Discover five of Croatia's best beaches for a vacation you'll never forget
Deciding which Croatian beaches are the most beautiful is almost an impossible task given the amount to choose from. With over 1,700km of coastline cradling the azure Adriatic Sea, visitors to Croatia are spoilt for choice. There's also the bonus of Croatia's islands and islets, no less than 1000 to choose from. We've listed five of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia including secluded bays and city beaches.
Perhaps Croatia's most famous beach, Zlatni rat (or Golden Cape) is a windsurfers' paradise. The golden sands of this beach change shape with the tide and the windy conditions mean a comfortable stay on the beach. Only 2km from the town of Bol, it can be reached by car or tourist boat from Bol. Thanks to the pine trees planted by locals, you'll find some natural shade too and for adrenalin junkies, there's the option to try some water sports too.
Dubrovnik city's landmark beach is Banje, thanks to its backdrop of the Old Town and views of Lokrum island. Banje is just a short walk from the walled town, ideal for visiting after a walking tour of its historic streets. Visitors can sunbathe in luxury with large sunbeds and a high-end beach bar and restaurant to enjoy a cool drink at or delicious lunch. In an evening, the bar transforms into a nightclub that hosts concerts and DJ nights where you can party to the small hours.
Regularly listed as Croatia's most beautiful island, Vis was the filming location for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and you'll quickly realize why. Its secluded bays, picturesque villages, and fascinating military history make it a great choice for a vacation for those looking toe scape the hustle and bustle of city life. Stiniva beach is barely visible from the sea, which makes it somewhat of a hidden gem. It's a challenging 20-minute walk on a stone path to reach the beach but once you arrive, you'll decide it was worth it. Thanks to the cliffs that surround it, half of it is always in the shade to provide relief from the hot Croatian sun.
Mljet island is home to a national park of the same name which indicates how lush and green its landscapes are. Blace beach will remind you of Swiss Family Robinson or Castaway when you see its sandy shores and mini lagoon. Located on the southeastern part of the island, it's a 20-minute walk from Saplunara. There are no restaurants or cafe bars on this beach so you need to come equipped for your stay but this all adds to the charm of feeling like you've been shipwrecked.
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On Dugi otok's northwest coast lies Sakarun beach known for its crystal clear waters and white-colored sands. The island of Dugi otok belongs to Telascica Nature Park which is 64% sea making it ideal to explore by boat. Sakarun is surrounded by a pine tree forest that provides welcome shade. Its shallow waters make Sakarun ideal for children and nervous swimmers.
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