Croatia is not known only as the country of clear blue sea, but it is also famous for its beautiful and numerous islands, coves, and ridges, as well as other natural beauties. Considering that the Croatian coast is long, Croatia has many beautiful stone, pebble, and sandy beaches. Although the majority of beaches are very popular among tourists, many beaches and bays are still undiscovered and practically untouched. Initially, we selected the top 10 most beautiful beaches in Croatia, however, since many beautiful beaches cannot be left out of the list, we extended our list to the top 12 most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Below you will find the top 12 most beautiful beaches in Croatia that will leave you speechless.
Zlatni rat beach - island of Brač
Due to unique and recognizable appearance of the beach Zlatni rat on the island of Brač, many consider this beach as the most attractive beach in the Adriatic. The pebble beach Zlatni rat constantly changes its shape depending on wind, waves and sea currents. Strong winds and waves make Zlatni rat an ideal location for windsurfing. The beach is surrounded by pine forests and it is located on the south side of the island Brač, extending on more than a thousand meters. Check the offer of apartments and private accommodation in Bol on the island of Brač, near the beach Zlatni rat.
Sakarun Beach – island of Dugi otok
The beach that will surely leave you breathless is Sakarun beach (or Saharun beach) - the most popular beach on Dugi otok. This 800 meters long beach is located on the northern part of the island, and it is in the close vincinity to Veli rat and Bozava. White sand and clear sea are surrounded by pine forests and are ideal for families with children. Because of its exceptional beauty, many people consider Sakarun beach the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic. Check the offer of apartments and private accommodation on Dugi otok, where Sakarun Beach is located.
Beaches of Makarska Riviera - Brela, Makarska Riviera
By many, the most attractive and most beautiful part of the whole Adriatic is Makarska Riviera, which stretches 53 kilometers along the mountain of Biokovo. What makes Makarska Riviera special is a large number of attractive beaches surrounded by green pine trees which provide natural shade. However, two beaches of Makarska Riviera are particularly stunning, and both of them are in Brela - Podrače beach and Punta Rata beach (Dugi Rat beach). The pebble beach of Punta Rata is located not far from the trademark of Makarska Riviera and Brela, a small stone island called the "Brela stone". Punta Rata Beach is the holder of the "Blue Flag". Also, this beach has been declared as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by Forbes magazine. Another pebble beach declared the most beautiful beach in Europe according to the "European Best Destinations" is Podrače beach, which is located in a beautiful quiet bay just north of Brela. The turquoise sea, the pine forests and the magnificent Biokovo surrounding Podrače beach guarantee the perfect vacation. Spend your vacation on Makarska Riviera in one of the attractive apartments or holiday homes.
Saplunara Beach – island of Mljet
The western part of the island of Mljet, which is the greenest Croatian island, is protected as the first national park on the Adriatic Sea. The island of Mljet is located close to the island of Korčula, the city of Dubrovnik and the Pelješac peninsula. One of the most beautiful beaches on this green island is the beach of Saplunara - a beautiful sandy lagoon located on the south-eastern part of the island. Since there is no direct ferry line to Saplunara, this beach is ideal for individuals who want to escape from the crowds and relax. Private accommodation can be found in the immediate vicinity, just 50 meters from Saplunara beach. If you take the time, we also recommend visiting the NP Mljet. Find affordable apartments and private accommodation on island Mljet.
Stiniva Beach – island of Vis
Stiniva is a 600 m long bay surrounded by twin tall rocky cliffs, making it one of the most attractive beaches on the entire Adriatic. If you do not have a boat, it is a challenge to reach Stiniva beach because it takes about 25 minutes of walking through the unpaved track from the village of Žužeca. There is a small restaurant on Stiniva beach where you can refresh yourself with a drink. On the island of Vis you have the option of staying in the city of Vis on the eastern side of the island or in Komiža on the west side of the island.
Paradise beach - Lopar, island of Rab
Paradise beach, nearly 2 kilometers long, is located in the northern part of the island of Rab. Due to the quality of water and clean environment, Paradise beach is awarded with the "Blue Flag" which makes this beach an ideal destination for families. Paradise beach offers guests various sports facilities including beach volleyball, water slides and beach fun. You can find accommodation in numerous apartments and rooms in private accommodation in Lopar on the island of Rab.
