So you’re visiting Croatia (or dreaming about it) and the first thing you want to do is get sand between your toes and dive headfirst into the beautiful turquoise Adriatic Sea. The question is, with so many famous beaches, which should you add to the must-see list for your beach holiday?! Well, you’re in the right place, read on to find out...

1. Stiniva beach, Vis

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Situated on the south side of the island of Vis, this beach is nothing less than a scene from a Hollywood movie. The title of the ‘Best Beach in Europe’ was awarded to Stiniva Beach in 2016 and it’s not hard to imagine why. With its unique cliffs and secluded bay, Stiniva beach has helped Vis gain amazing popularity in recent years. A natural limestone arena which opens to the sea will make you feel protected from the world and thankful that you have found your spot on this heavenly beach! Everyone who visits will agree that Stiniva is a real treasure!

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2. Zlatni Rat, Brač

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The Island of Brač is best known for its beautiful beach Zlatni Rat or “Golden Horn”. This is precisely what this beach is to all Croatians, as precious as gold and breathtaking even from afar. Voted the worlds best beach in 2019, the Zlatni Rat lies on the south side of the island. Due to winds and currents, the beach is formed as an extended horn around 450 meters into the clear blue sea. This long golden pebble beach also changes shape with the currents and prevailing winds which also provide the perfect conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Lined with pine trees, the view of the beach is beautifully contrasted against “Vidova Gora” the highest peak on the Adriatic islands.

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3. Dubovica Beach, Hvar

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As the largest beach in the area, Dubovica is located on the southern coast of the beautiful island of Hvar. If your adventurous spirit takes you to Dubovica, you will find yourself on a beautiful pebble beach in the middle of an emerald green lagoon. The only reason you’d leave the beach is to dive into the crystal clear water. Considering that it’s on the sunniest island in Croatia, it’s picture-perfect almost every day and perfect for a beach holiday! One of the top Hvar beaches? We think so!

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4. Banje Beach, Dubrovnik

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Heading south along the Adriatic coast you cannot miss the alluring and historic town of Dubrovnik, one of the most popular destinations, not only in Croatia, but in Europe. Contributing to its popularity are the stunning beaches nearby, such as Banje Beach, located east of the city’s Old Town. If you’re planning on visiting a Dubrovnik beach that is relaxing and tranquil, then look no further, as it’s surrounded by 5-star hotels, equipped with deck chairs, umbrellas and showers, creating the ultimate relaxing experience. If you’re looking for great activities in Dubrovnik than Banje Beach is your pick, offering watersports such as jet skiing, or even paragliding!

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5. Sveti Jakov, Dubrovnik

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Want to take the road less travelled? Located a little further from the centre of Dubrovnik, we can assure you visiting Sveti Jakov is well worth the trip. Just a half-hour stroll from the Old Town, you’ll find yourself discovering a piece of tranquillity. Like a staircase to heaven, the steps leading to the beach lead you down to a pebbled beach, with warm turquoise water, lined with pine trees. One of the best beaches in Dubrovnik, Sveti Jakov offers an amazing view of Old Town, and is the perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!

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6. Sunj Beach, Lopud

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Do you want to feel the sand between your toes? If so, you should head to Lopud, an island not far from the historic city of Dubrovnik, known for its 800 meter stretch of sandy beach, and pristine water. The beach is overlooked on both sides by a long line of green hills. Leave the car at home, because the only way to move around the island is either by foot, bicycle or golf cart! Lying on the beach is definitely not the only way to enjoy the island since there are numerous monasteries, palaces, villas and forts that represent the island's and Croatia’s impressive medieval history.

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7. Punta Rata, Brela

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At the foot of the Biokovo mountain range, along the Makarska Riviera, you’ll find some of the most beautiful Croatian beaches. Located in the small town of Brela around 14 km (9 miles) north of Makarska. Equipped with sunbeds and showers, Punta Rata has everything you need to spend the whole day at the beach soaking up the sun! Surrounded by the pristine sea and olive and fig trees, Brela just might become your favourite Croatian destination.

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8. Pupnatska Luka, Korčula

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Pupnatska Luka is some of the bluest sea you’ll ever see (see what we did there!), so why not check it out? Situated on the stunning island of Korčula, Pupnatska Luka, together with many other Instagram worthy locations, are well worth the visit. If Korcula is rich in anything, it is in numerous secluded coves and beaches, and this one definitely makes the top of our list. It is a white-pebble beach situated beneath a rich forest which, contrasted with the clear blue water, is a feast for the eyes. If you want to avoid crowds of people and find a secluded place just for you, search no more. Being sheltered as it is, you won't find many people there, and it will become your favourite hidden piece of paradise (let’s keep this one between you and me).

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9. Zrće, Pag

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So far, we’ve mentioned some secluded bays and beaches, and popular beaches, but there is not a single beach as popular as Zrće beach on the party island of Pag. Known for its party life and numerous clubs, it’s no wonder Pag and Zrće beach, located around 3 km southwest of Novalja, are often referred to as the ‘Croatian Ibiza’. Here is where you will find clubs and bars right on the beach. Completely opposite to Stiniva beach, Zrće Beach is a large, easily accessible beach, full of people and music. It is the place to be if you are looking to party on the beach, especially from June to September when there are festivals, themed parties and guest appearances from world-famous DJs.

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10. Bačvice, Split

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Bačvice is the central beach in the town of Split and a top beach to enjoy the sunshine at! Popular as a family beach, it also attracts people to play a game of picigin, a unique Dalmatian sport that involves preventing a small ball from hitting the water. There is definitely something for everyone at this fun Split beach. There are plenty of coffee places inviting you to grab a coffee or a refreshing cocktail along the beach. Many bars and clubs open along the waterfront late in the evening, turning the relatively calm beach into a haven for party people!

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