Friday, 17 June 2022

French Vogue Praises Croatian Beaches, from Stiniva to Dubovica

June the 17th, 2022 - The French Vogue edition has shone the spotlight on Croatian beaches, noting some of the most jaw-droppingly impressive, from those down in Dubrovnik to the likes of Dubovica and Stiniva.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, incredible breathtaking beaches, crystal clear seawater, fairytale bays and architecture make the Adriatic coast a desirable destination, and the French Vogue magazine has presented several Croatian beaches to its many readers which captivate people with their beauty at first sight, as reported by tportal.

Let's take a look at what the extremely widely read French Vogue magazine had to say with its ranking of Croatian beaches:

Zlatni rat (Golden horn) beach

This amazing beach, also known as Golden horn, is located west of Bol and is one of the favourite summer destinations not only on Brac, but in the whole of Croatia. Due to the turquoise colour of the sea, but also due to the many sports you can enjoy, such as windsurfing or kayaking, it isn't surprising that it is among the most popular beaches on the Adriatic.

Punta rata beach in Brela

Located along the Makarska Riviera, Punta rata beach truly embodies the vision of a perfect Mediterranean bay. Surrounded by rocky cliffs and pine trees, it really looks like an ideal summer holiday destination.

Betina beach below a cave in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik's Betina beach is hidden under a rocky cave. Ultra-preserved, this paradise is only accessible by sea, water taxi or kayak.

Stiniva beach on Vis

Stiniva on the island of Vis is renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches on a gorgeous island that captivates people with its charm. Limited access to the beach ensures much needed peace.

The private beach at the Little Green Bay Hotel

On the island of Hvar, the Little Green Bay hotel has one of the most beautiful bays in the area, and in addition to deck chairs on the beach, hotel guests are offered diving equipment and rowing boards.

Nugal beach

Another dreamy beach is located along the Makarska Riviera, and is sheltered from the rocks and is facing the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. It is located near Biokovo, also one of the favourite destinations for tourists who appreciate beautiful nature.

Dubovica beach

On the island of Hvar, Dubovica beach conquers visitors immediately with its incredible beauty. The sea is calm and so clean that you can enjoy the view of the fascinating seabed.

Banje beach

With a beautiful view of the Old Town, the pebbled Banje beach is the most famous in all of southern Dalmatia, and you can book deck chairs in advance to avoid the usual summer crowds.

For more on Croatian beaches and which international publications are making them even more famous, make sure to check out our dedicated travel section.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Rijeka Beaches to be Adapted to Those With Disabilities Later in 2022

June the 16th, 2022 - Rijeka beaches are set to be better adapted to those with various physical disabilities following the end of this year's main swimming season.

As Morski writes, as part of the preparations for local Rijeka beaches for the main summer swimming season, which began on June the 1st, special attention was paid to people with disabilities this year as well.

In the City of Rijeka, locals are especially proud of Kostanj beach, which, they say, is one of the best equipped beaches in the entire Mediterranean for this purpose, and from where people with disabilities of all ages can easily move around and functionally use the entire space for swimming, rehabilitation and rest.

All of the surfaces on this particular beach have been fully treated in order to prevent people from slipping or falling, and the beach itself is equipped with special equipment: a device for lowering immobile people down into the sea below, a ramp for entering the sea, toilets, showers, handrails and a safety net placed in the part of the sea for swimming. In the immediate vicinity of the beach, there is also an easily accessible and separate carpark.

In order to ensure safe conditions for the use of local Rijeka beaches for people with all forms of disabilities, from June the 1st to September the 31st, the City of Rijeka is financing the work of specially trained lifeguards.

In order to reduce the pressure on Kostanj beach, the plan is to turn the western part of Ploce beach, located just below the famous Kantrida pools, into a beach for people with disabilities. However, the works on adapting the western plateau of Ploce beach to people with disabilities, whose value is estimated at 457,000.00 kuna, have not even started yet because no valid bids have been received for the two public tenders, so the works will have to start after this year's summer swimming season comes to an end later on.

