The 10 Best Beaches in Umag

Umag is a popular seaside resort in the northern part of Istria and amazes sun-hungry holidaymakers with a variety of beautiful beaches. A fabulous mix of gently sloping sandy beaches, pebble beaches lined with pine forests, quiet nudist bays and well-kept stone beaches stretches along a coastline of around 45 kilometers. The sea in this region is also fantastically beautiful and partly shines in breathtaking blue sea colors. Therefore, some bathing places have even been awarded with the Blue Flag. But where are the absolute best beaches in Umag and which bays are best suited for a beach holiday on the Istrian Adriatic in Croatia?

In this travel guide we have put together a list of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Umag in Croatia. Also, you will find plenty of tips and information that will certainly help you plan your trip.


Punta Beach – Main Beach

The beautiful beach of the Punta district is the main beach of Umag and includes a large number of fantastic bathing bays. Its proximity to the city center – the beach is only 1.5 kilometers away – makes it one of the most popular beaches in the resort. Especially families with children appreciate this gently sloping sandy beach and the small playgrounds with slides and swings. But also concrete areas and small bays have been created here as bathing spots. Behind the beach is a wonderful pine forest, which provides cool shade on hot summer days.

Many recommended hotels and apartments, such as the popular Hotel Sol Sipar have also settled in Punta just near the beach!

Zambratija Sandy Beach

Zambratija beach is a real insider tip for a quiet beach holiday in Umag! This small bay is a fine sandy beach where it is still really cozy and, thus, it offers wonderful bathing pleasure. The sea is crystal clear and falls very flat, so you can wade through the water. Just behind the beach is a lovely beach bar that pampers its guests with cool drinks, tasty snacks and a fantastic sea view.  Unfortunately, there are only a few parking spaces on site, so you should be there early enough.

Around Zambratija beach you will find some lovely places to stay, most of them are privately run holiday apartments.

Laguna Stella Maris

Another top beach in Umag is the beautiful Laguna Stella Maris, a picturesque bathing bay just 3 kilometers from the city center. This wonderful pebble beach is located inside the Stella Maris Resort, although non-hotel guests can also use this beach. Protected by the lagoon, the sea is usually calm and very suitable to swim in. You can get to Stella Maris Laguna either by car, by tourist train or by bike along the beautiful promenade.

Tip: Here on the Laguna Stella Maris beach, in the immediate vicinity, is the ATP stadium “Goran Ivanisevic“, where exciting tennis tournaments take place every year in June.

Aurora Beach

Another highlight of the absolute best beaches in Umag is the Aurora Beach, which is located in the Resort Hotel Sol Aurora. Of course, non-hotel guests can also enjoy this beautiful bay and swim in the crystal-clear sea. You can easily and comfortably get to the beach from the city center by car or tourist-train. The Aurora beach is a concrete beach with stairs leading into the sea, which is particularly appreciated by adults. The water glows here in the most beautiful blue sea colors and literally invites you to jump into the cool water and to go snorkeling.

If you like, you can rent an umbrella and sun lounger here, but there are also some cool shady spots under the pine trees in the back of the beach. This beach has the blue flag, an award for the highest standard.

Beach Svjetionik

Another popular beach near Umag is Beach Svjetionik. It is located just around the corner from the Savudrija lighthouse and because of its extraordinary backdrop with the hanging boats it can be found in every travel magazine. Famous are the spectacular sunsets, which are probably the most beautiful in the region and which you should definitely experience on any holiday to Umag.

Behind the beach there is a cool beach bar that serves delicious cocktails and some lovely apartment houses, such as the recommendable Apartments Titonel. More fantastic bathing opportunities can be found nearby around the lighthouse.

Beach Polynesia

The picturesque Polynesia Beach is absolutely beautiful and another highlight on our list of the best beaches in Umag. It is located a little north of the town and enchants sun-hungry bathers with an exceptionally beautiful backdrop. The sea is extraordinarily clear here and glows in almost kitschy turquoise colors. While sunbathing on the beach you can enjoy a great view of the Roman archaeological site, which can also be reached on foot from the bay.

Tip: There are a few pretty private apartments near the beach, such as the Sipa Apartment, which is only 250 meters from Polynesia beach.

Stella Maris Beach (Osmica Beach)

Stella Maris Beach, also known as Osmica Beach, is another recommended stretch of coast that is fantastic for swimmers. Around 2 kilometers from Umag, it is not far from the old town and can be reached on foot or by bike via the picturesque waterfront. The beach is partly paved, with stairs offering ideal access to the sea. The lush green pine forests, which form a fantastic contrast to the blue sea, are also beautiful here.

Beach Canova Park Umag

Another beautiful beach around 9 kilometers south of the old town is Canova Park beach in Camping Park Umag; a huge 4-star campsite with pool complex, mobile homes, glamping and much more. Here you will find numerous beautiful beach sections with a crystal clear sea and top water quality. The Canova Park beach is a stone beach with concrete surfaces on which ramps and stairs lead into the sea.

Kanegra Beach

Kanegra Beach is located near Umag, around 10 kilometers from the old town, inside the same named holiday village “Apartments Kanegra Plava Laguna”. A wonderful mix of stone and pebble beach awaits you here, surrounded by fragrant pine forests and with a wonderful view of the opposite located Slovenian coast. The wonderful sea colors that invite you to swim and snorkel are also picturesque.

Villa Rosetta Beach

Another beautiful beach in Umag is the bay of Villa Rosetta, a recommendable hotel in the resort of Zambratija. This beach is a mix of rocks and pebble stones that offer easy access to the sea and beautiful pine trees provide shade. Of course, sunbeds and umbrellas can also be rented here for a fee.

Above all, those seeking tranquility appreciate the exclusive beach atmosphere of Villa Rosetta, which non-hotel guests can also enjoy. A wonderful beach for a few relaxing days in Umag!

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