Top 15 Most Amazing Beaches in Croatia
The beaches in Croatia are a highlight of the country and an absolute magnet for visitors from all over the world. On the 2,000-kilometer coast of the Croatian Adriatic Sea and more than a thousand islands you will find countless coves and beaches with fabulous water quality. 102 beaches in Croatia carry the blue flag and some of them are even voted to be the most beautiful beaches in the world. Many of them are pebble beaches, but there are also lovely sandy beaches to explore! But where are Croatia’s best beaches? With an unbelievable variety of bathing possibilities, it can be hard to decide which beach in Croatia to choose for you next holiday.
But where to find the best bays and the most beautiful places for a swimming and relaxing? And what are the most wonderful sandy beaches in Croatia? In this beach-guide we have summarized the highlights of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, perfect for your next holiday.
Zlatni Rat Beach | Golden Horn, Brac
The famous Golden Horn on the island of Brac, also known as Zlatni Rat Beach, is probably one of the most famous beaches in Croatia. The Zlatni Rat, which is often thought of as a sandy beach, is actually a pebble beach, which stretches like a giant golden horn 500 meters into the azure blue sea. Due to its unique shape, it is world famous and has become a very popular destination for a beach holiday in Croatia. The next village to the dream beach is Bol, a lovely place for holidays with plenty of accommodations.
Tip: The beautiful apartments of the Villa Aurea Palma are almost directly above the Zlatni Rat. From here you can walk to the Golden Horn and avoid the expensive parking fees.
Sakarun Beach | Dugi Otok
The Sakarun Beach, often spelled Saharun, is certainly the most famous beach on Dugi Otok and one of the best sandy beaches in Croatia. The 800-meter-wide bay enchants with bright white sand and also the Caribbean blue sea colors are an absolute eye catcher. With its extraordinary beauty, the Sakarun beach often advertises for Croatia in magazines and commercials. Nevertheless, the holiday island Dugi Otok is still quite tranquil and a beach holiday there is absolutely recommended.
Tip: As a hotel tip we can recommend the Hotel Maxim, the only 4-star hotel on the island. It is in a very quiet location and from the pool you have a beautiful view over the sea and the quiet harbor.
Beach Dubovica | Hvar Island
Absolutely beautiful and a real highlight on Hvar Island is the dream beach Dubovica. The beautiful bay is located in the south of Hvar and can only be reached from the road via a rather steep footpath. Its special ambience and its uniqueness make it one of the best beaches in Croatia. This bay is so beautiful and special as though it has just popped out from a travel magazine! Here the sea is crystal clear and shimmers in the most beautiful varieties of blue. A picturesque stone house and the cozy beach bar create special beach flair.
Tip: For a memorable beach holiday check out the best accommodation on Hvar Island.
Punta Rata Beach | Brela
The Punta Rata beach with its famous Stone is one of the most famous beaches in Croatia. Even the Forbes magazine has already ranked this dream beach among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located on the picturesque Makarska Riviera, in the holiday resort Brela, and every year the Punta Rata beach attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. With its magnificent sea colors and the picturesque rocks, this beach is an absolute postcard motif and has earned a place on our list of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.
Tip: For a holiday in Brela we recommend the Villa Dalmatia Apartments, which are located only 200 meters from the Brela stone! Top apartments in a prime location!
Beach Pupnatska Luka | Korcula
Another highlight among the most beautiful beaches in Croatia is the Pupnatska Luka Beach on the popular holiday island Korcula. This bay is located in the island`s south and impresses with a fine pebble beach and an amazingly beautiful atmosphere in the midst of untouched nature. This bay is surrounded by dense pine forests, which provide cool shade in summer. Meanwhile, the Pupnatska Luka beach is easy to reach by car and a popular destination for tourists in Korcula.
Tip: There are no accommodations right on Pupnatska beach. For a holiday on Korcula you will find great places to stay in the holiday region Lumbarda and Korcula Old Town.
Banje Beach | Dubrovnik
The beach Banje is the city beach of the famous southern Dalmatian city Dubrovnik and is for sure one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. This dream beach is located in close proximity to the historic old town and so, while bathing in the azure blue sea you can also enjoy a wonderful view of Dubrovnik and the offshore island Lokrum. The Banje beach is a pebble beach, which can only be reached by a walk down a steep stone staircase.
Beach Nugal | Makarska
The beach Nugal is located on the Makarska Riviera, between Tucepi and Makarska Old Town and is one of the most beautiful natural bays in the region. Several times, this hidden beach has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia by various magazines and the media. Nestled between high rocks and deep forest, it enchants with a stunningly beautiful beach scenery. As this bay can only be reached by a hike or by boat, Nugal beach offers a wonderful feeling of seclusion.
