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8 Best Beaches to Visit in Croatia

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Saharun Beach, Dugi Otok,

Saharun Beach, Dugi Otok,

Croatia brings to life the dream of a Mediterranean destination, and the top beaches embody the beauty of the islands, mainland, and heritage shining along crystal-clear waters. 

While much of the Mediterranean coastline is rocky or pebbly, each beach in Croatia has a particular charisma specific to the region. Whether looking for hidden coves accentuated by medieval architecture or indulging in the beauty of sea caves, Croatia can immerse you in the essential spirit of Croatia.

1. Strucinska, Solta Island

The lesser-known island of Solta offers a more rugged terrain than the more famous islands of Hvar and Brac and highlights the exceptional bay at Stracinska. You can reach the secluded waters by boat or on a cycling trail, with each point of entry revealing the charming sound of crickets, the water splashing against the shore, and the briny aroma of the sea breeze. It’s the perfect place to relax, swim, and enjoy a boating expedition to uncover the true joys of a Croatian beach.

2. Murvica, Brac Island

Murvica Beach, Brac Island

Murvica Beach, Brac Island

Brac is a popular island destination in Croatia, but Murvica beach can give you a small and hidden get away from the bustling crowds of better-known beaches. The gravel has a delicate texture, and large rocks border the sides of the beach. The panorama stretches to the vineyards near Hvar, and nearby trails can take you to the majestic Dragon’s Cave to find an ancient monastery carved into the rock. So whether looking for the quiet seclusion of the beach or authentic culture at the nearby taverns, you can embrace the charm of Croatia at Murvica.

3. Saharun, Dugi Otok

Saharun Beach, Dugi Otok,

Saharun Beach, Dugi Otok,

The white sand and pebbles of Saharun reflect the Mediterranean sunlight to create a gorgeous ambiance accentuated by the quiet sounds of calm water. Saharun never feels crowded and offers a fantastic view of the nearby lighthouse proudly crowning the photogenic scenery. The water shines a crystal-clear turquoise and provides a tranquil corner you can enjoy on Dugi Otok island, whether traveling as a family looking for shallow coastline or looking for the romance of an undeveloped corner of an island with nothing but sunbeds and parasols.

4. Prapratno Beach, Peljesac

Prapratno Beach, Peljesac

Prapratno Beach, Peljesac

The captivating ambiance of Prapratno Beach stems from the diversity of the coastline. Ancient pine and olive trees line the edges of shore with the surprisingly soft sands fading into the comfortable blue waters. Considered one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful beaches, Prapratno features warm and shallow waters perfect for small children or a romantic couple’s escape. Lounge on the sand, uncover the hidden corners for preferred seclusion or sit in a nearby cafe to enjoy the refreshing view.

5. Bracvice, Split

Bacvice, Split

Bacvice, Split

Split is known for its ancient grandeur and distinctive urban culture, which help accentuate the sandy stretch of coastline at Bracvice. The shallow and warm water is perfect for children of all ages as locals often leap from small cliffs in the deeper corners. People-watch from a local tavern or lounge on the sands while watching locals play picign, a type of adapted water polo. How you enjoy Bracvice will only accentuate the alluring ambiance and beauty of greater Split.

6. Pokrivenik, Hvar Island

Pokrivenik, Hvar

Pokrivenik, Hvar

Pokrivenik is a quiet stretch of pebbly beach on Hvar Island. A small dock allows visitors to arrive by boat while climbers enjoy scaling the steep hills bordering the coastline. Scuba divers plunge deep into the water to explore the secret cave where rainbow-colored sea sponges glow in the flickering light. You can also find another cave away from the water where remains from the Neolithic period were discovered, offering a wide range of adventures for every kind of beachgoer.

7. Vela Przina, Korcula

The island of Korcula is celebrated as a destination brimming with small secluded beaches, and Vela Przina captures the essential beauty of the greater island. Vela Przina is one of the handful of sandy beaches on the island and can provide you with a quiet view of the clear waters on a spot that may feel like a private corner just for you. From the calm waters to views overlooking the Lastovo Channel, you can relax in the beauty of the sea, horizon, and nearby town of Lumbarda.

8. Punta Rata, Brela

Punta Rata, Brela

Punta Rata, Brela

Punta Rata is one of Croatia’s most famous beaches for a good reason. As part of the long stretch of fine-pebbled shoreline that shapes the Makarska Riviera, when visiting Punta Rata, you can embrace the deep turquoise waters and charm of the nearby village of Brela. Wander the seaside promenade, explore the rocky footpath, and find secluded coves hidden beneath the shadow of Biokovo Mountain. Whether enjoying the water or savoring the nature park on the slopes of the mountain, Punta Rata is a remarkable display of Croatia’s natural wonder.

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Postira, Brac Island

Postira, Brac Island

Visiting Croatia lets you plunge into the pristine waters of the Mediterranean, as well as the distinctive culture that spreads from the mainland to the islands. Whether looking for dramatic medieval walls, Roman ruins, or delectable cuisine, you can find plenty of things to do during your Croatia trip. You can also find more helpful information with Zicasso’s Croatia Travel Guide. A Croatia travel specialist can help you understand the local landscape as they personalize your trip. You can speak with a Croatia travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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