Our Top 8 Beaches in Croatia

There is an abundance of beaches in Croatia waiting to be explored! Whether they are adjacent to trees, close to picturesque harbours or overlooked by stunning scenery, being on a Croatian beach is a beautiful experience. From Istria to Dubrovnik and all the Islands in between, here are some of our favourite breath-taking beaches in Croatia.

1. Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape)Island of Brac

The Zlatni Rat is extremely unique - a tongue like split stretches almost half a kilometre out into the sea. The beach is two kilometres away from the centre of the harbour town of Bol and you can also reach Zlatni Rat by small boat or the little tourist train in the Summer Months. The beach is also a protected natural area and a favourite spot for surfers and kite-surfers from around the globe.

2. Paradise Beach - Island of Rab

Close to the town of Lopar, Rajska beach (known as Paradise beach) is the largest and most famous beach on the Adriatic. It is 1.5 kilometres long and since 2003 is has held the Blue Flag. With the finest sand and crystal clear, warm sea water (up to 28°C in the Summer months!) as well as the greenest pine forest to offer shade, Paradise beach is perfect for families!

3. Kraljičina (Queens) Beach - Zadar

Along the long natural sandy beaches of Nin, Kraljičina (Queens) beach can be found. It is Croatia’s longest sandy beach, with its name being connected to a legend. The legend says that the first Croatian King, Tomislav, watched the unforgettable sunset and breath-taking views of the Velebit mountain with his Queen by his side – hence the name was given! Due to its shallow and warm sea, it is particularly attractive for families with young children, and outside the main season it is a favourite place for long romantic walks.

4. Bačvice Beach - Split

Bačvice is a natural phenomenon! It’s a beautiful sandy beach 10 minutes’ walk from in the heart of the city, next to the city port. Throughout the year you can see people bathing and playing ‘picigin’ – a favourite summer sport in Split. Today Bačvice is Split’s promenade for walkers of all ages, whilst at night it is the centre of fun for the younger crowds, with bars and restaurants just a stone’s throw away.

5. Banje Beach - Dubrovnik

Banje Beach is the most well-known of Dubrovnik’s public beaches and it is located just a few minutes’ walk from the historical centre of the city. It has a wonderful view of the city harbour and the island of Lokrum. Banje is often listed amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world – so you’re in a for a treat! On the beach you can enjoy the selection of food at the restaurant, have a drink at the lounge bar taking in wonderful views and relax on the comfortable sun-beds and canopies. The beach offers a number of activities such as kayaks, parasailing, jet skis, tube rides and alike and at night it turns into an elite place for a good time!

6. Vela Plaža - Island of Krk

Vela Plaža beach is a natural pebble beach, spanning 1,800 metres long and is located in the rich cultural heritage of the town of Baska, which is found on the biggest island in Croatia – Krk! It is especially suitable for children and non-swimmers as the facilities allow every visitor to enjoy safe and carefree time! The beach has many sports amenities and there are also a number of bars for refreshments during the summer heat.

7. Punta Rata Beach - Brela 

Located in a small town called Brela between Split and Markarska, Punta Rata beach could be described as one of the most picturesque pebble beaches in the world! This stunning beach is situated in a protected area - a cape covered by a pine tree forest. On the western side of the beach is Kamen Brela (the Brela Stone), which is the most common motif on postcards of Brela and Croatia. Get ready to enjoy a variety of sports on the beach or sip refreshments in a number of cafes and restaurants, all whilst experiencing the hot sun and crystal-clear waters.

8. Sveti Ivan Beach, Lubenice - Island of Cres

If you’re looking for a beach off the beaten track, then Sveti Ivan beach is the one for you. Located in a cove at the foot of Lubenice, this beach has privacy and an abundance of untouched nature! It is ideal for a relaxing day because its inaccessibility means there are not many bathers. The beach can be reached by descending down the steep trail from Lubenice, where you’re greeted by a stunning view or from the sea by boat.

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