17 of the Best Sandy Beaches in Croatia You will love


In this post You’ll discover “Europe's Secret Destination” Croatia and learn about its beaches, especially the ones covered with white and golden sand.

Most of the Croatian coast has pebbled and rocky beaches to offer.

People are asking themselves:
“Where are the best sandy beaches in Croatia and do they even exist?"

Here You will learn where they are hidden, get tips on every single beach and learn about the best places to go in Croatia.

Let us inspire You to plan Your next Croatia holiday and spend unforgettable days at one of the TOP 17 sand beaches in Croatia.

Let’s go!


  • Introduction to the Croatian sandy beaches


    Croatian beaches are amongst the most pristine ones in the world. Croatian coast is well-indented; therefore, Croatia has a plethora of islands, reefs and bays with sandy, pebbly and rocky beaches. 

    Hence, the Adriatic truly has a lot of diverse beaches. Some are appropriate for enjoying the pristine, untouched nature, while some have had facilities arranged so they offer changing cubicles, showers, slides for children, sports activities, and the possibility to enjoy coffee shops and restaurants as well...

    Everyone can thereby discover and enjoy their own ideal beach! Hereunder, we bring you a short overview of some of the most famous beaches on the Croatian coast.
     
  • 1. Have fun with Your kids at the Bijeca Beach in Medulin


    Bijeca is the most famous beach in Medulin. With its 1-kilometre length, it’s a sandy beach ideal for summer holiday and swimming.

    Its very gentle slope to the sea makes it ideal even for the youngest.

    You can enjoy at Bijeca alone or with your family, but there is also a floating aquatic park for the children that they will love for sure. You can also visit a few coffee shops and restaurants in the vicinity.

    Don't miss visiting the Pula Arena, an imposing roman amphitheater at only 10 km from Medulin.

    We recommend a Panoramic Sightseeing boat tour to the National Park of the island group Brijuni, starting from Pula. Just go to HappytoVisit.com and reserve your excursion.
  • 2. Explore the Paradise Beach on Rab island - CNNs TOP 100 beach worldwide


    For its quality and purity of the sea, this very popular sandy beach has been awarded the “Blue Flag” Award and it even made the CNN’s Top 100 world beaches list.

    There is a myriad of content at this beach, e.g. beach volleyball, slides, parasailing etc.

    If you want to enjoy together with your pet, take him to the southern part of the beach and enjoy swimming together.

    The appearance of Rajska (Paradise) Beach truly justifies its paradisaical name and if you visit it, you will feel like being in a sunny paradise, surrounded by beautiful, clear sea.

    There are many catering facilities in the near vicinity of the beach that make it possible to enjoy food and drinks, while for maximum security, there is also a lifeguard service active on the beach from 9 am to 6 pm.

    In short, one of the best Croatian beaches!

    Lopar is an ideal starting point for many excursions. 

    Discover the island world from the sea and make a Kayak tour to Goli Otok . Here You'll discover the "Croatian Alcatraz" an ex political prison. Just go to SeaKayak.hr and book Your trip.

  • 3. Enjoy Your holidays at Sakarun Beach on Dugi Island - a pure white sand beach


    The beach captivates with the whiteness of the sand and sea purity, making it so that visitors have an impression that they’ve come to a Caribbean island. The pine wood that surrounds the Sakarun beach provides a shade in the summer. 

    Enjoy the swimming and the pristine nature, which can be seen in the beauty of the sand and sea. 

    As a refreshment from the summer heat, two catering facilities where you can order refreshing drinks and light meals are at your disposal.

    Ever wanted to experience the feeling of weightlessness? Awesome! Take a scuba course at www.bozava.de and discover the magical underwater world of Dugi island.

    Visit a little seafront restaurant close to the harbor of Sali called Spageritimo and enjoy home made pasta with fresh sea food or the praised tuna steak. Take a table at the first floor and enjoy amazing harbor and sea views.


  • 4. Take Your children to Slanica Beach on the island of Murter and visit the island group of Kornati


    This beautiful beach on Murter Island is part sandy and part rocky. It’s ideal for the young, but also for couples with children and older people.

    It’s rich in content such as a water park, tennis, beach volleyball, water slides and other. There are also diverse bars, food stands and restaurants where you can enjoy local delicacies.

    This beach is usually highly visited and not ideal for those who don’t like a crowd and want to enjoy a peaceful swim.

    Do You want to relax completely? Have a Thai massage close to the beach and relax your body and mind.

    Visit the little village of Betina on the island and explore the Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding.

    Once on the island of Murter, You should make a boat trip to the Kornati National Park.
    The Agency HeartofDalmatia is offering a great excursion from 9 am to 5 pm, local guide and lunch included.
    They offer also typical fisherman houses directly at the sea for those of You that are looking for a real adventure.
     
