I mentioned in my last post that Bol had a lot to offer adventurous travellers as well as families - and I wasn't lying!
Bol is perhaps best known for it’s postcard perfect beach which occupies the split approximately 2 kilometres west of the town’s harbour, rather like a big tongue poking out into the Adriatic and you can get there along a beautiful promenade along the waters' edge, adorned with tempting market stalls on either side and dappled in sunlight fighting its way through the trees above.
Oh and if you're a shutterbug don't forget your camera!
On your way to the beach you pass the kitesurfing and windsurfing centres, perfect for the likes of our crew keen to make waves in the afternoon breeze. Bol is a challenging but fun place to kitesurf or windsurf as thermal winds pick up after midday like clockwork and you can carve up wind all the way to split for flat water, or play in the chop in the main channel. If you haven't brought you own kit, the centres will hire it out for 75 euros a day, or you can sign up for a lesson.
There's a little cafe for those that want to hang out with a beer before, after or instead of hitting the water.
Continuing past the kites and windsurfers there’s a plethora of restaurant options on the pebbly beaches below the path, including everything from fancy dining (try Plaza Dorak for lunch or dinner - they push the tables out to the waters edge and light the beach with lanterns at night) to a simple bar and pizzeria. Just next door, a watersports centre offers everything from waterskiing to banana boating from their dock.
The famous spit is right at the end of the walk where you'll find people like me snapping the obligatory tourist pics on the waters edge.
It really is the most photogenic of spots, especially if you share the frame with your favourites.
After which you can hire a deckchair or pull up a bean bag at my fave sunset spot, Auro cocktail bar, with chilled lounge music and a live DJ on some evenings.
If it’s a decent workout you’re after and you’re not much of a water baby, head for the hills and hike up Vidowa Gora. It’s the highest peak of any of Croatia’s islands and it’s a breathtaking walk – in every sense of the word! Wear trainers or at least decent sandals rather than flip flops as the path is rocky with loose pebbles in places and spikes grass, and head to the top of the main town where the path begins at the end of the road that runs behind a supermarket near the Bluesun hotel.
Pack a lot of water (1.5 litres per person would not be excessive), suncream and a camera and follow the path until it ends at the top! It is a moderately challenging hike which will take a relatively fit person 1.5-2 hours so go early – you do not want to be walking in the heat of the midday sun - Croatian summers get pretty steamy and there is little shade! The path is an old mule track and meanders it’s way up the hill, winding it’s way up an elevation of just over 2500 feet.
The struggle is well worth it for the views at the top. You can see right down to the white tip of Zlatani Rat and you’ll be ready to head there for a dip afterwards!
If you’re not a hiker, you can drive around the peak and get to the top by car, or hire a bike and take the journey on 2 wheels if you want a real challenge! Whatever your activity of choice, there truly is something for everyone in Bol. For more information on the adventures on offer, head to Big Blue Sports in town or at the beach and speak to their friendly guides.