Croatia is blessed with Europe ‘s most glorious coastline which has miraculously escaped the over-development of some other Mediterranean vacation and holiday destinations. Situated in Southern Central Europe,Croatia is a roughly horseshoe-shaped country with a coastline 1,777 kilometers long. No less than 1,185 islands lie offshore, but only 66 of them are inhabited. Slovenia lies to the north, Italy to the west.To the east and south are Bosnia and Montenegro, both peaceful, and newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia. Croatia’s stunning coastline is on the Adriatic Sea, one of the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean and wonderfully warm.
Croatia’s main tourist attraction is, and always has been, its beaches. With miles of pristine continental Adriatic seaside and dozens of islands to visit, the sun and fun are endless. For this journey, leave the kids and your inhibitions home; I’m taking you to Croatia’s sexiest beaches. As far as beach travel destinations go, Croatia beaches cannot be beat! Croatia Beach Holidays are one of a kind. Here is a sampling of their best beaches:
Stiniva Beach, Vis Island
Swimming on Vis is an unforgettable experience firstly thanks to the clearness of the open sea that surrounds it. No matter whether you are looking for an escape from the heat by jumping into the sea into St. George’s Bay itself, or that you have abandoned yourself to the unusually strong currents and gentle caress of undersea fresh water springs in Molo Trovna or even better: you are aimlessly floating on an inflated crocodile in the middle of the Zoglov sand bay, Vis’ sea is what remains in your memories and cannot be expressed.
What can be disclosed are the beaches that are mainly approachable by road, suitable for family excursions and due to the amount of natural shade are ideal for the younger guests as well. Stiniva beach is protected upon the Nature Protection Law, as geo-morphological monument of nature.
Reaching this divine beach on Vis Island can be quite difficult since there are no direct access for cars. From mainland direction it can be only reached by foot or by boat from seaside. This might be main reason why Stiniva beach managed to preserve its primeval beauty. Once you have finally reached Stiniva beach you can get refreshments in the small bar located right next to the beach. The best part of the day to visit Stiniva is probably morning. However due to high cliffs that surround beach there is always enough shade during anytime of the day.
Plat Beach (Dubrovnik)
Plat beach is located near Dubrovnik in an area called Župa Dubrovačka between the Cavtat and Mlini settlements. It is hidden behind stones and provides total privacy, making it an oasis of peace and quiet.
Plat is a naturist beach and is meant for those to wish to enjoy its privacy, but is also appropriate for singles, families with children and romantics. Its only negative side is the fact that there is no shade from the sun so the only way to refresh yourself in the hot summertime is at the nearby café and swimming in the sea. There is also a restaurant which offers various Dalmatian specialties. Those who prefer sports and recreation can enjoy volleyball and picnics, however, you must bring all your own equipment because the beach does not provide such services. The sea is shallow enough that it is appropriate for small children and those who do not know how to swim.
Girandella Beach (Rabac, Istria Island)
Beneath the Girandella tourist village there is a beautiful pebbly beach with some rocky and paved parts. It is also awarded with a Blue flag. Here you can relax and enjoy the summer pleasures all day long. There are many restaurants, bars, shops, and a popular diving center within the tourist village. On the seaside you can rent deck chairs, parasols and pedal boats or try other activities such as banana riding or water skiing. A traditional Summer festival where yiu can listen the popular electronic music is organized at this attractive beach and it attracts a large number of young people. The Girandella beach is an ideal vacation destination for enjoying in all the summer pleasures with a great choice of activities. The arranged seaside promenade is arranged for cycling or roller skating, as well as for a pleasant walk.
Brela Beach (Vrulja)
Vrulja beach is located near the beautiful resort Brela on the Makarska Riviera. Vrulja is surrounded with awry and high cliffs because of which it is not easily approached. It is best to come to the beach by boat from Brela. Those who do not want to spend the whole day in the sun can enjoy in the shade beautiful tall pines and other Mediterranean plants provide you with. The Vrulja Beach is favorite among tourists and the local people, with a part of the beach intended for nudists. The beach is pebbly and the sea is crystal clear and a little cooler due to many sources. The beach is ideal for romantic couples and families with small children.
FKK Kandarola Palit Beach, (Frkanj Peninsula, Rab Island)
The island of Rab is a famous tourist destination with beautiful beaches and picturesque bays. The forested green peninsula Frkanj attracts many swimmers with its beautiful hidden rocky beaches. The most famous beach Kandarola is found here, a naturist beach where you can rent a taxi boat that goes to the beach and back to the port of Rab. The beach is clean and a variety of activities can be practiced that fit perfectly into the natural environment. It is surrounded by rich flora and fauna and sharp rocks that rise from the sea. On the beach you can find showers, a bar, a restaurant, a water slide for kids and volleyball on the sand.
