TOP 10 beaches in Croatia

We‘re all looking for that perfect summer location, with an ideal beach that will give us the rest we need. We want easy access to the sea, sand or small pebbles, clear blue water, perfect temperature and tranquility. One more thing that makes our heart skip a beat, but isn’t a requirement, definitely is an access to various facilities, such as showers, changing rooms and additional sports and recreational facilities. In fact, what we really need for a perfect holiday is the beach of our dreams! Fortunately, Croatia is abundant with it. So, we thought it through and we’ve made a list of the TOP 10 beaches in Croatia.

1. The Stiniva beach

The Stiniva beach, located on the island of Vis, is definitely a magic cove, hidden between two high rocky cliffs. You must reach the hamlet of Žužec by road, and climb down along the footpath on which you’ll “lose” walking for more than twenty minutes. Its external sea entrance is relatively narrow which also expands into this wide seaside cove. We guarantee you that this no-automobile-access place is a perfect location for your holiday. There’s a small bar in the bay, where you can find various refreshments in the shade. We assume it will be your perfect place for sipping cocktails.

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2. The beach Slanica

The beach Slanica is a sandy beach that offers various facilities and activities. It is located on the island of Murter, near Zadar. This beach is ideal for those who don’t mind hustle and bustle, because if you’re visiting it during the summer season, you can expect it to be crowded. It is popular among young couples, elder ones and families with small children. There are numerous beach bars and restaurants that offer Dalmatian specialities. It is abundant with sport & leisure facilities, such as court for beach volleyball, tennis and other group sports. The sea is shallow, so feel free to take the time to learn how to play Croatian second favourite sport – picigin.

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3. Laguna Stella Maris beach

The city of Umag is a great location for an active vacation because of its beaches with a wide range of facilities, and one of them certainly is the Laguna Stella Maris beach. This beach is marked with a blue flag which guarantees clean sea and environment. This is a place where you’ll find beautiful shades under the green pines, crystal blue sea, numerous facilities, restaurants and your own piece of paradise. Take a trip and see it by yourself!

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4. The Paradise beach

The Paradise beach is 2 km long and it’s situated in the northern part of the Rab island, in the small tourist town of Rab. It is awarded with the blue flag for quality and purity of the sea. The Paradise beach is a sandy beach which makes it perfect for families with children. Nearby, you’ll find a large sports centre with various courts, such as those for tennis, football, basketball, volleyball, mini golf or table tennis. If you’re dreaming of a childish way of fun, you can go on the water slide, or on any water sport in beach facility offer. The beach is guarded by lifeguards so you can relax to the fullest. There are also showers, public toilets, changing rooms and you can even rent chairs and sunshades. You can find refreshment in various coffee bars and restaurants that are located right on the beach. everything that you wish for in one place!

5. Baška beach

Baška beach is one of the longest (1800m) and most beautiful beaches in Baška. It is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by numerous restaurants, pizzerias, pubs, bars, hotels, campsites and private apartments. On the beach, you can rent a variety of facilities such as surfboards, beach umbrellas, deck chairs, pedal boats, motor scooters, etc. This unique beach was the first official open swimming area on the island of Krk and therefore also the main reason for the development of tourism in Baška. We dare you not to enjoy those stunning views!

6. The Saharun beach

The beach gained its reputation because of the whiteness of the sand and clean intense turquoise-blue sea, surrounded by pine trees that provide a great shade in the summer. The bathing area is extremely large and shallow that makes it suitable even for young children. On the beach, there are two catering facilities that offer light snacks and refreshment from the summer heat. Transport is organised from Božava to Sakarun with a tourist train, which departs every two hours. The Saharun (aka Sakarun) beach is one of the Croatian loveliest but least-known spots. You’ll find it at the north end of Dugi Otok island, in North Dalmatia.

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7. The Punta Rata

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to be on natural pebble beach located in a small cove framed by the shade of fig trees and groves of olives? Luck will surely smile at you in the shade of pines, near the emerald sea of the Punta Rata, located in the small town of Brela – around 14 km (9 miles) to the north of Makarska on the Dalmatian Coast. This resort location is valued for its amenities and facilities as much as it is for its stunning beauty. Brela provides lifeguards, sports facilities, a promenade lined with restaurants and coffee shops that make this beach a perfect place for families and friends.

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8. The beach Zlatni Rat

The Island of Brač is best known for the beach Zlatni Rat, which lies on the island’s southern coast, west of the town of Bol. Zlatni Rat has gained its world fame, nickname and title as the most beautiful beach in Croatia because it really is a true natural phenomenon. It took years, the great impact of storms, rain and sea tides so we could enjoy all the beauties of this beach. Currents of the Adriatic sea have shaped this one-of-a-kind beach into a narrow, pointed shape land that extends approx. 1,500 feet (450 meters) into the sea. On the narrow white pebbles, sunbathers enjoy views of the sea and shore that are just as stunning. You better be going there right now!

9. The Palmižana beach

Hvar is Croatian’s most glamorous island destination, but sometimes it really is reasonable to run away from the crowd and noise that occupies this island in the summer season. We suggest you go on a 20-minutes-long-boat-ride from the town of Hvar to the car-free island Sveti Klement, that is a part of the Pakleni islands (a famous group of islands and cliffs). There you’ll find Palmižana beach that is covered with pebbles and has some rocky parts. It offers a food and beverage store, bars and top restaurants where you can enjoy the best Croatian sea delicacies. What more can you wish for?

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10. Queen’s beach

The Nin Laguna Beach is located in the small historic town of Nin. It is one of the most popular beaches in the area, and it’s a favourite beach among the tourists and locals. Laguna is a beautiful sandy beach with a view on the Velebit mountain. Nin Laguna is also known as the “Queen’s beach” and it is ideal for families with small children. On one small part of the beach there’s even a special part designed for children and recently it has an access for the disabled people. Adventurers will enjoy beach volleyball, jet-skis, badminton and many other activities, and those who seek relaxation will be amazed by the healing mud that helps cure various diseases. Nin, towns of Zadar and Vir offer ideal conditions for recreational cycling and jogging. There is a cycling trail along the main road from Zadar via Nin to Vir island that is 20 km long. For off-road cycling, there is a large number of dirt paths on which you’ll have an opportunity to see all the beauty of Dalmatian nature.