Istria is the most developed region in Croatia and it has the perfect combination of beautiful coastal locations and inland greenery. Istrian peninsula is a great place to visit during the whole year because there is always something fun to do. During the winter, you can enjoy the truffle search but if you want to enjoy Istria to its fullest, you should definitely visit in the summer and enjoy the many beautiful beaches Istra offers. The coast of this peninsula is 540 km long so there’s an abundance of all kinds of beaches, from family beaches, dog beaches to pebble and concrete beaches… You’ll even find nudist beaches here and there.
Istrian beaches provide pleasure to adrenaline junkies, tourists with pets and families with little kids. Everyone can find the best beach for their needs.
Take a look at our list of the best beaches in Istria and make sure to visit at least one of these on your Istria vacation.
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Bijeca Beach in Medulin
Bijeca is located in Medulin which is one of the best touristic locations in the Istra. Medulin beauty is in a 1 kilometer long beach that offers various activities to its visitors. Bijeca is one of the few sand beaches in Istria. This sandy beach is ideal for older people and kids because it has a shallow water which means you can walk for almost a hundred meters and still won’t need to swim. It is also a great place to test your skills in “picigin”, a traditional Croatian game played in the sea in which you have to keep the ball above the water and do anything possible to not let it fall in the water.
As many other Istrian beaches, Bijeca beach offers lots of extras to the visitors. You’ll find fast food bars, restaurants with local food, shops, disco bars and much more.
Lanterna – Green Peninsula
Laterna is located between Novigrad and Poreč. The green peninsula is a modern touristic village with lots of apartments and hotels. Lanterna is named green peninsula because of the green forest that spreads around the whole peninsula. Lanterna has many activities to offer so you can enjoy different activities like water skiing, windsurfing and riding a water bike.
If you are looking for a place that will give you the best relaxation but also has many fun and adrenaline-inducing activities, then Lanterna is the right choice. The green forest will give you all the stress relief you need, while water activities will not let the boredom set in!
Koversada beach in Vrsar
Koversada is one of the biggest nudist beaches in Europe. The nudist’s tradition of this beach started in 1961, and since then people from all over Europe come to enjoy the sun completely naked.
This piece of heaven on Earth has everything a nudist needs… Restaurants that offer local food, cocktail bars for party lovers.
If you’re visiting with your family, parts of the beach are ideal for children. There’s also a part of the beach where dogs are allowed so your furry best can enjoy as much as you.
Amarin Beach in Rovinj
Amarin beach is a part of the Amarin camp located on the north side of Rovinj. This beach has pebble and rocky surface and it is ideal for families with kids and dogs. It has a lot of playgrounds for the kids and offers on-water activities which will keep your little ones active. If you have a dog that’s fine too! There’s a part of the beach where your furry best friend is allowed too. Amarin will surprise you with its crystal clean sea that is a joy to swim in.
Crveni Otok (The Red Island)
If you are searching for an isolated place for your summer vacation then Crveni Otok is an ideal location for you. There is no other way to get to the Red Island other than a boat. A short 15-minutes boat ride will take you to this heaven on Earth. You’ll have a fantastic time sailing on the boat and experiencing the Adriatic sea from a different angle.
Visit local beaches on the island and take a relaxing walk through one of the many paths on the Island. Red Island is ideal for people who are seeking relaxation from everyday worries and those who want to connect to the nature and enjoy the soothing sound of peace and quiet. For those of you who enjoy meditating, there are spots marked with stones which make the perfect meditation location.
Katoro Beach near Umag
Katoro beach is located four kilometers from Umag, a city known as a home to many big tennis tournaments. Katoro beach has a combination of concrete, pebble, and rocky parts. It is a family oriented beach ideal for little kids who are learning to swim.
Katoro beach provides many activities for the tourists such as volleyball on the sand, minigolf, tennis and table tennis. Kids can have fun on children’s playground while the parents relax drinking coffee in the bar located only a few steps from the beach. Shops with swimming equipment are located on the beach so you’ll have everything you need right there on the spot.
Katoro beach is probably the best concrete beach on the west side of Istra so make sure to take a swim there it if you’re vacationing nearby!
There are many more beautiful beaches in Istria but these ones are especially worth a visit. One thing you don’t have to worry about when vacationing in Istria – you’ll find stunning beaches in every corner.