Beaches in Croatia

Beaches in Croatia

The Adriatic Sea has one of the purest and cleanest salt waters on Earth. Beaches are a part of that glory of nature. Beaches on Croatia are covering a distance of 1105 miles of coast, all the way up north from the Istria Peninsula down to Dubrovnik on the south.

They are of various shapes and compositions, mostly flat rocky and pebbly.

Sandy beaches are not rare but not represented as much as the flat natural stone sunbathing areas. Most of them you will find in Zadar County, on the Kvarner island of Rab and Medulin in Istria, on Dalmatian islands of Brač and Korčula and in the surroundings of coastal Omiš.

Popular Croatian beaches with numerous beach bars are

  • Zrće, Pag Island
  • Pudarica beach near Barbat, Rab island
  • Stipanska Beach, Pakleni Island
  • Beaches in Makarska
  • Banje beach Dubrovnik

The most stunning beaches on the coast include:

  • Rajska plaza Lopar, island of Rab
  • St. Ivan under Lubenice on Cres island; Mali Bok on Cres
  • Sakarun on Long island
  • Zlatni rat, Bol on the island of Braču
  • Zaraće on Hvar;
  • Stiniva on Vis
  • Bilin Žal on Lumbarda
  • Prizba, Blato, Korčula
  • Proizd near Vele Luka on Korčula
  • Saplunara and Suhmiholjska beach on Mljet
  • Pasjača on Konavle

Nudism tradition or nude swimming and sunbathing go back to the year 1936 when British King Edward VIII went skinny-dipping at Kandora Beach on Rab. Nudism movement was very common and relaxed in Ex Yugoslavia –with the first naturist camp opened in 1961 in Vrsar. Today in Croatia nudist beaches can be found in specialized camps or locations, supporting the guest preference of nudism.

  • Kanegra, Umag
  • Sv. Nikola, Poreč
  • Crveni otok, Rovinj
  • Permantura, Medulin
  • Sunčana uvala, Lošinj Island
  • Palmižana, Pakleni otoci, Hvar Island
  • Ostupa beach (Orebić, Pelješac)
  • Nugal beach (Tučepi, Makarska riviera)
  • Paklina beach (Bol, Brač)
  • Jerolim beach (Paklinski otoci, Hvar)
  • Sahara beach (Rab)
  • Kandarola beach (Rab)

Blue Flag, the international benchmark of nature conservation and beach quality so far awarded to more than 100 beaches on the Croatian coast proving high standards of safety and responsibility. Croatia is considered to have one of the cleanest water quality in the Mediterranean with the sea of high quality suitable for swimming.

The quality of the sea is regularly measured and the public is informed about it. Sea samples are taken on the beaches every 15 days at more than 900 points, ten times a season.

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