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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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