  • 5. Go to Ninska Laguna and cover your body with medicinal mud


    This beach has a view reaching all the way to the mountains and because of its shallow sea and pleasant temperature, it’s ideal for families with children.

    Moreover, its length makes it ideal for walking and it also has a few bars, showers and volleyball courts. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, walking or sipping refreshing beverages while having a beautiful view of the clear sea.

    Cover your body with medicinal mud close to the sandy beach and heal rheumatic diseases, skin and muscular problems, female infertility and other health issues.

    Reserve a table at the Konoba Bepo in Zaton, a nearby village and enjoy some exquisite food, prepared with the best olive oil in Croatia.
     
  • 6. Swim in crystal clear sea at the Vela Przina beach on the island of Korcula


    Located on the southern part of the island, it’s the biggest sand beach in Lumbarda, Korčula. Facing the open sea, you can see the Lastovo Island from it. Its characteristics are crystal clear sea and beautiful sand. It’s appropriate for staying all day because it has a restaurant nearby where you can enjoy Dalmatian dishes and refresh yourself with cold beverages.

    You can also rent deck chairs and parasols. In short, Vela Pržina Beach has everything needed for summer enjoyment and relaxation!

    If You are looking for active holidays, we recommend a Cycling and Wine Tasting Tour with korculaexplorer.com.
  • 7. Visit Bacvice Beach in Split and play the traditional ball game picigin


    This iconic beach is one of the most famous beaches in Croatia and definitely the most famous one in Split, the centre of Dalmatia.  It’s located in a shallow sandy bay and it’s best known for the traditional “picigin” game, played on this beach for more than 90 years by the people of Split.

    The beach itself is very shallow and therefore suitable for all age groups and you can rent deck chairs and parasols. It also has showers and changing cubicles.

    There is a popular coffee shop where you can enjoy drinks and ice cream right next to the beach, while there are also many restaurants with Dalmatian delicacies in the immediate vicinity.

    Bačvice Beach is the symbol of Split, therefore if you’re visiting the town in the summer, visiting this beach is a must! 

    Make a boat trip to the Blue cave with HappytoVisit.com and discover amazing nature.
     
  • 8. Relax at the Maro beach in Porec and discover an amazing city


    This attractive sandy beach is located on the southern part of Sv. (Saint) Nikola Island, which can be reached by a 5-minute boat ride from Poreč. The beach has a beautiful view of the town of Poreč. Valamar hotel’s guests can use the deck chairs and beach baldachins for free, while other visitors have to rent them. There is a shop, restaurant and a bar right next to the beach, so you can buy or order whatever you want. There is also a children’s playground for the youngest.

    Reserve a table at the Spinnaker Restaurant and have a unique dinning experience. Located at the promenade of Porec, this place offers the best food in the city and a great selection of wine. Enjoy! 

    Once in Porec, you should go to the Aquapark Aquacolours and enjoy your time. The amusement water park has attractions for everyone.  

    When visiting Istria, why not go and make a daily excursion to Venice? The high speed catamarans from Venezia Lines get You there in no time. 
     
  • 9. Enjoy the peace at Sahara beach on the island of Rab and take off your clothes


    This famous nudist beach is completely sandy, and this makes it possible to enjoy the peace and quiet, considering it has no additional content. It’s covered with small vegetation so it’s possible to find some shade here and there. It's recommended to bring your own food or at least some water to drink because Sahara Beach doesn't have any additional facilities or infrastructure. This beautiful beach will captivate all who value privacy and the absence of a big crowd.

    Stay active and book a Kayak tour with SeaKayak.hr and discover the cliffs and coves of the eastern coast of the island.
  • 10. Travel to Ciganka beach on Rab island and explore an extraordinary nature


    Ciganka is a nudist beach characterised by unusual sandy pyramids and other natural formations. The emerald green sea makes it an ideal place for everyone who loves pristine, wild nature.

    You can reach the beach by foot or by car which you can park at the pine wood in the vicinity.

    The landscape of the beach reminds you of a foreign planet, which is why everyone who appreciates an unusual, extraordinary scenery will be pleased.

    A great daily boat trip that we recommend is with no doubt Goli island and Krk island. On this excursion You'll discover the cove of Zavratnica, the old prison on Goli island and the well-known tourist destination Baska on the island of Krk. To book Your tickets, go to rab-excursions.com. 
     

     
  • 11. Experience Bok beach on the island of Susak


    Bok is a nudist beach today, while long ago there was a health spa in its vicinity. It's suitable even for non-swimmers because it's adorned by a shallow sandy sea bottom. It must be mentioned that this beach doesn’t welcome pets and it usually has no additional facilities or content. Nevertheless, it captivates with its flawlessly pristine sea and a beautiful view of the island of Susak. 
  • 12. Enjoy Your stay at the sandy beach in Omis and visit Split and Dubrovnik


    The main sandy beach in Omis with a length of about 1 km is located in the city center and offers many activities such as beach volleyball, windsurfing, beach soccer, jet skiing, bars, snack bars, showers, toilets, deck chair and umbrella rentals and more. 