Regarding the quality of the sea water at local Rijeka beaches, a look into which is conducted ten times a year, Kostanj beach continuously records excellent quality sea water, while Ploce beach, where the sea quality is tested at two points, the water is mostly of excellent quality, read a statement from the City of Rijeka.

For more, make sure to check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Three Croatian Beaches Ranked Among Most Beautiful in Europe

June the 7th, 2022 - Three Croatian beaches have been ranked among the most beautiful in all of Europe once again, which shouldn't really come as much of a surprise to anyone who has spent any time at all on the stunning coast.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the very height of the summer tourist season and the time of planning holidays are rapidly approaching. If you're the type whose holiday simply can't occur without the sun and the sea, you're probably in some sort of constant search for a beautiful beach where you'll spend long, hot and lazy days.

The Guardian has recommended the forty most beautiful beaches in all of Europe to its readers, writes Index. Three Croatian beaches are also unsurprisingly on the list: Krivica on Losinj, Divna on Peljesac and Mlini on the Paklinski islands.

“Maybe the fact that you have to walk for thirty minutes along a rocky path and return the same way makes the pebble beach of Krivica so special. The reward for this trip is clear, deep, turquoise water in a protected bay surrounded by pine trees where only sailboats keep you company,'' The Guardian wrote about gorgeous Krivica.

When it comes to Divna beach, they point out that it truly justifies its name, (which alludes to something being pretty, beautiful and stunning in Croatian). As it is stated, it is a beach on the northern coast of the Peljesac peninsula, with hills overgrown with pine trees, which surround a small pebble bay. The Guardian adds that there are several shady places and that the bay is great for diving. They recommend that you refresh yourself with a drink and a meal in a cafe on the beach and that you stay in a camp nearby.

"Those who visit Hvar and want to change the landscape should take a taxi boat to the bay of Mlini on the islet of Marinkovac within the Paklinski islands. This pebble beach with the scent of pine trees offers you the enjoyment of a relaxed atmosphere, with deck chairs and a restaurant on the beach. As on all Croatian pebble beaches, you will be more comfortable with swimming sandals, and the incredibly clear blue-green water will encourage you to dive for hours,'' they stated in their description of Mlini's beach.

For more on Croatian beaches, why not check out our dedicated travel section.

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Five Freshwater Destinations in Croatia for a Summer Dip

May 29, 2022 - While it may sound silly not to take advantage of the summer to enjoy the Adriatic Sea to the fullest, this time of year is ideal for visiting other destinations beyond the coast. In case you are far from the sea and need to take a dip, here are some freshwater destinations in Croatia to cool off!

Summer in Croatia is synonymous with turquoise waters, paradise islands, and sailboats. For many, if your vacation does not include any of these, then you are not enjoying the country as you should. I do not agree. Although visiting the Adriatic is essential, summer brings with it a wide variety of opportunities throughout the entire geography of Croatia. The parks and fields are filled with green and shade, perfect for hiding from the sun. Also, the number of events and festivities multiply considerably in central and eastern Croatia. Why would you miss any of this?

If you can, including central and eastern Croatia in your travel itinerary is a great idea. Zagreb and Osijek airports will also increase their routes and flights throughout, and after getting to know both cities and their surroundings, you can head to see what makes Croatia so famous: its coast and islands. But don't worry, we know that these regions of the country are no strangers to high temperatures, and you will surely want to take a dip before waiting to travel to the coast. If freshwater is also your thing, here are some non-beach destinations in Croatia where you can cool off.

Jarun lake, Zagreb

When temperatures rise to an unbearable point at this time of year, Lake Jarun becomes a haven of shade and fresh water for the inhabitants of the Croatian capital. Jarun Lake is a 2 km artificial body of water, surrounded by cycling paths, promenades, forests, and parks. It was built and opened in 1987 for the Universiade - World University Games. The lake is ideal not only for bathers, but for all those who practice activities such as rowing, kayaking, or paddling.

