In summer, the Dalmatian Coast shines and enthuses many tourists with many breathtaking and magnificent beaches, which are mostly well-hidden in hard-to-reach places and tiny islands.
Here are top 10 most spectacular and beautiful Croatian beaches.
1. ZLATNI RAT, BOL, ISLAND OF BRAČ
Zlatni rat ist one of the most popular Croatian beaches. It is located on Brač Island’s sunny south coast. It is a well-known place for surfers and windsurfers.
Beyond the beach is Vidova Gora mountain which is the highest peak on the Adriatic islands.
There is also beautiful promenade, shaded by pine trees that leads to the village of Bol.
2. PUNTA RATA, BRELA, MAKARSKA RIVIERA
Located in the shadow on mountain Biokovo, Makarska Riviera became very popular tourist attraction.
It’s 37 miles long fine-pebble beach beyond which are located pines that create shadow. There are lots of hotels and hostels there for people on holidays.
Following the seaside promenade and rocky footpath east towards Makarska town, you can find many secluded coves.
One of the most famous beaches is Punta Rata, located south from Makarska, along the Makarska Riviera.
The arrow-shaped Punta Rata beach flashes more bling than most and is often rated among the beaches in the country, if not the world. It is suitable for relaxing, spending time with friends or family, or riding a bike.
3. PASJAČA, POPOVIĆI, KONAVLE
This beach is located in South Dalmacia, and it is 40 minutes away from Dubrovnik. To get there, first you’ll arrive to the village of Popovići, passing through rural region Konavle.
Pasjača is a beautiful hidden beach located at the foot of steep Konavle rocks You can only reach the Pasjak beach by descending a long and very steep staircase, up to 250 m height difference. But while descending toward the beach you feel that something beautiful and divine is there.
An unforgettable experience is to just go down the stairs leading to the Pasjača. Looking out across the inky blue Adriatic, this beach is a back-to-nature experience.
4. BANJE BEACH, DUBROVNIK
This is very popular pebble beach, located outside Dubrovnik’s city walls. The beach is lined with sunbeds and baldachin beds, and it’s very popular with tourists and local people.
In high season there are plenty possibilities of entertainment: sporty types try water skiing and kayaking, others chill to the beach club DJ’s tracks or have massages and sip pricey cocktails.
It is is especially beautiful at sunset, because the medieval buildings are floodlit.
5. SAHARUN, ISLAND OF DUGI OTOK
Saharun is perfect beach for children because of sandy seabed and shallow water.
The colour of the sea is changing during the day: the colours change from turquoise to emerald to inky blue at this wide, south-facing bay with shimmering white-pebble beach and pinewoods.
The beach is located on the north of the Island Dugi Otok. You can easy come by boat from the city of Zadar.
6. STINIVA, ISLAND OF VIS
Stiniva lies on the south side of Vis. It is one of the hottest beaches in Croatia. In 2016 it was named the best beach in Europe by European Best Destinations, a Brussels-based organization that promotes culture and tourism.
Set in a natural limestone arena, sheer tufted walls of rock all but encircle the smooth, sunken, white pebble floor, with the only break at the 16-foot wide cliff gate, which opens the beach to the sea.
There are always plenty people enyoing on that beach, swimming or sunbathing.
7. BRSEČ BEACH, BRSEČ
Bršeč beach sits beneath the clifftop, in medievel village of Bršeč in Istra, that escapes the attention of many tourists.
Bršeč Beach is small in comparison to most Croatian beaches but comes with all the spectacle of the best, including views across the Kvarner Gulf to Cres Island.
It is a bit challenge to get there, but this beach keeps you away the busiest crowds.
The sheer limestone cliffs below Bršeč are a favorite with experienced climbers as well as abseilers and definitely worth a visit.
8. NUGAL BEACH
Nugal Beach is a favorite with nudists. It is also located in Makarska, and it is known as most cinematic beach with 30-foot waterfall fed by a stream coming down from Mount Biokovo and falling down the rock face into the sea. There’s pine forest beyond the beach which offers plenty of shade and privacy. There’s also Forest Park Osejava which extends for almost two miles from the beach and which is worth of visiting.
9. SABUNIKE, NIN
Sabunike Beach is located near Nin. It is a sandy beach therefore ideal for families with children, and also for sports such as sailing and surfing due to the favorable breeze and climatic conditions.
The Nin Riviera is known for its healing mud. In the village of Sabunike you will find shops, restaurants and you can also visit the beautiful national parks nearby.
10. SVETI JAKOV BEACH, DUBROVNIK
One more beach located in city of Dubrovnik. It is very cinematic, because technically you’ re swimming under the walls of King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones” Dubrovnik loaned its inimitable visage to the series, and remains every bit as impressive in person as it is on screen.
It’s 20 minutes away from Dubrovnik, and the main beach Banje, but Sveti Jakov beach offers you privacy, shade, snorkeling, and excellent sunsets.
It can be reached by the no.5 bus from the Old Town of Dubrovnik, or on foot.