    In the hottest hours of the day, Pines and Tamarisk trees at the beach are offering plenty of natural shade. 

    The beach is located at the mouth of the Cetina River into the Adriatic Sea, and was formed by the deposition of clean and fine river sand. 

    The sea is rich in fish and shellfish which makes this area very interesting for diving.

    This beach is suitable for disabled people, with an elevator for easy access to the sea at a small pier on the eastern part of the beach.

    Paid public parking is close by.
     
  • 13. Stay active at Istruga Beach on the island of Korcula and heal Yourself


    This small sandy beach is located at the southern part of Korcula Island. It’s famous for its medicinal mud and the reason why many of its visitors come is precisely because of their health.

    It's easily accessible by car or on foot. There is a pine wood where you can easily find a comfortable shade surrounding the beach.

    Not far from the beach there are tennis courts, beach volleyball court and additional content. We also recommend the restaurants in the vicinity, where you can try fish delicacies and the local excellent quality wine.
  • 14. Come to Crikvenica Town Beach and enjoy the clear Croatian sea


    You can do a variety of sports activities on this sandy beach: aerobics, beach volleyball, water skiing, mini golf...

    Thus, Crikvenica Town Beach will be interesting for all age groups because anyone can find an activity that suits him/her the best at it In nearby restaurants you can refresh yourself with excellent dishes and drinks, while the beach itself offers additional facilities such as showers, the possibility of renting parasols and deck chairs etc.

    In any case, Crikvenica Town Beach is an excellent choice for all of You who wish to enjoy the clear Croatian sea and pristine nature!

    The Autor of the aerial shot of the beach  is the Tourist Board Crikvenica.

    Is Your dog coming with You on holiday? Awesome! There is a must go place in Crikvenica for dog owners - the Monty's Dog Beach Bar. 
  • 15. Have a good time at Lovrecina Beach on the island of Brac and experience its beauty


    Lovrečina is located in a bay which is reachable by road or by a footpath and it captivates with its natural beauty. It’s 4 km away from Postira.

    A wonderful pine wood is located behind the beach, which provides a refreshing shade during the summer heat.

    Lovrečina is an extremely sandy beach - the sand stretches as far as 100 m away from the coast.

    There is a coffee shop at the beach where you can enjoy coffee and drinks and if you feel hungry, there is a restaurant in the vicinity with diverse meat and fish delicacies at your disposal.
  • 16. Escape to Porat Beach Bisevo Island and visit the blue cave


    This Robinson Crusoe style beach on the picturesque Biševo island near the island of Vis is a true magnet for those who wish to escape from civilisation. It’s located under a cliff on the western side of the island, seemingly unknown to the rest of the world.

    There is a variety of protected monuments of nature in its vicinity, like Modra špilja (The Blue Cave).

    Nevertheless, the beach is by no means deserted, because not far from it, there is a coffee shop and a restaurant where you can refresh yourselves and try the local dish and drinks offer and you can even rent parasols and deck chairs at the beach.

    There is also a small pine wood that provides shade right next to the beach. Porat Beach is ideal for all who wish to enjoy the primaeval pristineness and clarity of the Adriatic Sea, far away from continental Croatia. 
  • 17. Enjoy Your Croatia stay at Saint Marak Beach Krk Island


    Found on the eastern coast of the Krk Island, this sandy beach is ideal for a perfect holiday and swimming in a clean sea. You will also feel captivated by the aromatic smell of natural herbs mixed with the smell of the sea, while you can experience the sumptuous beauty of the nature by walking the footpaths in the vicinity as well. 

    The beach is sandy, and it usually isn't crowded, because it's situated in a peaceful and quiet bay. 
    There is also a coffee shop next to the beach, where you can refresh yourselves and you can also rent deck chairs and parasols for a more comfortable relaxation. 

    After Your day at the beach, visit the little old town of Vrbnik and reserve a table at Konoba Nada, one of the best Restaurants on the island of Krk. Have some tasty white wine Vrbnicka Zlahtina, cheese and ham from the island and enjoy spectacular sea views.
     
  • Conclusion and next steps


    Have you been to some of these beaches? Please write your comment or share your experiences with other readers of the website!

    Moreover, if you’ve been to a Croatian beach that we haven’t mentioned here, feel free to leave a comment to describe your experiences and impressions.

    Please share this article with your friends on social networks. Likewise, leave a comment to tell us your opinion about which of these beaches seems to be the best and which would you like to visit!
     
Author: Ivan Peric - last update 03.09.2019.

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