.

Zlatni Rat is bordered by typical Croatian pine trees, where you can find some pleasant shade. Nearby there are the remains of a Roman villa and a reservoir, sometimes referred to as "the pool".

And if you like to do some hiking during your sailing holiday, climb Vidova Gora (780 m), the highest peak on the Adriatic islands. You'll be rewarded with not only with a great walk, but also a stunning view of Zlatni Rat, Brač and the nearby island of Hvar.

Our captain Kuba Kočí filmed on the beach of Zlatni Rat with a drone. The view is beautiful...

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When is the best time to visit Zlatni Rat beach?

In high season, Zlatni Rat is reportedly visited by 10,000 tourists a day, so we highly recommend visiting either early in the morning or just before dusk. Alternatively, combine a visit to Zlatni Rat with a sailing trip in June or September/October, when it is much less crowded.

Zlatni Rat may look like an untamed wild beach from the photos, but you'll find all the standard services there, such as a restaurant, first-aid station, changing cabins, toilets and showers.

How to get to Zlatni Rat?

If you're sailing out of Split, it's takes less than an hour. You can also visit the nearby islands of Hvar, Vis, Biševo or Korčula.

YACHTING.COM TIP: Check out the best 7-day sailing routes in Croatia that we have prepared for you. For example, if you want to visit Zlatni Rat, take the route from Dubrovnik via Korčula, Gradac and Makarska (see route 2).

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