Beach Mala Raduca | Primosten
The beach Mala Raduca is the main beach of Primosten and, at the same time, it is one of the most beautiful bays of this highly recommended holiday region. Here you can enjoy an incredible atmosphere and while swimming in the turquoise blue sea you always have a picturesque view of the beautiful old town. There are hardly any natural shade spots, but beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented on the beach.
Tip: The Apartment Primosten Adiomare is located near the beach and offers a great view of the bay and the charming old town.
Podvrske Beach | Island Murter
With its beautiful flair and fantastic beaches, the Island Murter is the perfect place to spend your beach holidays in Croatia. On the island itself are some amazing beaches, including great sandy beaches. The most beautiful is the turquoise blue crystal-clear beach Podvrske, probably one of the nicest sandy beaches in Croatia. With its mix of fine gravel and sandy beach, this gently sloping beach gem is popular with families with children.
Tip: Really brilliant are the Mobile Homes Slanica, which are located near the beautiful beach Podvrske and beach Slanica.
Beach Malo Zarace | Hvar Island
The Malo Zarace beach is one of the most spectacular beaches of Hvar and also one of the most special beaches of Croatia. The natural scenery is just breathtaking and the most wonderful turquoise blue sea colors are just amazing. When snorkeling in the crystal-clear sea, you will experience a wonderful underwater world and during bathing you will enjoy a very special atmosphere. Due to its immense beauty, the beach has become a popular place for visitors from all over the world.
Beach Velika Plaza | Omis
Another beach highlight and one of the best sandy beaches on the Croatian coast is the main beach of Omis, the beautiful Velika Plaza. This great sandy beach has a length of about 700 meters and therefore offers enough space for everyone, even in the high season. As this beach very gently slopes into the sea, it is especially popular with families, the elderly and non-swimmers. Due to the perfect location on the Omis Riviera and the proximity to the old town of Omis, the Velika Plaza is a perfect place to spend your beach holidays in Croatia!
Tip: The Hotel Plaža is located directly on the large sandy beach and impresses with a breathtaking sea view and a huge breakfast buffet.
Beach Pinizule | Kamenjak Nature Park, Istria
The Pinizule beach is located in the Kamenjak Nature Park in Istria and is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. This beach not only offers a great natural setting and crystal-clear waters but also a nice beach bar with shaded areas. In addition, you will find footprints of dinosaurs from the cretaceous age on the rocky coast, which can be visited during a lovely beach walk. During a holiday in Istria you should definitely include a visit to this natural jewel and a swim at the incredibly beautiful beach Pinizule.
The best places to spend your holiday around Kamenjak are Premantura, Medulin and Pula. Especially recommended is the Aparthotel Punta Blu – a new, very well-equipped hotel with pool and large rooms.
Beach Martinica | Island Brac
The picturesque beach Martinica is located on the southern side of the holiday island Brac. Here you can bathe in an incredibly beautiful setting, right next to the Dominican monastery. This beautiful pebble beach falls off flat and is therefore very popular with families with children. The Martinica beach has almost no natural shade, but umbrellas can be rented on site.
Tip: From Bol you are only have to walk a few minutes to reach Martinica beach. The Apartments Villa Miranda offer lovely holiday flats in a prime location.
Lojena Beach | Otok Levrnaka, Kornati Islands
The island Otok Levrnaka in the Kornati archipelago region has one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. The beach Lojena, a beautiful bay with crystal clear waters amazes Kornati day trippers. The beach is a pebble beach, but as soon as you are in the water the ground turns into a fine white sandy beach. Many Kornati tours have a stopover here in order to swim and sunbathe. If you want to stay there longer, it is advisable to explore the Lojena beach with your own boat or with a private skipper.
Tip: Tours to the Kornati National Park are offered from several locations in Dalmatia. Among the best starting points are the islands Murter, Zadar, Sibenik and the island Dugi Otok.
Veli Zal Beach | Dugi Otok
The beach Veli Zal on the island Dugi Otok is probably one of the best kept secrets of Croatia and an absolute insider tip. The turquoise blue water color is really fantastic and is unrivaled in Croatia. The crystal clear water is ideal for snorkelers too. The great thing about this hidden beach is that it is still very quiet and not very touristy. There is no beach bar or restaurant nearby and therefore you should bring your own food/drinks for you perfect beach day.
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