Banje beach - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's Banje Beach is only two minutes away from the old town and city walls. What makes this beach unique is the clear sea and a spectacular view of the neighboring island of Lokrum and the walls of the old Dubrovnik city. In addition to swimming and lounging on the sun loungers, you can enjoy a cocktail or a refreshing drink at the nearby bar. If you are a sportsman and you like to spend sports activities on sandy-pebble beach Banje, you can play beach volleyball, soccer, water polo as well as the original Croatian game - picigin. Due to big crowds during July and August, we recommend arrival to the beach early in the morning. Nightlife on the beach Banje starts with a sunset when this town beach turns into a central place for nightlife. If you want to visit Dubrovnik and stay in affordable accommodation, we recommend direct contact with the private owners of apartmants and rooms.
White Beach - Solaris, Šibenik
The Solaris tourist resort is located in the Šibenik archipelago, near the city of Šibenik, the center of Šibenik-Knin County. Sandy White beach is located in the central part of the tourist complex, and water slides, swimming pools, playgrounds for children and other accompanying entertainment make it an inevitable destination for families with children. The White beach was named after exceptionally white sand. For those who prefer to spend holidays in a tourist resort, they can dance in the rhythms of popular R&B songs, indulge in one of favorite cocktails, and relax on the outdoor pool. Accommodation near Solaris tourist complex and the White beach can be found in the nearby Brodarica or in the city Šibenik.
Beach Sveti Ivan - Lubenice, island of Cres
The island of Cres is the largest Adriatic island and is located in the Kvarner Bay in the north of the Adriatic Sea. At the top of the rocks of 378 meters high, Lubenice is built, a magical place with a beautiful view of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago. Below this charming place is St Ivan's beach (or Lubenice beach), about forty minutes away on foot. St. Ivan beach has been declared as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by many foreign magazines. The pebble beach St. Ivan is ideal for a quiet vacation because there is not too much commercial content on the beach. You can find accommodation in apartments, rooms or holiday houses in Cres, the largest town on the island, located 20 kilometers from the beach St. Ivan at the foot of Lubenica.
Beach Vučine near Žuljana- Pelješac
Peninsula Pelješac is the second largest peninsula in Croatia and is located in the southern part of Croatia in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Many believe Pelješac peninsula is Mediterranean paradise known for its excellent red wines, virgin olive oil and sea shells from which the most famous are Ston oysters. Thanks to the favorable sea currents, Pelješac boasts a crystal clear sea with numerous beautiful bay coves and beaches. One of these is sandy bay of Vučina near Žuljana, which is located in the center of the peninsula. Apart from its outstanding beauty, pleasant shores around Vučina beach (Žuljana) make this beach ideal for adventure lovers seeking diving and underwater fishing. You can find cheap accommodation in private apartments in Žuljana, close to Vučina beach.
Spiaza beach - island of Susak
The island of Susak belongs to the Cres-Lošinj archipelago. Spiaza beach is situated on the nearby sandy Spiaza cove, near the village. Due to the shallow sea, sand and accessibility, Spiaza beach is suitable for families with children. Many people think that sands from Susak help children and patients with chronic illness, because sand has specific medicinal features. On the beach Spiaza it is possible to rent a sunshade or a beach chair, as well as to play volleyball. The beach also has several cafe bars and restaurants. If you want to visit this unique island in the Adriatic, we recommend booking an apartment in Susak.
Beach Slanica – island of Murter
The island of Murter is the largest island of the Šibenik area, and it has one of the most popular beaches of Dalmatia - Slanica beach. The sandy beach of Slanica is the most popular beach on the island of Murter. Apart from the sand, Slanica beach also stretches over the rocks where you can hide in the shade of pine trees. Given that Slanica beach is sandy and it has many attractions for kids, the beach is ideal for families with children. Apart from the beautiful sand, the beach is characterized by the salty sea of turquoise color.
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