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Jarun lake. (Image: Croatian National Tourist Board)

Drava river, Osijek

The Drava, the main river in Osijek, gives the city not only a beautiful appeal but also offers its inhabitants an ideal alternative when summer arrives and the Adriatic is so far away. One would think that it is the custom of only a few, but the banks of the Drava are filled with hundreds of people looking for a good dip even on weekdays. In addition to lying down to sunbathe, family and friends gather to play on the shores and have a picnic.

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Drava river, Osijek. (Photo: Mario Romulić)

Foginovo kupalište, Karlovac

Foginovo kupalište is a river bathing area in the city of Karlovac, where its inhabitants cool off in the waters of the Korana river. From its source in Plitvice, the Korana river reaches Karlovac, offering for centuries an oasis of peace, nature, and freshwater to locals and visitors. Bathers enjoy not only fairly clean waters but can also do so in peace thanks to the lifeguards always nearby. It is definitely an ideal destination for everyone, as adults can sunbathe on the shores, while the younger ones enjoy the inflatables and the diving tower.

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Foginovo kupalište, Karlovac. (Image: Zelenilo.hr)

Cetina river

The Cetina river is one of the largest and most important rivers in southern Croatia, rising from the Cetina spring to the east in Šibenik-Knin County, running through almost all of Dalmatia, and reaching the Adriatic Sea at Omiš. There are those who find the Cetina spring itself an ideal spot for a summer dip, but the entire river has numerous points to cool off. If you are in Omiš, encourage yourself to participate in activities such as kayaking, canoeing, or rafting, as many of the organizers include moments during the tours to take a good bath in freshwater after a good exercise.

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Cetina river. (Image: Mish and Kirk/YouTube Screenshot)

Modro jezero, Imotski

In Imotski, just an hour from Split by car, you will find not only a historic and quite picturesque town but also a group of lakes that are well-known in the country. One, in particular, Modro jezero, is an ideal bathing spot where high temperatures can easily be reached in these months of the year. Of all the alternatives mentioned above, Modro Jezero must be one of the most spectacular in terms of its location and scenery.

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Modro jezero, Imotski. (Photo: Peter Malovrh/Flickr)

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Sunday, 8 May 2022

Three Croatian Beaches Named in The Guardian's 40 Best in Europe

May 8, 2022 - Three Croatian beaches have been named among the 40 best in Europe, though they aren't the beaches you might think. 

From pink to wild shores and everything in between, travel writers from The Guardian chose the 40 most beautiful European beaches, and among them are three from Croatia! However, the selected beaches were not so predictable this time, with Saharun on Dugi Otok, Lubenice on Cres, or Pasjača in Konavle nowhere to be seen, reports T.portal

Namely among the 40 most beautiful beaches in Europe are Krivica on Lošinj, Divna on Pelješac, and Mlini on the Pakleni Islands near Hvar.

"Maybe it’s the fact that you have to hike down a rocky path for 30 minutes – and back up again – that makes Krivica’s pebbly beach so special. The reward is clear, deep turquoise water in a sheltered pine-fringed bay, with only sailing boats in the narrow channel for company. Lošinj, a long, misshapen island in the Kvarner gulf, is one of Croatia’s most fragrant places, with an incredible profusion of wild herbs," writes The Guardian begins about Krivica on Lošinj.

Divna, on the other hand, lives up to its name. 

"Living up to its name – beautiful beach – Plaža Divna is on the north coast of the Pelješac peninsula, with pine-covered hills flanking the little pebbly bay. There are a few shady spots, and the marine life between the beach and the tiny island facing the bay makes for brilliant snorkelling. A cafe sells drinks and basic food, and behind the beach is the small Camp Divna campsite set in an olive grove," The Guardian adds. 

And those visiting Hvar should not miss Mlini on the Pakleni island of Marinkovac.