Zlatni Rat (Bol, Brac Island)
The paradise beach Zlatni rat is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian coastline and at the same time the most representative panorama of Bol. It was created by deposits of fine pebbles as sediment around the underwater reef, spreading as a small tongue as much as 500 meters into the sea. The very tip of Zlatni rat keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents, making it appear different and repeatedly interesting. This location is a protected natural area and a favorite spot for surfers and kite-surfers from around the globe. Zlatni rat beach is only 2 km from Bol. You can reach the beach either by car or by a 20-minute walk along the sea. During the summer months, every half an hour there is a small tourist train going to the beach, as well as tourist boats that take off from the port of Bol.
Mali Bok Beach, Cres Island
Although the majority of the great swimming and relatively easily accessible beaches are on the western coast of island Cres, there are a few true gems on the much steeper eastern side as well. One such beach is Mali bok, under the village of Orlec. This is a stunning spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving, but it gets very deep very quickly and might appear a bit scary, as the coast on this side is very steep. The access to the beach is partly by car on a sealed narrow road from Orlec, then a not too long steep walk down to the beach. If you are lucky, you might even spot a griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), the biggest bird in Europe, which only finds its home in a very few remaining places in Europe, including island Cres, truly the eco island paradise of Adriatic.
Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok
Near the beach are the places Veli Rat, Veruni, Soline and Božava. The beach gained its reputation with the whiteness of the sand and clean sea, surrounded by pine trees that provide a welcome shade in the summer. It is about 800 meters long and at some 250 meters from the shore it is 3.5 meters deep, which means that the bathing area is extremely large and shallow and suitable even for young children. On the beach are two catering facilities that offer refreshment from the summer heat and light snacks. Transport is organized from Božava to Sakarun with a tourist train, which departs every two hours.
Beach Rucica, Metajna (Pag, Dalmatia)
The beach of Rucica is located in Metajna, in the eastern part of the island of Pag. The beach of Rucica is a stone and rocky beach suitable for different extreme sports and especially for mountaineering. The beach Rucica is protected and hidden among the rocky beach. Rucica is a beach of fine gravel beach lapped by a turquoise sea. The only disadvantage is that Rucica doesn’t have any kind of vegetation and so there is no shade on the beach. This beach is recommended for families with small children, fun and sports.
Golden Cape Beach, Rovinj
The coast is mostly rocky with a few small pebble inlets. Pine trees shadow allows you to rest after a long swim in the beautiful clean water. The Golden cape (Montauro) is located inside the Zlatni rt Park Forest a few minutes walk from Lone bay following the gravel road toward the old quarry used by rock climbers just half an hour walk from Rovinj town center. The Golden cape is suitable for tourist and nature lovers seeking a wild rocky beach or a small pebble inlet. Spots with some privacy are not an exception for this beach.
Pecine Beach, Rijeka
Pecine Beach is a Blue Flag beach littered with pebbles, sand and rocks. Its level shores provide safe bathing for young children and people with disabilities. In addition, the barrier-free beach offers a variety of tourist activities (including diving, beach volleyball, children’s entertainment, tennis, football) as well as catering in the form of beach cafés and restaurants. Showers, toilets and changing rooms complete the whole offer for tourists. The crystal clear waters and the Pecine Beach, Rijekasunken Pelastis ship wreck located nearby draw snorkelers and divers to the beach. To reach the Pecine Beach you can go either on foot or by car.
Queen’s Beach, Nin
The Queen’s Beach is a 3-km-long sandy beach in the Nin lagoon with one of the most beautiful views of Mount Velebit that takes your breath away- It is favorable for a peaceful vacation of families with small children. The biggest site of medicinal mud in Croatia is situated in Nin. The medicinal mud locality (peloid) is located next to the famous Queen’s Beach. The mud has been used for forty years in the therapy of various diseases. The area has 6 nature habitats of 3 rare and 4 endemic plants. There are also birds that like swamps. The ecologically preserved environment attracts nature lovers throughout the year.
Vela Przina Beach, Korcula Island
Vela Przina Beach is a lovely sandy beach, one of many picturesque beaches in Lumbarda, offering spectacular views across the sea all the way to Lastovo. This is a very popular sandy beach, filled with tourists and locals. Gets very crowded in summer so if you like sandy beaches hurry up to take good spot as early as possible. Located on the southern side of the island, so it faces open sea, though secluded within a large bay. There are two open-air cafes / restaurant right on the beach for simple foods and refreshments.
Paradise Beach, Lopar
The largest and best known sandy beach in Lopar is so called Rajska ( Paradise) Beach. Almost 2 kilometers long it is a home to all of the tourist facilities. It has been awarded”Blue flag” for the quality of water, preservation of natural surroundings as well as safety. It even got on the CNN’s Top 100 world beaches list. There is a lot to do, from beach volleyball, to aqua parks, parasailing and beach parties. If you have a dog, take it to the south part of the beach and enjoy a swim together.