In recent years, Croatia has become more and more popular with tourists. Well known for its stunning beaches and scenery, backpackers and sun seekers alike are heading to Croatia to experience the historic and natural wonders.

Croatia’s many islands are dotted along the Adriatic sea which is made up of a rocky coastline, (although a few fine sand beaches can be found!)  but don’t let that put you off! The glistening waters, chilled out atmosphere and delicious cuisine make up for sunbathing on pebbles. We’ve picked out the best beaches in Croatia to give you some inspiration for your next beach holiday!

Zlatni Rat
Whether you’re a keen windsurfer or you just like dipping your toes in the sea, people come to Zlatni Rat beach for both. The island sticks out like half a boomerang and the beach is made up of small white pebbles. The water is a crystal clear turquoise, and is one of the most stunning beaches in Dalmatia.

If you are up for a bit of sightseeing, culture or historic sites, Dalmatia gives you nothing but a spectacular view. Alongside this, Dalmatia loves the Italian tradition of the midday siesta so if you aren’t relaxed enough already, a little shut eye should do the trick!

best beaches in Croatia

Uvala Dubovica, Hvar
While Hvar is one of the most popular tourist hot spots for nightlife and cocktail bars, if you’re staying nearby and want a beach, venture out of town to Uvala Dubovica. It sits beside a historic manor house and is broad and pebbly but shallow so a great place for a paddle if you don’t like venturing too far out.

best beaches in Croatia

Lovrecina Bay, Brac Island
Lovrecina Bay is a sandy beach with translucent waters and, you’ll be pleased to hear, minimal pebbles. Another perk about Lovrecina Bay is that there is limited parking and no clear bus stop nearby so if you manage to find it, it won’t be overly crowded! Behind the coastline is an olive grove adding to the authenticity of your Croation holiday!

best beaches in Croatia

Oprna Beach, Krk Island
Oprna beach on Krk Island was a little hidden gem which has become more popular, visit off season to enjoy it without the crowds! Visit by car from Punat and follow signs to Stara Baska, alternatively, spend the afternoon travelling by boat with Oprna beach being your last stop.

best beaches in Croatia

Stivina Bay, Vis Island
Head to the tiny Vis Island for its secluded beach, it tends to get very busy in the summer however, visit in October if you want it all to yourself! The restaurants nearby are authentically Croatian, head to small, hidden venues for the best local wines.

best beaches in Croatia

Croatia is a must-see destination whether you love lounging on the beach or want to explore the islands for more than their crystal waters.