"There’s a wonderfully laid-back air to this pine-scented pebbly beach, along with sunloungers for rent and a beachfront restaurant. As with all Croatia’s pebbly beaches, protective swimming shoes will make things more enjoyable, and the amazingly clear blue-green water has people snorkelling for hours."

You can find the full list of The Guardian's 40 most beautiful beaches in Europe HERE

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Sunday, 10 October 2021

Best Nudist Beach in the World is on the Island of Lokrum

October 10, 2021 - Up to 100 nudist beaches and bathing spots around the world were evaluated in a survey conducted by the My Dating Adviser portal, in which the island of Lokrum ranked first for its quality and accessibility, and is thus considered the best nudist beach of the world.

As many as 100 nudist beaches and bathing places around the world were evaluated in a survey conducted by the My Dating Adviser portal, in which the island of Lokrum came first as the best nudist beach, reports Turističke Priče. The quality of the beach, safety, weather, and the price of the hotel were evaluated, and Lokrum received the best evaluations for the safety and quality of the beach.

Lokrum is the closest to the historic city center of Dubrovnik, and centuries of rich history, legends, and stories, the magic of the sea and nature renew old loves or bring new ones. But apart from that, Lokrum became famous after the Game of Thrones series. Lush vegetation, intoxicating scents, and the song of crickets "played" the gardens in the Game of Thrones where "those of pure blood" ruled. Numerous tourists walked the trails walked by Khaleesi and her powerful host Xaro Xhoan Daxos. And while on the island, you can also sit on the  Iron Throne, which is located in a Benedictine monastery

On the list of the 100 best nudist beaches, Lokrum is located above the beach Spiaggia della Lecciona from the Italian province of Lucca, and the Australian beach Maslin Beach .

In the description of the beach, My Dating Adviser states that if you spend time in Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum is a great place to visit, only 10 minutes away by ferry and that it is a small, uninhabited island, which provides a haven for nudists.

''Here you can enjoy the impeccable landscape, national parks, and clear sea. The island consists mainly of rocks, so be careful with pieces of stone. This island also has a natural salt lake where you can relax like a jacuzzi'', the text explains about the now considered best nudist beach in the world.

In addition to Lokrum, this list includes three other destinations from Croatia: Punta Križa on Cres in 13th place, then Valalta near Rovinj in 16th place, and Sovinje Beach in Tkon in 21st place, which was rated the best in the beach quality category.

Nudist beaches in Croatia have been popular for a long time now. The country with such an abundance of hidden bays and beaches is nothing short of perfect for all those looking to get in touch with nature on their holiday. For more about the history of nudist beaches in Croatia and detailed information, be sure to check Total Croatia's guide here.

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Thursday, 12 August 2021

18 Croatian Beaches With Concessions - Entry Payment Can be Charged

August the 12th, 2021 - These eighteen Croatian beaches are under concession, which means that entrance fees can be charged and limits on who can enter them can be put into place. The costs for concessionaires in such cases are astronomical, and that is why so few Croatian beaches are under these sort of rules.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to the continuing great interest of the public, the Morski.hr portal published a list of Croatian beaches that are allowed to be fenced off and which have entrance fees in the Republic of Croatia. There are only 18 such beaches in all of Croatia.

This is an issue that many often don't really fully understand, and this is an attempt to break down the difference between a concession and a restriction on the general use of what's known as maritime domain. It is important to note that the level of general use restrictions depends on what type of concession is at play.

At the moment, more than 1000 concession agreements are active on maritime domain, but in Croatia, there are only 18 beaches where fencing and entrance fees are allowed. Here is a list of those Croatian beaches:

Koversada - A beach and naturist camp, the concession holder is Maistra d.d. and the concession lasts until April the 18th, 2033.

Valalta - A beach and naturist camp, the concessionaire is Valalta d.o.o. and the concession lasts until April the 18th, 2033.

Ulika - A beach and naturist camp, the concessionaire in Plava Laguna d.d. and the concession lasts until the 31st of December, 2033.

