When it comes to beaches in Croatia, the best advice is to head south: it’s on the Dalmatian coast where the most seductive sandy shores, pebbly coves and sun-fried rocks are to be found. Here are 10 of the best beaches in Croatia:
Sakarun, one of the most famous beaches of Zadar County, is located on the northwest coast of Dugi Otok island. Near the beach are the villages of Verunić, Soline and Božava. Its reputation comes from its whiteness of the sand and cleanliness of the sea, and it is surrounded with a pine tree forest which offers welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 metres long, and at 250 metres from the shore it is only 3.5 metres deep, which means that the space for bathing is extremely large and shallow, and suitable even for small children.
Due to an inlet of the sea, surrounded by high cliffs that hide the beach, Stiniva on the island of Vis is hardly visible from the open sea. However, access from the sea is ideal for reaching Stiniva beach. There is also a demanding 20 minutes access by foot which literally follows the goat track. Stiniva beach is surrounded by steep cliffs so that half of the beach is always in the shade. Stiniva is a pebble beach for lovers of the beautiful clean sea and of the wild landscape.
For many of its citizens Split is not so much a city as a religion, centred around a collection of semi-mystic locations. Among the holiest of holies is undoubtedly Bačvice beach, a shallow bay of sand and shingle that has played an important role in the early childhood and teenage years of virtually anyone who has ever called the city home.
Immensely popular as a family beach, it’s also a buzzing social hub, with a café-packed pleasure pavilion rising immediately to the east. Bačvice is also famous for being the spiritual home of picigin, a uniquely Dalmatian sport that involves a lot of acrobatic leaping around as players try to prevent a small ball from hitting the water.
4.Lovrečina Bay, Brač Island
Four kilometres east of Postira on Brač, Lovrečina Bay is one of several beaches on the island that genuinely deliver what you read about in the brochures, with a sandy shore bordering translucent waters, and a ruined medieval church among olive groves just behind the strand.
The fact that there is limited parking and no clear bus stop nearby helps the beach from becoming overrun. Apropos rent out apartments in Postira, while Villa Adriatica up the coast in Supetar is one of the island’s cosier hotels.
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5.Uvala Dubovica, Hvar Island
The Renaissance port of Hvar enjoys a worldwide reputation when it comes to chic bars and racy nightlife. If a good beach is what you’re after, however, it’s best to get out of town. There are several good choices in the coves and bays to the east, of which the most attractive is Uvala Dubovica, a broad pebbly affair beside a historic manor house.
The bay’s shallow nature makes it good family paddling territory, although it gets popular with yachts and motorboats in season. Otherwise, difficulty of access tends to filter out the guests – the parking strip on the main road above the bay is only big enough to accommodate about fifty vehicles. Rent a bike or scooter from Luka Rent in Hvar and beach-hop your way along the coast.
The lunar landscapes of the Kornati islands are ideal destinations for “Robinson Crusoe” tourism. Countless bays of hundred of islands which have the protected status of a national park, overwhelm the sailors. The Kornati beaches are a paradise for divers, boaters and anyone who wants to enjoy the solitude. The beaches are, individually, shingle or sandy, shallow and suitable for children.
7.Zlatni Rat, Brač Island
A silvery tongue of shingle extending into a turquoise sea, Zlatni Rat (“Golden Cape”) is very much the poster boy of Dalmatian beaches, pictured in countless brochures and guidebooks. The pebbly peninsula remains a compelling destination despite the crowds; indeed its clear shallow seas and gripping maritime views make it a difficult place to leave. It’s also within walking distance of Bol, where More Travel or Adria will sort you out with accommodation.
8.Proizd, near Korčula Island
Approaching by taxi boat from nearby Vela Luka, the islet of Proizd looks at first sight to be a pretty average Adriatic hump of pine trees and maquis. In fact it’s one of the most alluring sunbathing and skinny-dipping destinations in the whole of Croatia, with a trio of dramatic ‘beaches’ made up of sloping rock slabs shelving steeply into a clear sea.
The port of Vela Luka is your obvious base for accommodation: contact the ever-dependable Mediterano agency for rooms and apartments.
9.Šunj Bay, Lopud Island
Sometimes it’s not just the beach that matters, it’s also about the journey there and back. Getting to Šunj Bay on the island of Lopud involves a delightful fifty-minute crossing on the passenger-only Dubrovnik-Šipan ferry, followed by a hike over the central hump of blissfully car-free Lopud island.
Once you get there, Šunj is a graceful crescent of fine shingle and sand strung between rocky promontories. There’s an informal beach bar at the back of the beach; you’ll need it by the time you arrive.
10. Banje beach Dubrovnik
Banje Beach is the best known of Dubrovnik’s public beaches and it is located just a few minutes’ walk from the historical centre of the city. From it extends a wonderful view of the city harbour and the island of Lokrum. Banje is often listed amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world. On the beach you can enjoy the selection of food at the restaurant, the lounge bar with its wonderful view and the comfortable sunbeds and canopies. The beach offers a number of activities such as kayaks, parasailing, jet skis, tube rides and alike. At night it turns into an elite place for a good time.