Croatia is known for its enthralling assortment of beaches, a lot of which are located on hard-to-reach islands. With so many sandy expanses and dozens of beautiful islands, it is a little difficult to pick the cream of the crop. Nevertheless, we bring to you the most inviting Croatian beach spots to visit.
Hidden from view, Stiniva beach, on the Vis island, earned the honor of being the best beach in Europe in 2016. Its obscurity is part of its appeal as Vis is the farthest inhabited island from the mainland. The beach can only be reached by taking a taxi boat from the cove at Rukavac or by hiking through a narrow path.
The crystal-clear waters make for a special experience, leaving visitors awestruck with its beauty. The pebble-strewn beach is another sight altogether. A spectacular clifftop serves as the perfect backdrop for this scenic wonder.
GoFro Tip: If you aren’t in the mood for some hiking adventure, make sure you choose a vessel narrow enough to pass through the cove.
Zlatni Rat, Brac
Zlatni Rat beach is famous for its striking 540 yards sandbar called the Golden Horn. It is this shape that draws visitors. The Horn itself penetrates the sea vertically and changes its location and shape based on the wind currents. The beach also offers a plethora of dining and water sports options.
Zlatni Rat is one of the best places to try kitesurfing and windsurfing in the country. While it’s a great destination to unwind and socialize during the day, at night the open-air bars give the beach a vibrant vibe. Spending your holidays here, sunbathing, taking a dip into the turquoise waters, or hanging out at the restaurants, is absolute heaven.
GoFro Tip: If you are into photography, trek the Vidova mountain for a breathtaking view.
The picturesque Dubovica beach is located on the southern shore of Hvar island, away from the bustle of the city. This popular picnic area is an inland cove, featuring a vast pebble beach. It can be reached from the Hvar harbor by a boat or automobile. While ideal for everyone, diving enthusiasts will love the small cliffs dotting the waters, perfect for a little adrenaline rush.
GoFro Tip: Make sure to wear durable shoes and a padded beach mat, otherwise walking and lying on the pebbles would be very uncomfortable!
Zrce Beach on Pag Island is another white-pebbled beauty that lies along the Adriatic. It is one of the popular party destinations in Croatia, with its open-air clubs, pools, Jacuzzis et al. There are clubbing and party offers round the year, making it an ideal holiday spot for the young crowd. The warm, sunny Mediterranean weather definitely adds to the friendly ambience of the place.
GoFro Tip: Try some of the locally made wine and distinctly-flavored Pag cheese while you’re here.
Rabac is a small town on the Istria island, housing several quaint cafes and bars. It is quite the touristy spot, lined with families and those taking a break from their city life. Rabac has loads to offer – from beautiful beaches, sunbathing, boat excursions, to evening promenades and a bustling nightlife.
Go on boat excursions to discover little beaches and coves, swim along the Riviera, and enjoy a luxurious lunch. Also visit the colorful towns and historic monuments around. The beaches offer good diving opportunities for enthusiasts with their clear waters and thriving marine life.
GoFro Tip: Olive oil tasting here is a must since the Belic oil produced here is the finest in Croatia.