10 beaches to visit in Croatia
Croatia’s pride and joy is its 1777 kilometers long coastline with amazing beaches and reefs, islands, islets and rigged cliffs. However, most of it is rocky coastline and not easily accessible or well-equipped enough to host a curious and adventure-seeking tourist. Read our guide to some of the most stunning beaches in Croatia and plan the summer vacation of a lifetime!
Zlatni Rat, Brač Island
Zlatni Rat, which translates as Golden Cape, well deserves its name because this is the kind of pebbly amber beach that many dream about. A lot of people come here not just to sunbathe but also to windsurf which is one of its many attractions. Rocky cliffs in the background and pine forest all around provide a perfect setting for a fun day at the beach. The beachfront promenade is marble-paved making it perfect for strolling. Take a dip or just lie down and soak up some of that Dalmatian sun!
This tiny islet is composed almost entirely of sand which is a huge plus considering that most beachfronts in Croatia are rocky. If you had in mind a desert island getaway just for you or for a romantic getaway then this is the place to be. To reach it board a ferry from Mali Lošinj, which is also pretty far away from the urban centers. This only adds to Susak’s appeal as a desert island. Stretching away from the village in a moon crescent shape is the main beach, Spiaza. If you wanted to do some diving be prepared to wade for a half a kilometer or so at first because the bay is not so deep. Farther east you’ll find another attractive beach at Bok Bay which is even less crowded because it is not so easily reachable by land.
If you are fantasizing about a long strip of untouched sand which peters out to the horizon then you have to go to Nin. It is located 15 kilometers away from Zadar. Its main beach is lush to say the least, Kraljičina plaza, and well deserves its name (which translates as Queen’s beach). In the background you can enjoy a view of the magnificent Velebit mountain range or enjoy an inviting cocktail at the beach bar. This is also a wellness area because it is rich in peloid mud which soothes joint and muscle pains. If you are tired from all those hours of swimming, wade into the mud and have some fun.
Lovrečina Bay, Brač Island
You’ll have to take our word on this one. There are so many tourist brochures that don’t deliver what you read about but this is one of the exceptions. Sandy bronze beaches and deep blue translucent water is what Lovrečina Bay is all about. It is just what you have been wishing for! It is situated four kilometers away from Postira on Brač. Just behind the beach there is an abandoned medieval church so take some time to explore the surrounding as well. The scent of olive groves will lure you into it.
Uvala Dubovica, Hvar Island
The vibrant and glamorous city of Hvar is also a Renaissance-style port. When you get all the partying you can handle in the city head out east to some of the coves and bays of which Uvala Dubovica is the most stunning. There you’ll find a stretch of tawny smooth pebbles overlooking a historic manor house. Make some great photographs or simply enjoy the splendid view. The bay is shallow which also makes it a good place to teach your children how to swim. Don’t fear that this is an overcrowded beach full of needy tourists. The parking slot can only accommodate about 50 cars. You can also rent a bike or scooter and enjoy some water skiing.
Grebišće, Hvar Island
Grebišće is another rare gem among Croatian beaches because it is comprised entirely of silken smooth sand. It is situated 4 kilometers east of Jelsa just off the Sućuraj road and you can reach it by walking through the Grebišće campsite. Why not use the opportunity to pack your camping gear and stay here for more than a couple of days? There is also a campsite café and a beach bar which will ensure your enjoyment and good mood.
If you are traveling with your family members and your little ones don’t miss to visit the Bačvice beach.It is a shallow bay convenient for wading around in water. Also, it is a gathering point for all the locals and inhabitants of Split so don’t miss the opportunity to make friends with your lovely and cordial hosts. Try out the local sport called picigin. You’ll find yourself leaping around water trying to keep a ball in air. Might sound silly but is it fun? Yes!
Proizd, Near Korčula Island
Imagine a summer holiday postcard where a beach made of rock slabs is gradually dissolving into clear deep blue sea. This is Proizd Island, isolated and unspoilt by huge crowds or too many tourist facilities. Enjoy the untouched nature and disconnect from the whole world at least for one day. You can reach it by a boat; a 30 minutes ride from Vela Luka. If you want to keep this blue piece of paradise for a couple of days longer there is also the possibility of camping on this islet.
Šunj Bay, Lopud Island
Here is a little gem for all you hikers and explorers! The road to isolated and traffic-free Šunj is quite a hike up and down the hills but once you have reached your destination you are rewarded with a stunning view of the sandy golden beach. If you are not up to walking you can rent out a golf buggy but we strongly recommend you enjoy the surrounding of wild flowers, pine trees and chapels. When tired of swimming and hiking get a cocktail at the informal beach bar at the far end of the beach.
Just a short, 10 minute ferry trip away from Dubrovnik is the luscious Lokrum island. It is open for public from April to November. Surrounding woods comprising olive trees, pines and black ash provides a perfect escape from the stressful and noisy urban areas. You’ll enjoy your swimming time here like nowhere else though some might find that the rocky sloping beaches are not so inviting. For those more daring there is also a famous nudist beach (FKK) which is also a meeting point for many gay people. Relax by taking a tour of a medieval Benedictine monastery or stroll through attractive Botanical garden. Or just enjoy the panoramic sea view and plunge into the water!