The Novi Vinodolski beach in front of Hotel Lisanj in the part of zone A where there is a swimming pool to control the number of users and security reasons for payment, which also includes the right to use deck chairs, the concession holder is Hotel Lisanj d.d. and the concession lasts until March the 17th, 2040.

Kandalora Beach, Rab - A nudist beach with the right to charge entrance fees, the concession holder is Boja d.o.o. and the concession lasts until the 31st of July, 2025.

Baska A/C Skrila - A nudist camp which is allowed to put up fencing and charge an entrance fee. In cooperation with JLS, a beach which can also have an entrance fee has been built around the camp (Njivice A/C) but this isn't applied in agreement with the concessionaire. The concession holder is Valamar Riviera d.d. The concession lasts until July the 1st, 2024.

The Cikat bay beach below the five-star Bellevue hotel, an entrance fee is allowed to be charged in one part, the concession holder is Jadranka turizam d.o.o. The concession on the maritime domain for the economic use of the beach with the possibility of fencing and charging an entrance fee to access the beach in front of the Lovisca campsite. The concession holder is Skoljic d.o.o. and it will last until the 9th of June, 2026.

The concession on the maritime domain for economic use of Gracina beach with the possibility of putting up fencing and charging an entrance fee to access the beach. The concession holder holder is Hostin d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 15th of March, 2025.

Kostabela (Costabella) beach, Rijeka - there is the possibility of putting up fencing but no possibility of charging an entrance fee. The concession holder is JTH Costabella d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 5th of November, 2045.

TN Crvena luka, Biograd Na Moru - The concession holder is Crvena Luka d.d. and the concession will last until the 10th of August, 2027.

Simuni, Pag - The concession holder is Camp Simuni d.o.o. and the concession will last until April the 15th, 2028.

TN Zaton beach, Nin - The concession holder is Turisthotel d.d. and the concession will last until February the 14th, 2026.

Borik beach, Zadar.

Beach TN Punta Skala, Petrcane - The concession holder is Punta Skala d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 2nd of June, 2028.

TN Pine Beach, Pakostane -The concession holder is Proficio d.d. and the concession will last until the 17th of September, 2027.

Starigrad beach in front of hotel ALAN  - The concessionaire is Sunce hoteli d.d. and the concession will last until the 12th of December, 2029.

Strasko Beach, Pag - The concession holder is Hadria d.o.o. and the concession will last until the 12th of April, 2037.

For more on Croatian beaches, check our our dedicated section and find the right one for you.

Friday, 6 August 2021

Croatian Communal Wardens Confiscating Beach Towels, 250 Kuna for Return

August the 6th, 2021 - We recently wrote an article which looked into the old joke about German tourists waking up at the crack of dawn to strategically position their towels down by the pool or on the beach before anyone else got the same idea. Of course, this classic move isn't limited solely to Germans, and now Croatian communal wardens will be confiscating the belongings of anyone trying that old trick in one Istrian town.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian communal wardens have been arriving at various beaches in Medulin (Istria) at 08:00 in the morning, and picking up quite literally everything they find.

''If you aren't nearby to apologise and get your items back there and then, you'll find them in front of the Medulin Municipality building on the floor,'' explained one reader, who left her things on the beach. When she returned, everything had been removed, according to a report from 24sata.

''When you return you're in shock because your towels and everything else are just gone and you don't know who stole them. Then one good soul finds herself watching all of this and tells you that you have to go into Medulin to get your things back. What's even more absurd is that you have to pay a fine of 250 kuna otherwise you won't get your stuff back!

Our towels that we actually use for some purpose are just treated like trash in their opinion when they’re just thrown down on the floor. That just happened to me, and I was with a small three-month-old baby. I managed to take photos of the things they wardens refused to return to me.

