The best beaches in Croatia
Thanks to its beautiful indented coast with numerous islands, islets and cliffs, Croatia is known as a top summer destination and one of the most visited destinations in the Mediterranean. Over 5,000 km of Croatian mainland and island coastline hides the most beautiful coves and beaches, many of which are still true hidden pearls that you have yet to discover. Idyllic sandy, pebble or stone beaches combined with crystal clear sea and dense pine forests are all you need for a perfect holiday in Croatia with Home Rent, so we bring you a list of the most beautiful locations by the sea that you should not miss.
Zlatni rat beach
This unique beach with a specific appearance is located in Bol, on the southern coast of the island of Brac and is one of the most famous symbols of the Adriatic. Under the influence of winds, waves and sea currents, the pebbly top of the beach constantly changes its shape, making it different and equally interesting every time. In the middle of the beach there is a dense pine forest where you can seek shelter from the sun and enjoy a refreshing drink or a cup of good coffee in one of the beach bars located there. A rich offer and a multitude of entertainment and recreational facilities make this beach ideal for families with children and all those who simply enjoy an all-day stay on the beach. Children, as well as adults, can enjoy beach volleyball, trampolines, a fun aquapark, and rent paddle boats or diving equipment. Due to its location and favorable conditions, Zlatni rat is also known as a favorite destination for fans of various water sports, among which windsurfing is the most popular, so you can often see the most experienced surfers enjoying the waves from the top of the beach. The beach can be easily reached by car or on foot along a promenade that is completely covered in shade and is full of amenities such as cafes, restaurants and souvenir stands, and follows the coast through which you can see nearby coves and smaller beaches and enjoy a unique view of Zlatni rat.
Sakarun, Dugi otok
Sakarun beach is located in a bay on the northwestern side of Dugi otok in the Zadar archipelago. The very first look at this Adriatic oasis fully justifies the name Croatian Caribbean, which is often added to it. Fine white sand and the turquoise color of the sea are what make Sakarun beach recognizable. The shallow sandy bottom reflects in the sun and creates an irresistible color of the sea that is hard to resist. Although it is located next to the open sea, the beach is protected by the long bay in which it is located and because of which the sea temperature is always pleasant for swimming. The long bay and shallow sea leave the impression of a real tropical oasis, ideal even for the youngest swimmers. Although there is no shade on the beach itself, on the western side of the bay there is a dense pine forest where you can take a break from the sun. There are a couple of smaller establishments on the beach that offer refreshing drinks and fast food, as well as the possibility of renting sunbeds and umbrellas. Sakarun beach can be reached by ferry line that leads from Zadar to Brbinj on Dugi otok (ride takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes), then by car 15 km to the beach, or by ferry line (without car) from Zadar to Božava where you can board to the tourist train that leads directly to Sakarun beach. Also, in the summer season, numerous one-day boat trips are organized from Zadar to Sakarun and nearby beaches, where you have the opportunity to enjoy a full day of exploration, sunbathing and swimming in the most beautiful locations of the Zadar archipelago.
Stiniva beach, located in the bay of the same name on the island of Vis, is one of the most attractive beaches in Croatia and in the world, as evidenced by the fact that this beach has been on the front pages of numerous international media more than once. Due to its popularity, this cove surrounded by rocks has become a recognizable symbol of the island of Vis and the entire Croatian tourism over the years. There is no road leading to Stiniva, so it can only be accessed by boat or on foot through a steep, narrow and rocky path that leads to the beach. Due to the nature of the terrain, going down this path is not suitable and recommended for children, but the good news is that you can always book a taxi boat on the Vis waterfront that will take you directly to the beach, and depending on your wishes, maybe visit some other nearby tourist attractions. Considering the unique location, the sea in the bay is mostly warm, clean and extremely calm, and the beach made of stone pebbles is pleasant for sunbathing and resting in the sun. There is a restaurant on the beach that offers refreshing drinks and coffee, and the main recommendation is to keep in mind that the sun on Stiniva disappears much earlier than on other beaches, so you should visit it no later than 4 p.m.
