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Head to the Beach: Top 10 Beaches in Croatia

One of the main attractions of a holiday in Croatia of course is the country's gorgeous beaches, and the options are endless. Pebbly, rocky, sandy, family, romantic – you will find it in Croatia. In order to help you choose, we have selected ten of the best in no particular order:

Dubovica on Hvar – for some this is the ultimate beach, consisting of fine pebbles and looking into pristine waters on Hvar's southern side. A stone villa protrudes into the sea, a perfect view from lunch at the restaurant in the bar. Park on the main road above, and the short hike down is more than worth it.

 

Bačvice in Split – The most popular sandy beach in any Dalmatian town, Bacvice is more than a beach, it is a Split institution. Its shallow and sandy waters make it the perfect family beach, and the bars and restaurants behind it make it a great base for the whole day. Don't be surprised to see grown men leaping into the air to keep a small ball in the air – the unique Split sport of Picigin.

 

Jerolim, Pakleni Islands opposite Hvar Town – named by CNN at the world's top naturist beach in 2011, the tiny island of Jerolim on Hvar's fabled Pakleni Islands is an island of two beaches. Facing Hvar Town is Amo Beach, complete with restaurant and cocktail bar, but walk 50 metres to the other side for Kordovan, a naturist and gay-friendly beach with art in the trees made from driftwood from the sea.

 

Zlatni Rat on Brač – quite simply the most famous beach in all Croatia. Located close to the southern resort of Bol, the beach changes shape according to the tide. While it looks sandy from the air, the beach is actually made of pebbles, and is populated with plenty of facilities in summer. A great family option, but get there early!

 

Makarska Riviera – One of the longest stretches of beach on the Adriatic coast is to be found either side of the resort town of Makarska, and picking out an individual beach is hard. A useful Makarska Beaches app will help you narrow the choice, but there is plenty to choose from, from family beaches to more remote romantic locations.

 

Stiniva on Vis – For some, Stiniva is the ultimate Robinson Crusoe beach, hidden as it is by the towering cliffs on this idyllic spot on the fabulous island of Vis. No further comment needed...

 

Lokrum near Dubrovnik – It may be Croatia's most famous destination, but the beaches of Dubrovnik do not match the majesty of its old walls, and many head out to Lokrum by boat for a swim. Its flat rocks provide perfect sunbeds, and its pristine waters are a perfect relaxation after a busy morning's sightseeing in Dubrovnik.

 

Gustinja Bay, Rovinj – While the beaches of Dalmatia may be more popular, there are plenty of excellent options in Istria too. One of the best is Gustinja Bay near the popular destination of Rovinj, which is a collection of beaches which attract families and naturists. Simply choose your spot and lay down your towel! The bay is approached on foot after parking the car a short walk away.

 

Sveti Ivan, Lubenice on Cres – Cres is one of Croatia's most important nature reserves, and is also home to a gem of a beach which is away from the tourist hordes. Lubenice, where Sveti Ivan is located, was built on a cliff from stone and was once used as a watchtower. It is accessible by boat and is popular with yachts, which are attracted by its sandy shores and privacy.

 

Stara Baška on Krk – A gorgeous pebble beach surrounded by cliffs, Stara Baska is a popular beach for naturists and families alike, who are attracted by the peace and quiet and stunning views. A popular windsurfing spot, particularly when the northern 'bura' wind is blowing.

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