1. Zrce, Pag Island
Also known as Croatian Ibiza, Zrće on Pag Island is one of the top partying destination in Croatia. This long pebble beach near Novalja is dotted with several discotheques and beach bars open 24/7 and long summer nights are enriched by world renowned DJs and performers such as Armin van Buuren, Markus Shultz, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Sigma and many other.
This small islet near Korcula Island has rocky and pebbled coast. However, the northern side of the islet will take your breath away with stunning white cliffs emerging from crystal clear turquoise waters. Destination is perfect for Robinson Crusoe-style holiday enthusiasts due to the fact that, besides a small restaurant offering traditional Dalmatian specialties, the islet lacks in any other traces of civilization. Enjoy the sun-drenched days sunbathing on smooth white rocks without the hustle and the bustle of crowds of tourists.
3. Saharun, Dugi Otok
Located on Dugi Otok (Long Island) in the Zadar Archipelago, Saharun is a stunning sandy beach almost a mile long. Caribbean like azure waters lure visitors with their intense colors that change shade during the day based on the position of the sun. The beach is great for family fun during the day and long romantic walks during the night.
4. Zelena Laguna, Porec
A stunning resort in the lovely Istrian town of Porec, Zelena Laguna (Green Lagoon) is surrounded by gorgeous blue waters and inviting shades of green pine trees. Visitors can choose between rocky and pebbled beaches where their enjoyment will be guaranteed.
5. Paklinski Islands
Roughly translated to English as Hell’s Islands, this archipelago of small islets is situated just off the southwest coast of Hvar Island. Indented coastline is rich in hidden bays and small beaches perfect for anyone looking to get away from the crush of tourists.
6. St. John, Cres Island
St. John’s beach (Sveti Ivan) is located on Cres Island just below the ancient fort town of Lubenice. German Bild magazine named it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, which comes as no surprise considering this crescent-shaped bay with its vivid emerald waters and pristine pine trees offers an ethereal travel experience.
7. Brela, Makarska
The beach in the small town of Brela conveys a paradise appeal with crystal-clear waters caressing the coast that stretches for several miles. It is divided into small coves where dense pine trees offer shelter and privacy. It comes as no surprise that Forbes named Brela the most beautiful beach in Europe back in 2003 and European Best Destinations placed it in top 10 most beautiful European beaches in 2015.
8. Blaca, Mljet Island
Surrounded by dense pine forest, Blaca is a sandy cove near the small town of Saplunara, one of the most secluded places on stunning Mljet Island. During hot summer months water can get as warm as 28ºC (82ºF) due to low cliffs sheltering the cove. Isolated and away from popular places, sparse crowds manage to keep Blaca’s nature intact.
Sikirica is a small cliff about 20km away from Dubrovnik and known as one of the best places on Croatian coast to enjoy stunning sunsets over the Adriatic. The cliff is connected with the mainland by a crescent shaped line of rocks that get covered by the sea when the tide comes in. Untouched nature and scarce crowds invite couples to enjoy the sunset and the moonlight caressing Sikirica.
10. Grandovac, Vis Island
This gorgeous pebble beach on Vis Island is popular with families with children. Tamarisk trees provide a much needed shade during sun-drenched summer months and visitors can take a break from swimming in the crystal clear waters at the local bar.
Photo Credit: (1) (2) (10) Pixabay, (3) Vela Luka Tourist Board, (4) Greta Ceresini, (5) Yacht Rent, (6) Juraj Kopa, Croatia Tourist Board, (7) Mladen Šćerbe, Croatia Tourist Board, (8) Mljet Tourist Board, (9) Aleksandar Gospić, Croatia Tourist Board
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Have you been to any of these beaches? What is your favorite beach?