The 12 Best Beaches in Zadar
The many beautiful beaches turn Zadar into one of the most popular vacation regions in Croatia. Whether in the city, near the old town or in the vacation places of the closer environment, the selection of fantastic bathing possibilities is unique here. Starting with lovely city beaches, up to picturesque bays, clean pebble beaches and even velvet-soft sand beaches, everyone finds their perfect place under the sun! Many of these dream beaches have the Blue Flag, a seal for top sea quality and best beach facilities. What are the best beaches of Zadar and which are the best places to go swimming?
In this guide we will show you the best beaches in Zadar and also present the most beautiful bays in the area around. We will also share our experiences with you and give lots of tips that will definitely help you plan your trip.
Beach Borik is one of the most popular beaches in Zadar. On this 1.5 km long stretch of coast you can find many different fantastic bathing opportunities, most of them pebble beaches. Unique here are the wonderful sea colors, but also the good water quality, which invites to swim and splash around in the sea. Natural shade is provided by the high pine trees, which give the coast a unique charm.
Beach Camp Borik
A very recommendable beach for a vacation in Zadar is the beach Camp Borik. This picturesque pebble bay with a sandy sea bed is located directly in front of a camping ground but is also open to the public. Especially families with children love this rather shallowly sloping beach, which is a perfect opportunity to play in the water and also to go snorkeling. The almost kitschy turquoise-blue sea colors are really beautiful; they give this bay a real paradisiacal ambience.
The Falkensteiner camping site behind Strand Camp Borik is a 5-star facility with highlights such as the Acquapura SPA, a whirlpool and an outdoor pool! Also the mobile homes are really comfy here!
A little south of the old town is beach Kolovare, one of the best bays in Zadar. Travelers and locals alike love to come here to swim. During a visit you can expect a mix of very fine, almost sandy pebble beach and well-kept concrete bathing places. Cool shade can be found under the pine trees on the northern part of the beach or under the parasols for rent. The touristic offer here is also great: Near the beach Kolovare there are some budget friendly restaurants and café-bars as well as small kiosks and ice cream parlors.
Tip: Only 100 meters from Kolovare beach is the Karuzz Apartment, a lovingly furnished vacation apartment with a huge terrace.
Plaza Puntamika is a small, rather quiet beach in Zadar, which impresses especially with coziness and a beautiful calm sea. It is a very clean, coarse pebble beach with a small promenade along the coast. At the lower end is a small marina and at the upper end you will find a lovely café, right next to the lighthouse. Locals know and appreciate this romantic city beach, but also more and more tourists come to visit this bay.
Right behind the beach there are some holiday apartments, which are ideal for a vacation by the sea. Apartment Nino with a fabulous view is beautifully situated here!
Beach Riva (Zadar Old Town)
Another very popular spot for sunbathers is the promenade, the so-called Riva, in the old town of Zadar. Especially on a city trip or if you stay in the city directly, at this beach section you will find a refreshment on hot summer days. Along the approximately 1-kilometer long promenade there are numerous access points and ladders leading into the crystal-clear water. Especially popular to go swimming and sunbathing are the steps at the sea organ, a popular sight in the old town, and the long concrete pier in the middle of the promenade.
Tip: For a stay in Zadars old town we recommend the Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel – a fantastic boutique hotel with an artistic and modern ambience.
Beach Punta Bajlo
Beach Punta Bajlo is one of the most idyllic beaches in Zadar. It is still very really cozy here! On this small wooded peninsula you will find a mix of pebble beach, rocky sections and concrete beach-areas. Right behind it is a fragrant pine forest, which provides cool shade and a relaxed flair. We also recommend the reasonably priced beach restaurant, which serves barbecues and delicious pizza.
The best Beaches near Zadar
The beaches in the area of Zadar are also really beautiful. Popular vacation resorts such as Zaton, Nin, Bibinje, Petrcane, Vrsi and the island of Vir belong to the county of Zadar and delight visitors with a whole variety of dream beaches. The islands of the Zadar archipelago are also part of the region, which attract visitors with picture book beaches, such as the famous Sakarun Beach.
Beach Cape Radman (Petrcane)
One of the most beautiful beaches in the vicinity of Zadar is Beach Cape Radman. It is located in the charming vacation resort of Petrcane, on the picturesque Radman Peninsula and has a particularly idyllic ambience. The fantastic turquoise sea colors and the ancient pines, which provide natural shade, are also uniquely beautiful. Cape Radman beach is a mixture of pebble and concrete beach, which is also very suitable for families with children.
Tip: Nearby is the Hotel Pinija, a 4-star hotel directly by the sea, which delights with good food and top location.
Queens Beach (Nin)
One of the most famous sandy beaches in the Zadar region is Queens Beach near Nin, located about 15 kilometers from Zadar city center. This beach jewel owes its royal name to the wife of the first Croatian king Tomislav, who once fell in love with this impressive Croatian sandy beach. Especially families, but also elderly people love this very gently sloping dream beach, where even small children can splash around in the calm sea.
Tip: Nin is a very popular vacation resort in the Zadar region. Only about 600 meters from the beach we can recommend the Kartini Apartment, which convinces with perfect equipment.
A real insider tip in the surroundings of Zadar is the beach Bilotinjak. This natural bay is located about 15 kilometers east of the city center, right near the vacation resorts of Zaton and Nin. Here you can expect a beautiful sandy beach, which will delight you with its fantastic sea colors and extraordinarily beautiful scenery. Unique here are also the reddish rock formations, which give this beach that very special something.
Tip: For a vacation at this dream beach we recommend the Apartments Lily, which is located right behind the beach.
Sakarun Beach (Dugi Otok Island)
The Sakarun Beach is one of the most famous beaches of the Zadar archipelago and has become a popular destination for excursions from Zadar. Thanks to its sensational beauty this dream beach is often advertised in magazines and commercials for Croatia. It is located on the island of Dugi Otok, which is known for its originality and intact nature. When swimming in the 800-meter-wide bay, you can enjoy a velvety soft, very light-colored sandy beach with the most beautiful turquoise sea colors. A real beach highlight of the Zadar region!
Beach Zaton Holiday Resort (Zaton)
The Zaton beach is located in the Zaton Holiday Resort and is only 13 kilometers from the city center, one of the most popular beaches for a beach vacation in Zadar. Here you will find a 1.5-kilometer-long stretch of coastline where you can enjoy a beautiful sandy beach with partly concrete sunbathing areas. The crystal-clear sea at Zaton beach is also beautiful, shining in the most amazing sea colors. Guests of the resort also enjoy a spacious pool area, a small aqua park and leisure facilities, such as miniature golf and a tennis court.
Tip: Very popular here are also the Mobile Homes & Glamping Tents, which are a perfect choice for a vacation in Zadar!
Duboka Draga Sandy Beach (Vir Island)
The countless sandy beaches on the island of Vir, which is located about 25 kilometers from Zadar city and is connected to the mainland by a bridge, make it a real paradise. One of the most beautiful beaches here is Plaza Duboka Draga, a beautiful natural bay in the north of the island. Here, visitors enjoy spectacular scenery of red rocks, velvety soft sand beach and beautiful blue sea colors. A dream beach that you should not miss when you are in the neighborhood.
On Vir there are still no hotel complexes, which is a reason why this island actually has a lot of charm. Most accommodations are apartments and B&B`s.
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