Top 10 Amazing Beaches in Istria
The many beautiful beaches in Istria make the northernmost peninsula of Croatia one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. On a coastline of almost 540 kilometers, countless beautiful bays attract visitors from all over the world. On many beaches, the Blue Flag, a certificate for top sea quality and best facilities, is waving – another reason why so many people love to visit the beaches of Istria. There is also a wide choice of different bathing possibilities: well-kept concrete beaches, picturesque pebble beaches, nudist beaches, lonely bays, even sandy beaches await you during a holiday on the Istrian Riviera. But where are the most beautiful beaches in Istria and in which coastal towns can you best spend your summer holidays?
In this travel guide we introduce the 10 best beaches of Istria, including pictures and insider tips. Additionally, you will get lots of recommendations and information that will help you choose the right place to spend your holidays.
Beach Njive (Premantura)
Beach Njive is a real dream beach and probably one of the most beautiful bays in Croatia. It is located in Cape Kamenjak, a nature park where you can find some of the best beaches in Istria. This beach is a beautiful natural pebble bay with unique scenery. Surrounded by dense pine trees, this beach jewel will delight you with its wonderful turquoise sea colors and magnificent wild rock formations. Here you will find plenty of calm bathing spots.
Tip: The holiday resort next to Cape Kamenjak is Premantura. Especially recommendable here is the Aparthotel Punta Blu – a beautifully equipped hotel with pool – perfect for a few relaxing days in Istria.
Hawaii Beach (Pula)
One of the absolutely most beautiful beaches of Istria is the Hawaii Beach in Pula. It is located in Verdula, right next to the very popular 3-star Hotel Park Plaza Arena Pula. This bay fascinates with an ambience of breathtaking turquoise-blue sea colors, sparkling white pebbles and a picturesque rocky backdrop surrounding Hawaii Beach. The sea here is crystal clear and is also ideal for snorkeling.
Beach Lone Bay (Rovinj)
A real highlight for a beach holiday in Istria is the beautiful Lone bay in Rovinj. This fine pebble beach is located directly inside the idyllic forest park of the picturesque coastal town, and so you will find wonderful natural shade beneath fragrant pine trees. While swimming in the sea, you can enjoy top water quality as well as pleasant peace and quiet. The small, cozy beach bar with the bamboo loungers and parasols is also fantastic here.
Nearby is the very popular Hotel Eden, which amazes with its excellent location and the beautiful pool.
Sandy Beach Zambratija (Umag)
The small sandy beach Zambratija is a real insider tip among the most beautiful beaches of Istria. This fantastic bathing bay is located a little north of Umag and inspires with quiet flair, the fine and very shallowly sloping sandy beach and the cool beach bar, wherefrom you can enjoy a fantastic view of the sea. This beach is especially popular with families with small children, but it’s also great for those who prefer a natural sandy beach.
The best option for a beach holiday is to book one of the private-run apartments, which are not far from the beach.
Girandella Beaches (Rabac)
Unique beach highlights await you in Rabac, in the southeast of Istria. Especially the Girandella Beaches with the many white pebble coves along the picturesque coast is breathtaking. There is a family beach, a nudist beach as well as the dog beach; everything is offered here. But above all, the paradisiacal turquoise sea colors, which almost remind of the Caribbean, are the main attraction of Girandella beaches.
You can find these dream beaches around the Girandella Hotel, which is also an excellent choice for a beach holiday in Istria because of the pool and its top location.
Beaches Lanterna Camping (Porec)
The beaches of the Lanterna campsite in Porec are also really beautiful, especially the Val Adria Sandy Family Beach. In the middle of the cool holiday village, a snow-white, velvety sandy beach with spectacular sea colors awaits you. But also along the coast there are numerous beautiful idyllic bays and bathing places, which promise quiet swimming pleasure.
The Lanterna Premium Camping Resort with its beautiful mobile homes is one of the most popular campsites in Istria and is perfect for a beach holiday with the whole family!
Beach Valbandon (Fazana)
The Valbandon Beach is another recommendable beach on the west coast of Istria. This pebble beach is located in Fazana, a popular seaside resort, and is ideal for families with children. A long pebble beach with a beautiful snow-white sandbank awaits you here, where there is always enough space to sunbathe. In close proximity to the beach you will find fantastic touristic offers including many restaurants and cafés, which can be reached via the beautiful coastal promenade.
Cyclon’s Beach (Pula)
A real insider tip among the most beautiful beaches of Istria is definitely Cyclon’s beach in the west of Pula. Surrounded by a magnificent landscape and beautiful rock formations, this idyllic bay delights with a picturesque beach scenery. This beach is a mixture of pebble and stone beach surrounded by green pine trees.
Right next to it is the Pula Sea Cave, another highlight of the region! A beach that you should not miss during your holiday in Pula!
Beaches Sveti Andrea (Rabac)
Sveti Andrae Beach is located in Rabac and by many it is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Istria. On the beach section you will find a mixture of small pebble bays and stone beaches. Holidaymakers love the extraordinary beautiful scenery with the most incredible sea colors and picturesque rock formations.
Behind the beach there is a promenade leading to the center with numerous cafés and restaurants. The best place to stay at is the Valamar Sanfior Hotel & Casa, a fantastic hotel for a beach holiday in Rabac!
Polynesia Beach (Umag)
The Polynesia Beach is another beach jewel of the Umag region in Istria. This natural dream beach enchants visitors with a unique scenery: The crystal-clear sea shines here in the most beautiful turquoise colors and while bathing you can enjoy a great view of the Roman ruins, which are located on a narrow peninsula.
Beach Mulini (Rovinj)
Uniquely beautiful and absolutely recommendable for a holiday is the Mulini bay, located only a short distance from the old town of Rovinj. This very popular beach is a mixture of concrete and pebble beach, which also impresses with unbelievably beautiful watercolors. Thanks to the sheltered bay, the sea is particularly calm and ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Behind the beach is the magnificent 5-star Hotel Monte Mulini, the perfect accommodation for a very special holiday in Rovinj!
Bay Pinizule (Premantura)
Another wonderful bay in the Kamenjak Nature Park near Premantura is the beautiful natural beach Pinizule. Especially nature lovers and individualists appreciate this natural stone beach with the picturesque little pebble bay. The unspoiled nature, fragrant pine forests and the crystal-clear sea, which is also ideal for snorkeling, are unique here. In the cool forest behind the beach there is a cozy beach bar, which serves delicious snacks and cool drinks.
Tip: For a holiday in Premantura we recommend Villa Adriana, a fantastic B&B with pool!
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