Beaches in vicinity of Zadar
The Zadar region is characterized by a multitude of small coves, islets, islands with beautiful gravel, sand, stone and natural beaches. The Zadar Archipelago has many small and large islands, each of which is unique. The variety and diversity of the coastline in this area allow every tourist to find their piece of paradise on the beach, from family beaches and beaches with entertainment and nightlife to beaches offering adrenaline sports activities such as diving, windsurfing or kite surfing.
Zadar islands, over three hundred of them, form one of the densest groups of islands in the Adriatic – Pag, Dugi Otok, Ugljan, Pašman, Vir, Silba, Olib, Molat, Premuda, Iž… each of them hiding special features and uniqueness.
Saharun Beach on Dugi Otok
Dugi Otok is the largest in the north Dalmatian islands group. The pride of the island is a significant landscape with a prominent lighthouse on the north side and the Nature Park Telašcica in the southeast. The seafood, along with a variety of karst fruits make this island an ecological unit. Every place on Dugi Otok has its festival. Hedonism and Mediterranean culture are unavoidable here. In the vicinity of Veli Rat, on the northern part of the island lies the 800 m long sandy beach Saharun. It is surrounded by pine trees on one side and crystal clear sea on the other and during the day makes an ideal destination for romantic couples, the elderly and families with children. In the evening, Saharun changes its face and becomes a favourite hangout for young people.
Sabuša Beach in Kukljica and Mostir, Suha and Južna Luka Bays on the Island of Ugljan
Ugljan is the closest island of the Zadar archipelago, exactly opposite the town of Zadar, from which it is separated only by a few nautical miles of the wide Zadar channel and linked by a number of ferry services. It is also called the green island being covered with dense bushes, pine trees, olive and fig trees, grape vines and other Mediterranean plants. Along the whole northeastern side of the island in natural bays are the fishing and tourist villages, of which the best known are Kukljica, Kali, Preko and Ugljan.
Just a 15-minute walk from Kukljica on the island of Ugljan lies the beautiful sandy beach Sabuša. Although classified as a sandy beach, its shore is cemented which makes it ideal for sunbathing. Because it is partly shaded and features shallow, crystal clear water, it is a perfect choice for families with children. Those who will get hungry after playing water volleyball can refresh themselves at one of the bistros with food and drink, and those slightly bolder can take a10 minute walk and get to naturist beach Mala Sabuša, where clothing is optional. Mostir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Ugljan, located in the centre of the village Ugljan. It is suitable for children and non-swimmers because of the large areas of shallow water. On the beach, you can play volleyball in the shallow water, get refreshments in a nearby bar or spend time visiting the Monastery of Sveti Jerolim (St. Jerome) from the 15th century, which is located next to the beach.
The sandy bay Južna Luka, can be reached by a macadam road from the parking lot in Muline. The bay is surrounded by pine trees where you can find some shade for a comfortable stay among beautiful Mediterranean elements. Sandy bay Suha is surrounded by pine trees and typical Dalmatian forest which can be reached by a macadam road from the village of Varoš. The bay is characterized by a shallow sea and sandy sea bottom, while on the outside it is surrounded by gravel on one side and horizontal rocks on the other. It is ideal for a peaceful holiday and enjoying the quiet with a beautiful view of the island of Iž.
Povljanske Beaches on the Island of Pag
The island of Pag is by its surface the fifth largest island in the Adriatic Sea, but with the long coastline of 302.47 km, also the most developed island in the Adriatic. The island is known for its poor coverage of vegetation on some parts, which are often compared to the surface of the moon. The rocky landscape with only one or two branches of aromatic herbs that are grazed by sheep creates a unique impression. Due to the location of the island under the Velebit Mountain, from which strong bora winds blow throughout the year (especially in the winter) the island of Pag is almost completely covered with salt from the Velebit Channel.
In the south of the island of Pag, in a beautiful natural bay lies Povljana. Facing the west, it enables every guest to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean. It is protected from the strong winds Bora and Scirocco and many beaches offer the possibility of an unforgettable holiday. Here the Dalmatian and the Kvarner islands touch each other in the crystal clear waters along the rows of rugged islands and pine forests. Povljana boasts miles of beautiful beaches. The sandy beaches are especially enjoyed by children.
