lovrecina beach brac island croatiaOne of the most beautiful countries in Europe, charming Croatia continues to grow year on year in popularity- and we only need to look at the 3,600 miles of shimmering coastline to see why!

In addition to stunning mainland beaches, Croatia boasts over 1,000 picturesque islands. Lapped gently by warm turquoise waters, famed for secluded beaches, and characterized by deliciously enticing secret coves, these endearing outposts of paradise are enough to tempt anyone!

The only problem will be deciding which beach first, so here’s five of the best to get you started:

Makarska Beach

Croatia is famed for sheltered bays, and nowhere captures this character quite like Makarska! Not far from Split, this breathtaking pebble beach is towered over by a mountain of fairytale proportions- Mount Biokovo. The shimmering blue sea tucked beneath attracts a vibrant family crowd, which a palm-lined promenade of cafes, restaurants and shops more than caters for!

brela beach makarska croatia

Omis Beach

Sandy beaches are somewhat of a rarity in Croatia, and this one- flanked by a natural promenade of fragrant pine trees- is especially beautiful! Golden sand runs the length of endearing Omni, nestled spectacularly beneath an imposing mountainous backdrop. Definitely one of Croatia’s most scenic beaches, and well worth a little swim out in warm waters to observe the splendor!

Omis beach Croatia

Banje Beach

UNESCO town, Dubrovnik, is well known amongst history and culture lovers- but it also boasts a magnificent city beach. To the east of the ancient town walls, an endearing expanse of celebrity dotted, water-sport mad, sun-kissed Adriatic, awaits. With incredible views of both ocean and Old Town, and all the high-end amenities imaginable; this is THE place to be in Dubrovnik!

Panoramic view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Zlatni Rat

Brac is one of Croatia’s most popular islands, and Zlatni Rat, located near historic Bol, is an exceptional Brac beach! A unique tidal flow has shaped a mesmerizing sand bar, extending some 450 meters into shimmering turquoise waters. If that wasn’t unique enough, it sits beneath the stunning Vidova Mountains; the hillsides dotted with ancient monuments and pine trees.

Zlatni Rat Croatia Beach

Rajska Plaza

Known as ‘Paradise Beach’, this utopian spot is undoubtedly one of the Adriatic’s most esteemed beaches! While the rest of the island of Rab is normally associated with naturists, this particular sandy beach is popular with families. Boasting wonderfully calm, clear sea, it is possible to wade out here for almost half a mile and still be in shallow water- perfect for kids!

rad island beach croatia

Created by Melissa Elderfield