Zlatni rat Beach This beautiful part of the island is rich in white and pebble beaches, with one of the largest and most popular being Zlatni rat Beach that extends almost half a kilometre into the sea in a tongue-like shape. It is also a natural phenomenon, because there is no such vertically protruding beach in the world. Its tip changes shape constantly under the influence of winds and sea currents, bending to one or the other side. Due to its extraordinary natural shape, Zlatni rat has become the symbol of Bol and the island of Brač and is increasingly being recognised as a symbol of value of Croatian tourism. This famous beach in Bol has appeared on the pages of many travel brochures and many international magazines have listed it among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Tourists claim that Zlatni rat is the best place to get a tan, and swimmers can always choose to swim on the calm side of the beach while the northwesterly wind (mistral) blows on the other. The opercula - the shells of sea snails (Astarea rugosa) called the “lucky stone” by the locals- often get washed ashore bringing luck to the finder. Many say that this is true, and anyone can find one with a little effort. During the summer, dozens of larger tourist boats transport tourists from Makarska and Hvar for a day trip to swim at Zlatni rat Beach and other Bol beaches. Zlatni rat Beach has made Bol a tourist mecca, and it has recently become a favourite destination of many national and foreign celebrities and athletes. Zlatni rat Beach is a place for socialising as well as swimming and sports, but in the area surrounding Bol there are many small hidden bays and beaches that are ideal for meditative relaxation in nature and solitude. Bol smells of sage, basil and rosemary, and the sea on its beaches shares endless whispers with the white shore.