The sandy beach, with the status of the main city beach, is in fact very rare for this part of the Adriatic Sea and is the oldest beach in Povljana. It has showers and is great especially for families with small children because of the natural and beautiful sand patches found in water and on the shore. Also, there is a small hill and a large poplar tree that casts a little shadow on the beautiful beach.
Rucica Beach in Metajna on the Island of Pag
Metajna is a small tourist town nestled among the rocks on the eastern side of the island. Bare rock, reminiscent of the lunar surface provides countless opportunities for extreme sports, especially for rock climbing. Sheltered and hidden behind bare rocks is the beautiful sand and pebble beach Rucica. The beach can be reached through a scenic stony area called Canyon near Metajna.
The Sandy Beaches on the Island of Pašman
Pašman is an island in the Zadar archipelago, separated from Zadar and Biograd with the picturesque Pašman Channel, on which dozens of tiny islets are scattered, like a string of pearls. The island of Pašman is an island of sandy beaches and magical nature surrounded by crystal clear waters, ancient stone houses and traditional customs in conjunction with modern tourist facilities which provide an unusual blend of the old and the new.
Tkon is a small fishing village located on the southern coast of the island of Pašman, which is also the ferry port for the ferry line Biograd – Tkon. From the port area, there is a string of sandy and rocky coves. There is a breathtaking view of the nearby islets and Kornati from the surrounding hills. The tourist attraction of Tkon is the Benedictine Monastery of Sveti Kuzma and Damjan (St.Cosmas and Damian) from the 12th century, situated on the hill Cokovac.
All the beaches on the north side of the island are sandy. From the village Ugrinic, across Tkon towards the south, there are seven sandy bays along 3 km of coastline. Public beaches are Vruljica, Južnja and Ugrinic Beach. FKK Sovinje, which is located at the end of the road outside Tkon features a sandy beach, which is a natural phenomenon and can be found at only a few localities of the Adriatic (the most famous is the island of Susak). There is constant sedimentation of sand from rocks which makes the beach so beautiful.
Beaches in Zadar and the Zadar Riviera
Zadar was for centuries the capital of Dalmatia, and its rich cultural heritage is visible at every corner. With cobbled streets of the peninsula and the centre of the old city, it is also adorned by the stone church of Sveti Donat from the 9th century, the largest Roman forum on this side of the Adriatic, and Romanesque pearls – the Church of Sv. Stošija from the 13th and Sv.Krševan from the 12th century. The Sea Organ, an architectural wonder of the city’s waterfront, where waves and currents pass through the musical pipes creating ‘sea music’ that fills the wide space of the seafront promenade, has become a modern icon of the city. At the top of the Zadar Peninsula shines the Greeting to the Sun, conceived as a spatial installation in
the shape of an amphitheatre surrounded by stone blocks representing the planets of the Solar System and their orbits. Zadar offers a number of tourist attractions through the combination of the beauty of the past and all the amenities sought by the modern traveller.
The most famous and most beautiful beach in Zadar is Borik. It is fully equipped with various facilities such as restaurants, cafes and bars, slides and playgrounds for children. The beach is located within the resort Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik. The quality of the sea and the constant concern for the environment is best confirmed with the Blue Flag which has been awarded to this beach for a number of years in a row.
The most famous tourist destinations on the Zadar Riviera, along with the city of Zadar, are the urban town of Nin and Biograd na Moru.
Kraljicina Beach (Queen’s Beach) in Nin
At less than 20 kilometres from Zadar lies Nin, the oldest Croatian royal town. It is situated on an islet located at the end of a 7 km long sandy bay. It is also the longest sandy bay on the Croatian part of the Adriatic. In Nin you can see the natural process of salt production. Nin also produces special floral salt which is a natural source of magnesium and calcium. Nin is the national winner of the European Destination of Excellence 2010 and the largest site of healing mud in Croatia. The mud is located along the famous sandy Queen’s Beach.
Nin is an oasis of sandy and shallow beaches, ideal for children and non-swimmers with countless sandy coves. There are impressive views of the Velebit Mountain from the beaches of Nin, which inspire every visitor. The main attraction and the longest beach in Nin is the Queen’s Beach, slightly less than three kilometres long and only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Nin. The Nin lagoon is known for its long sandy beaches and shallow waters and is therefore considered to be one of the best locations in the Adriatic, ideal for learning kitesurfing and paragliding. Lovers of this type of recreation can visit the ‘Surfmania Center’ – a school of surfing and paragliding.
