Best Hidden Beaches in Croatia
If you need peaceful rest and real relaxation you can find it in Croatia.
If you just walk away from overcrowded public beaches you can find small isolated coves and picturesque romantic bays where you can enjoy tranquility and harmony of the untouched nature, sunbathing on the warm beach or swimming in clear Adriatic water.
The remarkable indentedness of the coast line and the great amount of offshore islands account for an abundance of hidden beaches in Croatia, especially among popular island destinations in Kvarner Bay and South Dalmatia.
One of the best peaceful seaside locations is Island Lastovo in South Dalmatia. A great variety of charming small bays with lovely hidden beaches covered with sand, shingle or rock are also dispersed among some 40 surrounding islets. The most popular Lastovo places for a relaxing getaway are Zaklopatica, Pasadur, Skrivena Luka, Malo and Velo Lago. The sea is perfect for bathing, fishing, surfing and sailing, so you will have many things to busy yourself with.
A good selection of Croatia's hidden beaches is available to the visitors of the wooded Elaphite Islands in Dubrovnik's close proximity. The best rated destination is by far Island Kolocep, once a favourite resting place of the local nobility. Its pebbly, sandy and rocky coves where you can revive your body and soul are lavishly sheltered by Mediterranean vegetation that supports the romantic atmosphere. All the necessary facilities can be found in two island villages.
Some of the cleanest bays are found on the out-of-the-way central Dalmatian Island of Vis. Admirers of hidden beaches in Croatia come here from Split fascinated with the stories of the peculiar charm of its lonesome coves. Many wonderful secluded spots are hidden near the settlements of Vis and Komiza for you to indulge in the sparkling clear sea and the white sandy or shingle coast. You can also notice some flat rocky platforms that are used as natural sunbathing terraces.
The remote island of Dugi Otok belonging to the Zadar Riviera should not be overlooked if you are in search of Croatia's hidden beaches that remain pleasantly quiet and deserted in the peak of the season. The natural 8 km long Telascica Bay that was proclaimed a nature park is home to two dozen isolated sandy bays, a few islets and sheer cliffs with picturesque rocky beaches that overlook the open sea. The well preserved natural surroundings are ideal for enjoying the pristine nature, sea and sun.
One of the pearls of the Kvarner Bay is certainly Island Cres that is famous for having some of the best hidden beaches in Croatia. Sailing along the indented coast in a boat is the surest way not to miss a lovely pebble cove where the fresh smell of the sea gets mixed with the fragrance of coastal plants and herbs. The Sveti Ivan beach near Lubenice is generally recognized as the one producing a stunning impression. The precipitous 45 minute descent from a rock makes it hardly reachable from the shore.
Discovering the natural phenomenon of Cape Kamenjak and its park area can be combined with a visit to some beautiful hidden beaches of Croatia that abound along the 30 km long shoreline of this narrow Istrian headland close to Medulin. Here you will find pebbles covering isolated inlets, bays and offshore islets as well as steep cliffs that frame smooth rocky plateaus. Along with skinny dipping the favourite local pastimes are fishing, diving and snorkelling as the varied underwater attractions are highly appealing.