TOP 10: Best beaches in Croatia

Croatia's main attraction has always been its stunning beaches and coves. Whether it's the continental hotspots or hidden island retreats: Croatia will surprise you. With more than a thousand islands, it is no wonder that it has an endless number of dreamy beaches. The vast majority of Croatian beaches are stony but there are also sandy beaches. Here are some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia and inspires you for an unforgettable beach holiday on the Adriatic.

1. Nin beach

15 km from Zadar is Nin, which has a beach that stretches over a total of 8km. For many, the beaches of Nin are the most beautiful in Croatia. It is said that the wife of the first king of Croatia fell in love with one of these sections of the beach - so if it’s good enough for royalty! In order to reach Kraljičina plaža, the "Queen's Beach", you first have to cross a 10m wide, shallow section of water. In Nin, the wonderfully fine sandy beach forms a fantastic partnership with the turquoise water. 

Our tip: Enjoy the view of the sublime mountain Velebit from one of the countless beach bars.

2. Lovrečina bay

The picturesque bay on the north coast of the island of Brač is just over 4km from Postira. Lovrečina combines everything that is otherwise only familiar from fairy tale books: a narrow, golden sandy beach; crystal clear, glistening water; olive groves, and a medieval church ruin surrounded by hills. You can't really ask for more. But we'll give you a bonus on top of that: the lack of a bus stop and limited parking facilities provide plenty of space and few worries about crowds.

Our tip: Accommodation and meals are available in the nearby villages Postira, Splitska or Supetar.

3. Zlatni Rat

The "Golden Horn" juts far into the shimmering sea here. Zlatni Rat on the island of Brač is one of the top beaches in Dalmatia. The ferry from Split takes you to the island. Despite its popularity, the beach is a real gem that you should not miss. In Bol, the village next door, you will find accommodation and restaurants. 

Our tip: Visit the nearby Blaca Cave Monastery, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007. 

4. Proizd

You get to the small island of Proizd, only about 1km wide, by taxi boat from Vela Luka on the main island Korčula. The pine-covered island is home to some of the most enticing stretches of beach in all of Croatia. Crystal clear water and flat stones underline the isolated character of this idyllic place. 

Our tip: The restaurant Proizd provides you with simple, but delicious, fish dishes on-site. Accommodation, bars and other restaurants can be found in Vela Luka.

5. Kupari

The Bay of Ruins is as dramatic as it sounds. The former holiday home of the Yugoslav People's Army south of Dubrovnik has been razed since the war in the 1990s and is characterised by abandoned and dilapidated hotels. Sandy to stony beach and azure water lend the place a special, yet rather bizarre atmosphere. Kupari is considered one of the best beaches in Dubrovnik.

Our tip: Visit nearby Dubrovnik and discover its historic buildings and fortresses.

6. Šunj

Šunj Bay is located on the island of Lopud and is easily accessible from the mainland: the Dubrovnik-Šipan ferry takes just under 50 minutes. The bay on the other side of the island is about 1 km as the crow flies. Gravel and sand dominate the well-organised and equipped beach. Numerous bars can be found in Lopud, as well as on-site at the beach. Lopud offers accommodation for a wide variety of needs and wishes.

Our tip: In Lopud there is a pretty little shop with all kinds of handmade jewellery and souvenirs.

7. Kamp Grebišće

The bay on the northern coast of the island of Hvar could originate from the Canadian wilderness. Only difference: the sun is shining and the sea welcomes you with perfect temperatures for swimming, paddling and diving. The bay is located 4km east of Jelsa, right next to the road to Sućuraj. The narrow beach offers little shade, but the turquoise water is shallow and perfect for messing around. For simple but tasty meals use the café at the campsite or the Čorni Petar Beach Bar.

Our tip: Visit Pjaca Square in Jelsa. Cafés, supermarkets and ice cream parlours guarantee a relaxed stay in a historic setting. 

8. Dubovica bay

Dubovica is also part of the island of Hvar and is about 8km away from the small harbour village Hvar. The bay has a shallow beach and emerald green water. The bay has been owned for ages by a stony estate that now serves as Dubovica Beach Bar, and Villa Benedeta Dubovica. The rather sophisticated access provides enough space in this wonderful "pirate bay". The best thing to do is to rent a bike or scooter in Hvar and go the few miles on two wheels.

Our tip: Skydiving! Jump out of the plane together with an instructor. For an incomparable experience you can sign up in nearby Stari Grad at Skydiving Tandem Hvar. 

9. Bačvice bay

Bačvice is surrounded by a bay to the port city of Split, home to many fortresses and plazas. The shallow waters of Bačvice meet a partly sandy, partly gravelly beach. The section is very popular as a beach for children and families, as well as a social meeting place. Well-organised sunbathing establishments with umbrellas and loungers together with the nearby restaurants, hotels, bars and nightclubs promise a full-service par excellence.

Our tip: FJust a few metres from the beach, Split Adventure offers unforgettable activities such as rafting, canyoning and kayaking.

10. Spiaza bay on Susak

The island of Susak in the Adriatic Sea is an ideal haven and can be reached by ferry from Mali Lošinj. The drive there will reward you at the end with bright yellow sand, turquoise waters and lush vegetation. The Spiaza bay is extremely shallow, therefore you might have to wade out up to half a kilometre into the sea to swim. A paradise for children. 

Our tip: An insider tip is the adjacent Bok bay, which only has a rather rocky access. As a result, significantly fewer tourists are here than in Spiaza.

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