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Sporadic days of sunshine here in the UK failing to tick all of your summertime boxes? Leave it all behind for guaranteed sun-kissed days on the sandy shores of Croatia. Famous for its golden walled towns and emerald national parks, Croatia’s just as well-loved for its miles of idyllic beach. Here are just a few of our favourite spots.
If you’ve ever been seduced by a picture of a Croatian beach, it’s probably this one. Zlatni Rat goes by a number of names, including the Golden Cape, thanks to its distinctive hooked shape and warm yellow pebbles. As the Adriatic tide comes in and out, its shape constantly changes.
You will find Zlatni Rat on the island of Brac, off the coast of Split, around 4km from the town of Bol. Its position reaching out into the ocean makes it a breezy spot, perfect for windsurfing and sailing (or just keeping cool while relaxing).
Back to the island of Hvar now, and to the postcard-perfect Pakleni Islands. This archipelago is a treasure trove of hidden coves, lagoons, and yes, secluded beaches.
Nature-lovers should head to Palmižana, which is known for its plethora of botanical species. It's also completely encircled by tall pines, so you'll feel like you've found your very own corner of paradise.
You'll find Mlini Beach on the second largest of the Pakleni Islands, Marinkovac. Mlini is the perfect antidote to bustling Hvar, with its rocky shores and endless blue skies.
Welcome to laid-back Nin on the Dalmatian Coast, where there’s over 8,000 metres of beach to enjoy. Most feature a distinctive backdrop, thanks to the quaint medieval town of Nin permanently hovering in the background. Our favourite spot in the Nin area is Queen’s Beach (also known as Kraljičina plaža), 15km from the town of Zadar, which offers views of the awe-inspiring Velebit Mountains.
During your visit to Queen's Beach, you might see visitors slathering themselves in mud. Don't be afraid to join in, there's a nearby marshy area that's home to peloid mud, which is said to be a natural remedy for aches and pains.
If you hop on the ferry at Dubrovnik, you’ll reach the serene Šunj Bay on Lopud Island in just under an hour. A hike over the hilly parts of the island is rewarded by a mixed sand and shingle beach, nestled within a cove of hills and trees. Treat yourself to something refreshing from the little beach bar when you arrive.
This is the place to go to escape the crowds and enjoy Croatia at its easy-going best. There are both nudist and non-nudist parts to the beach, so read the signs carefully before laying out your beach towel.
A rare city beach, the ever-popular Bačvice Beach boasts golden sands and shallow, clear waters – making it the perfect choice for families. It’s the home of popular Croatian game, picigin, which involves hitting small balls with your palm. If you’d prefer to sun worship, there are also plenty of loungers and parasols where you can set up camp for the day.
Bačvice is also one of the most accessible on this list, being within Split itself. Cool off with a refreshing cocktail at any one of the many bars and cafes nearby. Looking to soak up the nightlife? Time your visit with the Split Beach Festival, which takes place in August.
Ready to explore the best of Croatia’s beaches? Pack your factor 50, your favourite beach read and join us on one of our Mediterranean cruises.
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