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Croatian Beaches and Blue flags

Beaches and campsites in Croatia are in love! 98% of the campsites are located right next to beautiful beaches, and very importantly, their use is free of charge! The crystal clear sea of the Croatian Adriatic stretches along 1.777 km of coastline, and when we add over a thousand islands and islets, we reach a total of 5,835 km of coastline.

That means only one thing: Croatia has a lot of beaches, more than 2000!

Sv. Ivan beach, Cres - photo
Photo: Aleksandar Gospić, CNTB

Due to the indented coastline, the beaches are of various shapes and composition, and that is why we are sure that you will find a beach exactly to your liking. Rocky, pebbly, sandy or perhaps paved? A spacious beach ideal for children to play or maybe a small beach hidden from view? A fully equipped beach or one that will remind you of a Robinson-styled island?

Either way, they all have a few things in common:

  • crystal clear sea;
  • pleasant sea temperature;
  • rich undersea;
  • diverse vegetation along the coast providing much needed shade and refreshment during hot summer days.

Find the beach of your dreams

The beaches that stretch from Istria till Dubrovnik are mostly rocky, with flat sunbathing areas, intersected by numerous pebbly coves. There are also sandy beaches, you can find them mostly in the Zadar region, on the islands of Rab and Korčula, and in the surroundings of Omiš and Medulin.

Some Croatian beaches are very popular, with numerous beach bars and clubs (for example Zrče beach on the island of Pag or Stipanska beach in the Pakleni islands), others offer many sports, recreational and catering facilities for the whole family, while some are completely untouched and offer the genuine experience of enjoying the sun and the sea.

Those who prefer hidden beaches and have an adventurous spirit can embark on a boat and explore the nearby islands and there they will almost certainly find the beach of their dreams. Among the 30 most beautiful beaches in the world, the gems of the sea, there are several award-winning Croatian beaches.

Some of the best and most known beaches in Croatia are:

  • Zlatni rat beach, Bol, on the island of Brač;
  • Sakarun beach, Dugi otok;
  • Stiniva beach on the island of Vis;
  • Rajska plaža, Lopar, Rab island;
  • beach on the island of Proizd near Vela Luka, on the island of Korčula;
  • Sv. Ivan beach near Lubenice, on the island of Cres;
  • Mali Bok on the island of Cres;
  • Zaraće beach on the island of Hvar;
  • Pasjača beach, Konavle;

Of course, a large number of Croatian campsites offer their guests numerous water attractions such as swimming pools and water parks.

Šimuni - foto
Photo: Camping Šimuni, island of Pag

Do you like to swim naked?

Croatia is a very popular destination among European naturists as there are numerous beaches where swimming without a swimsuit is allowed. Several of these beaches are located within campsites or in their immediate vicinity. When talking about the popularity of naturism, it is enough to say that the first naturist beach in the Adriatic is located on the island of Rab, while the first naturist campsite was opened in 1961 in Vrsar (Koversada). Today you can also spend your holiday in a dozen naturist campsites located on the Croatian coast

Blue Flag – symbol of high-quality beaches

The Blue Flag, is a sufficient evidence when talking about the high ecological level of the beaches. This international label is a symbol for the conservation of nature and quality of beaches. It especially takes care of:

  • a preserved enviroment;
  • the cleanliness of the sea and beach;
  • beach arrangement and equipment;
  • high quality of services.

So far, the Blue Flag has been awarded to more than 100 beaches in the Croatian Adriatic. This way the quality and sustainability of beaches is maintained and a high standard of safety for many tourists and locals is provided. Croatia is one of the 20 countries in which tourism is one of the strategic industries and which is included in the Blue Flag program.

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