The 8 best beaches in Croatia

Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast is just amazing – with more than a thousand islands and 102 blue flag beaches this country makes the list of our top favorite holiday destinations in Europe. The perfect piece of earth for sun lovers and beach addicts.


But where to go and where are the best beaches in Croatia?

We have been to this amazing country for several times and so now, in this blog post we are going to share with you our 8 best beaches in Croatia, which you should definitely give a try!


Beach Pinizule & Cape Kamenjak – Istria

The Kamenjak National Park is a real nature jewel in Istria. In the winter, it is the home of the Mediterranean monk seals and in summer, home of the beach lovers. You will find various beautiful beaches in this area, we recommend visiting the park for a few days, so you have enough time to explore all the fantastic places. Don’t miss the Cape Kamenjak, well known for cliff jumping and its crazy Safari beach bar. Make sure to visit one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Beach Pinižule.

Where to stay: It’s best to stay in the area around Premantra, Pula or Medulin. There you will find plenty of nice apartments  and also a few hotels.


Pinižule beach

Cape Kamenjak


Sakarun Beach & Vali Zal Beach – Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok is a 50 km long island, west of Zadar, and an insider tip for traveling in Croatia! Beside the Telascica Nature Park and the Kornati Islands National Park, there are several breath-taking beaches to explore. What can we say, it was amazing there! The island Dugi Otok is a wonderful place for a tranquil and relaxing stay, you will find some great landscapes and beaches.


Sakarun Beach

The most popular beach on Dugi Otok is the Sakarun Beach (also referred to as Saharun Beach), a white sandy beach with around 800 m and it’s definitely a must see, if you are on the island.

The size of the bay is exceptional huge for Croatia and the turquoise colors remind more of a Caribbean scenery than a Croatian one. It’s also a great choice for families with kids who can play in the shallow water.

Enjoy a coffee at the Amarcord Beach Bar, a tranquil place with a wonderful view to the beach.

The entrance is for free; parking is 10 kn/hour.


Veli Zal Beach

The Veli Zal Beach is probably the best kept secret in Croatia! A beach with stunning turquoise and deep blue colors like no other. What’s fantastic about this beach is that it’s still untouristy and truly quiet. For sure one of the best beaches in Croatia!

Where to stay: It’s best to stay in the area around Zadar region or directly on the Island Dugi Otok. From Zadar you have to take the ferry to Brbinj (Dugi Otok). Around Zadar you will find plenty of nice apartments and also some great hotels.

Punta Rata beach – Brela, Makarska Rivijera

Punta Rata, with its picturesque stone in the sea, is one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. None other than the American Forbes magazine included this beach amongst its world’s top 10 most beautiful beaches list. And they are right – this beach is definitely a postcard motive! Brela with its 6 km long pebble beach is a perfect place to spend a great holiday and besides, there are lots of really good restaurants overlooking the sea. The Punta Rata beach definitely belongs to the best beaches in Croatia.

Where to stay: It’s best to stay in the area around  Makarska region or directly in Brela.  Around Brela you will find plenty of nice apartments  and also some great hotels.


Kornati Islands – Lojena beach, Otok Levrnaka

“On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.“ George Bernard Shaw

If you are visiting this National park you will understand how George Bernard Shaw was feeling, when he was writing about this wonderful piece of earth: A huge archipelago consisting of 140 islands covering an area of 300 square km.
Several amazing bays and beaches are waiting for you to be explored. Avoid booking Kornati big boat excursions – it’s better to take a private skipper from Murter so you can see all these great places by yourself. One of the best beaches in Crotia you will find on Otok Levrnaka in the Kornati National park, is named the Lojena Beach.

Where to stay: You should stay in the area around Murter Island.  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.

Podvrske beach – Otok Murter

With its laid-back vibes and its incredibly beautiful beaches it’s the perfect getaway in Croatia. On Murter island, there are a few awesome beaches, but our favorite beach is the Beach Podvrske. The turquoise blue colors of its water are unbelievable!
Additionally, it’s a great starting point if you fancy making some excursions to the Kornati National Park, to Sibenik, Trogir and Primosten.

Where to stay: It’s best to stay on Murter Island.  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.


Golden horn, Zlatni rat – Brac Island

The Golden Horn is a really picturesque place and probably one of the best-known photo motives in Croatia. We were there for a day from and we loved it. The golden pebble beach has a unique shape, like a half-moon and its water is crystal blue and clear. Because the beach is so popular you should visit it in the preseason.

Where to stay: Best to stay on the Brac Island.  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.

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  1. Taylor Johnson Reply

    I really liked Punta Rate Beach. Glad I came across this because was planning a trip to Croatia for next summer! Thanks for the share!

  2. Wow,a really enticing post and knowledge sharing article.Love the clean beaches and the color of the waters

    • Hi Allyson – next summer Croatia – I am sure you want regret 😉

      Have a nice day
      Martina and Jürgen

  3. I loved the reference to George Bernard Shaw. Croatia is on my list of destination, and you’ve just given me another reason to get there sooner than later. Great blog!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely words 🙂 We are happy that we could give you some nice travel inspirations!
      Have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  4. What a gorgeous group of beaches. The clear and colorful water is beyond amazing. The only problem now if which of these beaches to pick. I know. Don’t pick one. It’s time to plan to go see all of them.

    • Hi Lionel!
      You are so true – the water there is just perfect blue and clear.
      Have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  5. Zlatni Rat was by far my favorite beach while I was in Croatia. The pebbles are so soft, and don’t get stuck in the suit like sand does. All of your picks look amazing though! Would love to do a tour of Croatian beaches some day.

    • Hi Grace,
      thanks for your comment! We are sure you would love the other Croatian beaches too 😉
      have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  6. This has put Croatia firmly on my radar! Podvrske beach – Murter looks amazing with its blue water and how great to know about the laid back atmosphere. I would also love to visit the post card perfect Punta Rate beach – Brela, Makarska Rivijera. Great list, will save this for my next European adventure!

    • Hi Kreete,
      so happy to hear that 🙂 We are sure you wont regret 😉

      Have a nice day
      Martina and Jürgen

  7. This makes me realize how much I missed by only seeing Dubrovnik. Seems a trip back to Croatia needs to be in my plans!

    • Hi Jonathan
      Thats so true, Croatia has so much more to over 🙂
      We will go back next year for sure!

      Have a nice day,
      Martina and Jürgen

  8. All you have to do is say ‚beach‘ and ‚Croatia‘ and I’m sold. I could hardly pick a favourite from all these gorgeous beaches. However, I do love a rugged coastline with beautiful cliffs:)

  9. Ughh it’s super cold and wintery where I am so reading this and looking at the different beach pictures seriously just makes me wanna book a flight over to Croatia. Cape Kamenjak definitely reminds me a bit of Greece and I simply can’t get over how blue the waters are!!! Beautiful recommendations!

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