Sabunike Beach Near Nin and Zaton
Located 6 km from Nin and Zadar, the beach Sabunike is the right choice for families with children and for those looking for fun and sports activities. Numerous sandy beaches stretch across several kilometres in Sabunike and you can enjoy the crystal clear waters and a relaxing mud treatment therapy. Because of its position in the enchanting bay where a slight breeze from Velebit can be felt, Sabunike is ideal for sailing and windsurfing. Zaton Beach On the south side of Nin lies an auto campsite and the best known holiday resort in Dalmatia: ‘Zaton Holiday Village’. It is located just a kilometre from the centre of Nin. The sandy beach in Zaton is 1.5 kilometres long. Because of its crystal clear waters and quality landscape this sandy beach has been awarded the Blue Flag. Zaton sandy beach offers sports and recreational opportunities such as tennis, picigin, volleyball, mini-golf and table tennis. The beach has been adapted for people with disabilities, and because it is surrounded by amusement parks and slides, as well as catering, it is ideal for families with children.
The beaches Soline and Crvena Luka Near Biograd na Moru
Biograd na Moru is known as a Croatian city from the 10th to the 12th century, where the first Hungarian-Croatian king Koloman was crowned. Today it is a typical tourist town which has, owing to its location in the middle of the Pašman Channel, evolved into an important nautical centre.
The landscaped promenade from the town centre leads to one of the most beautiful town beaches. One of them is the sandy beach Soline. It is situated in a pine forest in the bay next to the camp ‘Park Soline’. Modern tennis courts are situated nearby. Facilities: restaurants, pedal boat/kayak rental, trampolines, volleyball, deck chairs, parasols, changing rooms, toilet facilities and showers. The beach is perfect for children, as well as for other lovers of sandy beaches. Located just three kilometres from Biograd is the beach Crvena Luka. The sandy part of the beach, which is 150 m long, is located in the deepest part of the hidden cove, while the northern part of the beach is reserved for nudists. The easiest way to access this beautiful beach is on foot or boat from private villas that can be rented on the beaches and coves of Soline. Crvana Luka is the ideal choice for adventurers and romantic couples who will enjoy the beauty of the crystal clear waters and numerous entertainment and sports activities.
Beaches Dražica and Bošana in Biograd na Moru
In the very centre of Biograd, there are two sand and gravel beaches: Dražica and Bošana. Dražica is located in the shade of the pine trees near hotel Adriatic and pool Ilirija. For several years now it has been the bearer of the Blue Flag, which symbolizes cleanliness, landscaping and the quality of facilities on the beach. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards, so you can relax and enjoy summer activities and the clean water. The beach offers sports – recreational and catering facilities. There is a specially designed entrance for the disabled. Bošana Beach, also a bearer of the Blue Flag, is located close to the Marina ‘Kornati’.
The beaches Vrilo, Mostina and Škrapavac in Privlaka
Privlaka is a small fishing village located only 15 minutes by car from the city of Zadar. Privlaka is with its beaches, clean water and air, a target for many tourists who want to vacation in such conditions. Vrilo, Mostina and Škrapavac are well known sandy coves, most suitable for family tourism. Numerous bars and taverns are just part of the tourist offer in Privlaka. Natural advantage that should be highlighted in this area is the mud which is very suitable for people with health problems.
Beach “Children’s Paradise ‘in Sukošan
Stretching from cape Barbira to Podvar in Sukošan is the beach ‘Children’s Paradise’. As its name suggests, due to its shallow sandy bottom it is a paradise for children and for those, who besides swimming, know how to enjoy a variety of seaside games. It is particularly suitable for lovers of ‘picigin’ (a type of free-style volleyball played in shallow water). On the beach, you can rent deck chairs and boats, and refresh yourself with ice-cream or a drink in one of the cafes. There are showers, changing cabins and eco-toilets. The shore is partially paved with stone and mostly covered with pebbles.
Beach Sveti Duh in Posedarje
Posedarje is a village situated on the northwest coast of the Novigrad Sea, 25 km from Zadar. It has nurtured the tradition of tourism for over 50 years and also has a developed agriculture production. Posedarje has several beaches, and one of the most attractive ones is the sandy beach with healing mud, Sveti Duh (Holly Spirit) situated next to the small church of Sveti Duh. The beach and the shallow waters are a paradise for children and all those who love sports on the sand.