Some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia can be found on the coast of western and southern Istria. Istrian beaches with an incredibly clear sea, pure nature, best facilities and entertainment options attract tourists from around the world every year. More so, several Istrian beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, an internationally recognized label for the preservation of nature. Whether looking for a family friendly beach or a well hidden sandy beach, we bring you a couple of suggestions.
Sveti Nikola Island, Poreč
Less than half a kilometer from the mainland in Poreč lies Sveti Nikola Island. This little island is a superb place to escape the summer crowds in town. Valamar Isabella Island Resort is located here and is reached from the Poreč ‘s historic centre in five minutes by boat. Surround yourself with lush Mediterranean greenery, pine forest, manicured gardens, choice of beaches and spectacular views of the sea.
In the beautiful Istrian town of Rovinj in the middle of green bay you can find Lone beach. Pebble beaches along the entire bay attract many tourists, but are most suitable for families with small children. Those with an adventurous spirit can visit the nearby quarry which is a famous destination for lovers of free climbing, and those who want solitude can find less rocky beaches and escape from the hustle and bustle. Lone Bay is special because it offers a unique view of the old town of Rovinj and the island of Katarina.
Cape Kamenjak, Premantura
If you are a fan of wild beaches and swimming in the crystal clear sea without crowds, head to Cape Kamenjak. Protected nature park Cape Kamenjak in the south of Istria, on the Premantura peninsula, is known for its beautiful beaches and natural beauty. The indented coast stretches for 30 kilometers and hides many picturesque coves and islands. Families with children can enjoy the sandy beaches, and those looking for sunbathing can find places on the rocky flat rocks. Kamenjak is also a famous diving destination due to its extremely rich underwater world and the conditions are ideal for surfers.
The Hawaiian Beach is located near the Verudela Beach tourist resort in the most picturesque bay. This pebble beach with crystal clear sea is ideal for families with small children as they can safely play in the shallows. There are several hotels with sport facilities and restaurants, where you can spend some of the day. If you long for adrenaline challenges, you can dive into the azure sea from high rocks or go snorkelling.
Katoro beach, Umag
Not far from Umag, in the tourist village of Katoro you can find the beach under the same name. The beach is perfect for families with small children as one part is located under the large pine trees, which provide pleasant shade for parents while the children play in the shallows. Near the beach, there are two attractive outdoor pools and spacious lawns where you can play football or badminton. Also, above the beach there is a children’s playground and tennis courts.
A beautiful pebble beach Lanterna is located near a picturesque forest and a tourist resort. You can enjoy water sports, while lifeguards look after your safety and keep their eyes on the swimmers throughout the day. There’s also a swimming pool, a mini-golf course and a waterpark. Lanterna Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag because of its superb maintenance and water quality.
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