Selce, Croatia: The Costal Pearl of Kvarner Bay

Selce in Croatia is certainly one of the most beautiful resorts in the Kvarner Bay. Especially in summer, the former fishing village on the Crikvenica Riviera attracts numerous visitors from all over the world to spend their well-deserved vacations here. The most beautiful attraction in Selce is the romantic harbor, where colorful town houses and the numerous boats in the sea conjure up a breathtaking ambience. But not only the center is impressive, also the countless beaches and bays are phenomenal, and offer the best conditions for a beach vacation on the Adriatic. In addition, the numerous possibilities for excursions and activities around Selce are guaranteed not to leave you bored.

In this travel guide, we provide all the important information and tips about Selce in Croatia. We show you great pictures, the best things to do and beaches, fantastic insider tips and where to find brilliant accommodations.

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If you are still looking for a fantastic accommodation, then we can recommend the Apartment Adria in a great beach location, with a beautiful view and free parking.

The landscape around Selce is also breathtaking. A real insider tip are the amazing viewpoints “Eyes of Vinodol“, where you can watch free-roaming horses in spectacular scenery.

The beaches in Selce are truly gorgeous and are therefore perfect for a beach vacation on the Adriatic. Many of these are pebble beaches, but there are even great sandy beaches.

From Selce you can reach the adjacent resort of Crikvenica only via a short walk. There you will also find many restaurants, cozy cafés and a lively nightlife.

General Information about Selce

The town of Selce in Croatia, with 2,500 inhabitants, is located about 34 kilometers from Rijeka and together with Jadranovo, Dramalj and Crikvenica it forms the famous Crikvenica Riviera. The history of Selce as a tourist resort dates back to 1894, when the first seaside resort opened, and the first villas and guesthouses were built. Even today, you can enjoy a touch of nostalgic charm in this unique vacation paradise, which this seaside resort has fortunately managed to preserve. The highlight of Selce, however, are the numerous fantastic beaches that make this vacation pearl so popular.

During a stroll through the center, there are also many interesting things to discover. Among the most beautiful attractions of Selce is definitely the historic town center with the picturesque harbor, and the charming waterfront promenade, where cozy cafés and restaurants invite you to enjoy. Also worth seeing is the chapel of St. Josip with the cemetery, the parish church of St. Catherine from 1888, and the freshwater spring Polaca with the beautiful mosaic, which is located directly under the church of St. Catherine.


The Beaches in Selce

The beautiful beaches in Selce are the reason why this resort has always been a magnet for visitors. Along the shore promenade there are numerous pretty bathing places that invite to relax, splash around and snorkel. Most of them are fine pebble bays or concrete beaches, and even sandy beaches invite for having a swim!

Sandy Beach Rokan

The Plaza Rokan, the famous main beach of Selce, is a picturesque sandy beach with the most beautiful turquoise sea colors. Especially, families with children love this bathing bay, where Caribbean blue water colors and the white sand conjure up true vacation flair. Behind the beach there are several bars and restaurants, and entertainment such as water sports and bouncy castle is also provided.

Tip: Not far from Plaza Rokan, in absolutely best location, are the beautiful apartments of Apartman Perunika, which are actually a great choice for a visit to Selce!

Plaza Selce

The beach Plaza Selce in the north of the resort is truly idyllic. It is located directly on the coastal promenade, but far from the hustle and bustle of the main beaches, and enchants with a stunning scenery. The sea shines in the most beautiful colors and the crystal clear water invites you to splash around and snorkel. Here guests can enjoy a wonderful mix of fine pebble and stone beaches, with quiet places for sunbathing.

Tip: A real insider tip for a holiday in Selce is the Apartment Adria, only 10 meters from the beach and with a fantastic view from the balcony.

Karlovac Beach

The Beach Karlovac is a real highlight in Selce and a fabulous tip for unforgettable summer days on the Adriatic. This breathtakingly beautiful pebble bay is located in the north of the resort and scores with an absolute picture book panorama. Particularly beautiful is the bright pebble, which together with the turquoise sea and the Mediterranean green trees conjures up a stunning atmosphere.

Tip: The Apartmani Heta Alagic is located directly on the waterfront, and scores with tasteful furnishings and picturesque sea views!

Beach Maslina

Plaza Maslina is a really nice, very clean concrete beach in the south of Selce. Especially older people, but also couples who appreciate the peace and quiet, like to come here to swim. Although there is hardly any natural shade, you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds for a fee during the summer months. A charming beach bar also provides the necessary food and drinks, including a magnificent view of the sea.

Sandy Beach Poli Mora

The Beach Poli Mora is one of the most popular swimming spots in Selce. Here you can enjoy a golden sandy beach, which slopes gently into the sea and offers optimal conditions for children but also for non-swimmers. Action is provided because right nearby is a playground, there is a water bouncy castle and also a large water slide. Moreover, the culinary offer with snack bars, restaurants and bars nearby is just optimal.

Tip: The Apartmani Plaza scores with its central location to the sea and the old town, as well as super facilities and the brilliant view of the sea.

Excursions from Selce

During your visit to Selce in Croatia, you can look forward to numerous excursions and activities. We have summarized the best things to do and the most stunning attractions of the area at a glance:

Fascinating is a trip to Rijeka, only 35 kilometers away. The beautiful port metropolis delights with countless historical attractions, many museums and a beautiful old town.

Worth visiting is Novi Vinodolski, with its charming old town and beautiful coastline. A trip to Senj with the imposing fortress Nehaj from the 16th century is also recommended.

You should not miss a little road trip through the hinterland of Selce. The magnificent viewpoints “Eyes of Vinodol” offer probably the most spectacular view of the Riviera.

Numerous boat tours are also offered from Selce. Most excursions go to Krk Island and Rab Island, which are just nearby.


Where to Stay in Selce

For a vacation in Selce you will find a great offer of accommodations. Most of the places to stay are privately run apartments, but there are also nice guesthouses, great hotels and campsites. If you’re looking for tips on where to stay in Selce, we can give you these accommodation recommendations along the way…It’s worth a look!

  • Nice Apartments: The modern Drance 16 Apartments offer various sized vacation rentals in fabulous locations facing the sea and with gorgeous views!
  • Apartments near the beach: The apartments of Apartman Perunika are a fantastic choice for all who want to stay directly near the popular main beach!
  • Accommodation with pool: The Vila Alta is a great choice. This place scores with top-modern, beautiful apartments and a wonderful pool to relax and linger.
  • Mobile Homes: The Adrialux Mobile Homes are located directly in the campsite and inspire with modern furnishings. The large pool in the complex is also great!

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