The Adriatic coast is beautiful, and many say – breathtaking. If you’ve ever visited any of Croatia’s islands or peninsulas, you’re surely aware of this.
The problem is, since so many people have discovered the beauty of Croatia’s seaside in the past few years, the beaches just get so crowded. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find a hidden gem, a beach where you can enjoy the silence and the sound of the sea. We have compiled for you a list of ten beautiful, more quiet destinations where you can finally experience the beauty of Mother Nature – just promise us you can keep a secret!
1. The Pasjača Beach
This gorgeous beach is located in Popovići, Konavle. Konavle is pretty close to Dubrovnik, so if you happen to be there, don’t miss out on the opportunity. The rough, shrub-covered, 250-meter-tall cliffs separate the beach from the rest of Popovići, making it a little, local secret. The only way to reach this beach is by carefully stepping down some improvised stairs, so we wouldn’t rate this journey kid-friendly. The beach itself is never crowded, and the turquoise sea doesn’t get much clearer than here.
2. The Stiniva Cove
You must have already heard of the island Vis. It’s a pretty well-known one, but many tourists have not found out about the local secret beaches yet. This cove is a beautiful sight you must discover, and if you’re someone who likes to lay in some good shade – this beach is definitely for you. You can reach this cliff-surrounded beauty by hiking or by asking a local to drop you off by boat. It might seem like a lot of work, but once you see it with your own eyes, you’ll be glad you put in the effort.
3. The Velo Čelo Beach
The Velo Čelo beach is sometimes also referred to as the Golden Bay beach, and if that doesn’t intrigue you, we don’t know what will! Locals might call this beach Biškupići, but all of the names refer to this gravel-filled beauty on the west coast of Krk – Croatia’s biggest island. If you happen to be in Stara Baška or somewhere close, make sure to ask around whether someone could help you get to Velo Čelo by boat, since there is no other way to visit this destination. If you’re looking for a minimalistic choice, this is the way!
4. The Malo Zaraće Beach
If flora is what you enjoy while you’re at the seaside, Malo Zaraće is your best bet. This alluring beach is located on the south coast of Hvar, in a village named Zaraće. Since there is a Malo Zaraće beach (“small Zaraće”), you’ve guessed it right – the more popular choice would be the Velo Zaraće beach (“big Zaraće”). However, this hidden beauty whose cliffs are covered in gorgeous, aromatic flora would be a better choice if you’re looking for peace.
5. The Beritnica Beach
Croatia’s favorite party island has always been Pag, but not everyone is up to creating some noise, right? The Beritnica beach is a beautiful gravel-filled destination located in Metajna, and you can reach it both on foot and by driving there with a boat. Many say that this beach looks like a Mediterranean desert since it’s so pale and peaceful, and we are sure you’ll enjoy the view from some of the beautiful cliffs surrounding it.
6. The Nugal Beach
If you find yourself close to a town named Makarska, don’t forget to visit the Nugal beach. You might have seen this beauty on the Internet already, since the dark cliffs and the pale gravel contrast so well and make it a very alluring choice. You’ll be pleased to hear that there is a trail leading to the beach, but it’s not a very short one, so you might choose to go by boat instead.
7. The Zabodarski Cove
Mali Lošinj is a beautiful place that is worth visiting, and if you do, don’t forget the Zabodarski cove. The beautiful pine forest surrounding the beach ensures a little bit of shade, but also a very zen experience. Finally, we’ve reached a beach that is very kid-friendly because of how shallow the sea is, so if you’re looking for somewhere to go on a family vacation, this is the one. You can reach the beach on foot, on a bike, or in a car, although you won’t be able to park too close.
8. The Divna Beach
Did you know that “divna” means “beautiful” in Croatian? It’s almost like we don’t need any additional words to describe this beautiful, family-friendly beach surrounded by wild nature. It’s close to Trpanj, so if you ever visit Dubrovnik or a town nearby, pay this beach a visit. The pine forests will help you breathe easily while you rest your eyes by glancing at the turquoise sea.
9. The Sakarun Beach
This beautiful beach on the Dugi Otok island has been mistaken for Hawaii and The Caribbean before, and we’re sure you’ll quickly figure out why. You can visit the beach by taking a ferry from Zadar, and there is also a bus service on the island itself. This is an ideal choice for families since the beach is wide and shallow but also filled with sand to play with.