In the last decade, Croatia has quickly become a top European holiday and work destination. The diverse and often breath-taking Adriatic coastline covers 1,700 miles, making it a wonderland for beach lovers and divers alike! While Dubrovnik and other touristic towns are busy all year round, there are areas of the country that are still free from coach loads of tourists.

If you want to get away from the crowds this summer, we’ve got you covered! With these laid back spots you can beat the crowds with a beach all to yourself (well, almost)!

 

Porat beach, Bisevo Island

 

Porat Beach @till021001

“My favourite thing about Porat is that it’s so idyllic. I’ve been there every summer for the past 10 years and loved it every time.” – @Till021001

Bisevo Island only has a handful of full time residents and is just a few miles wide. The island’s best beach, Porat, is more difficult to reach than any on Vis Island or Split. However, you’ll be rewarded by your efforts with Porat’s white sand and shallow waters. You can stay in one of a few private accommodations on the island itself, or stay close by on Vis and get a ferry over for a day of complete relaxation.

 

Veliki Zali Beach

 

Veliki Zali @blogdade

Only a 30 minute drive from Dubrovnik, Veliki Zali is one of the easier beaches to navigate on our list. Considering that, it’s hard to believe it’s as quiet and peaceful as it is. With only the Veliki Zal restaurant on the beach, it’s easy to spend a whole day or two out on this white pebble beach. You can rent sun loungers, parasols and kayaks from the local restaurant at better rates than nearer the city. It’s rarely crowded, making it super peaceful, and it feels a world away from busy Dubrovnik.

Nugal Beach

 

Nugal beach – @baland_dias

“We went to Nugal on a sailing trip, it was early so the beach was quiet.” – Baland_dias

Nestled in between the towns of Makarska and Tucepi, Nugal beach is a bay surrounded by steep, tree covered cliffs. It makes it the perfect hideout from the tourists. Be warned, it’s a clothing optional beach so expect to see the occasional nudist walking past you as you sunbathe. Although it isn’t family friendly, it’s the perfect place for a hard day or relaxation without being bothered by the crowds.

Punta Rata Beach

 

A beautiful shot by @ makarskarivierabeaches

Punta Rata is in a protected cape covered in Pine Forest, which along with it’s beautiful gravel beaches adds an almost prehistoric beauty. It was described as the most beautiful beach in Europe by Forbes Magazine. The same magazine rated it one of the Top Ten beaches in the world! Despite it’s Blue Flag status, it’s still relatively quiet. It’s close to Brela town, south east of Split, so it’s easy to get to and has lots of accommodation options if you fall in love with the place, which we expect you will!

Skrivena Luka Bay

 

Looking out over Skrivena Luka Bay, by @petrakivana

“Lastovo is a beautiful island but it’s not easy to reach. It took us 14 hours from Split, but that was because of bad weather. Usually it takes about 5 hours by ferry.” petrakivana

Skrivena Luka literally means “hidden bay” in Croatian. This village and small bay on Lastovo island  isn’t visible from the sea, so it lives up to the name well. It does, however, mean it can be troublesome to find. There’s a ferry that goes to and from the island’s port Ubli. From here, there’s a local bus to Lastovo Village, where you can connect to Skrivena.

Although it’s difficult to get to, your perseverance will be rewarded in spades. There are camping spots nearby, the best being an olive grove overlooking the bay itself. Yachts anchored in the bay to escape the rough open seas will be your only company for most of the year. Paradise!

Sunj Beach, Lopud Island

 

The road to Sunj, by @antoniomastel
Photo Credit: @donmarbu

“I wouldn’t recommend the route we took – a hazardous trek down ancient steps down a hilly descent to the beach. There are golf carts that will transport you for a small fee. The beach was quiet when we arrived and was clean with lovely views.” donmarbu

Sunj hides a 2km walk from the ferry terminal on Lopud Island. A short 30 minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik, Lopud is relatively easy to find. The island itself is tiny, less than 5 km squared and with less than 200 residents. For this reason, no matter where you go on the island you’re unlikely to run into throngs of people. It’s Sunj, however, that offers you white sands in a cove picketed by pine tree forests. There’s something about being on this edge of the island that makes you feel like you’re on the other side of the world from Dubrovnik, rather than 30 minutes.

Buza beach, Dubrovnik

 

Buza in summer
Under the walls of Dubrovnik

Step back in time on the rocky shores of Buza at the foot of the walls of Dubrovnik. Get down to Buza beach early to escape the city and the crowds. It’s one of the busier beaches on our list, but arriving early will secure you a prime spot. There are multiple levels of rocky beach for you to lounge on without getting sand everywhere.

The Buza bar is directly above the shore, so if you get tired of sunbathing and swimming then it’s easy to grab a drink and get in the shade. It’s a hard life, isn’t it? You are bound to find a sunbathing spot here, so bring down your towel and snacks for a full day of catching rays.

 

What is your favourite beach in Croatia? Let us know in the comments and if you want to know more about places to visit in Croatia, why not check out our Top Islands to Visit in Croatia 2018?