Sun, sea and sand are one of the main reasons people visit Croatia. And who can blame them? Lying in the hot sun, no worries in the world and preferably cold beer in the hand easily satisfy a definition of paradise for most people out there. 

There are many beaches on the Adriatic coast and as many tastes and opinions. Each one of the beaches offers something different and it is up to you to choose: sandy, pebbly, rocky, with pine trees, extra activities, crowded, nudist… Of all the beaches Croatia hides, here’s a list of top ten best beaches in Croatia.

1. Šunj, Lopud island

Šunj beach is located on the Lopud island nearby Dubrovnik. It is a kilometer long sandy beach. There is a hundred meter of shallow sea level which is perfect for beach games such as “picigin” (traditional ball game originated in Split). You can find two small restaurants on this beach, and there is a possibility to rent chairs and parasols.

There is no traffic on the island, but locals have a way of getting around in golf cars. You can ask them to take you to the beach or you can follow the path across the island (20 min) through the forest until you reach the sandy shore of the Šunj beach.

Šunj, Lopud island
Šunj, Lopud island

2. Saplunara, Mljet island

Saplunara is a “Baywatch” type of beach. Long, sandy, with pretty girls and pretty boys running around. After sunset, the beach becomes a place of peace and quiet. Just perfect for romantic walks! The beauty of the landscape around is protected by law as a protected nature park.

It is a place where sailors regularly drop their anchors. One of them happens to be the richest man in the world – Bill Gates. You might find yourself in the company of Roman Abramovich who also likes to visit.

Saplunara, Mljet island
Saplunara, Mljet island

3. Banje, Dubrovnik

Banje is the hot spot in Dubrovnik during the summer. It is so close to the Old town that you can get there in a blink of an eye. It is a pebble and sandy beach, but if you feel like doing something other than lying in the sun, there is a possibility to rent a pedal boat and take it on the ride beside the City walls or to Lokrum island. You can also take a parachute ride combined with an unforgettable view on the Old town.

Spending the day at the beach requires a drink in the evening. There is a lounge bar on Banje beach that transforms into a nightclub when the sun goes down.

Banje, Dubrovnik
Banje, Dubrovnik

4. Kraljičina plaža (Queen’s beach), Nin

The Queen’s beach definitely justifies its name. Rumour has it that the wife of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, was especially moved by its beauty. The royal family would visit this beach to enjoy and relax. It is a 3 km long beach and very popular feature of this particular beach are the peloids. In the shallow parts of the lagoon, you can find the healthy mud. You can apply the mud on your body, relax for 20 min and wash it off in the sea. Your skin will feel like silk. It also has a healthy effect on bone-related conditions and it is the largest peloid location anywhere in Europe, known since ancient Roman times.

Kraljičina plaža (Queen's beach), Nin
Kraljičina plaža (Queen’s beach), Nin

5. Zlatni rat, Brač

This is the most famous windsurfing beach in Croatia. Zlatni rat is a long, golden pebble beach that stretches out to the Adriatic sea, like a hand reaching to infinity. The shape of this 500 m long beach constantly changes (shape is formed by the wind conditions and sea currents), forming the most unusual shape.

Zlatni rat, Brač
Zlatni rat, Brač

6. Sakarun, Dugi otok

It is located at the north part of the Dugi Otok island. The northern area of the Dugi Otok island sees very little evidence of human activity, there are no buildings within sight. Sakarun beach has colours so intense, that you feel like you are in a movie. The dark pinewoods, the shimmering white pebbles, and the sea that changes its hues during the day, depending on the position of the sun. All these together will dazzle you away.

Sakarun, Dugi otok
Sakarun, Dugi otok

7. Punta Rata, Brela, Makarska

Everybody is talking about this beach. In July 2004, the American Forbes magazine listed this beach among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. In 2014, The Huffington Post  described Brela as a dream destination and a perfect reason to get on a plane to visit Croatia as soon as possible. The Belgian website European Best Destinations claims that Punta Rata is one of the most beautiful beaches in 2015. On top of that, this part of Brela was protected as a significant landscape in 1964, and Punta Rata beach was awarded a blue flag as a symbol of water quality, safety and access for all. The most famous part of the beach is Brela Stone. It is the symbol of this area – the rock covered in pines proudly presenting beauty, force, power and spite to grow from stone.

Punta Rata, Brela, Makarska
Punta Rata, Brela, Makarska

8. Uvala Dubovica, Hvar

Dubovica bay on Hvar Island is small and private. It is a well-known picnic area with a spacious pebble beach and interesting underwater landscape. A secret escape from the city noise.

Uvala Dubovica, Hvar
Uvala Dubovica, Hvar

9. Moščenička Draga, Istra

Moščenička Draga beach is located in the center of a small town that carries the same name. This beach is two kilometers long, and its quality service and clean sea earned this beach a Blue Flag certificate. In addition, it is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation which provides enough shade during the hot summer months.

Moščenička Draga, Istra
Moščenička Draga, Istra

10. Vela Plaža, Baška

The beach in Baška provides full service and for that, the European Blue Flag stands on Baška’s Big Beach since 1999. This beach has become a trademark for a high-quality beach standard in Croatia. It is located in the town center, surrounded by restaurants, pizzerias, cafes, hotels, and other tourist facilities.

There is also a possibility to rent pedal boats, parasols, sun loungers, and windsurfing equipment. Or, of course, you can just lie down on this beautiful natural pebbly beach and enjoy the view.

Vela Plaža, Baška
Vela Plaža, Baška

 

Author: Manuela Žuhović