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 Punta beach of the Punta district is the main beach of Umag and includes numerous 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 fragrant pine forest, which provides cool shade on hot summer days.
Tip: Many good hotels and apartments, such as the popular Hotel Sol Sipar, have also settled near Punta Beach.
Zambratija Sandy Beach
The 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 breathtaking 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.
Tip: The best way to spend your vacation is in one of the privately owned apartments. Great are the accommodations of the Sunny House not far from the beach and sea.
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.
A popular beach near Umag is also the Aurora Beach, which is located in the Resort Hotel Sol Aurora. Of course, non-hotel guests can also enjoy this stunning bay, which has even been awarded the Blue Flag. You can easily get to the beach from the city center by car or by a slow train. The beach Aurora is a concrete beach with stairs leading into the crystal clear sea. The water shines in the most beautiful blue sea colors and invites you to jump into the cool water. If you like, you can rent an umbrella and a sun lounger, but also in the back part of the beach you can find some cool shady places under the pine trees.
Villa Rosetta Beach
A really beautiful beach near Umag is the charming bay of Villa Rosetta, a recommended hotel in the small resort of Zambratija. This beach is a mix of rocky and pebble beach, which offers easy access to the crystal clear sea. Especially those seeking peace and quiet and couples appreciate this picturesque stretch of beach. Just behind it, the beautiful, fragrant pine trees serve as natural shade and give the bathing bay an extremely idyllic charm. However, sunbeds and umbrellas can also be rented for a fee. A wonderful beach for a few relaxing days in Umag!
Tip: The Villa Rosetta is a small, fine hotel in an idyllic location by the sea. Guests love the delicious breakfast and the perfect location on the beach.
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 stunning 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. In addition, you can explore an interesting underwater world while snorkeling along this stretch of coast.
Tip: There are a few pretty private apartments near the beach, such as the Sipa Apartment, which is only 250 meters from Polynesia beach.
Another popular beach near Umag is Svjetionik Beach. It is located just around the corner from the famous Savudrija lighthouse and is featured in every travel magazine about Umag mainly because of its unusual setting with hanging boats. Guests love this picturesque pebble bay, which provides a relatively gentle entry into the clear sea. Famous here, however, are the spectacular sunsets, which are probably among the most beautiful in the region and which you should definitely experience during a vacation in Umag. Further bathing possibilities can be found nearby, around the lighthouse.
Tip: Behind the beach is a beach bar that serves delicious cocktails and some beautiful apartment buildings, such as the great Apartments Titonel.
Beach Canova (Camping 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 a pool complex, mobile homes, restaurants and much more. Also on this part of the coast flies the Blue Flag as an award! 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.
Tip: Especially popular in the campsite are the pretty glamping tents, which delight with cleanliness, large terrace and proximity to the sea.
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 breathtaking contrast to the blue sea, are also beautiful here.
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 incredible sea colors that invite you to swim and snorkel are also picturesque.
Tip: Not far away is the Skiper Apartments & Golf Resort, a beautiful 4-star hotel with a small private beach.
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