Oprna beach on the island of Krk is one of those beaches that simply take your breath away with its appearance and sea experience. It is located in the bay near the town of Stara Baška and despite the inaccessible paths that you have to walk to get to it, Oprna is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and definitely worth the steep undertaking. A somewhat simpler way to access this beach is to come by your own boat or book one of the local taxi boats that will take you to it. The island of Krk is known as the island of blue flags, which symbolize the purity of the sea and neat beaches, and this pebble-sand piece of paradise perfectly confirms such facts. There is no natural shade on the beach, but you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds for uninterrupted all-day enjoyment.
Punta Rata beach
Punta Rata, Brela
When we talk about the symbols of the Adriatic and Croatian tourism, the so-called Kamen Brela – a famous cliff along the coast in the small town of Brela that leads us to one of the most beautiful pebble beaches on the Adriatic and a beach that the American magazine Forbes included among the ten most beautiful in the world - Punta Rata. Its picturesque appearance is given by the luxurious pine forest that covers the entire length of the beach, as well as the unreal color of the crystal clear sea that surrounds it. Punta Rata is the most popular destination on the entire Makarska Riviera, so it is not surprising that there is a rich touristic gastronomic and entertainment offer that can be enjoyed by all ages. On the beach, you can play a variety of sports such as beach volleyball, tennis, mini football, but also try different entertainment facilities on the water. You will find a refreshing drink, coffee, fresh fruit or a place for lunch in one of the many catering facilities located on the promenade along the beach, and you can make the most beautiful postcard from your vacation in Croatia right on the aforementioned promenade with a view of the famous Brela Stone.
The Pelješac peninsula is becoming an increasingly popular summer destination for both domestic and foreign tourists year after year, especially since the construction of the famous Pelješac bridge, which greatly facilitated access to the peninsula and simplified arrivals to selected Pelješac destinations. This Mediterranean paradise is characterized by beautiful uncrowded beaches, which are far from settlements and main roads, which greatly contributes to the preservation of their natural beauty. Although there are many of them, on this occasion we will highlight one of the most beautiful - Divna beach. This long pebble beach is located about 10 km from Trpanj - one of the oldest places on the peninsula. The beach can be reached by car, but you should keep in mind that it is a narrow local road and that with every little crowd on the beach, parking for a car is almost impossible to find. There is no natural shade on the beach, but you can find shelter from the sun and refreshments in a nearby restaurant. Because of the extremely clean sea, Divna often attracts diving enthusiasts who enjoy exploring the undersea between the beach and the small island facing the bay. This small oasis from Pelješac is becoming an increasingly popular destination for all-day enjoyment of all summer joys for a reason, so be sure to add it to the list of unforgettable locations that are worth visiting while on vacation in Croatia.
Pasjaca Beach is located in the very south of Croatia, near Konavle, and is special for its hidden and difficult to access location. This beautiful hidden beach is located behind steep cliffs and is reached by descending picturesque steps cut into the rock, with spectacular views all the way. Pasjaca is ideal for all those with an adventurous spirit, as well as for those looking for an escape from the summer crowds on the famous city beaches. On this beach, you won't find beach bars or any restaurants that offer coffee, fast food or refreshing drinks, but you will find beautiful clear sea and incredible untouched nature that you will definitely enjoy.
Banje beach is the most beautiful beach in Dubrovnik, already recognizable by the spectacular view of the old city walls and the city harbor that stretches out from it. The beach is sandy and gravel, and considering that it is the most famous city beach, it is not surprising that there is a wide range of facilities that can be enjoyed on it. On the Banje beach, a number of sports activities are available, such as volleyball, picigin or indoor football, as well as water sports, among which the most popular are kayaking, paragliding, water skiing, wakeboarding and parasailing. In the immediate vicinity there is a large number of bars and restaurants with a rich offer of Dalmatian specialties and the finest cocktails, which you can enjoy on comfortable deckchairs under a canopy or umbrella, until the evening when this beach turns into a place for real fun until the early hours of the morning.
Plan your vacation in Croatia already this summer, visit some of the listed Adriatic jewels and take with you the best memories of your stay on the Adriatic. Find more about the most interesting tourist locations in Croatia on our blog Croatia in style, and book your accommodation in some of the most beautiful luxury villas in Croatia with HomeRent.