We contacted the head of the Administrative Department for Communal Construction and Maintenance (Municipality of Medulin) Goran Perusko, and he told us that since the beginning of this tourist season Croatian communal wardens have been carrying out an action in which they collect towels and other stuff from the beach that people leave there during the night,'' the reader stated.

''People leave their towels on the beach during the night and early morning to''‘reserve'' the best positions. We've been carrying out this action all season so far. We were contacted by a lady who also complained about it, and we will see what happened and why her things were removed from her,'' said Perusko.

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Monday, 26 July 2021

Longest Croatian Sandy Beach Listed Among Top 100 Most Beautiful Beaches

July the 26th, 2021 - The Croatian coast is stunning. With the coastline dotted with many islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, it isn't difficult to find a beautiful place to go swimming and soak up the sun's rays. That said, long sandy beaches aren't common along the country's rugged, mountainous coastline, but they do exist. The longest Croatian sandy beach is one which many have hailed to be among the most gorgeous of all.

As Morski writes, the long and natural sandy beaches of Nin spanning a total length of 8000 metres are one of this regions trademarks and an impressive image that is easily remembered by visitors to the oldest Croatian royal city. According to the American Travel Channel, the Queen's Beach (Croatian: Kraljicina plaza) is ranked among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the entire world.

The Queen's Beach is unique in many ways when one looks as the bigger picture of Croatia and the typical beaches it boasts. It is the longest Croatian sandy beach, and its name is associated with a prominent legend.

During his stay in Nin, the first Croatian king, King Tomislav, watched unforgettable sunrises with a breathtaking view of the Velebit mountain with his queen and enjoyed some very rare moments of pure relaxation.

Near this Croatian sandy beach is the largest locality of medicinal mud in all of the Republic of Croatia. Queen Jelena used to cover her entire body with this mud, and back in 1960, Nin was registered as a health resort on the coast with the organised Nin Outdoor Spa, where therapy under medical supervision has been taking place for almost 60 years during the warmer summer months.

Numerous wooden walking paths have been constructed which lead to this stunning Croatian sandy beach part through a unique area of biodiversity with as many as four habitats of the NATURA 2000 network with endemic and rare plant species living there. According to biologists, such a shaping of nature with this botanical garden is something truly unique here in Croatia, and perhaps in all of Europe.

Due to the shallow and warm sea, it is especially attractive to families with babies and small children and the elderly, and outside the main season it is a favourite place for long romantic walks.

For more on Croatian beaches, why not check out our dedicated section on Croatia for kids and families and decide which is the best choice for your holiday? Click here for more info.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Can People "Reserve Places" on Croatian Beaches by Leaving Towels?

July the 14th, 2021 - You probably remember the joke about the German tourists waking up at the crack of dawn to go down to the empty beach and leave their towels in a prime location to return to later, but can you do that at all on Croatian beaches?

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, whether or not we can arrive at Croatian beaches, throw down a towel and say ''this spot is mine'' is a question that has been circulating among the public over recent days. Goran Vojkovic, an expert in maritime and general traffic law, explained much more on the matter live for N1.

“It’s your space while you’re at the beach with that towel. Since way back during Roman times, the sea and the sea coast belong to something called the common good - an area without a holder, without any ownership. There is no ownership of this sort of maritime domain, and these are beaches as a whole which are six metres from the shoreline, with rare exceptions, and everyone can use them,'' said Vojkovic when discussing Croatian beaches and the old towel reservation tricks.

"The coast is nobody's property," he stressed, adding that the only way that might be different is if the beaches are part of concessions.

"If that does happen, then it needs to be paid very, very well for. There are very few in Croatia who have successfully paid these concessions because it is extremely expensive. Only a few hotels and camps in all of Croatia have concessions like this,'' said Vojkovic.

"All of the people leaving their towels and other stuff on the beach in order to try to reserve a particular location, people doing it in front of houses… None of this is legal. The beaches are for all of us. They're not even owned by the state, that's why these areas are called the common domain/good,'' he said.

"A towel on the beach without you means nothing,'' concluded Vojkovic.

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